A new Harry Potter TV series is officially in the works at HBO Max. On April 12, during Warner Bros. Discovery’s presentation to press and investors, it was announced that HBO Max and Discovery+ would be combined into a new service called Max. Among the exciting news was the confirmation of a decade-long series based on the Harry Potter book series by J.K. Rowling.
New Cast, Same Iconic Story
The new Max Original series will feature an entirely new cast from the films, bringing new life to the beloved story.
The plan is for each season of the show to focus on one book in the franchise.
Warner Bros. Discovery has described the series as a “decade-long” project, which means that fans can look forward to many years of discovering the Wizarding World in a new way.
Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO of HBO & Max Content, expressed his excitement about the upcoming series, saying, “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.”
Rowling and Heyman on Board
J.K. Rowling herself will be an executive producer on the new show, alongside Neil Blair and Ruth Kenley-Letts. David Heyman, who produced the Harry Potter films, is also in talks to join the project as an executive producer.
Rowling expressed her commitment to the project and the importance of preserving the integrity of the books, 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.”
Years of Speculation Finally Over
The announcement brings an end to years of speculation on whether the Wizarding World of Harry Potter would make the transition to TV.
The franchise has already proven to be incredibly popular across various media platforms. The books were all bestsellers, and the eight Harry Potter films grossed more than $7.7 billion at the global box office.
In addition, the Fantastic Beasts film franchise, theme park attractions, toys, and games, including the recently launched video game “Hogwarts Legacy,” have all been hugely successful.
Fans are thrilled to hear about the upcoming Harry Potter series and can’t wait to see what HBO Max has in store for them. With a new cast, a new take on the beloved story, and the involvement of J.K. Rowling and David Heyman, there’s no doubt that the new series will be a hit with both old and new fans alike.