HARRY POTTER Reboot News Has Come In For A Lot Of Backlash - Where Do You Stand?

HARRY POTTER Reboot News Has Come In For A Lot Of Backlash - Where Do You Stand?

The recent news that Warner Bros. intends to reboot the Harry Potter franchise and re-adapt the books for HBO Max has not gone over very well with fans of the Wizarding World...

By MarkCassidy - Apr 06, 2023 07:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Harry Potter
Source: Via SFF Gazette

We recently learned that a new Harry Potter HBO Max series is in development, but rather than tell a new story or focus on an entirely different set of characters, the show will serve as a full reboot of the popular movies.

Though nothing has been officially announced, the project is expected to re-adapt the source novels, with each season dedicated to one of the seven books.

Though author J.K. Rowling will most likely not be involved as showrunner, she will be on hand to “ensure it remains loyal to her original material.”

Some fans seem to be willing to give it a shot, but it's probably safe to say the majority of Potter aficionados feel this is one of the worst ideas they've ever heard.

Social media lit-up after the announcement, with some wondering what's the point of retelling the same story as the films (money... the answer is always money), and others simply outraged that Rowling - who has become a massively controversial figure due to her perceived anti-trans stance - has been brought on board.

You can check out just a handful of the reactions below.

Where do you stand on this? Drop us a comment down below.

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TheWalkingCuban - 4/6/2023, 7:32 AM
I’m not one that is hurt by remix, I say do it if it’s good, it’s good, if it’s not, the first ones are
Madman - 4/6/2023, 7:33 AM
5 years ago, I had the same idea as this fits prestige television perfectly. That being said, now, 5 years later, JK Rowling has made and continues to make a fool of herself regardless of your personal stance. She brings nothing but controversy—to pay royalties was going to be enough for some people, but to have an active hand as an executive producer is going to piss even more off.

If it’s well done, I may be interested, but honestly I think this should probably be given another 5 to 10 years before pushing for it, like Wednesday or any other legacy reboot.
mountainman - 4/6/2023, 8:16 AM
@Madman - She’s right about everything she is saying. Biological women deserve their own spaces and that isn’t transphobic to say.
Reaper87 - 4/6/2023, 9:40 AM
@mountainman - Amen!
UncleHarm1 - 4/6/2023, 12:13 PM
@mountainman - Feeling like you deserve something for being born a gender is laughable. Deserving comes from hard work, like overcoming bigotry. You are the problem :D
mountainman - 4/6/2023, 12:41 PM
@UncleHarm1 - Women deserve spaces free of male genitalia. That is all. Those who were born male don’t deserve to do whatever they want just because they say so.
UncleHarm1 - 4/6/2023, 6:56 PM
@mountainman - Women, including trans women, deserve a safe space period. Insinuating that trans women are sexual predators kinda shows your hand.
mountainman - 4/6/2023, 7:02 PM
@UncleHarm1 - Where did I insinuate that? If you think trans women should be allowed into women’s bathrooms, prisons, lockerrooms, spas, rape centers, homeless shelters, etc, then why can’t all biological males be let in there? Why are women and men’s sports separate? Why don’t we just have one division that everyone can compete in?
UncleHarm1 - 4/7/2023, 9:18 AM
@mountainman - Yeah, why not?
mountainman - 4/7/2023, 9:35 AM
@UncleHarm1 - Women will be regulated out of sports. It’s quite well documented that men outperform women in every sport - with the possible exception of ultra-marathons and certain sports where being smaller is better (like ice skating or gymnastics). I mean if that’s the way we go with it, it is what it is. But let’s just go full on and not let trans women be the only biological men competing against biological women .

To the women only spaces thing, geez that’s callous. I have many women in my life that I care a lot about and none of them want to see penises in their spaces. Women fought very hard for their rights and now they are being usurped by men pretending to be women. It’s gross.

Let me ask you this, if a trans woman went into a doctor claiming they just had a miscarriage, should the doctor treat them for that? If so, why? If not, why?
MarkCassidy - 4/6/2023, 7:35 AM
I've never been a fan so I have no opinion on this... but if it was LOTR, and they're prob going to do the same thing with that eventually, I prob wouldn't be happy.
bkmeijer1 - 4/6/2023, 7:46 AM
@MarkCassidy - I've brought up LOTR in the last article as well. No way that get's a pass (pun intended this time) as well if that's remade.
DalekCraigWasson - 4/6/2023, 7:57 AM
@MarkCassidy @bkmeijer1 - I feel the opposite. I love LOTR films but a TV show could adapt all the wonderful stuff that even a 4 hour movie couldn't cover. The Scouring of the Shire doesn't work for a conclusion to a movie. It would be amazing as a multi episode arc.
bkmeijer1 - 4/6/2023, 8:00 AM
@DalekCraigWasson - true. There is a lot of great stuff in the books that wasn't covered.

I wouldn't be against it per se, but I feel the overall story is still too fresh in everybody's minds. Has to many already classic moments.
Ryguy88 - 4/6/2023, 10:38 AM
@MarkCassidy - difference being Rowling is still alive to guide and approve this where Tolkien isnt and his estate dgaf
MV081199 - 4/6/2023, 7:36 AM
I think any boycott will only increase viewership kinda like Hogwards Legacy.
Th3Batman - 4/6/2023, 7:36 AM
If it will adapt each book entirely, and the cast is good, then why not ? it's not like anyone's taking the movies away.
Colton - 4/6/2023, 7:41 AM
Shitty article designed to stir it up in the comments.
UniqNo - 4/6/2023, 7:49 AM
@Colton - This much is true
TheWalkingCuban - 4/6/2023, 7:53 AM
@Colton - glad to see it’s not working
RolandD - 4/6/2023, 8:51 AM
@TheWalkingCuban -
UniqNo - 4/6/2023, 7:43 AM
The movie's were not that long ago though, they hold up well. I feel maybe in 2030 it would make sense....

