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?
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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Squid Game – Review
The Players and Games
On 17 September 2021, South Korean, Netflix series Squid Game was released. Unbeknown to many including writer and creator Hwang Dong-hyuk, this nine-part drama quickly became the most talked about and watched show around the world.
The extremely well written, staged and thought-out show is a mix of ‘Black Mirror’, ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Battel Royal’ all rolled into one. To make an intense and binge-able series from start to finish.
The series can be watched with subtitles or dubbed. We would suggest watching it subtitled as some of the dubbed voiceovers don’t quite match up to the characters and you can lose some of the intensity in the scenes. With both options, however, you will still be able to get a good handle of the story, as you follow hundreds of money-poor contestants take on the deadly childhood games.
SPOILERS: If you haven’t watched the whole of Squid Game yet. Stop reading here as we are about to review the players and the games, with some hefty spoilers added in.
All dressed in green tracksuits the players are the focus of the story, and the costuming made sure they did just that. In Screen Rants video Squid Game: 15 Things You Missed, we find out that Dong-hyuk wanted the players in school uniforms. But after realising they would have to wear shorts and skirts, he went with the PE style tracksuits in green, the opposite colour to red on the colour wheel… to make sure the blood stood out.
The game starts with 456 players, but there are eight main characters, who we are invited to find out more about within the story.
Seong Gi-hun (player 456)
The very first player we are introduced to is gambling addict Seong Gi-hun, Played by actor and successful model Lee Jung-jae. Gi-hun lives with his mother, bets all her money on horses, has a lot of debts, and gets his own daughter’s birthday gift from an arcade game. Which cleverly links to the boxes they use for coffins, within the game.
Gi-hun, is a great main character because through his lies and bad habits, his narrative is written to show that he has a compassionate side too, which you can relate to.
Kang Sae-byeok (player 067)
The next character we meet is Kang Sae-byeok, portrayed perfectly by model Jung Ho-yeon, in her first ever acting role. The character arc of the strong, independent, pickpocket, is so interesting and endearing to watch. She goes from depending on herself to becoming part of a team and putting her trust in others.
Her back story is of wanting money to help her brother leave an orphanage and to move her mother from North to South Korea. This puts her in a very sympathetic light which urges us the viewer to root for her.
Cho Sang-woo (Player 218)
The next player we are introduced to is Cho Sang-woo, this complex character played by popular TV actor Park Hae Soo. His own story and mannerisms are what make him such an interesting and confusing character who one minute you like, for example when he helps the team out in tug-of-war game or the other minute you despise especially after the stunt he pulled with Ali, in the marble arena. This makes him one of the best characters to have in a show like this as he is unpredictable, like we saw at the end of game six.
Oh il-Nam (player 001)
The heart and soul of the team… or so we thought! Was Oh il-Nam player 001- we should have known!
One of the smartest players in the game was expertly played by actor and writer, Oh Young-soothe. The likable old man had us going all the way to the end and even made some of us cry in the marble game making the twist at the end of the series even better.
Jang Deok-Su (Player 101)
All good games need a villain, luckily there were a lot within the 456 players, but none were as bad as actor Heo Sung-tae’s portrayal of tatted Jang Deok-su.
Player 101, comes in hitting one of the female players and leaves being dragged down by another one! His well-written character had us shouting at the screen and hoping for a worthy death, and after his betrayal to Han Mi-nyeo before tug of war, she served him the cruel departure from the game we had all hoped for.
Abdul Ali (Player 199)
After saving Gi-Hun in the red light, green light game. Abdul Ali showed not only his strength but his love and trust in others which unfortunately would also become his demise…Thanks to snaky Sang-woo.
Actor Anupam Tripathi took his first big TV role and ran with it becoming one of the most loved characters in the series. Even getting a barrage of meme’s made for the character following his wrongful and underhanded death.
Han Mi-nyeo (Player 212)
Due to the copious amounts of death and blood, it’s always wise to have a little comic relief. Han Mi-nyeo’s character was certainly that, with her frequently used catchphrase of ‘I’m good at everything, except for the things I’m not’. Portrayed by Californian born actress Kim Joo-ryeong, the loud and obnoxious character really gave the competitive edge to the game, especially in the honeycomb games when she cheated, using a lighter to melt the candy! Her character, however, did get a little grating at times.
Ji-yeong (Player 240)
Our biggest issue with this character was that there was simply not enough screen time! Played by Lee Yoo-mi in her first major role, the character of Ji-yeong captured our hearts in just three episodes. Particularly as we got to know more about her harrowing backstory if only there was a way that both Ji-yeong and Sae-byeok could have left the marble arena together!
