The Harry Potter franchise has undoubtedly become one of the most popular and successful franchises out there. Harry Potter became a bonafide phenomenon over the last few decades. The books, penned by J.K. Rowling, spawned eight films that directly adapted the novels following the core trio of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger. Altogether, the films grossed over $7 billion at the box office. The series’ popularity persists, which is no surprise because the wizarding world has been redecorated ever since Harry Potter hit the screens. For a moment it appeared that WB was looking to capitalize on that.
A Harry Potter series was indeed reported to be in a very early development stage, according to THR. The studio had reportedly held exploratory meetings to flesh out ideas for the show that would be an HBO Max exclusive. Both HBO Max and Warner Bros. have denied the claims that a series is in the works and there are no writers attached to the project, indicating just how early it is in the development process. But then eventually the rumor was discarded. Daniel Radcliffe recently talked to Digital Spy about the wildly enduring series and how that performance has aged over time. Surprisingly, the Harry Potter star isn’t all enamored with the version of himself that led to all that fame. In fact, Radcliffe looks at it like someone would dusting off their high school yearbook. Time just keeps on moving forward, and the actor has to believe that he’s a better worker now than he was when he was in those teenage years.
“I’m intensely embarrassed by some of my actings, obviously,” Radcliffe laughed.
“But yeah, it’s like asking, ‘How do you feel about your teenage years?’ There’s so much in there that it’s almost impossible to single out one feeling.”
Radcliffe added “It’s hard to separate my relationship with Harry from my relationship with the films as a whole,” he continued.
“I’m incredibly grateful for the experience. It showed me what I want to do with the rest of my life. To find out early on what you love is really lucky.”
“A lot of drinking that happened towards the end of Potter and for a little bit after it finished, it was panic, a little bit not knowing what to do next – not being comfortable enough in who I was to remain sober,” the actor told BBC Radio 4 (via The Independent).
“It is very strange but also genuinely lovely when somebody comes up and says ‘you were a huge part of my childhood,” Radcliffe also admitted.
“For me, The Simpsons was a massive thing, and the idea that I could occupy a similar place in someone else’s life is so crazy and wonderful. I always say I’m incredibly lucky to have got famous with Harry Potter because it is a genuinely beloved thing.”
As of now, there is no confirmed television project in the works. The Harry Potter Universe is continuing to run on the big screen with its prequel spin-off series, such as The Fantastic Beasts and Where to To Find Them sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, is in production but currently on hold due to a member of the crew testing positive for coronavirus. Now it is clear if the franchise is so powerful and successful, there will be theories regarding the sequel or prequel. The most obvious choice, and likely the one fans want the most, would be one that directly follows up the immensely popular films. Rowling has established what her famous characters have been up to post-Hogwarts and it seems ripe for an adaptation. But all this aside, The Fantastic Beasts series is clearly in trouble. The second film, The Crimes of Grindelwald, underperformed at the box office and was panned by critics. Warner Bros. is hoping to turn that around with the third film, but that remains up in the air.
Penned by author J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone released in 1997 and launched a seven-book series that includes The Chamber of Secrets, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, and The Deathly Hallows. Each novel was subsequently adapted into a film by Warner Bros., starting with The Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001. But, a Harry Potter TV show won’t do any harm but can do a lot of good we believe. And there is no stopping this franchise really. The success is immeasurable and the fans just want more of it. Let us know what you think of the TV show.