Live-action Harry Potter TV show reportedly in development for HBO Max
A live-action Harry Potter show is reportedly in the works at HBO Max. Harry Potter became a bonafide phenomenon over the last few decades.
According to the Hollywood Reporter‘s sources, executives at the streamer have held “multiple conversations” with possible writers for the series, with the discussions centering on multiple broad ideas about how to bring the Potterverse to the TV format.
The books, penned by J.K. Rowling, spawned eight films that directly adapted the novels following the core trio of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. All together, the films grossed over $7 billion at the box office and have continued to be popular in syndication and at-home media.
The Fantastic Beasts film saga serves as a prequel to the films. Starring Eddie Redmayne, Fantastic Beasts is a planned franchise of five films and explores the Wizarding World at the beginning of the 20th century.
That saga has been plagued by controversy, as Rowling has been called out for her transphobic remarks over the last year. The series also recently asked Johnny Depp to resign after domestic abuse allegations resulted in the star losing a defamation lawsuit against UK tabloid The Sun.