The announcement of Max, the platform that will replace HBO Max and will serve to unite all the audiovisual products of Warner Bros. Discovery, is bringing a lot of tail. The streaming service will arrive with dozens of interesting new products, such as a new series of Game of Thrones or an anime adaptation of Rick and Morty.
However, the most notable announcement by all has been the announcement of the Harry Potter reboot in the form of a series. As revealed by Warner, J.K. Rowling’s books will be adapted again but in series format. Each season will tell the story of a book and the idea is that it will be spread over a decade, so that all the plots that the movies could not cover can be explored.
This has caught many by surprise, as the movies are very recent and a reboot does not seem to interest anyone, although other ideas to continue expanding the magical world do seem attractive. However, knowing the current era of series, it would not be surprising if we see spin-offs of this series, both in the form of a series and new movies.
Looking to get a head start on Max’s plans, we leave you with ten stories taken directly from the Wizarding World that could become great series. Of course, many have been in demand by fans for years, so we’re bound to see them on screen at some point.
1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
As much as we might like to imagine, there is already a preconceived story that serves as the official sequel to Harry Potter. It’s the script of a play that premiered in London, and it’s signed by both J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.
Dating from 2016, the play centers on the story of Albus Severus Potter, son of Harry and Ginny who must get through his years at Hogwarts as something of a disgrace to the family, as he is chosen as a Slytherin by the Sorting Hat. Together with Scorpius Malfoy, Draco’s son, they live adventures around the school and suffer because of the most overpowered element of Harry Potter: the time-turner.
Undoubtedly, this would be a very interesting series, as it would take us to see the future of the magical world and its adaptation to the XXI century, in which because of technology magic is almost meaningless. Of course, there would be a lot to explore.
2. The Marauders
The story most repeated by Harry Potter fans who want to see it is that of The Marauders. It’s about a group of Hogwarts students who, before the events of Harry and company, ran wild as the most popular of the place and lived a thousand adventures in which they got into a lot of trouble.
The original Marauders are James Potter (nicknamed Antlers), Sirius Black (Canute), Remus Lupin (Loony) and Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail). Although the latter ended up being a traitor to all of them, this era could serve to tell a lot about Hogwarts prior to the main story.
We could see the school between 1971 and 1978, learn more about Severus Snape, Lily Potter and see the dawn of the First Magical War, with Voldemort at the center.
3. The Order of the Phoenix and the First Wizarding War
Established in the same period as the Marauders, we find ourselves before the foundation of the Order of the Phoenix, the organization that gives its name to the fifth title of the saga and that was founded by Albus Dumbledore to stop the rise of Voldemort and to confront him in his persecution against the “dirty bloods”.
The Order of the Phoenix has the Marauders as members and many others of vital importance to the Wizarding World, such as Lily Potter, Alice Frank or Aberforth Sturgis. Without a doubt, it could be a very interesting story to tell, as well as dark enough to end up deriving in the First Magical War, which led to the end of Voldemort until his subsequent resurrection.
4. House of Black
One of the most interesting families in all of Harry Potter is House of Black, to which Sirius belongs. It is a very old family of pure blood that has been in all the moments of British magic, and whose members have had dozens of quarrels both among themselves and with other wizards and witches of every moment.
That is why it could be carried out a kind of The House of the Dragon in which each episode or season serves as an anthology of its history. It could certainly be very interesting to give more context to the history of magic and Sirius himself, one of the most interesting characters of all those written by J.K. Rowling.
Similarly, one of the most interesting characters in all of Harry Potter is Albus Dumbledore. Although his childhood and family were explored in the books, there was hardly any room for this in the original films, and the subsequent Fantastic Animal films have not achieved the expected result.
His story would be perfect for a series like The Crown, since all the stages of his life have been shaped by very interesting milestones; from his terrible childhood to the romance with Grindelwald -from which much more juice could be extracted-. It’s clear that Dumbledore is probably the most interesting character in all of Harry Potter, so you just have to tell his story to keep the audience on their toes.
The Aurors are the policemen of the Wizarding World: the hunters of dark wizards, belonging to the Ministry of Magic, who are in charge of keeping the difficult magical world in order. Harry Potter himself becomes an Auror when he graduates, so imagining a series about these characters is almost inevitable.
Whether with Harry as the protagonist or any others, a series about the aurors seems exciting. It could be given a True Detective-style detective thriller feel that, mixed with magic, would be very interesting.
7. Hogwarts founders
Another great Hogwarts story is, of course, that of the founders. The epic behind how the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was built has everything: friendship, betrayal, power struggles, politics, adventures, etc. And I honestly can’t imagine a better villain than Salazar Slytherin.
Without a doubt, either alongside the original Harry Potter series or as something separate, explaining the history of the founding of Hogwarts would be a very interesting plus for this new world they are going to shape in Max. That’s the idea.
8. Ivelmorny College
There is a very interesting element that appeared in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that has not yet been explored in the Harry Potter world: the Ivelmorny School. This is the Hogwarts of North America, and it collects all the students from the United States. It would be very, very interesting to see this different perspective on magic.
9. Other magic schools
But there is not only Ivelmorny, there are many more schools in the magical world that could be explored in a series. Some like Mahoutokoro, in and around Japan, or Uagadou, in Africa, could be attractive enough to tell different stories about the magical universe.
In the Harry Potter books we only met Beauxbatons, the French school where Spanish wizards were supposed to enter, and Durmstrang, the school full of males from Northern Europe. Magic is not only in the United Kingdom, and if good stories are told, very interesting series could be made.
10. Quidditch through the ages
There is a very interesting element of the world created by J.K Rowling that has even served for a video game apart from Hogwarts Legacy that will serve as a kind of magical FIFA: Quidditch Champions. One could therefore adapt the book Quidditch Through the Ages, a work that delves more deeply into the sport.
However, Quidditch is so broad that dozens of approaches to the game could be taken: from sporting stories of overcoming to the externalization of the sport itself, which in real life has ended up becoming something that has nothing to do with Harry Potter.
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