A television reboot of the Harry Potter series is reportedly in talks at HBO Max and Warner Bros Discovery. The TV series will apparently be divided into seven seasons with each season covering one of J.K. Rowling’s books. This news follows a string of rumours about a potential TV adaptation of Harry Potter and the Wizarding World that started gaining traction last year. While Warner Bros shot down the previous rumours, it sounds like it may be nearing a deal now.
Bloomberg recently reported that HBO and Warner Bros were nearing a deal to adapt Rowling’s seven Harry Potter books into a seven-season TV series, though IGN‘s sources clarified that Warner Bros was “nowhere near a deal” as the project is still in discussion.
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Interest in further expanding the Harry Potter universe might’ve been reignited following the release of the video game Hogwarts Legacy earlier this year, which managed to become a critical and commercial success, selling over 12 million copies in its first two weeks. This probably showed Warner Bros that fan interest remained at an all-time high for the Wizarding World and there might be some potential in re-adapting the Harry Potter books into a more fleshed-out television format.
Of course, most people already know Harry Potter through either the books or the previous saga of movie adaptations in the 2000s which skyrocketed the franchise into mainstream popularity. It starred Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint as Harry, Hermione and Ron, respectively, and managed to adapt all seven books into an eight-part movie series with the last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, being divided into two parts.
While the movies more or less faithfully adapted the source material, they had to omit or condense several plot points from the books that could possibly be explored in greater detail through a TV show. We’ll just have to wait and see if the deal goes through.