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Posted at 12:00 pm,
February 8, 2013

7 reasons we want a ‘Harry Potter’ reboot

While many Potter fans are sensitive and hostile to the idea, we think a reboot could be the best thing to happen to Harry Potter. We’re sick of listing the things we would change about the current Potter films, or hoping for a reboot in 50 years time, we want one right now. Tomorrow, if possible. After all, it would be hard work camping out at that midnight premiere with our walking sticks and dentures.

Of course, we don’t for a second believe it will actually happen, and producer David Heyman has made it clear a reboot is not in the cards. But we’re Harry Potter fans – boring old reality won’t stop us dreaming of the perfect adaptation.

We also understand that many Potter fans truly adore the films, and that is their prerogative. However we will always consider ourselves fans of JK Rowling’s wonderful series first and foremost, and we don’t see any harm in discussing what could have been done better in adapting Potter for the screen. And we think there’s a lot that could have been done better – enough to warrant an entirely new adaptation.

From the choice of actors and directors to the actual creation of Harry’s world, we have narrowed down our reasons to the magical number of 7. And because we’re completely jaded fans who are accustomed to heartbreak (ahem, Pottermore), we have also explained exactly why don’t expect to see a Potter reboot anytime soon.

1. The books are all finished

This could really be our one and only reason. It wasn’t until Deathly Hallows was published that the story all came together for us die-hard fans, so how were the filmmakers going to know what was important and what wasn’t before it was finished? Sure, JK Rowling was giving them some helpful suggestions, but we only need to remember the disaster that was Snape’s Worst Memory to see that their single strategy of “Oh, ask Jo” did not always work out. Making an adaptation in hindsight would give the production and writing team a complete understanding of character developments and storylines. How can you cast someone in Philosopher’s Stone when you don’t know what they’ll be doing in Deathly Hallows? Not to mention the magic word, foreshadowing, foreshadowing, foreshadowing. JK Rowling was a master of foreshadowing, leaving tiny clues for us to pick up on the way. Can you blame us for wanting to see some of those hints appear in the movies?

2. Make an adaptation truly magical

One of the most important elements of the Harry Potter movies is obviously the magic. And since (spoiler alert) magic doesn’t really exist, it is up to the creators of the movies to bring the magic to life in any way they choose. And as opposed to flashing lights, smoke and mirrors, the Harry Potter movies went with the more technical form of magic: swinging staircases, bolts that unlocked in complicated ways, and wands working like guns. And while a lot of people enjoy the parallels being drawn to the real world by having magic be almost like a replacement for technology, we can’t help but feel that, well, some of the magic got lost by portraying it all this way. Call us old-fashioned, but we like our magic to be a little less practical, a little more magical. We want staircases that go somewhere else on a Tuesday. We want complicated spells doing colourful things. We want circles and curves, not squares and straight lines. One way reboot movies could truly stand out from the originals would be to go in a completely different direction with the visuals, and we’d welcome the change.

3. Use a single director’s vision

With eight different movies filmed over a 10+ year period, it is not really feasible to imagine that the same director would be able to stick around. And we’re willing to bet that very few of you would have been happy with Chris Columbus tackling all seven books. While the different directors allowed the movies to focus on different things and for them all to have different feels, when we rewatch the series now we can’t help but notice the inconsistencies. It’s hard to let yourself get drawn into a world which, well, isn’t really one world at all, but four different versions of it. Rather than the entire series being a learning process and a chance for different directors to experiment with styles, let’s have a complete vision from the get-go this time, and stick through it. Let’s enter Harry’s world when he’s 11 and not leave it until he’s 17, and not feel like we’re being pulled in and out of different filmmakers’ imaginations. After all, Harry Potter wouldn’t have been as gripping of a series if another author had taken over the story halfway through, would it?

4. Find a new committed and talented cast

Here’s looking at you, Michael Gambon. We don’t care about this “He shouldn’t need to read the books, it should all be in the script” argument. If an actor isn’t willing to read the series (that is, if they somehow haven’t already), we personally don’t want them anywhere near this project. It is too special for too many people. We want a passionate, knowledgeable cast, who don’t just care about being considered serious actors, but who care about the story itself. And while we’re on the subject, let’s not forget our personal pet peeve: do a thorough search for the core group of kids. We realise it’s difficult to tell at 9 or 10 or 11 just what kind of an actor a child will grow up to be at 19 or 20, but that is no excuse to cast people on the merit of their hair colour. This is Harry’s story, and Harry and his peers take up the majority of the screen time. Unfortunately if we are being completely objective, the child actors were often the weakest links in the films, and we want to see a new super-talented bunch for the next ones.

5. Incorporate extra canon information

Pottermore who? Yeah, no, that’s not where we want our canon information to come from. Naturally one of the biggest hurdles a reboot of the series would face would be that, well, we’ve already been told the whole story. Not just on the page but visually – we’ve pretty much seen everything Harry’s world has to offer (except of course for the elements of the story that were cut, like the death day party, the Dursleys, and S.P.E.W.). But new movies would present a chance to focus on different parts of the stories. To develop the background characters more, to give them moments that hint at the backstories which at this point we mostly know. JK Rowling would be able to provide all the missing pieces, and we’d come away from these movies feeling like there was a lot hiding under the surface – like every part of every scene offered a ton of easter eggs which only true fans would be able to interpret and appreciate.

6. A chance to try a different medium

A film adaptation is the first thing that studios try when they grab the rights to something, because it is the way to make the most money (duh). And that’s fine, we don’t begrudge film studios and big bosses for simply doing their jobs. But who says that a film is the best way to explore Harry’s journey? We’ve done that, maybe we can try something else (or maybe let’s do new films really really well). Now that the first attempt has been made, it’s finally okay to have a discussion about which platform would really suit Harry Potter. The gift that Warner Bros. has given us is flexibility. Now that films have been done, why not try something different? How about, a TV mini-series that gives us the chance to showcase each book in six or eight hours. Or they could give us a full TV show ala Game of Thrones, or try splitting every book into two films. We aren’t saying that every medium would work as a platform for Potter, but with one film series out of the way, we can at least discuss the possibilities and find the best fit.

7. Celebrate Potter, don’t sensationalise it

There is no denying that the Harry Potter franchise was (and continues to be) a goldmine. The general public can continue to pretend it’s for kids all they want, but that doesn’t change the fact that everyone and their mother, literally, loves the story. The people involved with the movies loved the story too, but they sometimes got a little, what should we call it – carried away? And sometimes the intentions of overexcited studio executives or ambitious directors are not the best thing for such a beloved series like Potter. We don’t want to see a tens of thousands of Death Eaters storming the castle in Deathly Hallows, or Bellatrix destroying the Great Hall in Half-Blood Prince, or even Ginny blowing up the entire Hall of Prophecy in Order of the Phoenix. We actually wouldn’t mind if a Potter reboot wasn’t on as huge a scale as Lord of the Rings or Narnia. In fact, that is what we love about the books themselves. They are deeply personal and character based. Honestly, we’d love to see films that really celebrated what we love about Potter without everything exploding or Voldemort and Harry face-morphing. And if that gives us a slightly downplayed, more consistent story, even better.

And why we won’t get one

The ‘Harry Potter’ Goldmine

Let’s take a quick count here: There are the films themselves, the various overpriced DVD box-sets, the overpriced film books, the Studio Tour in London, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, the touring Potter exhibition and all of the accompanying merchandise. Every one of these things has Daniel Radcliffe’s, Emma Watson’s and Rupert Grint’s faces stamped all over them. Do we think WB is just going to give that all up? Of course not. The Harry Potter franchise has been too successful for it’s own good, no studio would just give up on it. If a new adaptation was made with a different set of actors, all of these tours and theme park rides and box-sets would be made redundant – people would want the new actors, not that old trio from 2007. Of course the Studio Tour, WWoHP and exhibition are great fan experiences, but they also make WB money. Loads and loads of money.

