Reports suggest that HBO is close to a deal that will see a reboot of the Harry Potter franchise into a TV series. The show is expected to have seven seasons, with each season corresponding to one of J.K. Rowling’s books. However, the anticipated backlash is expected to result in some of the worst discourse ever produced online, with the incoming culture war possibly shattering social media platforms.
Entertained by the idea that women who assert the importance of biological sex are talking in ‘largely academic terms.’ Isn’t ‘lived experience’ the gold standard before which all other data must bow? Or is it only possible for a woman to experience her life if she’s got a penis? https://t.co/QzFwGQRJ1b— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 1, 2023
The Harry Potter series, which once charmed audiences and spawned a massive media empire, has now been tarnished by the controversies sparked by J.K. Rowling. Rowling has been criticized for her transphobic commentary and compared the modern trans rights movement to the villainous group in Harry Potter, the “Death Eaters.”
Rowling’s involvement in the upcoming TV series is guaranteed to provoke backlash, with many of the franchise’s main cast members already speaking out against her rhetoric. The clear divide between the main cast and Rowling has inspired jokes speculating on the “real” motivation behind the reboot.
The reboot is expected to be more diverse in casting, but the potential pitfalls are numerous. The depiction of house elves and goblins, as well as the use of racial stereotypes in the books, may come under scrutiny. Additionally, fans are worried about the potential for social media harassment of young actors stepping into iconic roles.
While Harry Potter is a powerful brand, the modern media landscape is already oversaturated with reboots, sequels, and spin-offs. The online discourse surrounding the show is expected to be intense and will likely rival the Battle of Hogwarts.