Fans of the wizarding world, rejoice! It appears that the magical realm of Harry Potter may soon return to our screens, as Warner Bros. Discovery is reportedly close to finalizing a deal to create a new TV series based on J.K. Rowling’s best-selling novels. According to insiders familiar with the matter, each season of the series will be based on one of the seven original books.
These anonymous sources, who chose to remain unnamed due to the deal not being officially announced, hinted that Warner Bros. hopes this series will play a crucial role in their new streaming strategy. The company’s CEO, David Zaslav, and the head of the cable TV division HBO, Casey Bloys, have been working on convincing Rowling to greenlight the new series for both HBO and online streaming. However, negotiations have yet to be finalized.
According to the report, if the deal is finalized with J.K. Rowling, she will be creatively involved in the series, but will not serve as sole creator or showrunner. Negotiations are still ongoing with the writer, but parent company Warner Bros. Discovery is holding a press event next Wednesday for its streaming service, so it is highly likely we will know more if the TV series is happening or not.
Warner Bros.’ film division has already enjoyed tremendous success with the adaptations of all seven original books, and they are eager to further explore the magical world of Harry Potter on screen. Rowling has previously approved stage adaptations and theme park attractions, but as of now, she hasn’t signed off on any new movies or TV projects.
Warner Bros. has declined to comment on the matter.
The Harry Potter series, created by British author J.K. Rowling, began with the publication of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in 1997. The series consists of seven books, each chronicling a year in the life of the young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, as they attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The books have been translated into 85 languages and have sold over 600 million copies worldwide. In 2001, Warner Bros. released the first of eight film adaptations, with the final book being split into two films. The films, which starred Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, have collectively grossed over $7.7 billion worldwide, making Harry Potter one of the highest-grossing film franchises in history. The series has left an indelible mark on popular culture and has spawned numerous spin-offs, including stage productions, theme park attractions, and the “Fantastic Beasts” film series.
While it’s too early to celebrate, fans should keep their fingers crossed for the potential return of Harry, Ron, and Hermione in this new TV series.
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