After a lot of rumors and speculations about the potential Harry Potter revival, things are finally official. HBO Max is plotting a decade-long adaptation of the beloved book series, with the author J.K. Rowling coming on board as executive producer.
This series will be developed as an exclusive original for the newly launched streaming service Max, which merges HBO Max with Discovery+. The project officially got a green light during a recent Warner Bros. Discovery press conference, and it’s been described as a faithful adaptation with a brand-new cast.
J.K. Rowling will executive produce the project alongside Neil Blair and Ruth Kenley-Letts, and she’s excited to invite a whole new generation of fans into the Harry Potter universe.
“Max’s commitment to preserving the integrity of my books is important to me, and I’m looking forward to being part of this new adaptation which will allow for a degree of depth and detail only afforded by a long-form television series,” said Rowling in a statement.
Seven bestselling Harry Potter books sold around 600 copies worldwide, and they’ve already been adapted into a successful movie franchise. The Harry Potter films led by Daniel Radcliffe grossed $7.7 billion worldwide, while the spinoff franchise Fantastic Beasts ended up earning $1.8 billion across three films.