HBO’s content director says there are “no set deals” for a Harry Potter spinoff series on HBO Max, but he seemed open to the idea.
After rumors that a Harry Potter The series is in development for HBO Max, the company’s content director made things clear and said that there are currently no agreements in place. Reports that a live action Harry Potter The series was in development for HBO Max began in late January, just after Warner Bros. executive Tom Ascheim was appointed to oversee the entirety of the series. Harry Potter franchise.
Harry Potter It is not just a well established franchise, it has been a cultural phenomenon for the past few decades. Beginning with JK Rowling’s 7-book saga, the novels were adapted for the screen to become the beloved blockbuster franchise that followed the Golden Trio of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. The first spin-off of The Wizarding World was the prequel series Fantastic Animals, which currently has two deliveries and a third on the way. However, the franchise has been riddled with controversy recently, from JK Rowling’s comments on transgender people to Johnny Depp’s resignation from the role of Grindelwald. In light of these recent events, the franchise seeks to correct course, possibly with a spin-off series sometime in the near future.
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Although Potterheads will have to wait a bit longer for good news regarding a spinoff series on HBO Max. During an interview with THAT, Casey Bloys, HBO’s chief content officer, answered questions about the future of many HBO projects, including a possible Harry Potter Serie. When asked about a series set in the Wizarding World, Bloys had this to say:
There are no agreements in force. There are no writers. There is nothing. So I can’t add anything to what everyone is already speculating. However, to your question … do I want the Harry Potter series? Of course, it would take more Harry Potter. That would be great. But there is nothing to add.
While some sources have claimed that Warner Bros. has held exploratory meetings with potential writers for an HBO series, Bloys seemed very blunt that rumors about a Harry Potter spin-offs are unfounded. While there doesn’t seem to be anything concrete in the works at the moment, Bloys seems open to the idea and unconditional. Potter Fans will undoubtedly remain optimistic as well. It will be interesting to see if anything concrete happens on this front in the future, especially from Harry Potter is still a tent franchise for Warner Bros.
Harry Potter is a franchise on the step of Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe and as Disney has already demonstrated with these two properties, the possibilities for spinoff series are endless. Given that Rupert Grint did not express interest in a continuation of the original franchise, it would be unlikely that any future series would directly follow the Golden Trio. Other possibilities could include a prequel series focused on the original Order of the Phoenix or Severus Snape.
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