A new Harry Potter series? It may come sooner than you think

The Harry Potter franchise is reportedly being eyed for a live-action series

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The boy who lived is coming back for another new series on HBO Max. The Hollywood reporter announces that "executives have had a series of meetings with writers with the goal of bringing the blockbuster franchise to television."

Fans of the Harry Potter books and films can celebrate with the knowledge that they will likely be treated to a new series of magical mayhem at some point in the near future. 

The announcement reveals no writers or actors attached to this project yet as it is in its infancy, with executives at the streamer reportedly brainstorming with writers on how to turn the novels into a streaming TV series.

However, it is unlikely that the film's original cast could return. Emma Watson is amazing in every role, but even she might struggle to play an 11-year old Hermione again as a 30-year-old woman—but we wouldn't put it past her!

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The discussions about this project are very much in the preliminary stages. 

In 2016, NBC Universal created a sever year-long rights deal with Warner Bros. that concludes in April 2025. This deal includes digital initiatives and domestic TV distribution, i.e., streaming, broadcast, and cable rights to the franchise. 

But the Harry Potter franchise has various owners, and the creation of this project will be complicated when it comes to the rights of the final product. 

J.K. Rowling, the author of the franchise, controls the property's rights and has to be involved in every project/ spin-off from the original books. That included the Harry Potter and the Cursed child theatre production that she co-wrote, the 8-part film series, and the spin-off Fantastic Beasts movie series. 

HBO Max and Warner Bros. explained to The Hollywood Reporter that, "There are no Harry Potter series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform." 

The announcement has caused some communities anger, as the franchise's continuation would profit J.K. Rowling, who has become known in recent years for her unpopular opinions concerning trans rights. 

Last year, J.K. Rowling publically made statements against transgender people and was labeled a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist). 

Rowling wrote an essay about her opinions, in which she claimed, “Huge numbers of women are justifiably terrified by the trans activists.” It caused a massive backlash. 

Human-rights activists have taken to social media to share their disappointment that Rowling will be attached to this project. 

One Twitter user writes: “Harry Potter was the biggest part of my childhood and if it weren’t for the fact that JK Rowling is a transphobic asshole I would be so excited for this but really.....who’s even going to watch this now? What’s the point?”

Another tweeted: “It’s time to do the ‘Stop enabling JK Rowling from getting royalties challenge’”

Laura Harman

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