The ‘Spider-Man’ Problem

A Potter reboot also presents potential difficulties in differentiation, or what we like to call ‘The Spider-Man Problem’. If the films are going to be totally rebooted, they have to be different enough from WB’s original series to warrant a new version. Otherwise, what is the point? We want a reboot now, but would audiences turn up to see the same story done with a similar level of special effects? In a perfect world, we would end up with the ultimate Potter adaptation, but in reality we can see how a studio would be reluctant to try and “Make Potter better”, especially given how successful the eight film series has been.

Fan reactions

And finally, there’s the issue of fan reaction. Let’s be clear, we consider ourselves huge Harry Potter nerds, but we are fans of the books. Unfortunately for some Potter fans, this is not enough. According to these fans, anything we say against the Potter films is essentially blasphemy. This is understandable to an extent – a lot of the Potter fandom were introduced via the films, or grew up with them in a way that entrenched them in their mind and imagination. To them, Daniel Radcliffe is Harry. Because of this deep devotion, it has become almost impossible to have a rational conversation about the films. Saying “Hey, these films weren’t that great, we should really try making them again” (or even “They could be better”) is incredibly insulting and off-putting to many of the biggest Potter fans. We can’t imagine any studio wanting to alienate the fandom to that level, given that they are the target audience.

Would you like to see a ‘Potter’ reboot?

By Marama Whyte and Selina Wilken

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  • http://about.me/dshana Shana Debusschere

    I think it’s too soon, definately for another 7/8 movies, but I’d be totally in for a miniseries. I really do think that might be the best way to tell the story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

    Great article! If they ever do a reboot (and I agree, I would be okay if they did one NOW!), it should be for TV! They could do so much with that, and capture all the parts of the stories they missed in the movies.

    • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

      I agree with the TV part! It would make it definitely stand out more than the movies, and maybe not as many fans would complain!
      It’s going to happen, all big books of the past have multiple movies and tv series attached to their name. Let’s hope the next one if TV for sure :)!

      • http://twitter.com/CuriousCarson Carson

        The new SHEILD TV show and Star Wars stuff makes me wonder: what about a TV show in the same universe? Maybe about Harry’s kids? Or Marauder Era? I don’t know…

        • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

          That would be excellent!

    • http://hypable.com Selina

      I think a TV adaptation series would be brilliant.

    • https://twitter.com/maramawhyte Marama Whyte

      I think Game of Thrones has really proved that a TV series is the way to go.

    • Kadma Sixx

      I might have a problem with the cast because most of the characters in the films look a lot like I imagined, but YES! A TV series like game of Thrones, giving 10 to 13 hours to each book instead of 3 would be awesome! I’d love to have all those details and foreshadowing on screen!

  • Ev42

    Great article – I agree with all of this ;D I think it was around the movie release of PoA that my friend and I realized these movies weren’t going to be for us… I don’t mind there being changes to the story, I don’t need it told LITERALLY, but these strayed a bit too much and were quite a lot too inconsistent (like, ca LotR levels of alteration, that’s where I’m comfortable).

    These books cover so much time, I think a TV mini-series might actually be better than a new set of movies. I think that could be done really, really well… And yeah, ONE director, cast really should read the source material, maybe split the thinner books in two long episodes (Sherlock-length, ish?) & the thicker in three? *WANT* I would DIE. The good way.

    (Fun fact: As kids, my friend and I decided that we were going to get filthy rich when we grew up just so we could remake the movies. That’s… not coming along all that well, but never say never and all that, right? *determined nod* Right.)

  • ruloc

    I also think and want a miniseries, Sherlock style

  • LunaLovegood

    I love the Harry Potter Articles on Hypable. I know the series is over but there should be more articles cause were Always Harry Potter Nerds.

  • hpatdh33

    I’ve always wanted a reboot somewhere down the line, but after reading this article I’m not quite sure I do. Honestly what director would have stayed for 7/8 movies? Also if it was the same vision the entire way, people would have gotten bored. Of course they don’t all flow together. But look at the quality of movies back in 2001 to 2011. There is a complete change in tone, visual effects, sound editing, etc. The HP film series is a celebration of how movies progressed from 2001 to 2011. We watched 10/11 year old actors grow up in front of our eyes. Yes, there are flaws, but overall the filmmakers did a fantastic job.

    The main reason I don’t want a reboot is because of Hedwig’s Theme. No matter what score they bring in or compose, Hedwig’s theme will always be Harry Potter. But like in the new Spider-man they had to compose a new theme. I don’t think any score could ever match the 8 brilliant soundtracks we were given.

    I think in 30-50 years, however, It would be enough time to want something fresh and to share it with a new generation.

    • Hagrid’s Coat

      Hedwig’s Theme!! <3 It would be very sad to have a new adaptation without it. I think this can also be said for the design of Hogwarts (and by this I mostly mean the Great Hall since there was definitely a lot of magic going on regarding the placement and appearance of other parts of the Hogwarts grounds like Hagrid's Hut).

    • Carilyn

      I mean it’s already depressing that John Williams probably won’t stay alive long enough to compose for all the new Star Wars films. The fact that there’s no chance he could come back for any Harry Potter reboots (even though he didn’t get to compose all the original films) is hard to think about :(

    • Enelya

      Lol, spend a little time at the Studio Tour in London and you’ll be so sick of Hedwig’s theme you’ll get over it.

  • http://twitter.com/PabloRV7 Pablo Ruiz V

    I loved this article so much! I think a mini-series would be a phenomenal idea, the only problem would be the children growing up but I still want it! I agree the visuals could be very different…I don’t know about just one director, but maybe make it more like TV where there’s an established style that directors have to respect.

  • esmeblabbed

    no reboot. for like, 25 years at least

  • http://twitter.com/dreamfall31 Kevin Slechta

    No way WB is going to do it so soon. I’d say it’s gotta atleast be 30 years or so….but even then would it work? The movies were so popular because the books were still coming out when they were being made. 20+ years for now the books won’t be nearly as popular as they were when they were coming out, so it’d be pointless to market to kids who are reading whats popular in 2030 and not what was popular in the 2000′s.

  • http://twitter.com/Miss_Y_Turner Yasemin Turner

    I would love to see a reboot in the form of a TV show or an open world game where you could experience Hogwarts and the Wizarding World, not just Harry’s story. But the films may be too early to do….anyone they cast would feel wrong somehow (mind you Im guessing I would feel that way with any form of reboot regardless of how much time had passed) but yeah I guess I would like the game :)

  • Winkyxx

    I don’t want a reboot… not yet.. maybe in 20 years…. but i love the movies..

  • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

    I wouldn’t mind one, but you CANNOT find a better replacement for Hermione or Hagrid.

    • ravenclaw1991

      Words can not express how much I agree with you on this. But I do have to add McGonagall to your list.. Maggie Smith it the perfect McGonagall, no one could replace her.

      • http://twitter.com/Dillon_Mays Dillon Mays

        Yes. Agreed

  • Georgina

    It is way too soon, I think the earliest we’re getting is 20 years from now. I also, I don’t know, I mean, I read the series first, but I watched PS so many times our VHS tape copy broke within a month of buying it. I see the faults in the films, but at the same time the idea of somebody other than Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint playing the trio is just not something I can get my head around. I mean, just imagine it for a second. It feels wrong. By the by, I don’t imagine the characters as the actors when I read the books or whatever, but the films are special to me and to just remake it feels like writing it off a little bit.

