It’s been barely a decade since we said goodbye to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but the ongoing discussions of a possible reboot are already in the air. Naturally, with a franchise that’s made an astonishing $7.73 billion worldwide in its ten years of existence, it’s no wonder that Warner Bros. isn’t keen on leaving it in the past, particularly with how poorly the Fantastic Beasts spinoff franchise has been performing.
Although the general audience and fans stay split on the matter, HBO seems to have quite the plans for the Harry Potter franchise in the future. It has, in fact, been revealed that a Harry Potter series is being considered for HBO Max. With such discussions being held as we speak, what can we expect in the future? Let’s take a look at what we know about a possible reboot so far.
The Success of the Harry Potter Franchise
It would be quite the surprise if someone admitted to never hearing about Harry Potter before. Adapted from the now-controversial writer J.K. Rowling’s novels, the movie franchise followed the immense success of their source material. With people lining up to purchase the books, the Harry Potter series is the highest-selling book series to ever exist, with more than 500 million copies sold (via The Cold Wire). Once the movie adaptation was announced to the public, young aspiring British actors lined up to earn the role for themselves. Of course, only few succeeded, namely, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint portraying the Golden Trio.
No one expected the Harry Potter movie series to reach the staggering heights that it did and end up as the fourth-highest-grossing movie franchise of all time, with $7.7 billion in worldwide receipts. The actors weren’t the only ones taken aback by the impact their roles have made on the world. Ever since the introduction of the twist and turns of the Wizarding World, pop culture has never been the same.
Warner Bros. tried to reproduce the impact of Harry Potter by reintroducing us to the Wizarding World with the Fantastic Beasts franchise. With Eddie Redmayne leading the new cast as Newt Scamander, we jumped back to the past to explore all the magical beings and the heated war between Dumbledore and Grinderwald. Although a promising start, the franchise was quickly compromised by all the controversies surrounding it. Starting with Rowling’s transphobic (continued) commentary and Warner Bros parting ways with Johnny Depp due to his trial with Amber Heard, it was additionally exacerbated by Ezra Miller’s criminal allegations. Instead of making a big boom in the film industry, the franchise is on very thin ice, with slim possibilities for the franchise to go forward with its initially-planned five-movie arc.
Warner Bros Discovery and HBO Max have been seeing some big shifts and changes by merging Discovery and Warner Bros into Warner Bros Discovery. Not only have they start canceling and removing HBO series, the studio has also recently revealed their DCU 10-year plan inspired by Kevin Feige’s MCU. CEO David Zaslav has especially pointed how they’d like to turn their focus on franchises.
We haven’t had a Superman movie in 13 years. We haven’t done a Harry Potter in 15 years. The DC movies and the Harry Potter movies provided a lot of the profits for Warner Bros. … over the past 25 years.”
His only condition to start a new Harry Potter related project is to have Rowling’s involvement going forward. While Zaslav has been openly pushing for a movie adaption of the original play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for quite some time now, talks about a new Harry Potter series for HBO have started only recently. Head of Original Content at HBO Max, Sarah Aubrey, has teased the possibility in her interview with Variety: “We’re very much in the business of creating new content for those fans and thinking what to do next.” It’s more than obvious the fans are no longer hung up on mere speculations. A Harry Potter reboot is definitely happening, but we’re yet to receive more detailed information on the matter.
Would the Original Cast Be Involved?
The 20th anniversary HBO Special brought us a sense of nostalgia and a need to see the cast back together. As most of the iconic casts go, the Harry Potter one is also split on the possibility of returning to play the wizard characters. The main face of the franchise, Daniel Radcliffe, doesn’t see himself returning for at least another 30-40 years: “I’m getting to a point where I feel like I made it out of ‘Potter’ okay, and I’m really happy with where I am now, and to go back would be such a massive change to my life.”
Emma Watson hasn’t really opened up about her thoughts on possibly returning as Hermione. However, given the counter arguments the actress had with Rowling after her transphobic comments and the actress not taking any roles these days, the possibility is very slim. As for Rupert Grint, he’s keeping his options open: “I don’t know. I mean, never say never. I would never say, ‘Absolutely no.”
While Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) feels the series is done and should stay that way, stars such as Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) and Tom Felton (Draco) would jump right at the opportunity to play the characters once more.
Tales of the Wizarding World That Might Get Explored
There’s no doubt there’s a number of different Wizarding World storylines that deserve screen adapations. Everyone would probably agree that the biggest candidate selected by the devoted fandom is the story of Mauraders: James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew. It would also be interesting to explore the lives of Hogwarts founders Godric Gryffindor, Rowena Ravenclaw, Helga Hufflepuff, and Salazar Slytherin. If the producers wanted to avoid recasting all the originals, they could dive into the environment of other Wizarding schools, such as Beauxbatons in France. And, given how audiences tend to enjoy the villains or morally gray characters, a series dedicated to young Voldemort or Sirius’ brother Regulus Black, would definitely work, too.