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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
Thank you for reading our review of Loki episode six. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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