HBO's HARRY POTTER TV Reboot Will Explore The Books More Deeply

HBO's HARRY POTTER TV Reboot Will Explore The Books More Deeply

A producer on the recently announced Harry Potter television reboot for HBO's streaming service Max, David Heyman just disclosed where the project currently stands.

By MarkJulian - Sep 17, 2023 10:09 AM EST
Filed Under: Harry Potter

Back in April of this year, HBO announced plans for a live-action television reboot of the Harry Potter film series, which is of course, based on the popular  fantasy book series by author J.K. Rowling. It was also revealed that the upcoming reboot will feature an all-new cast.

At the time of the announcement, Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO of HBO & Max Content stated, "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."

Each season will apparently be based on one of Rowling's seven novels published between 1997 and 2007, delivering a more exhaustive exploration of the Harry Potter world than individual films could provide.

Recently,  producer David Heyman (who also produced all of the Harry Potter films) has provided an update on the TV series to Total Film Magazine.

"[On Harry Potter] It’s early days. We haven’t even hired a writer to begin writing. It’s a bit early. But hopefully [it will be] something that’s very special, and gives us an opportunity to see the books, and to enjoy a series which explores the books more deeply."

It appears that the television series is still a long way off, much to the relief of HP fans who fear the reboot is coming far too soon.

These fans are likely struggling to grasp the concept of someone other than Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson playing the Golden Trio

Of course, with the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes, the series would only be able to hire a showrunner or directors unless HBO is planning to fill out the new cast exclusively with Equity talent, which is the UK's equivalent of the American guild.

The last Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, was released in 2011 but the film series has successfully endured over the years, consistently outperforming comparable franchises in the home video and streaming markets.

In regards to Rowling, who has come under fire in recent years for her views that trans women are not women and trans men are not men, it seems the author will be involved as an executive producer, but she won't be one of the primary showrunners or have significant creative input beyond casting decisions.

Recently, Warner Bros. CEO David Zaslav stated that he believes the company has underutilized IPs such as DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter. 

The TV reboot could be the first in a series of new Potter-related projects developed for television, films, video games, and other media.

Speculation is already running rampant that the Broadway play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be the next piece of literature adapted for cinema, reuniting the the original Harry Potter cast.

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HAILHYDRA - 9/17/2023, 10:17 AM
Dumbledore about to be so gay…
Se4M4NSt4ine - 9/17/2023, 10:30 AM
@HAILHYDRA - Alan Cumming as Dumbledore confirmed.

Drace24 - 9/17/2023, 10:38 AM
@HAILHYDRA - Dumbledore was literally introduced in the first chapter as a man wearing long flamboyant robes, high-heeled boots and several times over the course of the story he remarked male beauty. Why people were so flabbergasted when a fan straight up asked Rowling about it and she said she always imagined him gay, I will never understand. XD
santoanderson - 9/17/2023, 10:25 AM
Honestly I would be more interested in a new story, about new characters, set in modern day which exists within that world, than get a full-on remake of the stories everybody has memorized.
Drace24 - 9/17/2023, 10:41 AM
@santoanderson - I thought so too at first and I still want original stories in that world. But the more I think about the prospect of every book being adapted into a full season, the more excited I get. And I don't think it means spin-offs are off the table. If anything that makes tthem more likely, since they clearly going for a shared universe here.

And if it doesn't work out, I still have the books. Whatever.
Nightwing1015 - 9/17/2023, 11:01 AM
@santoanderson - I would be inclined to agree but there’s a ton of stuff from the books we’ve never seen in live action and the films aren’t perfect adaptions of what they took by any means
SheepishOne - 9/17/2023, 11:15 AM
@santoanderson - I would ordinarily agree, but I had so many gripes and frustrations with omissions from the books that I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to see a longer form series become a more straightforward adaptation.

Some of my favorite subplots from the books were left out altogether, and there were enough big changes from the books to movies that I think a deeper exploration of the books will feel like an entirely new thing.
Origame - 9/17/2023, 10:27 AM
So a TV series is gonna explore the source material more than the movies?

You don't say...
Mrcool210 - 9/17/2023, 10:29 AM
Considering they said that each season would be one book...yeah I kind of figured that.

Cap1 - 9/17/2023, 10:42 AM
600 odd minutes will explore the books more than 150? Groundbreaking stuff
clintthahamster - 9/17/2023, 11:28 AM
@Cap1 - comments section about to start joining SAG-AFTRA and WGA on the picket lines.
harryba11zack - 9/17/2023, 10:46 AM
they gonna replace all the gingers.
Deklipz - 9/18/2023, 1:28 PM
@harryba11zack - Good. No good 🤬sucking 🤬eating 🤬ing butt munching soulless gingers…
Drace24 - 9/17/2023, 10:48 AM
"for her views that trans women are not women and trans men are not men"

I mean, she never actually said this and her criticism was always about the conflicts between trans rights and women's rights that noone wants to talk about and how many activists are treating women for daring to criticize that, but at this point who cares? Why have nuanced discussions about the colliding needs of two marginalized groups, when you can just dumb it down to some self-aggrandizing platitudes. You big allies, you.
GameOn - 9/17/2023, 11:13 AM
No shit
SuperiorHeckler - 9/17/2023, 11:29 AM
Which of the 'Big-Three' is most likely due for a race-swap? My money is on Hermione. 🤨
JobinJ - 9/17/2023, 11:32 AM
The Adventures of Harriett Potty and the three gendered, bi racial, LGBTQ-DJKGURDJCJNCVKFRIORR Non Binary Magician.
GameOn - 9/17/2023, 11:45 AM
@JobinJ -

Article: “We’re gonna do more book stuff”

JobinJ - 9/17/2023, 11:48 AM
@GameOn - no it’s not that. But I would bet money there are going to be race swaps and LGBTQ characters inserted in here that weren’t in the original books.
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