HARRY POTTER Reboot HBO Max Series In Development; J.K. Rowling Involved

HARRY POTTER Reboot HBO Max Series In Development; J.K. Rowling Involved

Some sure-to-be divisive news here, as it's been confirmed that a new Harry Potter HBO Max series that will serve as a full reboot of the film franchise is in the works...

By MarkCassidy - Apr 04, 2023 08:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Harry Potter
Source: Via SFFGazette.com

Warner Bros. Discovery boss Davis Zaslav confirmed plans to revisit both the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings franchises late last year when he took over as head of the studio, and we've heard rumors about several different projects since.

Now, Bloomberg is reporting that a Harry Potter reboot series is officially in development for the HBO Max streaming service.

Apparently, the show would re-adapt J.K. Rowling's best-selling fantasy saga, with each season focusing on one instalment in the seven-book series.

Rowling will be involved with the project "so she can “ensure it remains loyal to her original material,” but she is not expected to be appointed as showrunner.

Though we're still awaiting confirmation from HBO, several major outlets have run with the story, so we'd say it's legit. Though fans will no doubt be excited by the prospect of a return to the Wizarding World, we can see the fact that this series will reboot the much-loved movies being highly divisive.

Though the movies generally weren't viewed as perfect adaptations by any means, they remain very popular with the fanbase, and it's difficult to imagine audiences warming to the prospect of new actors taking on the roles of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, etc.

What do you guys make of this development? Drop us a comment down below.

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ComicBookPsycho - 4/4/2023, 8:04 AM
A book accurate Harry Potter show would be awesome. Hope it doesn't disappoint.
JonAwesome - 4/4/2023, 8:23 AM
@ComicBookPsycho - I really hope they do a good job on this, I don’t want them to “CW” this up!
TabbiKat1331 - 4/4/2023, 8:27 AM
@JonAwesome - I just wanna say I love that "CW" has become an adjective that we all just know
BritishMonkey - 4/4/2023, 8:57 AM
@JonAwesome - Watch as they hire CW writers and directors.
Goldboink - 4/4/2023, 10:23 AM
@ComicBookPsycho -
The first 4 books are fairly tightly written and edited but once she became a phenom the books got longer and longer and more self indulgent. Don't get me wrong, I read them all but she spend a lot of time on tangents.
NinnesMBC - 4/4/2023, 4:47 PM
@Twiz1331 - Blame Riverdale for that. The rest of their former slate of shows didn't have the anywhere close to the amount of subpar plots and dialogue, etc. If their name got a bad rep is thanks to that very wacky show.
Reginator - 4/4/2023, 8:05 AM
why is it divisive?
Tasmaniac - 4/4/2023, 8:13 AM
@Reginator - Because JK Rowling said that only women can get their period. The crazy bitch.

Origame - 4/4/2023, 8:13 AM
@Reginator - it's really not.

It's just there are enough people online who can't handle jk having her own opinion they have to make buying a Wizarding world game she had no actual involvement in a political stance and shaming people into not buying it.

But of course most don't care what she believes in and really like Harry Potter so they made hogwarts legacy crazy successful to the point we're getting all these new projects spinning off from it.
TabbiKat1331 - 4/4/2023, 8:14 AM
@Reginator - because JK Rowling told an uncomfortable truth, Trans women are not the same as biological women.
marvel72 - 4/4/2023, 8:18 AM
@Tasmaniac -

mountainman - 4/4/2023, 8:29 AM
@Reginator - In addition to the ridiculous hate JK Rowling gets, it also is divisive for some to be rebooting this series so soon. The movies are near universally beloved and doing a new version is certain to anger some group of people.
marvel72 - 4/4/2023, 8:34 AM
@Twiz1331 - Exactly like old fashioned women, you know the ones without penises.
TabbiKat1331 - 4/4/2023, 8:38 AM
@marvel72 - as a new fangled woman let me just say dont knock lady penis until you tried it! LMAO
marvel72 - 4/4/2023, 8:40 AM
@Twiz1331 -

mastakilla39 - 4/4/2023, 8:47 AM
@mountainman - Its been 20 years since part 1 came out. It makes sense to do a reboot for a new audience. The current films look outdated to young people now.

