Move over Barney's gritty reboot, Seth MacFarlane's Revenge of the Nerds, and, well, all the live-action versions of every Disney animated classic produced between 1980 and 1997, it seems that yet another piece of once-beloved IP may be getting a very unnecessary reboot that absolutely no one asked for -- J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry may soon be to making a comeback to a TV near you in the form of an HBO Max series -- at least according to several anonymous sources.
A welcome revelation to the millennials that have based their entire personalities around being a Ravenclaw and the handful of fans unphased by Rowling's cringey revisionism and outspoken transphobia, the show is reportedly in the "extremely early" stages of development, meaning no details have emerged about the show's premise, timeline, characters, or location within the wizarding world. That said, "broad ideas have been discussed as part of the early-stage exploratory meetings," while execs look for writers and a pitch for the series. So far it seems "no deals have been made" in solidifying any of the show's producers or talent. In light of these claims, which have since been reported by Variety and Gizmodo, HBO and Warner Bros. continue to deny these stories, telling The Hollywood Reporter that "There are no Harry Potter series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform." Ugh, where's Hogwarts Divination professor, Sybill Trelawney, when you need her to confirm a disputed story?
Anyways, as one of Warner Media's most coveted pieces of IP, Harry Potter has historically been a high priority for the company, as evident through the company's Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them series. That said, a possible Harry Potter reboot would come following a very controversial few years for the franchise and J.K Rowling, who still partially controls the rights to the property. Last year, Rowling found herself under fire after posting a Twitter rant touting the baseless notion that transgender activism is "erasing the concept of sex," and therefore harms women and lesbians. Amid the backlash to her controversial statement, in which disappointed fans noted Rowling ignored the scientifically-backed differences between gender and sex, the author doubled down on her alarming beliefs, writing a 4,000-word blog post on the topic, which critics dubbed a "transphobic manifesto," according to NBC News. Girl, don't you know when to stop? Ugh.
So folks, while we wait to find a definitive answer in our tea leaves regarding the future of a potential Harry Potter TV series, there's one thing I know for sure -- can we please have some original IP? As a treat? Please?