reboot series should stay close to the books and avoid unnecessary changes made in the movie adaptations.
- The TV show should take advantage of the opportunity to fill in plot holes and inconsistencies in the Wizarding World, providing better explanations and developing certain aspects of the story further.
While the TV remake should strive to be its own thing, it should also learn from the successes and failures of the
movies, honoring the source material and creating a magical atmosphere that captures the essence of Hogwarts.
Harry Potter will return with a TV remake on Max, and although the fan base is divided about a reboot, there are ways to make the upcoming series perfect. The Harry Potter movies ended in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, after eight movies based on the seven books by J.K. Rowling. The Wizarding World comprises 11 movies, eight based on the eponymous novels and three spinoff films from the Fantastic Beasts prequel series, as well as a stage play, video games, theme parks, attractions, exhibitions, documentaries, a quiz show, and a reunion.
In April 2023, Warner Bros. announced Harry Potter would be returning as a TV reboot. Although it’s just a decade after the original ended, a TV series has a lot of potential to please Harry Potter fans. With that in mind, it should focus on capturing the magic of the Harry Potter books, not the movies. A Harry Potter reboot series is much better than a Cursed Child movie, and it has the opportunity to flesh out the characters, deepen the story, and take its time, staying as accurate to the source material as possible.
10 The Harry Potter Remake Needs to Stay Closer to the Books
The Harry Potter Novels Are Very Complex
Series like Game of Thrones and movies like The Hunger Games prove there is a market for faithful adaptations, as both stay close to the source material. Although the Harry Potter movies did a great job of capturing the bigger aspects of the series, there were many instances where they changed important parts of the books. In order for the Harry Potter remake to be great, the Max series needs to stay as close to the source material as possible and avoid making unnecessary changes.
Although some changes are common when adapting a novel for the screen, adaptations shouldn’t alter major events or characters. The movies made too many changes to Harry Potter canon, whether it was by altering what Harry did with the Elder Wand or making Ron and Ginny different from their book counterparts. The TV show should avoid following in its footsteps, as it will have more time to properly bring Rowling’s story to life.
9 Fill In Plot Holes
The Wizarding World Contains Some Inconsistencies
As complex as the Wizarding World is, there are some inconsistencies within the Harry Potter books and movies that the TV show could fix. Since a TV series would have more time than a two- to three-hour movie, it would have a lot of chances to fully develop and explain decisions, objects, and spells that don’t make sense. For example, it could better explain how the Time Turners work and the spell that traces underage magic.
8 Add J.K. Rowling’s Changes
The Author Added More Details Later On
Over the years, J.K. Rowling has made a lot of canon changes to the Wizarding World that would work well in the upcoming Max series. She’s shared many revelations on Twitter and her website, Pottermore, further adding to the universe and clearing up some issues. Those changes include clarifications about how certain names should be pronounced and that Hermione’s skin color was never explicitly stated as white in the books (via CNET).
7 The Battle of Hogwarts
One Of The Series’ Best Moments
In the books, the Battle of Hogwarts is massive. The cavalry arrives at Hogwarts with wizards from the town, Kreacher leads the house elves in the fight, the centaurs join in, and a lot of characters that aren’t shown in the movie are featured. Since Max is planning to develop Harry Potter over 10 years, they would have the space for the Battle of Hogwarts to make up an entire season. It’s less likely it will take that much time, but it needs at least a few episodes to do it justice — and the Harry Potter remake could deliver better action sequences, too.
6 It Must Include Peeves And Other Magical Creatures
Peeves Is One Of Several Missing Creatures In The Movies
Peeves the Poltergeist wasn’t in the Harry Potter movies, but he was originally supposed to be played by Rik Mayall. The actor even shot a few scenes, but he was eventually cut from the film. Harry Potter fans have been adamant that Peeves should have been in the movies, and a TV remake has a chance to right that wrong and add the poltergeist. He’s the source of comedic relief and mischief in the books, and he’d fit well into a TV show.
In addition to Peeves, there are other magical creatures that should be included — and utilized properly — in the remake. Although Dobby is in the Harry Potter movies, he’s so much more important in the books. He has more storylines that don’t appear in the films, including one involving Winky, a house elf that doesn’t appear in the films. Hagrid also introduces the students to a series of magical creatures that don’t appear in the movies. For example, the Blast Ended Skrewts are missing completely from the Harry Potter adaptations.
