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Harry Potter Series Gets Release Update, J.K. Rowling 'Thrilled' to Reboot the Franchise

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An udpate has been shared on the upcoming Harry Potter reboot series.

Previously, it was announced that Warner Bros. Discovery would relaunch Harry Potter with a new live-action series adaptation. There's a lot about the show that is still unknown, but more information has been shared by Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav during the company's fourth-quarter earnings call, per THR. According to Zaslav, the Harry Potterreboot series is planned for a launch on Max in 2026. He also spoke abou tWBD's excitement about the reboot along with recent talks had with original author J. K. Rowling.

We’ve not been shy about our excitement around Harry Potter. The last film was made more than a dozen years ago," Zaslav said on the call. "I was in London a few weeks ago with Casey [HBO and Max chief Casey Bloys] and Channing [WBD TV chief Channing Dungey] and we spent some real time with J. K. and her team. Both sides are thrilled to be reigniting this franchise. Our conversations were great, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead. We can’t wait to share a decade of new stories with fans around the world on Max.”

The Harry Potter Reboot Moves Closer to Reality 

The reboot series has been slowly in development for years. It was first announced in 2021, though it didn't get the official green light from Warner Bros. Discovery until 2023. Also revealed were the big plans that the studio has for the new reboot. The tentative plan is to use one book as a basis for each season of the show with the hopes of having the Harry Potterseries going for over 10 years. There are seven Harry Potter books in the original series.

The elephant in the room may be the controversy that's associated with J. K. Rowling and how that might affect the viewership of the Harry Potter series. Rowling has come under fire many times for comments she's made about the transgender community, and it's caused some fans of the franchise to swear off Harry Potter. There's no way of knowing for sure just how much of an effect this will have when the new series premieres until it arrives, though Rowling previously addressed a potential boycott of the Max series with a post on X last year.

"Dreadful news, which I feel duty bound to share," Rowling said in an X post in April 2023. "Activists in my mentions are trying to organise yet another boycott of my work, this time of the Harry Potter TV show. As forewarned is forearmed, I've taken the precaution of laying in a large stock of champagne."

The Harry Potter reboot series will launch on Max in 2026.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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