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The magic question: can a Harry Potter TV show work?

By Adrian Horton

 

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A still from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. Photograph: Jaap Buitendijk/Publicity image from film company

 

When I saw the news, reported by the Hollywood Reporter, that HBO Max was in talks to develop live-action Harry Potter television series, all details and talent TBD, my first reaction was: oh no.

 

Like many late millennials, I grew up a fan of the books – more accurately, I grew up with the books, from some of my earliest reading memories through the time I literally crashed my car while listening to the sixth installment on tape for the fourth time.

 

But my appetite for wizarding content has waned over the last eight years or so, as unquestioned Potter standom (self-proclaimed Gryffindors and Slytherins) soured into generational parody, creator JK Rowling doubled down on her transphobic views, and the Potterverse expansion seemed less interested in the earnest fun of fan culture – the midnight premieres, the trivia board games, the rangy wikis – than the consistent wringing out of a highly lucrative franchise for paced output.

 

Like the edges of the universe, the expansion of the highly profitable Wizarding World is an inexorable force, with increasingly high odds of strain.

 

Full Story: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2021/jan/25/harry-potter-tv-series-hbo-max

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Maybe if they went for camp, like characters from other "monster" tv shows from the past show up on occasion.  E.g. Herman Munster drops his kid off at Hogwarts, the Addams Family attends graduation ceremonies, etc.  Then there's all these shows about living dead etc that I am unfamiliar with but I know are popular, they can be worked in too.

 

 

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