  • http://twitter.com/noesunacuenta Braulio is :O

    1. That’s a good reason plot-wise to do a “revised” version of Harry Potter in the screen. Of course this comes from the need of one. Because the Ultimate Harry Potter experience will always be on the books.

    2. I think they did a pretty good job on the visuals of the saga, this is mostly a personal taste thing. Because the movies (as you later point out) are more about the characters, magic is there to amaze and (for me) they suceded.

    3. Use a single director’s vision: Impossible. Maybe it’s more to do with the whole saga being complete in order to have this “unmovable” plots and locations.

    4. EVERYONE of the adult cast was very talented, IF you want to blame Michael Gambon for his portrayal of Dumbledore watch how different it is from PoA to HBP, in PoA and HBP it’s really really good Dumbledore, in GoF was (as his director, Mike Newell) very energetic and loud. This comes to the kind of portrayal the director wants in his actors and not in the actors themselves.

    5. If you want “more loyal” adaptations there’s really not much room for this. Buuut it would be nice.

    6. Movies are fine, just longer ones.

    7. I’m truly convinced that the Harry Potter movies were made by people who loved the universe. Maybe the changes and alterations weren’t for the fans, but I dare you watch one of those movies from a purely cinematic view and they are an excellent example of adaptations and movies. We as fans are more demanding and maybe a lot of things would be different if the seven books were already out when they began filming. But we got eight wonderful films that maybe weren’t what we wanted. But need remind you that it’s not an easy task to do. As always the true HP will always be in the books.

    P.S. I will gladly be the first in line for a HP reboot.

    • hpatdh33

      I agree so much with your 7th point. From a cinematic point of view these films are brilliantly made. Especially the last 3.

    • Abosuba

      I agree completely! Michael Gambon was EXCELENT in PoA, his voice and dialogues were AWESOME, also in HBP! And how can you forget the great Plattform 9 3/4 scene in DH Pt. 2? I don’t get the hate for Gambon just because he didn’t read the books.

      P.D. I hated him in GoF and OotP (except in the fight with Voldemort) but it’s not the actor’s fault, it’s the screenwriter’s and director’s, as you greatly pointed out.

  • Ali

    I grew up with Emma and Dan and Rupert. I remember reading magazines and wishing on every star that Emma and I would somehow magically become best friends. The films are not perfect but they’re my life. Every one has different memories associated with them: when I went to see OotP for my best friend’s birthday she laughed through the whole Ministry scene because Voldemort was sticking his tongue out and then we stayed up too late watching Emma Watson on Letterman that night and talked in British accents until 3 AM.

    TV miniseries, however, is not something I would be 100% opposed to. But I’m a casting purist so the logistics would be extremely difficult and require an aging potion a la Gred and Feorge.

  • Cora

    I don’t see this happening. And if it does, it won’t be films. I can see a mini-series eventually being done for this. And I think that’s probably the best way to go in 20+ years. If they redid all the movies, I still don’t think people would be 100% happy with how they’re done because you can’t cram everything from OoTP into a 3 hour movie (or any of the long books, in my opinion), no matter how hard you try. Best is to extend to a television show where you can have a lot of time to flesh things out. However, don’t expect this anytime soon.

  • ravenclaw1991

    If they did something else, I wouldn’t want new movies. The movies, while not exactly like the books, are perfect in their own way. The cast was so amazing and it would be hard to replicate that… If they did something, it would have to be in the form of a television serial. Something like Game of Thrones probably.. Do a series per book, and then make them longer if needed. Like Philosopher’s Stone could be done in about 3 hour long episodes, but Order of the Phoenix would probably need ten episodes.

  • pacemanbutonlyonapril20

    I’d say give the last films another 10-15 years to age.

    What would be awfully cool would be for them to do it as a serialized television show, with an episode for every 2-3 chapters of the books. Then they could really dive into the characters, side-plots and back story.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kayla.r.walsh Kayla Rae Walsh

      Tv show would be actually kind of neat.

  • Tomas

    NO HARRY POTTER REBOOT, WORST IDEA EVER!!!
    THE CAN’T DO THIS, IT’D RUIN EVERY SINGLE HARRY POTTER MEMORY I HAVE!

    NO FUCKING REBOOT

  • upper_westsider

    If the films were rebooted, I’d go to see them. But I hope that doesn’t happen for a very long time, like at least 25 years. Hardcore fans will never be completely satisfied with a reboot anymore than we were with the original films. We’ll always find something to criticize. But I think the originals were a wonderful achievement and I’ll never forget them.

  • Alissa

    I completely agree, with all of these points. And while I want a reboot now, it would probably be better to wait a little while longer so that when the reboot is done, we won’t have anything more to look forward to with the series because, lets face it, I don’t think that they would be willing to make three reboots within a 30 or 40 year span. But now that the books are known, and many 11 and 12 years have read them, they may be able to get better actors right off the bat. (Sorry Dan, I’ve never liked you.) The one thing I loved about the Narnia series was how great the child actors were. Georgie Henley was 10 when she was Lucy, and was much better than any of the Potter kids were in the first two HP movies.

  • jon

    TV series for sure. Great article.

  • jon

    If they did want to do a TV series though, I bet they would wait for The Casual Vacancy TV series to be done with.

  • http://daydreamsandwhispers.tumblr.com/ Hermione Granger

    I don’t agree with #2. I think some of the magic of JKR’s world was the un-magicalness of it all. It was regulated and orderly, and we realize when going to somewhere like the Ministry that magic, to those used to it, can actually be mundane. Magic was the agent used to create and enhance the story, but honestly the general plot could’ve happened (with the morals, etc) with or without it. Certainly, it created texture and enriched the experience, but I wouldn’t want Harry Potter to turn into Alice in Wonderland, or something, with flashy colors and everything looking overtly “magical”.

    • Mrs_Badcrumble

      I agree with you there. The magic here always has a purpose, a function. One of the things I liked most about this world was exactly how everything made sense. Everything exists for a reason, and not to be “magical” or “exotic”.

  • http://twitter.com/SarahKHansen S.K.Hansen

    I’m from the “older” harry potter generation, I read books 1 through 4 before the first movie was released. So the movies never changed my perception of the story, and I was usually disappointed in them (the movies that is). If they do make the roboot, (which I doubt they will), it should be a miniseries with more character driven scenes strait out of the novels and less big flashy special affects that have no purpose. I would rather have Harry be a “smaller” story (in popularity) if it is more faithful to the books.

    • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

      Same here. Some of the best parts of the book were the funny secondary stories: SPEW, the trio attending to their classes, and everything Yates skipped on HBP

  • Harry89

    I would totally go for a Mini Series, but a few more years from now. I would not be OK with doing movies right now. The movies ended in 2011, It’s only been about a year and a half since the final movie was released. I think it best to let them stand for a while before we go back and rehash the whole thing again.

  • http://twitter.com/akacj7 Caroline J.

    30 years, TV mini/series a la Game Of Thrones. and Dan Radcliffe can can cameo as Quirrel or Fudge or Scrimgeour. or Grawp!! LOL can you imagine? hahaha

    • Romans5Three

      Or…James, perhaps?

    • http://www.facebook.com/kayla.r.walsh Kayla Rae Walsh

      Maybe he could Cameo as James :)

      • Nutty

        Dan Radcliffe is already older than James Potter was when he died. If we’re talking about an adaptation with as much accuracy as possible 30 years from now, that wouldn’t work.

