Rumors had been going around that a reboot for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books was in the works, and despite the online backlash, it seems that HBO has made it official.
Here’s the announcement for the HP series coming to the rebranded Max:
It comes with this description:
Max has ordered the first ever #HarryPotter scripted television series, a faithful adaptation of the iconic books
The series is said to be covering one book per season, and will find a new cast of characters to play the trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermoine. Besides the promise that the series will attempt to be more faithful to the books, it’s also been said that the show will have a more diverse cast of characters.
Growing up on the films, news of a Harry Potter reboot to me definitely feels like a poor decision, but on the other hand, several classic stories have found themselves rebooted time and again like Sherlock Holmes. While the movies do seem pretty fresh in a lot of fans’ minds, maybe a reboot won’t be as terrible as we expect.
Though fans had managed to stick to J.K. Rowling through all the online shaming and transphobe accusations, I wonder how many will be on her side now especially since she’s attached to the show as an executive producer. While her Fantastic Beasts attempt wasn’t perfect, I definitely prefer an expansion of the world rather than a retelling of a story that a lot of fans agree has pretty much been pulled off.
No release date has been set for the Potter series.