Content replication in the form of series has seemed to be a quick and lucrative way to produce new content and engage the existing fans again. Disney’s been doing that with Star Wars and MCU projects, but now even HBO Max is considering a Harry Potter series.
Known to all, Harry Potter has a more than cult like following. Cult seems like a small word when we talk about Harry Potter and its fans, it’s something far and beyond just a cult.
That’s the latest online article states that a Harry Potter TV series is “in early development at HBO Max.” The Harry Potter franchise is in hibernation, with the films end with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 in 2011. (J.K. Rowling’s “Wizarding World” instead continued differently with spin-off prequel series Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them.) With the series of books, movies, games, theme parks, and breakfast cereals still remaining magically popular, The Hollywood Reporter observers WarnerMedia is “exploring” their options for the Harry Potter streaming show:
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that executives at the WarnerMedia-backed streamer have engaged in multiple conversations with potential writers exploring various ideas that would bring the beloved property to television. Sources say broad ideas have been discussed as part of the early-stage exploratory meetings.
A live-action Harry Potter TV series is in the works at HBO Max.
— CinemApp News (@CinemApp_CineUK) January 26, 2021
It is, however, to be noted HBO and Warners did tell The Hollywood Reporter “There are no Harry Potter series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform.”
Or perhaps the series being explored is not strictly talking about a “Harry Potter” and maybe more of a spin-off in the Wizarding World with The Fantastic Beasts. So these could be very early, very theoretical “ideas”. This theory would make both The Hollywood Reporter’s and HBO’s statement true.
If Warner Bros. can make a Harry Potter show, they will. And they have also made it clear that HBO Max is a big business priority, as they have already agreed to place all Warners’ 2021 films on the service on the same day they open in theatres, eating up their future box office receipts to push up subscription numbers and not share profits with the cinemas. Just Imagine how many subscribers will be generated for a new Harry Potter TV show!