The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Warner Bros. is in the early stages of developing a live-action Harry Potter TV series for HBO Max. While it’s too early to tell what the show will be about (conversations with potential writers have reportedly only just begun), the incredible popularity of J.K. Rowling’s hit fantasy franchise suggests that the series will play a pivotal role in increasing the streaming service’s relatively lukewarm subscription numbers, which trail far behind competitors such as Netflix and Disney+.
“A Harry Potter live-action TV series is in early development at HBO Max,” The Hollywood Reporter wrote. “Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that executives at the WarnerMedia-backed streamer have engaged in multiple conversations with potential writers exploring various ideas that would bring the beloved property to television. Sources say broad ideas have been discussed as part of the early-stage exploratory meetings.”
“While it’s news that executives at HBO Max and Warners are engaged in meetings to find a writer and pitch for a Harry Potter TV series, no writers or talent are currently attached as the conversations are still in the extremely early stages and no deals have been made. ‘There are no Harry Potter series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform,’ HBO Max and Warner Bros. reaffirmed in a statement to THR.”
Despite HBO Max and Warner Bros.’ denial, The Hollywood Reporter’s sources remain confident that a live-action Harry Potter TV series is definitely happening, which shouldn’t be too surprising based on the popularity of the franchise and Warner Bros.’ eagerness in expanding one of its most profitable IPs. The mainline Harry Potter films, which comprise eight movies, have grossed over 7 million worldwide.