  • 7Starrchasers

    TV SHOW!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Krys831 Krystol Grayson

    I’d love a TV show! Give them seven seasons and have one book per season. I would love a reboot and as I’m a book nerd and not a movie nerd, I can see soooo many things that could be improved. Honestly, the movies were okay adaptions (as opposed to The Lightning Thief) but they could have been so much better if they had known all of the material before they started.

  • http://twitter.com/twixie09 Lauren Gizzi

    While these are all great points, I don’t know if I would ever want to see the Harry Potter series rebooted. Now, I’m not saying that I think the films are perfect by any means, and the directional inconsistencies are rather off-putting, but they are what they are. I feel like any attempt any time soon to reboot would be only for the sake of money on WB’s end. I suppose in another 20-30 years, perhaps I might find a reboot more acceptable but for right now, I’m content.

    Also, what you said about every book being split into two movies? No. I’m sorry, but no. That would be ridiculous and completely unnecessary. There isn’t enough story in the first few books to warrant two movies, and people who aren’t fans of Potter would look at that with eyebrows raised like “Really…?”

    A TV miniseries/series could potentially work, but then I try to imagine seeing anyone else in any of the roles and I just don’t think I would be able to even give it a fair shot right now with a different cast. Again, I’m not saying everyone in the cast was a perfect fit *cough Michael Gambon cough* but it’s too soon to think about someone else playing Harry Potter, or Hermione, or Ron, or Hagrid, etc.

    The Harry Potter series is too big and too long. Making these eight films took long enough and I’m already “exhausted” enough from the first film journey. While the movies have their flaws and it would be nice to see them redone now that the series is concluded, I think it’s just too soon to even think about rebooting the franchise. I’m content with them, and still enjoy watching them.

  • MNMagic

    Love love love this article. All my thoughts exactly. You go on to prove that true fans think alike. I’d give anythig for a reboot. Getting depressed just thinking about it because I know it’s never gonna happen.

  • gcw07

    I personally don’t want a reboot anytime soon. There have been very few reboots that have been better or even equal to the original. Often even with them just remaking a single film, the new one fails.

    The only thing different between now and when they were making them, is that the books are all complete and they know what is important early on, to focus on for later. Outside of that there is no guarantee that the adaptions would be any better then what we got. If you think they are going to start making 3.5+ hour movies of the books, your delusional. The studios don’t like those, the theaters don’t like those. It just isn’t happening. So again, you will be faced with cutting parts of the book and again you would have upset fans because they cut X or cut Y.

    No single director will stay for 7+ movies. They get tired of doing the same thing and want to move on. Heck, even the Hunger Games movies couldn’t keep their director and that was only 4. You just aren’t going to find someone to stay on and dedicate 15 years of their career on a series of movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.colliermedley Ashley Collier-Medley

    While I do think it was perfect casting of Emma, Dan and Rupert..and Alan Rickman.. I do agree that they need to do a reboot the films were too choppy and didn’t tell the full story.

  • Amy F.

    all i could think when i read the title was “WTF?” and after reading the article, i can’t say, i’ve been enlightened to think anything else… it’s way too soon for a reboot and it would just be all kinds of wrong to have one now.

  • Jamie

    Miniseries… but it’s a prequel. I mean, of course we all want to read that book, but we’d settle for some BBC magic.

  • daff

    “Celebrate Potter, don’t sensationalise it”…erm.. Pot calling kettle america…

  • Hagrid’s Coat

    The only one of the 7 points that I really disagree with is #3. Yes, there were times when Michael Gambon’s acting made us cringe, but I think he got a lot better by movies 6 and 7. Part of the problem with him was that in books 4 and 5 they mostly cut out the scenes where he and Harry would just talk at the end of the story (especially in 5! I would have loved to see him sit by while Harry destroyed his things).

    As far as the other characters, I think it would be hard to find replacements that would be better than Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane (who was basically hand-picked by JKR), Jason Isaacs, Imelda Staunton, Richard Harris (exemplified in our displeasure with Michael Gambon), Warwick Davis, and Sean Biggerstaff (ok, this one’s kind of a joke, but I do love him). Those are just the actors that come to my head, but I’m sure everyone has a list of at least a few Harry Potter actors that they think match their characters perfectly or at least really well. Most of the cast, including the young actors, were very devoted to their portrayals of their characters, and I’m pretty sure that the majority of them were familiar with the books (lol, just having Evanna alone probably cancels out about 4 undevoted people). I don’t we should discredit the entire cast just because of Michael Gambon.

    Also, even if we did get a more talented group of 11 year olds, they would still be 11 years old and would make some mistakes as they grew in their acting. Everyone has a different idea of each character, so not everyone would be satisfied.

  • Matthew Goldenberg

    …WHAT DO YOU MEAN MAGIC ISN’T REAL!?

    • AliceHermione

      I think this is the best reaction to the article yet . . . I felt the same way.

  • bethanny23

    No way. Waaaay too early for another adaptation. Wait at least 15 years. This cast was and will remain those characters to me. No matter how unfaithful the movies were, how different each director was different. Trust me, I am one to pick on book details missed in movies. But I don’t want to see a reboot for at least 15+ years. A mini series would be a good idea, but not for a long while. They were good movies and it drives me crazy that everything has to be re-made. Hard core fans most likely won’t fully accept a reboot, but a new generation 20 years in the future would be the best audience.

  • GeekGirl101

    If there is to be a Potter reboot it should be many years down the line. Not now, when the DH part 2 is only two years cold.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.john.sass Michael Sass

    No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no and may I add, NO! Were these movies the best they could do, definitely not, but a reboot of the entire series, no matter what medium, would be an absolute disaster. #1, you’d have to ask a whole new cast of young actors to take on a decade long project where they would be constantly compared to the original actors, more than likely unfavorably. #2 They will never fully live up to your expectations, no matter what you’ll still be disappointed, that’s just how it goes. #3, Even if they tried it, they’d have to do at least as well financially as the originals, which would be nearly impossible considering there is not nearly as much enthusiasm in the fandom now as there had been when the books were still being written and there would be plenty of fans who’d refuse to watch a remake, so any attempt would end up as a very embarrassing mark on HP and on the careers of anyone involved. Not happy with the movies as they are? Oh well, too bad, sometimes life’s not fair, move on.

    • http://twitter.com/potterfan92 Raina

      I agree with all of this. Harry Potter is way too iconic to reboot.

      • Romans5Three

        I should be rebooted (in at least ten years or more) BECAUSE it’s iconic.

        I’d also be down for prequels. I didn’t have a problem with the SW one and I’d love to see the adults at Hogwarts.

  • Darklord

    Harry Potter on HBO, every book gets to be a Six-Part Season and Rowling as the showrunner. She could use all the extra information she has.

