Warner Bros. Discovery Announces Release Date For ‘Harry Potter’ TV Series

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Warner Bros. Discovery on Friday announced the release date for the highly-anticipated “Harry Potter TV series.

During the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call, the Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav said they are looking at the series debuting in 2026, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“We’ve not been shy about our excitement around Harry Potter,” Zaslav said while sharing the company’s franchise strategy. “The last film was made more than a dozen years ago.”

Zaslav also talked about meeting recently with famed “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling and her team about the upcoming project.

“I was in London a few weeks ago with Casey [HBO and Max chief Casey Bloys] and Channing [WBD TV chief Channing Dungey] and we spent some real time with J.K. and her team,” Zaslav said.

“Both sides are thrilled to be reigniting this franchise,” he added. “Our conversations were great, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead. We can’t wait to share a decade of new stories with fans around the world on Max.”

During a Max streaming event last spring, officials confirmed that the TV series based off the seven-book series from Rowling was happening and she would be an executive producer amid numerous attacks against her by trans activists, as previously reported.


Officials said the long-form series will be rolled out over a 10-year period and be faithful to the books.

“J.K. is an executive producer, and her insights will be helpful,” Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO, HBO and Max Content said. “We are in the Harry Potter business.”

“The TV show is new and exciting, but we’ve been in the Harry Potter business for 20 years; this isn’t a new decision,” Bloys added. “We’re comfortable being in the Potter business.”

“J.K. is a very online conversation … It’s very nuanced and complicated and not something we’re going to get into,” the CEO continued. “Our priority is what’s onscreen. The Harry Potter story is incredibly affirmative and positive about love and acceptance, and that’s our priority, what’s on the screen.”

Rowling has been the target of transgender activists because of her numerous comments in defense of biological women, as previously reported.

Related: ‘Harry Potter’ Profits Soaring Despite Attempts To Cancel J.K. Rowling Over Trans Stance

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