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What Could Be In A Harry Potter TV Series?

Victoria Newell

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Accio Harry Potter fans! Earlier this week it was announced that a Harry Potter TV series is in early development for HBO Max. Very little is known about the project, and there are no writers or directors attached at the moment. But in an age where major film companies are putting a greater focus on their streaming services. It makes sense that Warner Bros. would turn their attention to their most popular and profitable property. But what could this tv show possible entail?

A re-telling of the tale

It’s been a very watery rumour that they may just remake Harry Potter as a TV Show. We’ve seen with the success of Outlander and Game of Thrones that a television show may be a more flexible medium for book adaptations. Most people sort of assume that this will happen eventually, be it in two years or twenty. However, J.K Rowling, HBO Max, and Warner Bros. told The Hollywood Reporter that expanding the Wizarding World is their top priority. That, along with the recent rebranding of the Harry Potter franchise to the Wizarding World property suggests that Rowling is looking to further expand the universe beyond the books and Fantastic Beasts.

The Marauders

While the Harry Potter movies are generally beloved, one thing most fans agree on is that their portrayal of the Marauders is incorrect. The Marauders includes the original trouble-making group of Gryffindors, made up of Remus Lupin (Moony,) Peter Pettigrew (Wormtail), Sirius Black (Padfoot), and James Potter (Prongs). Some notable people involved with this group include Lily Potter and Severus Snape. This is basically James Potter’s friend group. They created the Marauders Map and played a major role in the First Wizarding War.

Now because they wanted Alan Rickman to play Snape (which he did flawlessly), they had to age up every other Marauder. Making it look like Harry’s parents died when they were in their thirties, when in fact they were twenty-one. Now this made their deaths a little less emotionally arresting, as they were very young when they died. Their deaths were much more tragic than how they were portrayed in the movies. We were also supposed to get a hot Lupin and Sirius as men in their late twenties early thirties, but that’s okay. A Marauder’s series could give us age-accurate portrayals of Harry’s mentors and drive home what they meant to Harry.

The Marauders don’t get too much attention in the books, even less in the movies, but they have captured fans nonetheless. They are the source of many fanfictions and cosplays. Now I think they would be perfect for the TV show. You can start as early as when they were eleven, and have up to ten to thirteen seasons. Or you can start later and focus more on the First Wizarding War and the rise of Voldemort. What little we have of them from the books is emotionally arresting and interesting. It paints an amazing picture of Harry’s parents time at Hogwarts. Fans are already emotionally invested in these characters and in Hogwarts, and I think it would be not only entertaining and full of possibilities, but an obvious fan choice.

The noble House of Black

Coexisting a couple of years before the Marauders heyday is the Black families time at Hogwarts. All of them also played a huge role in the First Wizarding War. This includes characters such as Bellatrix Lestrange, Andromeda Tonks (Nymphadora Tonks’ mother), Narcissa Malfoy (Draco’s mother), Regulus Black, and Sirius Black. Bellatrix, Andromeda, and Narcissa are sisters and cousins to Regulus and Sirius. This old wizard family (part of the Sacred Twenty-Eight) is extremely interesting. Their stories include Bellatrix’s descent into madness. Andromeda’s rejection of her family’s pure-blood elitism, Narcissa’s unhappy marriage, Regulus’ involvement as a Death Eater and then Horcrux hunter, and of course the black sheep Sirius.

Now TikTok user @kylosquash, or Sasha Sloan, is already creating a series on the Black family with her own family titled The Noble House of Black. You can find their fantastic work on both TikTok and YouTube. I could absolutely see HBO Max picking up their idea. There is so much to unravel with the Black family and it would be an opportunity for the TV show to go a little bit dark. These stories could also be woven alongside the Marauders. They are in their first year at Hogwarts when the sisters are newly graduated or in their last years at Hogwarts.

