TV show has the advantage of being able to foreshadow and hint at events from later books, giving it the opportunity to enhance the storytelling experience.
- Unlike the movies, the TV show will have access to the entire
book series, allowing the cast and crew to fully understand and incorporate the character arcs and storylines in a more faithful way.
- Having the complete source material will benefit not only the actors but also the writers, producers, and directors, enabling them to include hints, references, and additions to the story without worrying about canon inconsistencies.
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The Harry Potter TV show in the works at Max has an unusual upper hand on the movies that could hugely benefit the production process. The Harry Potter movies were the gateway for many into JK Rowling’s magical universe, so they will always be held in high regard by large portions of the fan base. However, the upcoming TV adaptation of Rowling’s work stands the chance of being even better than the movies for a specific reason.
The original Harry Potter movies were released between 2001 and 2011. There were seven books, and while the majority of the novels had just one movie counterpart, the final book was split into two films. The cast of the Harry Potter movies remained largely the same during production, growing up on-screen along with their target audience. This is presumably a feature of the movies that Max’s Harry Potter TV show will want to replicate. The films set a high benchmark, but an interesting scenario partially hindered the adaptation process that the TV show won’t suffer from.
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The Harry Potter TV Show Can Tease Elements From The Later Books
Pivotal Harry Potter moments can be referenced throughout the TV show
The Harry Potter TV show won’t be bound by the same limitations as the original movies. Right from Harry Potter season 1, the story will be able to foreshadow and hint at events that don’t take place until much deeper into JK Rowling’s books. The release timeline of the books compared to the movies made this a difficult task to achieve during the first adaptation. However, this time around, it becomes a very real possibility.
For instance, the Harry Potter TV actors can all base their performances on key character moments that won’t happen until later books. This is an advantage that most of the movie cast didn’t have. However, one original actor had much greater awareness than the rest of his colleagues regarding his character’s fate. Alan Rickman was the only actor to get Harry Potter spoilers from JK Rowling that covered almost his entire arc. This allowed him to portray Severus Snape in a much more faithful way. By contrast, the other cast members were always a handful of books behind the movies.
Not All The Harry Potter Books Were Out When The Movies Were Being Made
The Harry Potter movies were partially dictated by Rowling’s writing schedule
The Harry Potter books became popular very quickly. The first novel was published in 1997, with its movie adaptation arriving in 2001. When the first movie was released, only the first four books of the eventual seven had been published, but there was at least a little foresight for Warner Bros. to work with. However, by the time the follow-up movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets arrived in 2002, Rowling hadn’t written the fifth book. In fact, it would be another year before she had Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published in 2003.
Harry Potter Book/Movie Release Timeline
Book Publication Year
Movie Release Year
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Part 1 2010, Part 1 2011
The speed at which the movies were being produced made it impossible for Rowling to finish every Harry Potter book until 2007, by which point, there were only three more movies left to make. As a result, Warner Bros. were only operating with full knowledge of the coming narrative by 2009’s Half-Blood Prince and both Deathly Hallows movies in 2010 and 2011. This staggered approach between the book and movie release dates didn’t particularly harm the adaptation process, but it’s possible the films could have been even better if the full story were available throughout.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
for American audiences.
Why Having Access To The Whole Story Can Benefit The Harry Potter TV Series
The entire creative team behind the Harry Potter TV show will benefit from the availability of the source material
Just as Alan Rickman had foreknowledge of Severus Snape’s destiny while shooting the Harry Potter movies, everyone involved with the TV show will know the entirety of what’s to come. This won’t just help the Harry Potter remake cast add nuances to their respective performances, it will benefit other creative roles within the production too. For instance, the show’s writers can include hints and references to events from any point in the timeline of the Harry Potter books. They can also make additions to the story without having to worry about the canon not aligning with what’s coming next.
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The show’s producers and directors will also reap the rewards of having the entire book series available to them. Creatives in this role are often the overseers of a project such as this, so having as much knowledge as possible is always a huge advantage. In short, there is no downside to having all the books at once, and it will help the Harry Potter TV show improve upon what was already an impressive adaptation.
movies are available to stream on Max. The
TV show will also be on Max, but there is currently no official release date.