A Live-Action Harry Potter TV Show Is Apparently Coming To HBO Max
It has been a decade since the last Harry Potter film from the original book series hit the big screen. Since then the franchise has definitely had its ups and downs with the addition of the Fantastic Beasts films. Not to mention the hole that author of the Potter books (and a few transphobic novels) JK Rowling keeps digging for herself on social media. But somehow after so many years since the second installment of Deathly Hallows, the Harry Potter franchise is once again looking to make a live-action adaptation. This time it will allegedly be a TV show on HBO Max. We should note however, that this news has not been officially confirmed by the streaming network.
How Would A Live-Action Harry Potter Show Work?
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If the news is true and Harry Potter is set to come to HBO Max as a TV show, we have questions about how that would even work. Will it still be based on the original book series? Or is it going to go Lord of the Rings style and somehow draw from the history of the franchise. A series about how Voldemort rose to power could work. But the villain origin story premise is getting a little tired.
If the Harry Potter tv show on HBO Max does draw from the original series, will we see the return of actors like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint to their roles? Or will the entire cast be rebooted with new actors? Admittedly the Harry Potter film franchise is not perfect, but it is still beloved by a generation of fans. It feels like rebooting the franchise and recasting might get some blowback from fans.
There is still no information on who might be working on this alleged Harry Potter tv show. We don’t know how involved Rowling herself is. Nor do we know what other writers and producers might get involved. This is all still speculation right now, so let us know what you think by joining the conversation with Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.