The founders

Another idea that fans have tossed around is the desire to see the founders of Hogwarts. Those being Rowena Ravenclaw, Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, and Salazar Slytherin. This probably has the best potential to be the most different from anything else in the Harry Potter world as it stands. Hogwarts was founded in 990 AD. So we’re talking about a Harry Potter story taking place in the Medieval era. These four witches and wizards were regarded as the best and most powerful of their time; maybe even all time. They also coexisted alongside Merlin himself. It would be interesting to answer questions such as “how was magic different then?” or “in an era where Muggles believed in magic, how did they coexist with them?” In the Harry Potter Universe, wizards did not go into hiding until 1689.

It would be extremely intriguing to see muggles coincide with wizards in an entirely different era. Did these wizards and witches have any impact on historical events that have been sense wiped from “muggle history”? Furthermore, all four of these wizards created artefacts that have extensive lore around them that we see in the Harry Potter books. These include objects such as the Sword of Gryffindor or Rowena’s Diadem. We could see how they were created, and the stories around them. It could show how and why the Chamber of Secrets was created, or the trials and tribulations of Hogwarts’ early days. It’s the most unique, and I think the most interesting, to build upon the Harry Potter universe. It would be such a cool opportunity to add more to the canon.

The Cursed Child… or something like it

As most people know, Harry Potter did receive a sequel in the form of The Cursed Child. The stage play had extremely mixed reviews, with some citing that the characters did not act like themselves at all. However, it still stands as an option for a TV adaptation. Perhaps a misguided option, but one they have to choose from. Now if they want it to reach a broader audience, they should just record the show and put it on HBO Max. That being said, while The Cursed Child is canon, they could go a route where they explore the lives of our heroes after the events of Harry Potter. Whether or not they stick with The Cursed Child’s plotline is up to them.

Riddle

Let’s talk about Voldemort. We have most of his backstory laid out for us in the books, but, fans would be incredibly interested in seeing a story from Tom Riddle’s point of view. There was a fan-made movie based on just that that was received by fans very well. Watching Tom Riddle’s transformation into Voldemort would be disturbing and entertaining. Once again, it’s an opportunity for the property to go darker and appeal to a fanbase that is mostly in their twenties now. In light of how old the fanbase is and their general attitude, I think a TV show based on Tom Riddle would be an unexpected and welcome adaptation.

Something new

All these past suggestions are built upon something we have already seen discussed in the books. But they could do something entirely new. We’ve seen them do that before with Fantastic Beasts which is based on basically nothing in the books beyond a textbook. This is a very large universe, and there’s plenty they could pull from. We could see completely new characters in almost any time period. The options laid out before Warner Bros. and HBO Max are almost limitless. I will say however that something Fantastic Beasts struggles with is its failure to connect to the books. People love the Harry Potter characters, and I think a show would be better received by fans if it features something familiar.

Wrapping up

There are plenty of options out there for HBO Max and Warner Bros., but at the end of the day, it’s going to come down to J.K. Rowling. Their deal still leaves her in control of the rights and story decisions. Whatever she feels like writing about is what we’re going to get, and recent meddling with the canon has not been received well by fans. She seems to be unable to let her story go, much like George Lucas with Star Wars. So let’s take this announcement with a grain of salt, and hope Rowling listens to her fans. Will she give us what we want, or will she go off on her own again as she did with Fantastic Beasts?


Thank you for reading our article on what could be in the new Harry Potter TV series. What would you like to see? Let us know in the comments below.


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The Good, The Bad And The Classic

Sarah Casserley

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Disney Plus introduced Star to the service a little while ago now with loads of highlights. We’re sure, like us, you’ve had a good old delve into the catalogue and watched some of your faves. But, just in case you’ve missed anything, we have put together a little guide on what’s good to get stuck into. Also what’s bad and could do with being swiped past, and the classic must-see TV series and films that you probably didn’t even realise were there.

So, when you find yourself looking for something to watch on a Friday evening or binge for a couple of weeks, don’t scroll endlessly, just take a look at our guide of Disney Plus Star recommendations.


The Good

These are the films and series that have been released within the last 10 years, which you need to watch or should at least be on your ‘to watch’ list.

