After being heavily reported from the media press a few weeks ago, it was confirmed at the end of the Warner Bros. Discovery Press Event that a series adaptation of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter will be coming to Max, with the author serving as executive producer and WBD aiming for the series to have a ‘decade-long’ run.
It was revealed that the series will focus on one book per season, meaning a seven season series is at least the mapped plan, that will be faithful and authentic to the books and will feature a new cast. The story follows Harry Potter, an orphan raised by his aunt and uncle because his parents died when he was a baby. Unloved by his aunt and uncle, Harry Potter’s life is forever changed when he’s invited to join the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
After the announcement, Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said:
My wife and I, we read (the Harry Potter books) to each of our three kids….It’s really moving, for ten consecutive years, people will see Harry Potter on HBO (now changed to Max as announced at the Press Event; I mean it’s really something.
Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO of HBO and Max Content, said:
We are delighted to give audiences the opportunity to discover Hogwarts in a whole new way. 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.
J. K. Rowling also released a statement saying:
Max’s commitment to preserving the integrity of my books is important to me, and I’m looking forward to being part of this new adaptation which will allow for a degree of depth and detail only afforded by a long form television series.
Harry Potter is a much-beloved franchise, with the book series selling 600m copies worldwide, the original films obtaining a box office gross of $7.7bn combined, and even the spinoff trilogy of films, Fantastic Beasts, earned a combined gross of $1.8bn. However, it goes without saying that the series adaptation has been greenlit with no writer or showrunner attached, and thus WBD will begin the search for them, as well as the controversy that comes with J. K. Rowling attached to the project, and with Fantastic Beasts franchise being dead before it could conclude due to poor box office returns with the third film The Secrets of Dumbledore, and with the original cast not willing to return for a sequel film adaptation of The Cursed Child, it’ll certainly be interesting to see whose looking forward to this new iteration and who they cast in it.