Harry Potter may be relaunched as a seven-season HBO Max series based on one novel 2023
Prepare to return to Hogwarts, this time on television. Warner Bros. Discovery is in preliminary negotiations with J.K. Rowling’s team to make a new series based on her best-selling books, according to recent sources.
Rowling, who in recent years has courted controversy with her statements on trans rights issues, will maintain some creative control but will not act as showrunner or creator.
Instead of an “in-universe spinoff” like Fantastic Beasts, the next Harry Potter project will reinvent the book series.
Bloomberg reports that the series would be based directly on Rowling’s books, as opposed to being a “in-universe offshoot” like the Fantastic Beasts flicks. “According to reports, each season would be based on one of the novels, indicating a long-running franchise for the company.
Under the terms of the agreement, Rowling would keep some creative participation in the series, but she would not act as the principal creator or showrunner, according to a report from Variety.
Warner Bros. turned Harry Potter, a series of seven fantasy novels, into an eight-part global blockbuster film series beginning with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2001.
The film series finished in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, grossing a total of $7.7 billion. Post-Harry Potter films, a spin-off prequel series was planned, beginning with 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but stagnated after Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’s critical and commercial failure.
Almost a decade after its completion, the Harry Potter film series continues to have a significant impact on popular culture, but public opinion of Rowling herself remains divided. Daniel Radcliffe played the title character in the Harry Potter film series, with Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley and Emma Watson as Hermione Granger.