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Atlanta (2016 – Present)

If you haven’t watched this series yet, why not? The creative and talented Donald Glover heads up the show as the main character ‘Earn’, and on the writing credits too (among 6 others, including his brother Stephen Glover), in this funny, gritty and realistic series which follows a rapper ‘Paper Boy’ and his manager Earn (Glover) as they navigate the rap business. If you have watched the show before, you may want to re-watch for a recap as season 3 has been promised to us very soon.

9-1-1 (2018 – Present)

This isn’t just any emergency service drama, this series covers the lives of several Los Angeles first responders: police officers, paramedics, firefighters, and dispatchers. It also has some big names involved, including Angela Bassett and, later in the series, Jennifer Love Hewitt. For some reason though, there’s only two of the four seasons of 9-1-1 on Disney Plus Star so far, but it’s well worth a watch and we’re sure the other two seasons should be along soon.

Doll Face (2019 – Present)

By the title alone, and the fact that it’s a weekly release, it initially looked like this series was set around a stereotypical break up and was destined for the bad list. However, the witty script, amazing female actors and relatable storyline made me put this series firmly within the good pile as I can’t wait to watch more. Kat Dennings takes the lead in the series and really brings to life upcoming writer Jordan Weiss’ story of female friendships after a breakup.

Films on Disney Plus Star

The Fault in Our Stars (2014)

This beautiful coming of age story, based on a book with the same name, is a great watch for all ages, not just teens. Be ready for oodles of romance, as well as teary and heart-warming moments, as you follow two teens affected by cancer as they set off on a journey of discovery.

The Favourite (2018)

We love a period drama, and this quirky look at the reign of Queen Anne is no exception. With starring roles from Olivia Colman, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone and Nicholas Hoult, it’s no wonder The Favourite had 336 nominations in award season and 182 wins. It’s definitely one of the best films from the last 5 years on Disney Plus Star.

Deadpool 2 (2018)

There are some examples coming up in these lists that give sequels a bad name, however, Deadpool 2 isn’t one of them. If you were putting off watching this one because of the sequel curse, don’t, it’s just as good – if not better – than the first. Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is back as the foul-mouthed superhero and, this time, he brings some new friends: Domino (Zazie Beetz), Fire Fist (Julian Dennison) and Weasel (T.J. Miller) among others.


The Bad

There’s not as many on this ‘bad’ list as Star has done a pretty good job with their chosen titles. However, like any service, there are always a few bad eggs in our opinion… This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t watch these, it’s more of a warning that there may be better things to press play on.

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Lost (2004 – 2010)

To be completely honest here, the first two seasons of Lost are very entertaining and interesting to watch, as you follow several people who try to survive a plane crash and have to adapt to life on a strange island. But, by the middle of season three, things start to get a little confusing and we found ourselves getting lost (pun intended) in the plot until the final sixth season, only to be hit with a heavily reported disappointing end… even worse than some people’s feelings about Game Of Thrones. So, we recommendation delving into some of the other series rather than this one.

24: Legacy (2017)

Trying to build another series from an established series can be very hit or miss – and this one was a huge miss. So much so that Fox axed it just after one series.

It takes on the same format as the original 24 series, where one season is just one day, however, this time they are trying to stop a terrorist attack. The format just doesn’t work with this storyline and you lose a lot of momentum and excitement, plus the acting just isn’t the best.

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Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Just like building another series off a series, sequels can also be tricky beasts… some are good, some are bad and, when it follows an absolute classic like ‘Independence Day’, it needs to be amazing. Unfortunately, this one didn’t quite live up to the legacy of the first film; I mean, not even ‘Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth couldn’t get this to match up with the original. But it is still entertaining, so if you do decide to watch this one, just do so with caution.


The Classic

As you have probably already noticed there are some absolute classics on Disney Plus Star, so this is going to be the longest list, full of series that you can binge from start to finish and films that stand the test of time and can be re-watched repeatedly. Most of these titles don’t need much explanation as you’ll have already watched or heard about them, but you might not have spotted them yet on Disney Plus Star as some were buried deep in the archives.

