The Harry Potter TV reboot release already teased audiences with elements from the original films, but this route of nostalgia may not bode well.
The legacy of the Harry Potter films will be tough for the new HBO TV version to avoid, and the introduction trailer shows that it won’t be able to avoid it totally.
Many fans are excited to see a book-faithful adaptation, especially since some of the most devastating sequences from J.K. Rowling’s novels were left out of the original movie.
That is not to imply that these famous films didn’t do anything right, and moviegoers will undoubtedly search for these characteristics in the new series.
HBO’s newly christened streaming service, ‘Max,’ published a social media announcement video revealing a Harry Potter remake is in the works.
The article promised a book-faithful adaptation, with a ten-year plan dedicating each season to one of the popular works.
Of course, because Harry, Ron, and Hermione begin in Sorcerer’s Stone as 11-year-olds, each character will need to be recast—a shift that will almost certainly be painful.
The announcement teaser, on the other hand, suggests that spectators may expect some movie-familiar sights—and sounds—from the revival.
Harry Potter’s TV Remake Is Already Heavily Based on the Films
Though the Harry Potter remake will start from scratch in terms of casting, the announcement teaser suggests that certain elements from the original films will be retained.
The short video clip contained the traditional Harry Potter logo, John Williams’ renowned musical theme, and the same old Hogwarts silhouette.
Of course, once the series begins production, these elements may be changed with a logo, musical score, and set that is unique to the HBO series. However, considering the audience’s enthusiasm for the movies, it would be irresponsible to tease this and then backtrack.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park is also an option. Changing these characteristics of Harry Potter would render the attraction outdated (poor news for the entire series).
As a result, much of what the films established as emblematic of the wizarding world will be featured in the Harry Potter TV version. This is fantastic news in many ways. However, relying too much on the original films may prove to be a double-edged sword for Warner Bros.
Why Film Nostalgia Is a Major Issue for the Harry Potter Reboot
The decision to include iconic elements from the Harry Potter films is likely intended to help long-time fans feel comfortable and at home in this new universe (in addition to keeping the theme parks and memorabilia fresh).
At first look, this appears to be the case, since it’s difficult not to become excited when hearing the first few notes or seeing the silhouette of Hogwarts Castle emerge on the screen.
However, as fresh actors pretend to be Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the rest of the gang, the joy will certainly give way to disturbing discomfort.
This will happen whether or whether HBO’s remake incorporates aspects from the original Harry Potter films. Still, by combining the old with the modern, the TV adaptation invites comparison in an unfavorable way.
As a result, while the familiar sights and sounds may draw viewers in, the series may not be able to keep them engaged in a meaningful way.
If, on the other hand, the remake took its own path totally, fans would be able to recognize the Harry Potter remake as their own creature without concern about harming the heritage of their beloved films.