A Harry Potter TV series is reportedly in early development at HBO Max.
A report by Variety says that sources have indicated plans for a show are moving ahead, although no talent, director, or writers have been attached. No plot details have been revealed. THR echoes the report, saying that “broad ideas have been discussed” for what the show could be, but that no deals have been made.
HBO Max and Warner Bros. have told THR that, “There are no Harry Potter series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform.” This could, however, be a different definition of “in development” – with early discussions reportedly ongoing, the companies may not yet define the project as formally in development.
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There are multiple avenues for a new Harry Potter story to head down, with more recent additions to the series pushing away from the original books’ time period. The Fantastic Beasts movies have depicted an early 20th Century version of the Wizarding World, while the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child pushed into the adulthoods of the main series’ characters. In gaming, Hogwarts Legacy will head back to an 1800s take on the school – although we won’t see that for some time, after it was delayed into 2022.
However, Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe previously told IGN that he expects to see the stories receive a full movie or TV reboot one day. “It will be interesting to see how long those films stay… it feels like there’s a sacredness around them at the moment, but that’ll go, the shine will wear off at some point,” he explained. “It’ll be interesting if they reboot them and just do the films again or do a series; I’m fascinated to watch.”
It remains unclear what part Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will play in future additions to the franchise, particularly those coming from the entertainment companies that hold the rights to create Harry Potter projects. While the author has oversight on all elements of the property, she has recently caused widespread controversy for her expressed views on trans women and gender identity, which have drawn condemnation from the likes of Harry Potter actors Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe among others. The FAQ page for Hogwarts Legacy seemingly indirectly referenced the ongoing issues by specifically confirming that “J.K. Rowling is not directly involved in the creation of the game.”