25 Jan

Susan Leighton

Has it really been twenty years since the first Harry Potter film appeared in theaters all over the world? It seems like just yesterday when people of all ages were lining up to see the young wizard and his pals vanquish evil. 

The brainchild of J.K. Rowling, who prior to becoming one of the most celebrated authors in history conceived the idea for her book series while stuck on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. Who knew that the former researcher and bilingual Amnesty International secretary would achieve such heights of literary stardom? 

After a successful slew of movies that slayed the box office, in 2011, everything culminated in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Harry, Ron and Hermione spearheaded a final battle against the dastardly Voldemort at Hogwarts. Seven years later, Harry resurfaced again. This time in a two-part show on Broadway called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The story takes place nineteen years after The Deathly Hallows saga and features the sorcerer’s youngest son in the lead. Deadline reported yesterday that a Harry Potter series might become a reality for HBO Max.

Apparently, there have been “exploratory conversations” but nothing has been definitely confirmed. Once again, much like Wonka, it sounds like Warner Bros is dusting off their valuable built-in audience intellectual properties to ease their pandemic monetary woes.   

What is interesting is that HBO Max states that “no series is in development.” Of course, they will have to reach out to Ms. Rowling for her blessing if and when they decide to make a move. 

Honestly, we have already seen Harry grow up on screen. Would this rumored effort follow Harry’s son like the Broadway show or would it have the well-known franchise title with the adult conjurer mentoring the next crop of magicians at Hogwarts? 

Who knows? Until confirmation comes from Rowling’s camp and the studio, we will file this under “wishful thinking.”

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