Although many are excited about the possibility of Harry Potter returning to our screens as a TV series, some fans are denouncing it due to J.K Rowling's controversial history.
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The news of a TV series left many with mixed emotions...
But it seems some fans have got no time for the project.
Reactions from furious social media users came flooding in...
And people really didn't hold back.
For many of us, Harry Potter is the cornerstone of our childhood.
We grew up with the characters, watching and reading their every move.
And if we're honest...
We've always been hopeful that there might be something else in the future.
And it seems our wish may be coming true...
As a Harry Potter TV series is reportedly in development at HBO.
Though some fans are already condemning it.
In light of J.K Rowling's controversial history, many believe she shouldn't receive any further Harry Potter related royalties.
Read on to find out more...
Now, the Harry Potter franchise first started with the books.The books, the first of which was published in 1997, are some of the most popular children's novels of all time.
There are 7 Harry Potter books in total...
via: GettyAnd writer, JK Rowling, managed to build an incredibly immersive (and oddly believable) fantasy world, wherein magic seemed like it could really exist.
But the books weren't at all where it ended.
via: IMDBThe massively successful series was adapted for the big screen by Warner Brothers. There are now 8 incredible movies in the original Harry Potter canon, the first of which came out in 2001.
The stories revolve around 1 central character, of course.
via: IMDBThe eponymous hero, Harry Potter, is a young wizard who has been orphaned and kept shielded from the world of magic until he receives a mysterious letter.
Until reaching the age of eleven, Harry lived with his aunt and uncle.They were non-magical folk, known in the books as Muggles, who treated Harry very poorly and even forced him to live in a cupboard under the stairs.
But Harry receives a letter that changes everything.
via: IMDBHe finds out that he's actually a wizard and has been accepted to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to hone his craft.
While there, Harry learns a wide variety of magical spells.But what makes the Harry Potter universe so immersive is how oddly believable all these magical aspects seem when you're reading (or watching).
As the books and movies go on, they quickly take a very dark turn and introduce Harry's enemy.
via: IMDBThe Dark Lord, named Voldemort, is both an evil wizard and a personification of everything that's wrong with the wizarding society. The overriding story of the books is Harry ultimately taking on this foe.
But, of course, Harry can't do this alone.
via: IMDBAlong his journey through school, he makes 2 best friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.
Both of these pals added strength to Harry in his battle.Hermione has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the world of magic, and there's essentially no spell that she can't do. But it's Ron who quickly became a true fan favorite, thanks to his unshakeable loyalty and top sense of humor.
The casting of these 3 leads is often pointed to as a big reason behind the franchise's success...
via: GettyAnd those actors were Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley.
Many Harry Potter fans feel as though they've grown up with these stars...
via: GettyBecause they all first appeared in the original movie in 2001, and continued in their roles for a whole decade, until the final film was released in 2011.
Which means that, for many of us, Rupert Grint is Ron Weasley.
Daniel Radcliffe is Harry Potter.
The actors and their characters are so closely connected in our minds that we can barely draw a distinction between the pair.
Although the final film was released almost 10 years ago now, many fans have hoped for some form of continuation.
The idea has even been teased a few times.
Recently, Rupert Grint spoke to comicbook.com and decided to discuss the possibilities of a Harry Potter revival.
"I don't know. I mean, never say never."
"I would never say, 'Absolutely no.' It was a huge part of my life and I'm very fond of that character and their stories," he explained.
"So yeah, I mean, I'd be up for it at the right time.
"I don't know what capacity that would be, but yeah, we'll see."
And now, it looks like something could actually be coming.
As a Harry Potter TV series is reportedly in development with HBO Max.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, sources have revealed that Warner Bros have held a series of meetings to bring back the franchise.
Revealing that executives have "engaged in multiple conversations with potential writers exploring various ideas that would bring the beloved property to television."
The outlet also added that so far no writers or talent are attached as discussions are still in the extremely early stages.
HBO Max and Warner Bros have been keen to emphasize that the show is not yet in development.
In a short statement to THR they said, "There are no Harry Potter series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform."
Which could be fortunate, as many people aren't happy with the idea.
Fans have taken to social media to share their thoughts, with many criticizing the idea for its potential to give more royalties to J.K. Rowling.
Who, as we all know, has come under fire recently for her controversial opinions.
Here's what fans had to say:
And I will be boycotting it.— Plastic Martyr (@plasticmartyr) January 25, 2021
Sorry, I'm transgender, my money doesn't go into the pockets of Transphobic terfs.
as long as JK Rolling has no involvement I'm down for it— AnimeFanLT (@BronyOtakuLT) January 25, 2021
Didn't we cancel that hate filled terf? Why would anyone want to work with that curse over their head? Boycott.— Samuel Blondahl 🇨🇦 (@SamuelBlondahl) January 25, 2021
So... Please just start every episode with something against Rowlings transphobic shit.— Der_sich_wieder_normal_fühlende_Puschel (@DerPuschel) January 25, 2021
Let trans people take the roles.
Otherwise I won‘t watch.
After JKR’s shenanigans I lost interest in anything monetarily connected to her.— gunboatgsb (@GunnerByrd) January 25, 2021
Last year, I woulda been thrilled. Sadly, Ms Rowling’s bigotry and transphobia has really soured me on the franchise. And I’ve been a huge Harry Potter fan for years.— Tracy Dale (@blackcat313) January 25, 2021
Rowling's transphobic comments and actions in the past few months have angered and upset many.
wanting more Harry Potter content but not wanting jk Rowling to make any money off it pic.twitter.com/719wM9v8n6— ayeo (@gimmekith) January 25, 2021
And now, some fans believe that she should not receive any further Harry Potter-related royalties, particularly from the rumored new spin-off.
Many fans are upset about her possible gain from the series.
It’s time to do the “Stop enabling JK Rowling from getting royalties challenge” https://t.co/RvMvCM4Jlc— Barra | BLM (@ThatBmanGuy) January 25, 2021
With some even calling to create the "Stop enabling JK Rowling from getting royalties challenge."
Despite the calls to stop J.K Rowling making any money from the rumored series, it's unlikely to stop her royalties altogether.
As she is likely to continue receiving them from other Harry Potter-related ventures as well as, of course, the original movies and books.