6 Stories HBO Max Could Tell in a Harry Potter TV Show

Written by Renée Borcas

January 31, 2021

The idea of turning the Harry Potter stories into a television show is as old as time—if you have a time turner, that is. But with rumors flying around that HBO Max is in early development for a live-action show based in the universe of the boy wizard, fans are curious as to what the show could entail. They could be looking into completely rebooting the Potter franchise, or bring a different part of the Wizarding World to the small screen. Only time will tell if the show comes to fruition, but here are some of our suggestions, just in case any writers or producers are reading. 

Harry Potter: The Remake

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Choosing to completely remake the original Harry Potter texts as a streaming series, would abandon many of the things we know and love about the current movie adaptations, but it also has the potential to be so much more. This series could explore every nook and cranny of Hogwarts we saw in the books and then some—we’re looking at you, Peeves. Warner Bros. still seems determined to bring the Fantastic Beasts movies to life, so it would be surprising to see them turn away from the established universe, but surely they know this series would bring in a lot of eyeballs and financial reward. 

The Cursed Child Era

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is not looked upon fondly by many Potterheads, and it does leave room for much to be desired. However, a series set 19 years after the original seven books were published, could attempt to change some minds on the story and give it a refresh. This would beg the question if familiar faces like Daniel Radcliffe would return to reprise their roles when in the past he has refused. While this series seems like a long shot, it isn’t out of the realm of possibility. After all, Warner Bros. seems to have acquired some sort of rights to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in recent years.

The Marauders

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Potterheads have fantasized about seeing a Marauders spinoff become reality for years. This series could take multiple approaches telling the stories of Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, and Prongs. The story team could choose to show the group’s early Hogwarts days and going through the process of becoming Animagi, or share intense moments of the First Wizarding War when Dumbledore originally founded the Order of the Phoenix. If they were to go with the latter option, the ending would likely not have a happy ending like we’re used to with the Potter franchise, but the hope that comes with a young Harry on Privet Drive could lead perfectly into the eight movies many know and love.

Young Tom Riddle

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We only got to see a glimpse into Tom Riddle’s life across the Harry Potter books, and most of it was spent with him as Voldemort. In this series we could go back and watch his evolution into the dark wizard we know him as today, including his childhood at the orphanage, when he opened the Chamber of Secrets, and when he first started recruiting Death Eaters. That sure had to be an interesting conversation coming up with that name for his followers!

Hogwarts Legacy Tie-In

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Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world role-playing game being developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. that is currently scheduled to come out in 2022. It is set in the late 1800s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and the player goes on a journey to discover a hidden truth of the wizarding world. A streaming tie-in to the game could build excitement for both products and work off each other to expand the universe fans already love.

Hogwarts Founders

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If we’re going back in time, we might as well go all the way. Hogwarts was founded by four wizards and witches during the medieval era. A show following Salazar Slytherin, Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, and Rowena Ravenclaw could cover how the founders laid the groundwork for wizarding school and the bumps in the road they hit along the way. Interestingly, a show taking place in this era of wizarding history could feature the infamous J.K. Rowling retcon: wizards pooping their pants and vanishing it away because they didn’t have plumbing.


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