The main part of the story of Squid Game, is the six schoolyard games, which the players must play and win to get their hands on the life-changing sum of money.
Game 1: Red Light, Green Light.
The aim of the game is not to move when the ‘creepiest doll in history’ is looking, otherwise you are eliminated, and in this game, this doesn’t just mean out! When the ‘creepy doll’ isn’t looking you need to run as quick as you can and try and cross the line within the time frame. Sounds easy right? Not when you realise if you move… you die!
Red Light, Green Light is where the players realise what kind of game they are involved in and where we lost over half to the players too!
The schoolyard set and creepy doll voice just add to the tension of this game, which is also amplified by the visuals of the game in play accompanied by the switch over to the Front Man as he watched the game through monitors whilst listening to the song ‘Fly me to the moon’.
Game 2: Honeycomb/Dalgano Candy
To be safe in this game you need to successfully cut out a shape from Honeycomb, without damaging or breaking the shape. The only tool you are given to help you is a needle.
At the beginning of this game, we truly see the back-stabbing side of Sang-woo, as he realises what game it is, as the players start to pick their shape, before knowing what they need to do.
In the know, Sang-woo goes for the easiest shape, a triangle, and neglects to warn the others as Gi-Hun walks over to pick the hardest shape, the umbrella. This game separates the cheaters from the thinkers as Mi-nyeo and Deok-su use a lighter and Gi-Hun uses his brain and licks the shape free.
The climbing frames, bright colours, childish music and gunshots provide the perfect setting to make this whole scene completely unnerving for the players and the viewers.
Game 3: Tug of War
In teams of ten, it’s time for the players to play Tug of War. The main basis of this game needs no introduction, but instead of being pulled into a pile of mud like the classic game… you get pulled to your death.
Due to the Dr, Player 111, and his extra gameplay with some of the guards. (That involved selling body parts) Deok-su and his team know what game was coming up and managed to put together a team of strongmen to win their heat. Unfortunately, Gi-hun and his team didn’t have the same knowledge and in turn looked to have a weaker team than others. Luckily Il-Nam and Sang-Woo had solid gameplay ideas which saved the team.
The setting for Tug of War, took a bit of a dark turn and away from the schoolyard setting. With yellow and grey platforms set in a pitch-black room. Within this game, we lost half the players.
Game 4: Marbles
With this series, we all had the fear that at one point out favourites would be pitted against each other but not this early! Asked to pair up the players thought they would be playing together in teams like the last game, but that was not the case.
In the game of Marbles, the pairs were left to decide for themselves what game they wanted to play, with the loser being eliminated!
Probably one of the hardest games to watch as most pairs were playing a game of chance. If you were anything like us, we were hoping there was going to be another twist where some of the characters would survive in pairs but instead, we lost some big players and learned who were not to be trusted.
Having two games back-to-back where we lost half the players each time really helped keep the momentum of the story.
Game 5: Glass Bridge
To start this horrifying game of chance, the players had to pick their order, before knowing what the game was which led to a very tense moment where Gi Hun, almost went first. His indecisiveness helping him hugely here.
The aim of this game is for the remaining players to make their way across the glass bridge hopping from glass square to glass square, hoping to land on the tempered glass, rather than the normal glass which would break instantly sending them plummeting to their death.
Again, set in a pitch-black room with a few lights this game was intense! But it did however whittled the players down to three and showed Sang-woo’s ‘do anything for the money’ character again.
The added glass blasts at the end of the game also added an extra twist of tension as front runner Sae-byeok got severely injured.
Game 6: The Squid Game
With only two players left after Sang-woo eliminated Sae-byeok with a dinner knife, it was on to the final game and namesake of the series, Squid Game.
This game is divided into attacker (Gi-hun) and defender (Sang-woo). The attackers’ objective is to reach the “home” square marked on the opposite side of the field, while the defender’s purpose is to block them and push them out to win.
However, let’s be honest we saw very little gameplay as it ended up in a fight between the two finalists. The end of the game was gripping to watch, particularly with the knives in play and Gi-huns indecisive personality. Just as we think it’s all over, rather than putting his foot in the home square Gi-hun tries to get an injured Sang-woo to walk away from the game so they can both survive, giving up on the money.
But it a massive twist Sang-woo picks up the knife from the floor and instead of killing Gi-hun, like we anticipated, he kills himself. This was a great call from writer Hwang Dong-hyuk as it was unexpected and gave us a little extra from Sang-woos character. However, we can’t help but think that maybe it would have been a bigger twist if Sang-woo did kill Gi-Hun and won the games as no one was routing for him.
What do you think about our thoughts on the players and games within Squid Game? Let us know in the comments below.
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