Tuesday 26 January 2021

Harry Potter live-action series for HBO Max

According to an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Warner Bros. is in talks to produce a Harry Potter live-action spin-off series for HBO Max.

Given the unprecedented success of Disney+'s live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, it's unsurprising the Burbank-based studio would want to leverage one of its banner brands (despite a backlash against the franchise's creator from fans) to increase the subscriber base for its nascent streaming service.

A year ago, before a global pandemic transformed all our lives and social distancing became the 'new normal', I went to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London as a birthday treat and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of an enduring friendship with Professor Michael Williams.

The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London transcended expectations and is comparable to the Doctor Who 50th Celebration and Star Wars Celebration Europe at ExCeL London. I wanted to congratulate the organisers and review the tour, but sadly the pandemic meant this got overlooked.

A Jedi mind trick missed at Star Wars Celebration Europe, with proof of entitlement (this can be a DWP letter or Blue Badge), we jumped the snaking queue and were allowed in an hour early - mirroring how my late mum sweet-talked our way into the Doctor Who 20th Anniversary, Longleat, decades before. This meant we could spend more time ambling, leisurely, around a festive Hogwarts - declining the very kind offer of a tour guide (Michael had visited previously).

Once out of lockdown and with the easing of restrictions, I can't recommend the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, with plenty of rest areas and helpful staff, highly enough to fellow fans of Harry Potter and filmmaking!

Aside from the promise of a live-action series for HBO Max, there's the third instalment in the middling prequel series and a new open-world video game for PS5 and Xbox Series S and X.

What are you looking forward to most from the Wizarding World? Let me know in the comments below.

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