After putting a new manager at the head of the franchise, Harry Potter should be back to support HBO Max.
With the new hegemony of streaming, Ecran Large's editorial staff has ended up anticipating the studios' decisions, or even being blasé about them. On January 21, 2021, Warner Bros. proudly announced that it had promoted one of its executives, Tom Ascheim, to personally manage the Harry Potter franchise and its potential iterations in new media. In our article, we had a little suspicion that this decision was made to encourage the launch of series or movies around the wizard world, probably for the streaming platform HBO Max.
In any case, it didn't take long for the Hollywood Reporter to affirm (according to its sources) that the major is indeed developing a series in real-life shooting from the flagship franchise developed by J.K. Rowling. Several executive producers reportedly had conversations with screenwriters to explore various ideas.
However, all this is in a very preliminary state at the moment, as Warner would be looking for pitches to work on. No contract has yet been signed. Warner and HBO Max have told THR that "there is no Harry Potter series in development with the studio or on the streaming platform", to quash the rumours surrounding these discussions, which are still at a very early stage.
Nevertheless, it is understandable that Warner has decided to take back possession of its goose that lays golden eggs, especially because of the various scandals that have hurt it in recent years. If HBO Max has lacked since its launch of original and promising creations, there is no doubt that a Harry Potter series could propel the SVoD service in the same way as Disney+ with The Mandalorian. This project is not very surprising considering that Warner plans to capitalize on some of its most popular intellectual properties, notably through the revival of Friends or Sex and the City.