Long rumored, recently confirmed, and now a date is planned. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has said that Max’s Harry Potter TV series is targeting a 2026 release window for its first season.

On the Warner Bros. Discovery quarterly earnings call yesterday, Zaslav said:

“…we’ve not been shy about our excitement around Harry Potter…”

He is betting big on this. He said he went to a meeting in London between HBO and Max content boss Casey Bloys and Warner Bros. Television chair Channing Dungey with Potter author J.K. Rowling a few weeks ago to finalise a few things.

“We spent some real time with J.K. and her team. Both sides are just thrilled to be reigniting this franchise. Our conversations were great, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead. We can’t wait to share a decade of new stories with fans around the world on Max.”

The studio is positioning the series as potentially its biggest series in the next few years with a cast locked in for up to a decade of production.


In an interview back when the Harry Potter TV show was first unveiled as an idea, Rowling herself said it was exciting as this medium would

“…allow for a degree of depth and detail only afforded by a long-form television series.”

There were massive amounts trimmed from the books for the movie adaptions, particularly the later movies that were based on very lengthy books.

Is the showrunner for Harry Potter on TV potentially the biggest gig in television right now? It could well be.


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