HBO’s confirmation of a new Harry Potter TV series has left fans divided. The series will be based on the original books and will feature a new cast to lead a new generation of fandom.
Each series of the programme will be based on an individual book, and the show will be “authentic to the original books” as JK Rowling was named an executive producer for the show.
Fans have taken to social media to express their feelings about the new series. While some are excited about the prospect of a new adaptation, others have criticized the move, with one Twitter user saying, “Basically came to ruin my childhood. No, I won’t take anyone else as Harry Potter except Daniel Radcliffe. Thank you.”
Some fans were also critical of JK Rowling’s personal views on trans women and gender identity. One commenter said, “People have such a weird obsession with this show! Very telling seeing who’s actually an ally.”
Despite the divided response, HBO is pushing forward with the new series. Warner Bros Discovery, which owns HBO, is keen to create a new show based on the popular wizarding world. It was previously reported that Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslava and HBO boss Casey Vloys were interested in having JK Rowling involved as a producer.
The new series will allow for a degree of depth and detail only afforded by a long-form television series. Rowling said, “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.”
Harry Potter originally started as a book series after the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1997. The franchise has since expanded to include films, merchandise, and theme parks. With the arrival of a new TV series, fans can look forward to exploring the wizarding world once again, but with a new cast and fresh perspective.
“The series will feature a new cast to lead a new generation of fandom, full of the fantastic detail, much-loved characters, and dramatic locations that Harry Potter fans have loved for over twenty-five years,” Warner Bros Discovery stated in a news release.
Considering that JK Rowling has been mentioned as the show’s executive producer, it was further said that the series will be “authentic to the original books.”