Harry Potter TV Series Shooting for 2026 Release Date

The Harry Potter TV series is trudging forward, albeit at a frustratingly slow pace, with Warner Bros. Discovery now aiming for a 2026 debut for this seemingly endless project. The news was reluctantly revealed during Friday morning’s fourth-quarter earnings call by David Zaslav, in which he explained the current process.

“We’ve not been shy about our excitement around Harry Potter,” Zaslav said, betraying the company’s weariness with the prolonged process. “Can you believe it’s been over a dozen years since the last film?”

Zaslav went on to explain that he’d met with J.K. Rowling, who is expected to be heavily involved with the process, in which he has this to say: “Both sides are thrilled to be reigniting this franchise. Our conversations were great, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead. We can’t wait to share a decade of new stories with fans around the world on Max.”

So, it seems that the extended date (we were originally expecting to see the show in 2025) hasn’t slowed down excitement for Warner Brothers or J.K. Rowling herself, and we’d rather them take their time than produce something shoddy. Still, given that the show was originally greenlit in 2021, that would indicate a 5-year filming process — far longer than most shows, even at HBO.

That said, the Harry Potter franchise is no stranger to taking their time. 2023 saw the flagship release of the video game Hogwarts Legacy after nearly a decade in development, and it went on to become the best-selling game of the entire year. So, maybe it isn’t so bad to wait for a little bit.

On the other hand… I wonder if there is a spell to speed up time?

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