  • alazear2

    The problem with points 2 and 5 is that even in remakes they would leave out things that people found “essential” like cannon information or the more magical aspects (which in my honest belief was actually quite well done, from the flying to the talking portraits). Any adaption of the stories would need to be shortened, and anything outside of the main plot (the war against voldemort and the trio growing up) would be fair game to cut.
    As people have pointed out, no director would be willing to stay with a series for 7 or more films. In fact we, as fans, should be happy that we had a fairly small group of directors. The fact that Chris Columbus and David Yates were willing to make 6 of the 8 movies should be counted as a good thing, since it did allow for some continuity in the beginning and the ending of the saga. And even if they could find someone willing to be attached to a series for 10 years, I get the feeling that that particular director would get bored and that would affect the quality of the work.
    As for the Cast you are never going to find a more accomplished and talented british cast. I can think of three British actors who are amazing, that weren’t in the films, and that Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Ian McKellen, and thats not nearly enough to make a movie (obviously), so you would most likely see them trying to convince orignial actors to portray the characters again, which I’m possitive almost none would want to do.
    You did manage to hit the nail on the head with the reasons why it wont happen. Mostly the spiderman issue (which actually fits with the fan outrage issue). There is no reason to make one (no improvments on technology, no way to make it vastly different from the orignals). Spiderman just barely scrapped by with doing a remake, and the only reason that worked was that its based on a comic, which can be altered fairly easily without angering fans to much, which is why they could have the Lizard be the first villian in the new series or The Green Goblin for the orignals first baddie. Try to do that with a book and the fans will have your head, which means that theyll be telling the same story, almost scene for scene. In fact you would probably get repeats of dialogue from the original series (since some of the many of the lines came from the books.
    Thats not to say that I think weve seen the end of Harry Potter. WB is going to see the benefit of using the world for other stories in other medium. I bet were going to continue to get videogames (which will hopefully be better than the orignal groupings, since they wont be movie adaptions. think the expanded universe Star Wars games like Knights of the Old Republic or Force unleashed.) and more than likely WB will find some way to do a TV show (Especially seeing the how much success Starwars has had with the Clone Wars animated show, or the guranteed success of S.H.I.E.L.D when it starts). Harry potter is going to a part of culture for years to come.

  • http://twitter.com/potterfan92 Raina

    A reboot would never happen because I doubt J.K Rowling would agree with it. The movies are fine adaptions.

  • http://twitter.com/JujBres Julie Bresnahan

    I AGREE WITH THIS ARTICLE 100%. It was such a mistake to make the movies so long before the books wrapped up. So much important information was left out or merely mentioned and not developed. I would love a series, a la Game of Thrones.

  • Rose

    Maybe 50 years later.

  • http://twitter.com/potterfan92 Raina

    I think people need to realize that there is no such thing as a perfect adaption. Look at the Twilight series all of the books were done and the movies were still huge. Movies and books are two different mediums. Micheal Sass said it best when it comes to replacing the original cast. Harry Potter is way too iconic for a reboot or a tv series.

  • http://twitter.com/jackiewhitus Jackie Whitus

    They’re eventually going to do a reboot, but not for many years, at least until Emma, Rupert and Daniel are in their thirties/forties. They don’t want to take away from their version just yet. I do want the reboot though.

  • Enelya

    Give it a rest. Potter is DONE. Geeze. They’ll redo them eventually to milk us of more money, but seriously, give it up

  • hpboy13

    I just want to say Amen. And that is all.

  • Tasha Fisher

    Is no one considering something so simple as an animated remake? Then everything could be exactly how it was in the books. In animation, the sky is the limit on special effects!

  • Glaciusx

    If they do a reboot it should DEFINITELY be on the BBC as a miniseries. That would seriously be PERFECTION.

  • Sam

    Add me to the mini-series train! Love that idea. Too soon for full blown movies again. People need time to recoup.

  • http://www.facebook.com/isak.kohaly Isak Kohaly

    Great article! I say, in like, 10-15 years, a TV series. They don’t need to split the books, one per season is enough. Even with 10 one-hour episodes it would be 10 hours per book, which is quite a lot.

  • Liza

    I would love to see HP as a tv series, what an interesting thought…

  • Elphaba Thropp

    I would love to direct a reboot. I’ve dreamed of being a director ever since I can remember, and although I know it’s really unlikely, a Harry Potter reboot has always been one of my fantasies, for those exact reasons! Although I probably won’t get to direct them, I hope we do get another series…just maybe not for another ten years. Let out actors have their time enough as ‘Potter stars’.

  • SH

    There would be complaints about the reboot too. Just different complaints.

  • Lookat

    A TV adaptation could work very well. I agree that the fandom isn’t ready for a reboot in the cinema realm, yet.

  • Tom

    This is silly. Some of the Hypable staff seem to have this massive bee in their bonnet about the Harry Potter films, which I really don’t understand. The films are iconic and loved the world over. Of course there are things wrong with them, they’re certainly not perfect, but nothing will ever be perfect and you’re deluded if you think a reboot will magically (excuse the pun) make it all exactly as you want it.

  • Romans5Three

    I loved the films but definitely want a reboot. I’ve been saying for years I wish it were a miniseries, and after seeing some great miniseries recently (Tin Man, Alice, but mainly Sherlock), I want it all the more now. No sooner than 2026 though, but I think 2031 or later would be better. The Spider-Man problem was such a problem because there were only five years in between the original and the reboot. There was nearly that much time in between Toy Story 1&2! Yeah, 9 years worked for Batman, but…well.

  • Alex

    Hm, sounds like you wouldnt accept most fans’ opinions, yet you force yours on us… Even though you made just a few interesting points, I really dislike the way you write…

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      Ummm the writer of an article can express what ever damn opinion they want to, it’s there’s and no one HAS to read it. They also invite readers to chime in with their opinion at the bottom of the article, so yes they would accept most fans’ opinions, that is what Hypable is for and this comment is entirely un-neccessary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kayla.r.walsh Kayla Rae Walsh

    HELL NO! This would be a terrible idea. Yes, I understand that there are parts that are wrong with the films and such but oh my god. those of us who grew up with the films and books it would be like shooting me in the heart because frankly it’s way too soon. They can reboot it when I’m dead.

  • Athena

    Wow, you raised some really good points here. I wasn’t really interested in a reboot before this, but now I’d really like to see how one would turn out. I agree with other commenters on the timing, though. Give it about 10 years to settle before we start over.

  • Molly

    I would toootally go for a miniseries for each book, but on the off chance that ever happens, it will probably be a long time from now

  • Me

    I would love one purely because I hate the majority of the films and would love to have actual GOOD Harry Potter movies.

  • Ellyse Varone

    NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO F U C K NO ! ! !

  • randyb17

    I would love a reboot! But the justification of the child actors not being good enough doesn’t agree with me. If it was anyone but Dan, Emma, and Rupert it just wouldn’t have been the same

  • http://twitter.com/PatronusEcho105 PatronusEcho105

    I think the books will be adapted again into movies, but only in 50+ years from now. And I believe that that is a good thing – it’s to soon to release them again.

  • Mike

    Just the read the books.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lucas-Colvara-da-Cunha/100002222517083 Lucas Colvara da Cunha

    I don’t like the idea.. For me, it would be like a rebot of the classic Star Wars. No one could be Han Solo, only Harrison Ford.. BUT, I like the idea about a series, like Game of Thrones.

  • http://twitter.com/gabysm11 M. Gabriela Sosa

    There are many things I would love to change about the movies, but sorry, I’m with Mugglenet on this one: they are what they are, they’re not perfect, but they’re the movies we grew up with and doing it all over again would take the magic out of it. I’ll never be eleven again, I grew up with Harry in both ways -books and movies- and that experience’s worth more to me than the perfect Ginny actress. (sorry to Bonnie Wright, it’s not her fault her story was so awfully told in the films).

  • Teranel

    I’ve been in the camp of “they just made 8 movies, why bother to reboot it so soon?” (I feel the same way about Spider-man.) BUT, I completely see all your points here. I, as a fan of the books first and foremost, was tremendously disappointed with the movies (the last 4 in particular) and would love to see a tv series (ala Game of Thrones) to be able to include much more of the content from the books. Also, the BBC should make it because then it would be higher quality (speaking as an American).

