The news had already leaked on the web for a few days that the Harry Potter saga would end up in the hands of HBO for the debut on the small screen with a new TV series that represented a reboot of the film saga brought to worldwide success by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
The official confirmation of the project arrived a few days later. The announcement ends years of speculation about whether or not the Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be televised. The news was given by the streaming platform on which the series will be broadcast, HBO Max which, now, after a rebranding, will only be called Max.
The announcement took place with the sharing of a teaser trailer on the streaming company account announcing the return to the most famous school of witchcraft and wizardry in the world. After weeks of mixed rumors, HBO Max has finally confirmed that the Harry Potter book series is indeed turning into a TV show.
“Your letter to Hogwarts is here. Max has ordered the first ever #HarryPotter scripted television series, a faithful adaptation of the iconic books,” reads the Instagram caption of the teaser clip revealing the show’s logo.
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CEO of HBO & Max Content Casey Bloys commented the newa saing “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.”
To this was added the comment released by the author of the saga, JK Rowling who said: “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.”
The ambitious Max project is in fact conceived as a production extended over a long period of time. As previously speculated, the TV series should have seven seasons, one for each book by Rowling. Furthermore, on the official press release of the platform it was reported that the series will have a completely new cast “to introduce a whole new generation to the fandom”.
The intent is, therefore, to go deeper into the stories, characters and places of each book, more than the eight films that already created a collective imagination have done. And it is precisely this imagery that many fans see under attack. The news of the new TV series on Harry Potter, in fact, was not welcomed unanimously and has decidedly divided public opinion. Below the posts of HBO’s social channels, many complain about the decision to create a product that no one felt the need for and that could never be compared to the enormous generational phenomenon that the saga has represented the saga for years.
So far, no other details have been released and there is fervent curiosity about the crucial choice of the actors for the new cast, of which no preview has been leaked so far.