A TV series based on the Harry Potter saga is coming to Max, the streaming platform that will replace HBO Max in May.
The series is being hailed as a “faithful adaptation of the beloved Harry Potter book series.” This means a new cast, new aesthetic, and an unedited look at the Wizarding World, promising to rewrite the film adaptations, which needed clarification due to being entrusted to multiple directors.
It was announced that HBO Max and Discovery+ are officially being merged into a new service anointed simply Max. The announcement was made during Warner Bros Discovery’s presentation to the press and investors on April 12. Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO of HBO Max, said the team is delighted to allow audiences to discover Hogwarts in a new way.
The TV series will be executive produced by JK Rowling, Neil Blair, and Ruth Kenley-Letts. Rowling stated, “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 Harry Potter franchise has been a cultural phenomenon since the first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was published in 1997. The final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows debuted in 2007.
Alongside the books, there have been eight Harry Potter films, grossing over $7.7 billion at the global box office. A spin-off from the series Fantastic Beasts has also been created and has had three movies so far.
Fans of the saga are excited about the new TV series, especially those unsatisfied by the film adaptations and the latest Fantastic Beasts movies. With no information yet available about the plot, fans wonder who will play the iconic characters of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, among others.
It’s been promised that the TV series will “dive deep into each of the iconic books that fans have continued to enjoy for all of these years.” Fans worldwide are now eagerly awaiting the launch of the new TV series, hoping it will do justice to the beloved books and characters.