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Harry Potter series: Expected release date and the latest rumors

Get excited for a more detailed, faithful adaptation of the beloved books.
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Published onMarch 4, 2024

The announcement for the Harry Potter series was both exciting and panic-inducing. The books were magical, and the movies captured the essence (which is rare), which is why fans have a lot to lose if the series does not manage to do the same.

There is a lot that the movies missed out on, as going into finer details would take too long, and there’s only so much you can process in two hours. The series will have the advantage of more time on their hands, so for book fans, you may finally get to watch the scenes you loved in the books but never got to experience on-screen.

Here’s everything we know about the Harry Potter series release window, cast rumors, and more.

When is the Harry Potter series release date?

The series was officially confirmed by Warner Bros. Discovery. during a Max streaming event in April 2023.

We don’t have an exact date for the release, but we expect the first season to premiere in 2026. We know that’s a long wait. But 10 more years of Harry Potter? Worth it. We’ll update the post as soon as we get more news.

Harry Potter
(L-r) EMMA WATSON as Hermione Granger, RUPERT GRINT as Ron Weasley, WARWICK DAVIS as Griphook and DANIEL RADCLIFFE as Harry Potter in Warner Bros. PicturesÕ fantasy adventure ÒHARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS Ð PART 2,Ó a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

How many seasons in the Harry Potter series?

We don’t know that yet, but we do know that they plan to produce this project over 10 years. We’re assuming that some books will be retold in multiple seasons, as there are only seven books. Sources say Fantastic Beasts will not be a part of this retelling.

We got approximately 10 years of the books and 10 years of the movies, and the fact that we get 10 more years after such a long gap, is very good news.

What to expect from the Harry Potter series

Because of a lack of time, and also because they had to cater to a wider audience with the movies than the books, there were so many details they had to gloss over. We’re talking major details here, so the first thing you can expect from the series is a deep dive into all the scenes that built an ambiance, even if they were less crucial to the plot.

We hope we’ll see more of Harry’s love life, his relationship with Dumbledore, good times with Sirius, his bond with Ron and Hermione, and Hogwarts in general.

Harry Potter series cast

From what we know, it’ll be a brand new cast for the Harry Potter series. None of the legacy actors are going to appear in this version. The focus will be on telling the story, and not much else. The question we’re really asking when we ask if the old actors will come back is — will Daniel Radcliffe be coming back?

Here’s what he said to ComicBook.com:

“My understanding is that they’re trying to very much start fresh and I’m sure whoever is making them will want to make their own mark on it and probably not want to have to figure out how to get old Harry to cameo in this somewhere.

So I’m definitely not seeking it out in any way. But I do wish them, obviously, all the luck in the world and I’m very excited to have that torch passed. But I don’t think it needs me to physically pass it.”

Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the series, told People that if he had to come back, he’d want to play Professor Lupin. He says, “The character I enjoyed was Professor Lupin. If I were to have a go… that would be one that I’d do.”

The new casting isn’t official yet, but here’s the current list. Please note that at this point, these are just rumors.

  • Toby Woolf as Harry Potter
  • Bronte Carmichael as Hermione Granger
  • Joshua Pickering as Ron Weasley

Harry Potter series teaser trailer

Here’s a short teaser Max released to announce the Harry Potter series:

How to watch the Harry Potter series

Warner Bros. is one of the houses producing the series, but we don’t know where it will stream in 2026. Until then, catch up with the movies on Max, where all eight movies are currently streaming.

What is the Harry Potter series about?

Harry Potter is an orphaned boy who discovers on his 11th birthday that he’s actually a wizard. He’s invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he finally feels like he belongs. At Hogwarts, Harry makes his first true friends, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

But Harry’s past is intertwined with the dark wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents when he was a baby. Somehow, Harry survived the attack, left only with a lightning-shaped scar on his forehead. This event creates a mysterious connection between Harry and Voldemort.

As Harry progresses through his magical education, each year brings new challenges. He studies subjects like Potions, Herbology, and Defense Against the Dark Arts, and even plays the wizard sport Quidditch. However, Harry, Ron, and Hermione often find themselves wrapped up in dangerous situations, usually related to Voldemort’s followers and his quest to regain power.

FAQs

Yes. She will be an executive producer of the series.

Very closely, from what we know. Rowling will be a part of the project, so expect a faithful adaptation of the story.

No, that will not be the case.