A Live-Action Harry Potter Series Is In Development For HBO Max

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It’s been revealed that a live-action Harry Potter series is being developed by Warner Bros. for HBO Max, which is a bit of a surprise. This news comes to us from The Hollywood Reporter (via ComicBook.com).

The Harry Potter franchise is in a bit of a strange place at the moment. We’re getting the Fantastic Beasts movies, yet it looks like those films are starting to dwindle in interest slightly. However, it’s now been revealed that Warner Bros. has a backup plan in order to keep the Harry Potter franchise alive.

That backup plan is making a TV series based on the property, and it will be live-action, which is interesting. I was expected them to announce this officially at some point, and it seems as though the proverbial cat’s now out of the bag.

A live-action Harry Potter series is coming to HBO Max

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Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

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Harry Potter feels like it would work in a TV setting. We already know that A Lord Of The Rings TV show is being made over at Amazon. Netflix is working on The Witcher, and HBO’s got a Game Of Thrones-shaped hole at the moment. They’ll be hoping that Harry Potter can fill that fantasy hole for them.

It’s a no-brainer to be honest. Harry Potter is still a very popular IP and even though people aren’t as enamoured with J.K. Rowling as they used to be in 2000s, the world she created is still very popular.

So, with this in mind, making a TV show based on the Harry Potter IP is very clever indeed, especially since they are in desperate need of a show like this. They’ll be directly competing with the likes of The Lord Of The Rings and The Witcher, to name but a few. Also, I think they’ll stop making the Fantastic Beasts after this upcoming third movie.

What do you make of this news? Would you like to see a Harry Potter series over on HBO Max? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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