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X Files (1993 – 2001)

If you were born in the 90s or 00s, this one may have gone under your radar; however, once you watch the first season full of aliens, wired going ons and the brilliantly disjointed relationship of FBI agents, conspiracy theorist Fox Mulder and realist Dana Scully, you won’t want to stop watching. Granted some of the special effects are a little dated and unbelievable, but you will soon forget about that as you get sucked into the narrative.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997 – 2002)

I know, I know, it’s hard to think there are people out there that haven’t watched a single vampire slaying, kick-ass, sci-fi loaded episode… but there is. If you are one of those people, what are you waiting for? Every single episode is here wating for you to binge. If you don’t fancy delving into the full thing, I would recommend at least taking a peek at the seventh episode of the sixth series (Once More, with Feeling: Buffy the Musical).

24 (2001 – 2014)

Before Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) burst on our screens in 2001, this kind of format for a series had never been attempted before and it just worked, so much so it ran for 9 seasons. It may seem odd at first, as each series is just one day, but you really do get sucked in.

Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – 2018)

Within its almost 13 years of being on air, this series has offered every heart-warming and breath-holding moment you need from a hospital-based drama. This would be a perfect series to start if you want something that will last you a while.

Sons of Anarchy (2008 – 2014)

Bikes, leather and action: what’s not to like? This series ran for a glorious 7 seasons, and within these episodes, there is storyline upon storyline that will keep you hooked and wanting to know more about the motorcycle club that straddles the line between legal and illegal.

Films on Disney Plus Star

(We’re pretty sure you will have watched most of these films, but they are well worth a re-watch)

Planet of the Apes (1968)

The film that started them all. Since the release of this film in 1968, there have been seven more sequels and remakes of the original sci-fi movie, two of which you can also watch on Disney Plus Star: Planet Of the Apes (2001) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

Jewel of the Nile (1985)

It could possibly be that the countless TV showings over the have passed you by, but if you’ve not seen Jewel of the Nile, you should definitely give it a go. Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito are fantastic in this pure 80s romantic action comedy.

Cocktail (1988)

Sticking within the 80s romantic comedy realm, you’ve also got Cocktail, which is full of love ultimatums, with a dash of cheese. Come on, you know you want to watch a young Tom Cruise at work.

The Fly (1986)

One name – Jeff Goldblum. Watch it.

Pretty Woman (1990)

We were just as excited as the first time we watched it when we saw this classic on the service. To not watch this again would be a big mistake. HUGE.

Toys (1992)

This wonderfully wacky story by Valerie Curtin and Barry Levinson comes alive with the help of one of the best comedic actors of all time, Robin Williams, alongside the wonderful Joan Cusack and, bizarrely, LL Cool J.

What’s Love Got To Do With It (1993)

Whether you love Tina Turner’s music or not, it does not matter. This is one of the most interesting and inspirational biographical movies that you will ever watch. Word of warning, the incredible Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne are so great at their roles that some of the more sensitive scenes are very realistic.

Braveheart (1995)

With any new service, there are glitches, and we found one! Whilst watching this absolute classic a few weeks ago, about two and a half hours into the film the screen when to the small screen format as if the credits had come up, making it difficult to watch the last part of the film. However, when we went to finish the film off a week later the glitch had been fixed and you can now watch the whole film without interruption… FREEDOM!

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)

We all know that when it comes to film, Baz Luhrmann is a genius and he doesn’t disappoint with this abstract take on the story. It’s worth watching for the soundtrack alone.

Independence Day (1996)

90s Will Smith doing what he did best: lots of running, fighting and shouting – need I say more? Oh yes, you can also watch another one of his masterpieces, Enemy of the State (1998) on this service too.

Con Air (1997)

‘Put the bunny back in the box’ and sit down and watch this classic… we all know Nicholas Cage films can be a little unpredictable, but this film is definitely a hit, especially as he is joined by other legends of the screen, including John Malkovich, Steve Buscemi, John Cusack and Ving Rhames.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Well if it’s at our fingertips, why not watch this film for the 56th time… this year.


So, there you have it, these are some of our highlights and must-miss titles from Disney Plus Star. Are there any that we missed? If so, comment below and let us know what category they belong in.


Check out the top 10 hidden gems in the other Disney Plus feeds HERE.

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