  • Darbear

    Not for any less than 15 years but yes. Big budget tv adaptation.

  • A.P.W.B.Dumbledore

    I do not think that a movie series should be done again soon for all the reasons in the article. However, a T.V. series in which each episode encompassed 2-3 chapters an episode would be really great. With the technology of today they could even hire actors and through the use of CGI make them look like the actors from the movie. The best part of a T.V. show is that you do not have to sit for hours to watch them, instead you can do an hour a week and have 7 seasons for the seven books with about 12-15 episodes a season. The bad thing about a T.V. show is that there is not enough of a budge or time for the best effects and broadcasting it to all the fans of the world would be too costly, allowing for it to only be played in the areas with the most fans (Britain and America). Maybe in a decade or so when the Harry Potter craze (which i am most definitely a part of) dies down a bit, they could think about a reboot, allowing for new actors to be accepted and for newer technology to develop.

  • AHawk

    I wouldn’t want to see a movie reboot for another 20 years, but I wouldn’t mind a TV series or a animated series.

  • Lauren

    Just let it happen before I die.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1534396323 Nicole Gauvreau

    I’d love a reboot as a set of seven mini series. There is so much that could be done properly this time, it would be amazing. It there have have been two spoof musicals done by fans, surely there could be a fan done mini series on the web or something.
    I love the books; I love the new information, sorting and getting a wand in Pottermore (past that is is really disappointing); I really dislike the films after the first two or three, because that’s when they started not fitting. I saw movies seven and eight just to find inconstancies and make fun of them. I did midnight releases for the books, never the films.

  • Gracie

    I’ll be ready for a re-bot when i’m 50.
    It’s WAY to soon!!!! It would just be ridiculous and an obvious money grab opportunity!

  • Adam Lapallo

    Seemed a bit more like “What we would want in a reboot” than “Why we should get one”. Personally, I’m open to the idea but if they do it, it should be done Star Trek style. William Shatner was iconic as Captain Kirk. Had the studios made the Star Trek reboot right away, everybody would have reacted negatively to the new cast. As it is, Chris Pine’s performance enhanced, rather than diminished, the classic Star Trek. I would love more Harry Potter more than anyone, but it shouldn’t be rushed. If it’s going to be done, let it be 20-30 years from now, when the originals have become timeless classics, while the new films can be enjoyed for their fresh take and their up to date special effects.

  • rsprague

    I would personally love a reboot. I have been reading the books since they were first published and I grew up with Harry Potter. Sure, since these films were the first ones, they hold a little special place in my heart, but I really didn’t care for them.

    If they do a reboot, they need to do it right. Like you say in #7, not sensationalizing like they tended to do in the WB films. Also things like making Harry’s eyes GREEN, making his parents’ generation the age they’re supposed to be (early-mid thirties when the series starts), and don’t burn down the damn Burrow.

    I wholeheartedly agree with #1 too: The book series is now finished, so we know what’s important. As Marama and Selina nots, Jo is the master of foreshadowing. Like books ahead foreshadowing. So many things, I need to stop myself from writing what else would need to be done. (And oh yeah: PEEVES!)

    • RYCBAR123

      Lily and James died when they were both 21…

  • Ian Miller

    Maybe 50 years down the road, but not now. I loved the movies just as much as the books, despite their flaws. I would actually be really really disappointed if they made a new series now…I might not even watch it, to be honest. :)

  • mo

    all the actors in the series did fine, who cares if gambon didn’t read the books, i mean it would of been better if he had but he still did a good job. And all the child actors did great too, they may have been hired based on their looks but their kids its hard to find actors at such a young age, and they all grew perfectly into their characters. Consistency with directors and style makes sense, but i love how each film turned out and all the different styles the directors brought. And a few things being left out really isn’t that big of a deal, yeah true i wish certain things could of been included but overall the film series turned out fantastic and this article almost seems like its just criticizing it.

    • http://twitter.com/StarkidSims Simone

      To be fair Rupert’s acting was brilliant in Philosopher’s Stone for such a newbie in my opinion (his COMEDY) and if you watch early interviews with Emma her actual real life demeanour was SO Hermione-like. To give credit to Dan (just because I gave credit to Rupert and Emma) his screen test gives me chills and was not overly bad acting at all, got the impression of a old soul. I’m actually one of the few that really loves Philosopher’s Stone to this day.

  • ellie

    I don’t think that they should do a TV series at all because I think the casting was perfect and spot on to how I imagined them in the books. However, I really think they should do a play or something in London, I know there’s ‘A very potter muscial’ but I’m talking about one that’s true to the story!

  • Sunny D

    Mugglenet has totally attributed this article to Andrew Sims. You should check that out

  • http://twitter.com/laura_gally14 Laura Gallant

    Great work Selina and Marama. Team Hypable. And what’s MuggleNet’s beef with making an article called “OUR 7 reasons we DON’T want a Harry Potter reboot”? Bad blood…

  • Bella

    Well, the original movies did miss some parts, but I personally think that they should never ever reboot the Harry Potter series.

    1. The books are NOT all finished. They will never be as long as the magic lies within us.

    2. The magic in the movie is really great. If you’re gonna ever reboot it don’t add too much sparkles to the magic.

    3.I really don’t have anything to rebutt to this.

    4. A new cast? Everyone was nearly perfect in the videos! But you can’t find anyone that can compete with the original cast. Nobody’s perfect.

    5. If you’re gonna add in the missing parts then the movie will be like 7 hours long and it’s already about 2 hours long, which is sort of long.

    6. Well i don’t really know about this one.

    7. Why?

    That’s all I have.

  • Kristen12

    I want a TV show!!!!!! You know just as many people would watch as Game of Thrones so make it just as good with just as much budget!

  • GinnyWeasley002

    In some ways, I think I would LIKE to see a reboot, but in others I don’t think I could ever stand it. Yeah, there were a lot of things done “not quite right”, but at the same time, they’re awesome in their own way.

  • Mike

    Would people be alright if it was made into a television series and changes were made? That happened in the Game Of Thrones season 2 and some people went mad. I’m up for it but I wouldn’t want to see the “same” things happen like in the movies. I would want some things to surprise me.

  • Kelsea

    Great article! Changed my mind about a lot of reasons to not do a reboot…

  • http://twitter.com/Tygridia Tygridia

    My ‘hope’ is a 7 season BBC TV show. That would be the best think that could happen to HP.

  • davidtennettisawesome

    I am stuck, I really dont know. I loved the ending of the Harry Potter movies, and i’me not afraid to admit it made me cry, but, I really want to see a TV show of the books. Not to add on to the Harry Potter movies but to restart it, It would have to be different enough though.

  • davidtennettisawesome

    would the same actors play in the rerun

  • Jack

    Give it another ten years. I’ll have graduated from film school by then and then I can make it! :D. Seriously though, we should wait until the Potter fandom’s generation is in charge of movies and TV. That gives us the best possibility of a true adaption.

  • mahdi khamis

    If they are planning to do a reboot they better clone Alan Rickman because honestly i cant see anyone else playing Snape

  • http://twitter.com/CuriousCarson Carson

    I would like to see a reboot eventually, and you have pointed out several good reasons I agree with, but I think more time needs to pass. I LOVE the ides of a HP miniseries too.

  • Azeem

    Wait until Dan is old enough to play Snape, Emma to play McGonagall and Rupert to play Mr. Weasley. That would be such a badass film!

  • Hannah S.

