Warner Bros. Discovery announced that their newly rebranded streaming service Max ordered a new Harry Potter TV series that will adapt J.K. Rowling’s original books.
In a press release, Warner Bros. Discovery announced, “The series will be a faithful adaptation of the beloved “Harry Potter” book series by author and executive producer, J.K. Rowling.”
The press release adds, “The stories from each of Rowling’s Harry Potter books will become a decade-long series produced with the same epic craft, love and care this global franchise is known for.”
Your Hogwarts letter is here.
Max has ordered the first ever #HarryPotter scripted television series, a faithful adaptation of the iconic books. #StreamOnMax pic.twitter.com/3CgEHLYhch
— HBO Max (@hbomax) April 12, 2023
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It also notes the series “will feature a new cast to lead a new generation of fandom, full of the fantastic detail, much loved characters and dramatic locations that Harry Potter fans have loved for over twenty-five years.”
Finally, it revealed that it appears each book will be adapted into a single season. The press release says, “Each season will be authentic to the original books and bring Harry Potter and these incredible adventures to new audiences around the world.”
Rowling commented on the new adaptation saying, “Max’s commitment to preserving the integrity of my books is important to me, and I’m looking forward to being part of this new adaptation which will allow for a degree of depth and detail only afforded by a long form television series.”
CEO and Chairman of HBO and Max Casey Bloys also said, “We are delighted to give audiences the opportunity to discover Hogwarts in a whole new way.”
He added, “Harry Potter is a cultural phenomenon and it is clear there is such an enduring love and thirst for the Wizarding World. In partnership with Warner Bros. Television and J.K. Rowling, this new Max Original series will dive deep into each of the iconic books that fans have continued to enjoy for all of these years.”
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This announcement confirms rumors from scooper WDW Pro, who claimed back in December, “WBD is reportedly looking to reboot the Harry Potter film franchise, including recasting, in the next 3-5 years.”
The scooper reiterated this rumor on Valliant Renegade’s YouTube channel saying, “It now seems extremely likely that the Harry Potter universe, which I think internally is called The Wizarding division, it is receiving a reboot in the future in terms of the movies.”
“And that may also include recasting some of the roles that have become iconic inside the Harry Potter universe with the major actors and characters,” he added.
WDW Pro then clarified this would be a new adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s first seven Harry Potter novels, “We’re not talking about Fantastical Beasts. We’re not talking about some of these ancillary Harry Potter things. We’re talking about what is referred to inside the industry as core Harry Potter.”
Valliant Renegade then made it even clearer, “You’re looking at that original cast: Harry, Hermione, Ron. New cast. Starting over.”
What do you make of this new adaptation of Rowling’s books to TV?
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