I would much prefer they spend all that money on something original or a new adaption that hasn't yet had the opportunity to grace the screens. Stop recycling the same stuff....
bkmeijer1 - 4/6/2023, 7:48 AM
@UniqNo - this exactly. Franchises from the 2000s are still fresh in our minds. Rebooting stuff like the Bourne movies or The Lord of The Rings trilogies just feels too early
mountainman - 4/6/2023, 8:20 AM
@UniqNo - Studios are just scared to try new things so they reboot or endlessly expand their properties. What they don’t realize is that it dilutes the brand.

If you’re looking for an adaptation, there are so many books, comics, video games, much older properties than this, or original ideas that can be done.

But they like to stick with what has already worked in the past.
UniqNo - 4/6/2023, 9:08 AM
@bkmeijer1 @mountainman - Exactly, Major Studio's have lost their ways, and Disney and WB are the main culprits....(funny how they both also own comic book properties)

I understand there's alot more risk these days with unknown properties or original ideas, but there is so many platforms for people to engage on that you'd think we'll get something new sometimes.

mountainman - 4/6/2023, 9:27 AM
@UniqNo - People are clamoring for it. The Witcher had a lot of hype when it was new. Had the production been better, I bet that could have been something really big.

Stranger Things has become big and was an original property (but very inspired by other things).

The Boys has success and was a new adaptation (but they may be diluting the brand with spin offs too).

Walking Dead at first was unique (but suffered the same fate).

I think we just have to accept the unfortunate reality of franchising. Everybody is going to do it.

At least there are more studios and streaming providers out there to try new things these days.
UniqNo - 4/6/2023, 9:54 AM
@mountainman - Stranger things is probably the last thing that i've thoroughly enjoys and appreciate. Yeah it's based off other 80's themed stuff but they fully embraced that and have told a compelling story, i'm glad it's ending on it's own terms, unlike the Walking Dead. That show was great and should have either ended in season 6/7 but they stretched it on to long to it being a shadow if itself and commited to all these spin offs that have fully diluted it.

The Boy's is good, but i feel it may outstay it's welcome. They should wrap it up by season 5 i reckon, as just filling it with WTF moments is starting to wear a bit thin.

But yeah i suppose there is alot more choice, i just wish the bigger studios would try it more.
bkmeijer1 - 4/6/2023, 9:57 AM
@UniqNo - even adapting stuff counts as new in my opinion. As long as it isn't something that already has been adapted.

Enough other YA fantasy franchises out there that are similar enough. If it looks enough like something familiar, it'll get a pass. Little risk involved
UniqNo - 4/6/2023, 10:06 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Yeah, that's what i said, even if it's already based on something but just hasn't been adapted to film or TV yet. I'm still waiting on my Spliter Cell movie. lol..would make a good series though....speaking of old spies, any one know when The Old Man season 2 is coming out? That shit was fresh.
mountainman - 4/6/2023, 10:26 AM
@UniqNo - Splinter Cell would be great! I was also a fan of the Syphon Filter games, but I don’t think there is as much meat to that story.
bkmeijer1 - 4/6/2023, 10:30 AM
@UniqNo - oh yeah. See it now in your original comment. In that case, I agree.

Also, I don't just want a Splinter Cell adaptation. I want a whole Tom Clancy's Ubisoft Universe. Could start with Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell, which moves into EndWar, and finally ends with The Division.
Titan417 - 4/6/2023, 7:43 AM
I would rather see a movie about the Aurors in action or more about the houses of Hogwarts and the ones that started it, e.g. Salvador Slytherin, Griffindor, etc…. Hogwarts is full of history that can be explored.
bkmeijer1 - 4/6/2023, 7:44 AM
Honestly, I'm not totally against it now that I know there's so much more (storylines and such) in the books than there was adapted in the movies.

The only thing I want is see more of the lore and worldbuilding we haven't seen before, and I suppose those parts do check that box. If it's the same story though, no thanks.
Cleander - 4/6/2023, 7:45 AM
I stand on already owning the original movies and anything that happens in the reboot/remake won't affect the original movies. I just don't get the point of the "Who ask for this?" crowd. As for my say on J.K. Rowling being involved in something she already OWNS is another strange mindset - she did a wonderful job the last time in protecting her creation I'm sure she will do a wonderful job. If she doesn't then ppl can celebrate her failure but at the end of the day - she owns the property and she can do what she wants with it.
AC1 - 4/6/2023, 7:45 AM
In light of the news of this reboot of the Harry Potter franchise in a series format for Warner Bros' streaming service HBO Max, I think I can honestly and wholeheartedly say without a shadow of a doubt that my opinion on said news is that I really couldn't care less.
bkmeijer1 - 4/6/2023, 7:51 AM
@AC1 - that's a whole lot of words to say I don't give a shit.

It's almost like you're taking the HBO Max approach here: take something rather short (like let's say 8 movies) and turn it into a much longer thing (like 7 full seasons) to tell the same thing.
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