    So hard to say! I mean, there are still some parts about the movies that I’ve just grown too attached to, things that, were they to reboot the movies, wouldn’t be able to be part of them. For example, I know that some people would disagree, but to me Dan, Emma, and Rupert just, almost completely, embody their characters, So much so, in fact that sometimes when I reread the books I actually envision the actors in my personal imagined character’s places. Something like this can’t be redone with the same actors, simply because of age, and seeing new actors play their parts – I don’t know if I could stand that. Just growing up with the movies and books together, as my all time favorite, and first ever true fandom, has cemented the whole experience into my childhood, and no reboot, remake, re-do of any kind can replace that special part in my life. No matter how much some parts of the movies got on my nerves, no matter how I might cringe and wince at my computer screen when I watch them over again for the millionth time, I don’t know how I would feel about them being completely redone. I guess the only thing that would truly make me happy, would be the opportunity to go back in time and somehow get the chance to have a say in the choices that were made in the movie. If I could just warn the directors and producers not to end POA like that, to give Sirius more screen time, develop Dumbledore the way I had envisioned him, and, as the article mentioned, put in all the “extra stuff,” the good, amazing material – the characters and story lines that helped make up Rowlings enchanting world. But, alas, with all the time turners destroyed, and me, wand-less as ever, this will, and can never, happen. Would I watch a reboot, if it were to ever be made? Yes, of course. Undoubtedly. Would I have just as much complaints about it as I had with all the previous 8 film? Well, let’s just say, that if I don’t, I will personally eat the Sorting Hat.

  • emgmpg

    I really don’t understand the hate on Michael Gambon. He stepped in as Dumbledore after two great movies brilliantly performed by the late Richard Harris. Gambon’s approach to the character was needed, as Harry’s world was getting darker and Dumbledore was trying to protect him. And to those who hate Michael Gambon because he hated the series, WHO CARES. I can bet half of the actors/actresses who won oscars or other film-related awards with book-to-film movies didn’t read the book. Michael Gambon took the role he was given, and turned it into something that Richard Harris would be proud of.

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    I’d love a reboot! But wait a while, please! Like 10- 20- 30 years? wait for a new generation to come and be enamored with the magic of HP!

  • Alex

    A reboot? No thanks! I can’t imagine a series without actors such as Rickman, Gambon and Smith. No way… I’d never watch it.

  • Nitzan

    I NEED this reboot! They can make it amazing with all the foreknowledge and advanced technology. I can’t see it happening anytime soon, and with good reason. But 20-25 years from now would be perfect!

  • Bernardo Triana

    I would be more than happy to see a Harry Potter reboot!!! I hope I can be the director in a far future (one can dream) !

  • Helen

    If a Potter reboot really wants to stand alone from the movies and eliminate child actor problems, what about a tv series with adult actors and characters? Obviously it’s be very different to the books but it’d be an opportunity to tell the story from a different, more grownup perspective.

  • Jessica

    No way Daniel, Emma and Rupert are the trio.
    Yes Bonnie hardly got any lines in the films In the first Snape was supposed to be protecting the stone but they cut out his potion bit. Sure people were disappointed with the third film because of the shruken head, the whomping willow being in nearly every scene. Then the violent Dumbledore in the fourth film and the maze had no creatures
    But it a reboot wouldnt be the same, and there was no way they could do every bit from the books.

  • Mrs_Badcrumble

    I totally agree with this article!
    There are those of us who love the books and grew up with them, but found the movies a bit (or a lot) short of what was expected. Indeed the acting was very poor from the kids, specially in the first movies. The characters weren’t always well represented (Dumbledore for god’s sake!!!). And so on, and so on. A reboot could be awesome for fans, but it will not happen in the near future.

    The success of Game of Thrones could push in the direction of a great tv series. With enough budget the effects and sets could be good (again, Game of Thrones showed that TV no longer is that limited in terms of visual depth) and there would be time to explore the story more thoroughly, allowing each character to develop and show themselves like in the books. I can see the Potter story being developed like this in another format, but it’s to soon for the studios to even consider a reboot in another movie series.

  • Tannie137

    I’m fan of the books and despite I was in first line in every premiere in my country, directing de fanclub and giving media interviews, it was a pain in the ass every movie cause I’m a Rowling purist.
    Maybe not today, not next year; but in 10 or 15 years, when we’ll still be “young at hearts” we will have our long reboot. Sadly, I must addmit, we’ll be loosing talents as Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, Jason Isaacs, Emma Jones or John Hurt; but I can survive this if the give me a reliable Harry.

  • Clint

    Just be thankful you have a film series to watch. Hundreds of worthy novels never make their way to the movie theater.

  • https://www.youtube.com/TheBabarSuhail Babar Suhail

    I don’t want a reboot. It would never be better than the original for me.

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudioCatino CCMASTER_01

    Yeah, a TV series- 7 seasons with each season focusing on a year in Harry’s life. Someone make this!

  • DaveA

    A Tim Burton creation of HP would be amazing.

  • LukeLaP

    incredible article. i loved the first three movies but felt it went downhill after that and essentially lost the magic. thoughts?

  • Common Sense

    NO – let it be for gods sake!

  • Tomas

    Absolutely not. If they ever make or even consider making a reboot, for television or the big screen, I’ll do whatever I can to stop it.
    The films are perfect in my opinion, I would HATE seeing someone else as Harry, Ron, Hermione and all thos characters we know and love. This would ruin it for me

  • Tamara

    Been begging for a TV series for years!!

  • Electra Heart

    It’d be weird with a different cast. Daniel Radcliff IS Harry. Emma Watson IS Hermione. Rupert Grint IS Ron.

  • http://twitter.com/nenetm Irene

    I definitely want a tv adaptation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1536644078 Mikey Tonkin

    I am an avid and over obsessed Harry Potter fan, I am a fan of the books first and the movies second, and although those in the original Harry Potter movies are those that I believe are the characters, a reboot of the series would be amazing. I think a (not so mini series) adaption would be amazing, and would work well – as long as they get the right actors. Snape, obviously would have to be Alan Rickman; the character was based on the man, and the same goes for Hagrid… My reasons for why we need a remake is because of how much the last two directors ruined and distorted it, they turned Christopher Columbus’s vision into a nightmare.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Adrii.K Adri Anna

    I really enjoyed this article. I understand the plot and depth benefits of a TV series but there’s nothing more magical than seeing Harry on the big screen.
    I think that there is no feasible way that there is going to be a remake soon, but I’m really hoping for one in the future. Like the others said, the novelty needs to wear off. As the years go by, it won’t be as “weird” to have different actors (And maybe some returning ones as well. Daniel Radcliffe as JP anyone? How awesome would that be?!)

  • Mario

    I’d like a reboot, but in a few years. Now it would just be a little cynical. I was never a huge fan of the movies and the relatively dry way they portrayed the character dynamics. Can you imagine actually getting funny actors to play the Weasley twins? Stuff like that would make it worth the effort.

    That said, I just don’t think a Game of Thrones-style TV show would be the way to go, the Potter books don’t really lend themselves to that kind of storytelling. Like, a whole three episode arc just to depict Harry getting his letter from Hogwarts… it doesn’t really hold up. I say movies. Maybe animated movies, Pixar-style…?

  • Kiba

    i love the potter movies but dont think ill go see a reboot if there done in the next 10 years to me it just shows how dead the movie industry has become in a fair few area’s as there have been many repeats i hated gambon / i dont think they could have gotten a better cast for the rest and id hate to see anyone other then alan rickman as snape he was the one J.KR wanted for the role / though if they wanted to do something a tv show in that world would be be there after the storm people threw over IGN April fools Aurors Traileri think it would go over big with most

  • the dude

    Perhaps they could do a completely different version that didn’t completely screw up the last few books and the characters like Rowling’s did. A version where a bright, brilliant girl like Hermione doesn’t get lumbered with a poisonois selfish twat like the MoRon would be a good start.