Star Wars needs a reboot too, most of the actors are dead or too old to tell anymore stories and people aren't interested in new characters.
mountainman - 4/4/2023, 8:53 AM
@mastakilla39 - To each their own. Very few amazing reboots have ever happened. More often that not, reboots fail to even meet the level of quality of the original. Even less so do they exceed it. The Nolan Batman movies are considered better than previous iterations. The Tom Holland Spider-man movies could be considered a successful reboot. But are there a lot of other examples of modern reboots that are considered either on par with or better than the original?
Tasmaniac - 4/4/2023, 9:09 AM
@mountainman - Funnily enough, I made a comment about just such a unicorn a couple of days ago: The 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot is the greatest tv show ever made. Come at me.
IronMan616 - 4/4/2023, 9:16 AM
@marvel72 - Can you believe there are real articles and people mentioning "female penises" LOL. Fcucking CLOWN WORLD
mountainman - 4/4/2023, 9:25 AM
@Tasmaniac - Great call! And agreed it is another example of a success. I’d be open to hearing more too. It seems as if the trend is that reboots are typically inferior to their predecessor, but there are certainly examples of successful ones.
Reginator - 4/4/2023, 10:23 AM
@Twiz1331 - so the truth is divisive? I am not a harry potter fan, never read any of the books or watched any of the movies. I thought it was a kids show and didn't understand why it would be divisive. So if you don't follow someone's fantasy about themselves then you are the problem?
Goldboink - 4/4/2023, 10:25 AM
@Twiz1331 -
How about backpussy?
Mugens - 4/4/2023, 10:32 AM
@Reginator - Actually I think it has more to do with people having a hard time imagining new actors in the roles that have become so well known to audiences and the fact that all of the movies in the series were fairly well acclaimed and accepted when they came out. I'm sure others would be butt-hurt over her views on trans people, but I think that would be secondary. Of course admittedly I could be completely wrong.
Reginator - 4/4/2023, 10:39 AM
@Mugens - that sounds logical.
mastakilla39 - 4/4/2023, 10:52 AM
@mountainman - Yeah not a lot of great reboots of "movies", so that's why WB are making them into tv shows instead. Each movie is going to be its own season, there's a high chance of fleshing out the story more and getting a more accurate adaptation. Even the most die hard fans universally agree that HP felt rushed in the last 3 movies because they skipped alot of events and characters.
mountainman - 4/4/2023, 11:16 AM
@mastakilla39 - I never liked the movies when they came out. I think I was a few years older than the characters and thought it was too childish.

But, because of my wife, I read the books as an adult and rewatched the movies and really liked them. I agree that there were a lot of interesting B plots and side characters that got shafted. A show could do it well, but I’ll still be hesitant to be excited until I see something that excites me.
Imprtracr1 - 4/4/2023, 12:51 PM
@Reginator - Rowling is in fact, correct. It's not a belief it's a fact.
DoctorDerange - 4/4/2023, 4:07 PM
@Tasmaniac - breaking news: fake Women are not real women. Tonight at 8
tvor03 - 4/4/2023, 4:41 PM
@mastakilla39 - I don't think 20 years is long enough. I started watching Star Wars 20 years after the original came out, and I still loved them. My daughter is currently watching the original 90's power rangers and she loves it. Those are 30 years old.
marvel72 - 4/4/2023, 6:13 PM
@IronMan616 - Tell me about, the UK isn't as bad as America but it's got worse over the last few years.
DeaconFrostBite - 4/4/2023, 7:32 PM
@mastakilla39 - who says they look outdated? All my friends kids love the movies. If they had wanted to remake the original Star Wars movies 20 years after a new hope instead of doing the prequels… it would’ve been absurd. It’s a cash grab as always.
Reginator - 4/5/2023, 9:11 AM
@Imprtracr1 - i agree
dancingmonkey08 - 4/4/2023, 8:06 AM
Jesus Christ, can we let something actually get a couple of decades before it's remade, don't get me wrong, I was all for it when the original actors were in their 50s or 60s, and a new generation could enjoy a new take on it (with the subplots in the books getting time to be fleshed out) but it's far too soon
Dabs - 4/4/2023, 8:33 AM
@dancingmonkey08 - I mean, technically, it has been more than a couple of decades since the first movie was released
ShimmyShimmyYA - 4/4/2023, 8:34 AM
@dancingmonkey08 - they announced a live action Moana yesterday lol
bkmeijer1 - 4/4/2023, 8:39 AM
@dancingmonkey08 - I kinda tend to agree. The audience demographic is probably the same generation who grew up with the movies.

It's been already a decade since the last one, but it still feels too soon indeed. Would be like remaking The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings already. Everybody still has the stories fresh in their minds.
EskimoJ - 4/4/2023, 10:07 AM
@dancingmonkey08 - This may shock you, but the first Harry Potter movie was released over "a couple of decades" ago.
dancingmonkey08 - 4/4/2023, 6:39 PM
@Dabs - its barely been 10 since it ended though....its still fresh in my head culture-wise
dancingmonkey08 - 4/4/2023, 6:40 PM
@ShimmyShimmyYA - haha good damn point, we truly are creatively bankrupt
PantherKing - 4/4/2023, 8:06 AM
I’m all for a Harry Potter tv show
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