5 The Remake Should Explore Lord Voldemort’s Past
There’s More To Voldemort Than Meets The Eye
Ralph Fiennes did a great job portraying Voldemort, but the movies didn’t fully show the villain’s potential, making him feel one-sided at times. Although there is no question that Voldemort’s evil, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince dives deeper into his motivations. There is also a lot more about his family, the Gaunts, and an explanation of why he’s unable to love and only wants power. The Max show could unravel all of this, and the Harry Potter remake could also fix Voldemort’s death. In the movie, he disintegrates during his fight with Harry. However, the books make a point of showing that Voldemort died human.
4 The Harry Potter Show Can’t Ignore the Movies
Learn From Their Failures And Success
Although the TV remake should try its best to be its own thing, it shouldn’t ignore what the Harry Potter movies did right. At the same time, the creators should also understand where the films failed and learn from their mistakes. The Harry Potter movies are a huge staple of the Wizarding World, and while fans don’t agree with every change they made, they’re still generally beloved. It’d be a shame to not take advantage of their existence to make the Harry Potter series even better.
All eight Harry Potter movies are streaming on Max.
3 The Harry Potter Remake Needs A Great Cast
Max will need to look for talent that can match the original actors
It’s no secret that the cast of the Harry Potter movies have come to be associated with their characters, and it’ll be difficult for Max’s TV adaptation to replace the Golden Trio or even stars like Alan Rickman and Robbie Coltrane. To recreate Harry Potter without these stars, the show will need an incredibly talented cast. They won’t just have to portray the book characters well; they’ll also have to make viewers forget that an entirely different cast tackled their role only a decade ago.
2 Honor The Timeline Of The Books
The Movies Rushed Events
The Harry Potter movies had limited screen time, so they needed to focus on important events from the books. Given that a TV series doesn’t have that issue, it should honor the real timeline of the source material. The Harry Potter movies rushed through many events, but the TV show doesn’t need to. In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry visits Diagon Alley with Hagrid, then immediately jumps on the train to Hogwarts. In the books, he has one month in between. The movies also never spent much time showing Harry at the Dursleys, flying through his summer vacations — even the ones where interesting things happened.
1 Depict Daily Life at Hogwarts
There’s A Reason People Love Harry Potter
There is a reason so many people love the Harry Potter series, and it’s the magical world itself. That’s why people immerse themselves in the books often and visit the Wizarding World theme parks. As such, the Harry Potter TV show should focus on creating a truly magical atmosphere. It shouldn’t only focus on the Golden Trio; it should depict daily life at Hogwarts, whether that involves the students doing homework or attending feasts. This will enable viewers to fully immerse themselves in the world they love — and for a longer time than the movies allowed.
- Chris Columbus
- Robbie Coltrane, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Daniel Radcliffe, Maggie Smith, Emma Watson
- 152 minutes
- Family, Adventure, Fantasy
- Steve Kloves
- Harry Potter is a multimedia franchise about an orphaned boy who enrolls at Hogwarts School of Wizardry, where he learns the truth about himself, his family, and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world. Adapted from the novels, Harry Potter is an eight-episode film saga that follows the journey of Harry Potter and his friends, Hermoine Granger and Ron Weasley, as they navigate the tricky world of growing up, school life, and magic. Starting from year one and moving to their seventh year, the films chronicle the students’ time at Hogwarts while unfurling a sinister plot that centers around the unsuspecting Harry. With the return of the dark wizard, Voldemort, the students and professors at Hogwarts will fight to carry on as the world around them may change forever. Harry Potter has expanded beyond the world of its films and novels with several video games, a spin-off film series titled Fantastic Beasts, and more.
- Harry Potter
- Story By:
- J.K. Rowling
- Characters By:
- J.K. Rowling
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- John Seale
- David Heyman
- Production Company:
- Warner Bros., Heyday Films, 1492 Pictures
- Main Characters :
- Harry Potter, Hermoine Granger, Ron Weasley, Albus Dumbledore, Hagrid, Professor McGonagall, Severus Snape, Draco Malfoy
- Sfx Supervisor:
- Nick Davis
- $125 million
- Distributor :
- Warner Bros.
- Assistant Director :
- Chris Carreras