  • RYCBAR123

    I personally, would hate to see a reboot. Sure, some of the interpretations by the directors were less than stellar, but having to replace the entire cast would just be too weird for me. Having someone else other than Maggie Smith and Alan Rickman play McGonagall and Snape would be wrong because they were J. K. Rowling’s PERSONAL choices. SHE CHOSE THEM because she thought they perfectly embodied the characters SHE wrote. And can you honestly imagine a whole new trio playing Harry, Ron and Hermione? It’d just be too weird. Sure there are a whole lot of flaws and entire chunks missing from the movies, but in some weird way it kind of makes it special (yeah you all probably think I’m weird ahaha)…

    Also, I don’t understand the hate on Michael Gambon just because he didn’t read the books when he acted. Sure that may have made his interpretation a little more realistic (i.e. not screaming and shaking Harry when he was supposed to be chilled) but there was that need to protect Harry as his world was growing darker and I thought his performance was pretty good! Not Oscar-worthy, but still very good :)

    Basically, it’d just be weird, while I’m still alive, to see random other kids faces being slapped on billboards as ‘THE NEW GOLDEN TRIO?’ No. Just no. The films are perfect to me just as they are and a reboot seems unnecessary (again, we don’t want the Spiderman thing to happen again). But that’s my personal opinion, disagree with me as much as you like :D

  • r

    yes i miss the movies

  • Brian

    I agree with just about everything written here. While I absolutely love the movies, I just never was able to get over the change in directors and styles within the films. I love each movie, but there are just too many inconsistencies. I know I will be in the minority with this, but I loved Chris Columbus and would have liked to see him direct all 7. To me, he was the most faithful to the books and his movies really captured the wonder and nostalgia of the first two books so well. Everything that I envisioned in my head while reading was perfect in the first two movies. And then in the third one they completely changed Hogwarts and the grounds around, and the kids started wearing street clothes way too often. Just little details like that made the series so inconsistent.

    I want one director to do all 7 if they ever do reboot it. When it comes down to it, they made these movies too early in my eyes. They should have started making the movies just now, or 5 years from now, so that someone who loved and was so passionate about it could have produced it or directed it, to give the fans something they know we would all love. And we all love the current movies. Nobody could ever replace Emma and Dan and Rupert. But so many details were left out, and there is too much inconsistency. The studios have made their money, now let someone who truly loves and understands the books give it a go, someone who knows all the details and secrets of the books. Let’s see what happens then.

  • Topher86

    Just because WB owns the rights to produce Harry Potter visually doesn’t mean they should reboot. I am a DIEHARD Harry Potter fan, however with a set story such as this, there isn’t much wiggle room. When you have a reboot of a superhero movie such as Spiderman, Batman or Superman, there are so many continuous storylines that they can go with and it won’t collide with the previous movie or flop. Harry Potter has a point A and a point B. If they were to retell the story or give a prequel or sorts or even a sequel, I’d want to see J.K Rowling completely involved and creatively in charge of the direction it went. Fans deserve the true story behind the books or even post books, not a Hollywood botch up. Such series as True Blood adapted from the books but completely changed, must be wild for anyone who’s read the books. I read the first book and didn’t care for it, but it went in an ENTIRELY different direction. I don’t know if I could deal with that with Potter. The books fit together like puzzle pieces. There really isn’t a new antagonist each book. Behind every malevolent plot is Voldemort. However, if WB were to create a television series, you wouldn’t see new design or costume, you’d see probably the sets that the movies were designed around because of their theme parks and touring company and studio tour. It wouldn’t be budget friendly for them to redo something that’s making them millions and millions of dollars at this point and it may never be. The Potterverse will never cease to exist. Children are being born every year and every day a person picks up the Sorcerers/Philosophers Stone and begins the journey most of us took ages ago. With how J.K Rowling is about her series, I’m not sure she’d agree to a prequel/sequel/retelling of sorts. I think it will be along time before that happens and I’d honestly prefer it in book form over movie form. We take too much stock in instant gratification and it can ruin something we hold so near and dear to us.

  • Dean Walker

    I didnt see any of the films at the cinema. I was probably the only man to watch all the movies one after the other over the course of a week on blu ray. I wonder if anyone else exists who did the same?At least I didnt have to wait a year for the next one lol

  • Chaz-bat

    It did annoy me quite a lot that all the directors had such different visions because when I think of the film series as a whole it is an epic but to connect them as different stories makes me realise that they are all too different (if that made any sense). The most irritating thing about it is that they changes Hogwarts so much throughout the films that it is hardly the same at the end. Also the visuals for magic spells, aparating, physical appearances etc. changed too much as well, which I am sure is unrealistic (and this is talking about a wizarding world).

    Michael Gambon was probably an exeption in my opinion for not reading the books because played Dumbledore really well even though it was risky playing him completely differently to Richard Harris it was worth taking that risk.

    I think a reboot would be great. I love the love the idea of a game of
    thrones type TV series(apart from the nudity and sex) because the longer
    screen time would give the chance to go into more detail.
    Another reboot idea would be to have Harry Potter
    animated Tim Burton style like The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Corpse Bride
    or Coroline (not Burton but still), released as TV or film because it will give it a fresh
    twist and might bring the wackier side out but still giving the dark and scary side of it. What do you think?

  • Eli

    It would be great if they did. Not only was the pace of the films inconsistent, and some of the acting poor, there were parts of the plot left unexplained without having read the books. Also, it the first three movies’ special effects are not even close to that of the last three.

  • Femme_Elf

    The one problem I have with a reboot, or a tv series (which I would love) some characters were perfectly cast, think Snape and Mcgonagall.

  • Jojje

    I loved the movies, all of them, but that doesn’t stop me from being disappointed with them. There are two thing I am most disappointed with.

    1. The visual effects, I think it would have been nice to have them the way J.K. Rowling intended them to be, the best example is in the fourth film and book when Voldemort’s and Harry’s wands gets connected with Priori Incantatem which is totally different from the movie and the book and I think if they would make all those little things right, they make a good film.

    2. The things that make the books stand out from other books and make them perfect is that it captures everyday life as well as the main story. I don’t know, maybe that cut it out because the films got way too long, but I am certain they could have found a way to incorporate that into the movies.

    I have read in the comments about making it a TV-series like Game of Thrones, and I personally think that’s a great idea. Then you can get in everything the book has, like all the subplots and just all the details (and maybe some extra canon?). I really missed Rita Skeeter’s subplot and S.P.E.W.

    But I don’t know, maybe it’s just me being an overly sensitive Potterhead.

  • guest

    If they ever do a remake they should look at how LOTR was done,that is the benchmark.ROTK was released in 2003,Deathly hallows 2 was released in 2011 and there is still no comparison.If LOTR can do it why cant Harry Potter? I dont effing care if you tell me you cant compare the 2.Yes you can,there both book adaptions.Look at the similarities between the 2. Imagine having 7 Harry potter movies that challenge the LOTR movies.Tell me that wouldnt be epic.

  • james blond

    i would prefer if they make a reboot as 7 movies, not 8, and they should make extended versions for dvd/blu ray like peter jackson did with lord of the rings,
    the cinema movies could be like 2-3 hours long and the extended cuts could be 3-5 hours long and have most stuff from the books,
    that way we would get 7 movies that has most stuff from the book without having to split the movies