Plans for a live-action TV show based on controversial author J.K. Rowling’s beloved books were announced by Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav. On Wednesday morning, Zaslav made the announcement during a presentation that showed how HBO Max and Discovery+ would work together. It comes as no surprise that HBO Max has been rebranded as “Max.”
Max gives this summary of the show: With the same epic craft, love, and care that have made the Harry Potter films and books a worldwide phenomenon, Rowling’s stories will be adapted into a decade-long series. With a new cast at the helm, the series will introduce a new audience to the fantastic detail, beloved characters, and dramatic settings that have kept Harry Potter fans satisfied for over 25 years.
Season after season, true to the books, Harry and his incredible adventures will reach new audiences around the world, while the original, classic, and beloved films will continue to serve as the backbone of the franchise and be available to viewers everywhere.
Rowling, Neil Blair, and Ruth Kenley-Letts serve as executive producers for the show, which was created by Warner Bros. TV and Bronte Film and TV. Producer of all eight features David Heyman is in negotiations to take on an executive producing role. The search for a new showrunner and writer has not ended.
Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO, of HBO & Max Content, expressed his excitement at the prospect of allowing viewers to experience Hogwarts in a new light. There is undeniable evidence of an everlasting fascination with an appetite for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. With the help of Warner Bros. Television and J.K. Rowling, a new Max Original series will provide in-depth explorations of each of the beloved books.
“Max’s commitment to preserving the integrity of my books is important to me,” Rowling said. “I’m looking forward to being a part of this new adaptation, which will allow for a degree of depth and detail only afforded by a long-form television series.”
The Hollywood Reporter first reported exclusively in early 2021 that multiple ideas for a live-action Harry Potter TV series were in the brainstorming phase. Since then, discussions with the authors have continued.
Warner Bros. TV, Under The Direction Of Channing Dungey, Will Produce The Show
One of Warner Bros.’s mainstays is the Harry Potter film series, which was adapted into eight films that have earned over $7 billion worldwide. In addition to the Harry Potter theater production, Warners also produces the Fantastic Beasts films. Recently, Warners has had success with a quiz show on TBS and a Harry Potter 20th anniversary reunion for HBO Max (which did not involve Rowling).
Rights issues in the Harry Potter series have been thorny. Rowling is in charge of the franchise and has the final say over any decisions made about the property. In 2016, NBCUniversal and Warner Bros. Domestic TV Distribution signed a lucrative seven-year rights deal that gave NBCUniversal exclusive broadcast, cable, and streaming rights in the United States to the Wizarding World franchise.
This agreement covers digital projects and events at theme parks through April 2025, Warners executives also had to negotiate a separate deal to make sure that all eight Harry Potter movies were available to stream on HBO Max when the service first went live. Both Peacock and Max now offer movies to watch online.
There Will Be A Harry Potter TV Show: Every Thrilling Particular
Twelve years after the last Harry Potter film left audiences under its spell, the story is being retold. A faithful “decade-long” television adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novels was announced on April 12 by Max, formerly known as HBO Max. And the author is accompanying us as well.
She said in a statement, “Max’s commitment to preserving the integrity of my books is important to me.” I’m excited to be a part of this new adaptation because I think it will benefit from the kind of in-depth treatment that can only come from a long-running TV show.
The series will be based on her seven books, published between 1997 and 2007, and will star a new cast after Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson became household names thanks to the first eight films.
“Harry Potter is a cultural phenomenon, and it is clear that there is such an enduring love and thirst for the Wizarding World,” he said. The new Max Original series will provide in-depth analyses of each of the classic novels that readers have loved for decades.
Is Rowling’s Participation In The Show Planned?
A new adaptation that didn’t benefit Rowling financially would be ideal for many fans, but it seems highly unlikely that this will happen. A direct quote from the author appears in the MAX press release.
Rowling said in the press release, “Max’s commitment to preserving the integrity of my books is important to me.” I’m excited to be a part of this new adaptation because I think it will benefit from the kind of in-depth treatment that can only come from a long-form television series.
Rowling’s transphobia in recent years means that her participation is already causing online controversy. She made derogatory comments about trans people in an essay she posted to her blog, and in 2020 she tweeted, “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction.” If sex doesn’t exist, then the experiences of women all over the world don’t matter.
I care deeply for trans people, but eliminating the concept of sex would make it impossible for many to have honest conversations about their experiences.
Several members of the Harry Potter community, including actors Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, have spoken out against her remarks. Ralph Fiennes and Evanna Lynch are just two of the actors who have come to the author’s defense. The Los Angeles Times reported that her comments prompted some people to try to boycott the Harry Potter video game Hogwarts Legacy.
Fantastic Beasts films, the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses quiz show, the Harry Potter 20th anniversary special, countless games, and even a theme park at Universal Studios Hollywood were all inspired by the books.