What’s the Deal with the Rumored “Harry Potter” HBO Max Reboot?

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"

If we had to pick a news story that dominated last week, it was certainly the rumored Harry Potter reboot being developed by HBO Max. All hell broke loose after several reliable outlets shared the news, but is the reboot of our favorite magical franchise truly happening?

It’s been reported by multiple sources that the Harry Potter reboot is in very early development at HBO Max, but officials are yet to confirm these rumors. Warner Bros. and HBO Max tried to debunk them by releasing the joint statement that reads, “There are no Harry Potter series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform.”

Even if there’s no truth to these rumors, it’s not difficult to see why they started circling around. HBO Max is already developing reboots of Gossip Girl and Sex and the City, so what’s one more? A Harry Potter revival is bound to happen at some point in time, as well, but is that moment finally here?

Warner Bros’ official statement says otherwise, but several sources claim that “conversations are taking place” without any writers or clear plot points. Fans of the franchise didn’t seem too enthusiastic about the prospect of a live-action series and many claim they won’t be supporting it.

By developing a Harry Potter series, Warner Bros. and HBO Max could be trying to compete with Disney, but they’re already doing that with Game of Thrones spin-offs. This reboot will happen eventually, but it’s still unclear if we’ll get to board Hogwarts Express in the nearby future.