Calling all Hogwarts students: it looks like the wizarding world is making its way to the small screen.
This week, news broke that a live-action Harry Potter TV series is in reportedly in very early development at HBO Max. Though there are no details surrounding the show’s premise or potential cast, there is plenty of room for speculation.
Between criticism of the movie series’ portrayal of beloved characters and scenes, along with endless controversy surrounding J.K. Rowling, there’s no shortage of potential courses the show could take. Will it reboot the original books, give fans a deeper look at characters’ backstories, or create an entirely new story altogether?
Here are five potential ideas for a Harry Potter TV series:
5. Reboot the Classics
This list wouldn’t be complete without this potential series idea. It’s no secret that fans have debated the quality of the Harry Potter films for years, so why not use HBO Max as an opportunity to create a fresh take on a live-action adaptation of the books?
No one jumps for joy these days over the idea of a reboot of any classic movie or show. However, between new cast members and an opportunity to fix the mistakes and missteps of the film series, there is great potential for a Harry Potter reboot on HBO Max to be a hit and put to rest the endless debates over whether or not the Harry Potter film series is of an acceptable quality.
4. Anthology-Esque Character Stories
Yes, this one is a bit of a curveball, but hear me out: an anthology-esque ongoing series that tells the tale of a different Harry Potter character each season could make for a deeply interesting show.
There is no shortage of beloved characters that may never receive full justice in a movie or TV series due to understandable time constraints. So, why not take some of those characters and elaborate on their stories over the course of a season?
Characters like Minerva McGonagall, the Longbottom family, Hagrid, Charlie Weasley and more could all make for a unique series that finally allows for a deeper look into the lives of these wizards. Interest in the series would not be easily lost with changing storylines every season.
3. The House of Black
There is no denying that Sirius Black is one of the most universally-loved characters of the Harry Potter series. However, even more interesting than Sirius himself is his family lineage, which features the likes of Bellatrix Lestrange, Narcissa Malfoy and Nymphadora Tonks.
The House of Black’s position as one of the wealthiest, most influential pure-blood wizard families of all time with ancestors dating all the way back to the Middle Ages would make for an endless wealth of unique stories to tell.
It would be easy for a House of Black series to go on for several seasons, covering everything from Sirius’s childhood and disownment by his family, to the first on-screen adaptation of Regulus Black and his complicated story, to a look at the younger lives of Narcissa and Bellatrix. The possibilities are seemingly endless for what could be a darkly glamorous TV series.
HBO Max feels like the perfect place to host a show centered solely on the most powerful, terrifying Dark Wizard of all time. While fans got a glimpse of Tom Riddle in the Harry Potter film series, a deeper dive into his rise to power as Lord Voldemort would be a can’t miss-experience.
Hosted on HBO Max, a Voldemort series wouldn’t have to hold anything back. It could present Voldemort’s backstory in as dark and twisted of a way as possible. Everything from his time at Hogwarts, to his pull toward the dark arts, to the establishment of the death eaters could make an appearance to make for a perfectly terrifying TV series.
Of course, the show wouldn’t be complete without glimpses of the First Wizarding War.
1. The Marauders
This one feels almost too obvious. Fans have been begging for a live-action adaptation of Moony (Remus Lupin), Wormtail (Peter Pettigrew), Padfoot (Sirius) and Prongs (James Potter) for what feels like a lifetime, going so far as to fancast every single role (hurry up, HBO; Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Andrew Garfield and Ben Barnes aren’t getting any younger) and even produce a fan film about them.
All jokes aside, a Marauders adaptation would make for a perfect HBO Max series. For a start, it would draw fan appeal by featuring at least three of the most beloved Harry Potter characters of all time in Remus, Sirius and Severus Snape.
In addition, while fans know of some of the Marauders’ Hogwarts backstory, the amount of storylines that could be pulled from the friends’ years at Hogwarts and beyond would be seemingly endless; the show would be hard-pressed to run out of content.
Of course, the show would prove to be an emotional rollercoaster, having all the pieces in place for the perfect blend of humor and, of course, heartbreak.