HBO to Start Web Series Based on Harry Potter

Prepare to visit Hogwarts once more, but on television this time. According to recent reports, Warner Bros. Discovery is in preliminary discussions with J.K. Rowling’s team to create a new show based on her well-known books. The best-selling Harry Potter series will be rebooted for the streaming era. While she won’t be the showrunner or creator, Rowling, who has courted controversy in recent years with her remarks about transgender rights problems, will still have some creative control.

Bloomberg claims that rather than being a “in-universe spinoff” like the Fantastic Beasts movies, the series would be explicitly based on Rowling’s books. According to reports, each season would take inspiration from one of the books, indicating that the company would have a long-running franchise. Rowling would continue to have some creative input into the programme under the terms of the agreement, but she would not be the principal creator or showrunner, according to a Variety report.

With the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001, Warner Bros. turned the seven-book fiction series Harry Potter into an eight-part, worldwide phenomenon. The final film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 was released in 2011 and brought in a cumulative $7.7 billion. A spin-off precursor series following the Harry Potter movies was conceived; it debuted with the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them but was shelved after the disappointing box office and critical reception of its sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, released the following year.

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