It was announced a month ago that the IP we know as Harry Potter’s World of Wizardry may be getting a streaming series on HBO Max. No additional word of that happening, but it would be wise if WBD cashed in out that franchise, right? Investigations into such matters happened once before but this time it has seemed to stick with the creation of “Hogwarts Legacy.”
That title is a recently released video game. It is a 2023 action role-playing game developed by Avalanche Software and published by Warner Bros. Games. Is HBO trying to continue its luck with videogame adaptations? The game, and the potential series stemming from it, will be set well before the events of both Harry Potter and the Fantastic Beasts franchise. Set in the 1800s, the game has players stepping into the shoes of a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry who has a rare ability to tap into ancient magic. The player takes the role of a student new to the titular school of magic where they learn how to brew potions, how to cast spells, and how to use sorcery to fight the forces of evil. Along the way, the hero is pulled into a larger adventure, including a Goblin rebellion and a quest to reveal the secrets of ancient magic. Here is a trailer for the game:
Now imagine that as an HBO series with detailed recreations of the hallowed halls and the lives of the teachers & students there played out. Plus, just imagine the SFX required. The site Giant Freakin Robot drops the news this way – “Our trusted and proven sources tell us a Hogwarts Legacy series is in development at HBO Max.” That’s it, but the site does have a healthy record of breaking stories that end up confirmed so, we will see if they get this one right.
Intrigued by a return to Hogwarts via an HBO treatment? We will keep track of its development.