Warner Bros. control a number of major properties, but none have brought them quite the same level of success as their roster of DC superheroes and J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. Christopher Nolan’s Inception is the only one of the studio’s 20 highest-grossing movies ever that isn’t either a comic book blockbuster, a part of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchises or one of Peter Jackson’s three Hobbit prequels, which underlines how heavily the first two brands have become to the company.
Naturally, HBO Max already has a massive amount of DC-related content in the works to try and expand the lineup of exclusives and drive up subscriber numbers, and there’s been a constant wave of amount of rumors that the sprawling Wizarding World mythos could be getting similar treatment given the enduring popularity of the brand, which continues to hold a loyal and dedicated following even if Rowling’s stock has never been lower in the eyes of many fans.
The latest report claims that WB have held talks with a number of writers, and are inviting pitches for Harry Potter TV shows that would be developed for streaming. However, the studio reached out to The Hollywood Reporter and denied that anything was in the works, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that talks aren’t happening behind the scenes, and there’s certainly no harm in putting the feelers out to see if anyone can come up with an idea that’ll blow the boardroom out of the water.
One potential stumbling block could be the rights, which are owned by Rowling but leased all over the place. Universal currently holds the broadcast and streaming options to the Wizarding World, which includes digital-only elements, and that contract doesn’t expire until 2025, so there’s a chance HBO Max might not be legally able to screen any in-house Harry Potter spinoffs until then.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter