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HBO boss responds to concerns over JK Rowling being involved in Harry Potter reboot series

HBO boss responds to concerns over JK Rowling being involved in Harry Potter reboot series

The reboot series was announced yesterday

After the announcement of a Harry Potter TV series, HBO's boss has spoken about JK Rowling’s involvement in the new show.

Fans have been deeply divided about the adaptation, with many also worried about the author possibly profiting from the franchise after accusations of transphobia.

However, HBO's boss has hit back, saying that the conversations around the series were ‘very nuanced and complicated’.

Originally leaked in early April, the new Harry Potter series was officially revealed yesterday as HBO bosses also launch their new channel Max.

Showrunners have stated the new show is set to be 'authentic' to the books, and whilst the original films will remain at ‘the core of the franchise’, the series will reportedly feature ‘a new cast to lead a new generation of fandom’.

And with Rowling set to be an executive producer for the new series, some fans were left wondering if her views would affect the casting choices.

JK Rowling is set to be an executive producer of the new series.
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During a Q&A with press, CEO of HBO and Max content Casey Bloys said that the conference was ‘not the forum’ to discuss hiring possible talent.

“No, I don’t think this is the forum,” Bloys stated, adding: “That’s a very online conversation, very nuanced and complicated and not something we’re going to get into.”

He continued: “Our priority is what’s on the screen…Obviously, the Harry Potter story is incredibly affirmative and positive and about love and self-acceptance.

"That’s our priority — what’s on screen.”

When asked about Rowling's involvement in the series, Bloys said: “[Rowling] will be involved. She’s an executive producer on the show. Her insights are going to be helpful on that.

“The TV show is new and we’re excited about that, but, remember, we’ve been in the ‘Potter’ business for 20 years. This is not a new decision for us, we’re very comfortable being in the ‘Potter’ business.”

JK Rowling's comments from 2020 were met with public backlash.
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JK Rowling’s involvement wasn't the only concern for fans, however, as there were some who also feared that the series wouldn't hold up.

One fan wrote on Twitter: “My mom thinks I’m excited for the Harry Potter TV series but I’m concerned they’re just gunna ruin the franchise further.”

Others agreed, with another adding: “[the] funniest part about a Harry Potter TV series is the average fan is in their 30s or pushing 40 now. And I bet it'll get canned after a season or two.”

While someone else said that a Harry Potter reboot was 'not needed'.

However, Rowling has insisted the series will remain faithful to the books as it will allow for a ‘degree of depth and detail only afforded by a long-form television series’.

UNILAD has reached out to JK Rowling and HBO Max for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Stills Press / Alamy Stock Photo/Warner Bros

Topics: Film and TV, HBO, Harry Potter, JK Rowling