Harry Potter to be Rebooted by HBO Max and Fans Aren’t Taking it Well


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by Colin Zhu licensed under CC by SA

When HBO Max decided to reboot the series into a show, you would think fans would be ecstatic, but that is not the case. Fans have loved the iconic Harry Potter series for years, with over 500 million books being sold and the movies making almost 7.7 billion dollars (ScreenRant).

According to Deadline.com, the series is planned to have seven seasons, covering each of the books. Though the show is in the early stages, it is set to be released in 2025 or 2026. The fan casts include Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) as Lucious Malfoy and Adam Driver as Snape. The hope is for the show to be able to go in depth on things that the movies could not.

 All of this sounds great, but the response has been mixed. One diehard ten year-old fan, Brooklyn Sloshay-Hernandez of Miami, commented, “I think it is an amazing idea but it will never be as good as the core 8 movies.” 

The Harry Potter movies are a cult classic and the last movie only came out 12 years ago. Unlike movies such as TopGun which were in need of a reboot, it feels to fans like HBO Max is being quick to take out the trash. 

Another problem with this anticipated series is that many fans do not want to support J.K. Rowling, the series’ author. According to Them.us, a notable trans community newspaper, “J.K. Rowling had liked a tweet that referred to trans women as “men in dresses.”” LGBTQ+ fans have been severely disappointed by this, and decided to boycott the show.  Click here to read The Post’s more in depth article on this controversy.

Because of this controversy, many fans and actors from the original movies find it impossible to support this new show, due to Rowling being an executive producer (Hollywood Reporter). The show is still in the very early development stages, but we are interested to see if fans will still feel this way once the show is released or if it will capture fans young and old.