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Will A Harry Potter TV Show Ever Happen? Here's What J.K. Rowling Says

J.K. Rowling's magical Harry Potter world has already been explored on the page, the big screen and coming soon, the stage. Will we see a Harry Potter TV show anytime soon? J.K. Rowling was asked that on Twitter and her answer was... not promising.

Between the seven Harry Potter novels, the three bonus books, the eight feature adaptations, the upcoming spinoff film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and the planned stage production, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it seems only logical to wonder if J.K. Rowling's magical world will expand to TV next. A fan noted the various Potter projects, and then asked Rowling, "Where is our TV show?" Here's how Rowling responded...

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So, you're saying there's a chance...

Ok, not really. Especially when we factor in the hashtag, which firmly squashes the hopes of anyone who might think that Potter-on-Ice, an opera and/or an interpretative dance version of The Tales of Beedle the Bard might actually happen. In fact, Rowling seemed so put off by the idea of Potter-on-Ice that she followed up with this Tweet...

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So yeah, no Harry Potter TV show anytime soon. And that's a bit more disappointing than the lack of Potter-on-Ice, to be honest. As a Harry Potter fan, I probably wouldn't rank a TV adaptation of the Harry Potter books -- at least not anytime in the next decade -- very highly, but a prequel series, or perhaps something that focuses on a supporting character or two could be amazing in the right hands (and on the right network or streaming service). I'm already finding myself thinking about those non-sequel ideas we came up with a while back, except told in TV form. A TV show centered on the Marauders, perhaps? Or maybe a limited series that tells Severus Snape's story, with an emphasis on his youth and/or the years during which he was a Death Eater? Oh, the possibilities...

Alas, Rowling doesn't seem keen on the idea of a Potter-focused TV show, based on where she ranks it among a Potter opera and an interpretative dance. And I doubt I'm alone in thinking that without her stamp of approval (and active participation), it shouldn't be done.

As disappointing as her answer may be, Harry Potter fans have much to look forward to. Following up on the books and films, Warner Bros. is bringing us a feature adaptation of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which hits theaters next year. And then there's the mentioned stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is expected to debut in London's West End next year. More info on that here.

Kelly West
Kelly West

Kelly joined CinemaBlend as a freelance TV news writer in 2006 and went on to serve as the site’s TV Editor before moving over to other roles on the site. At present, she’s an Assistant Managing Editor who spends much of her time brainstorming and editing feature content on the site.