Harry Potter TV series close to reality for Warner Bros. Discovery, report claims

A long-rumoured Harry Potter TV series is close to becoming reality, according to multiple reports.

According to Variety, Warner Bros. Discovery is in the final stages of signing up a TV series for its streaming service HBO Max, which would be directly based on author J.K. Rowling's best-selling books.

According to sources, the discussions between the author and Warner Bros. Discovery are in a "preliminary state".

The US entertainment magazine also said each season of the show would be based on each of the seven novels, suggesting the possible series would contain multiple seasons and would follow an established pattern, rather than an in-universe spin-off such as the Fantastic Beasts films.

The book series has already been made into a series of profitable films.

The first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was released in 2001, propelling its three young stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint - who portrayed the three protagonists Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley respectively - to international fame. The franchise concluded in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

It's believed Warner Bros has been looking at a Harry Potter series since January 2021.

In February 2023, Warner Bros. Discovery announced Middle-earth was coming back to the big screen as multiple new Lord of the Rings films were to be produced.

However, the company has not yet been revealed what J. R. R. Tolkien source material will be focussed on in the upcoming movies, when they will be released or if they will be produced in New Zealand.