'Potter' TV show a go
And shock over HBO Max name change
What to know
Harry Potter series adaptation official at Max, J.K. Rowling exec producing… Boom. There it is. Warner Bros. is going back to the beginning and will reboot the original Harry Potter novels as a 7-season, 10-year epic on the newly minted Max streaming service with an all-new cast. J.K. Rowling and all the controversy that comes with her will executive produce the project, but she will not serve as showrunner or writer (which is a good thing.) While it’s unfortunate that Rowling and WB still have such a close relationship, likely causing internal conflict for many fans, there is potential for this show to be great and a much more faithful, deeper adaptation than the movies (which changed and condensed quite a bit). So I’m optimistic.
Yet I’m also disappointed to not see something more creative or different for the Wizarding World’s big TV debut. Why not expand the universe further on streaming? I’m also perplexed slightly at WBD for not trying harder to keep the Potterverse in movie theaters — especially as Hollywood pivots back to cinemas. The Cursed Child movies were rumored to be in the works, but allegedly some original cast members did not want to work with Rowling again (can’t blame them). It seems WBD is leaving theatrical money on the table by relegating Potter to TV for now. 🧙🏻♀️
Upgrade to a full Pop Culture Brain Daily subscription for $1/month or $6/year.
Keep reading with a 7-day free trial
Subscribe to Pop Culture Brain Daily to keep reading this post and get 7 days of free access to the full post archives.