BEDA 18 – A Harry Potter TV Series

The other day (yesterday? the day before? who’s to say!), I was watching one of Ali’s (RogueBlueJay on Youtube) BlogTV shows, as I sometimes do.

He brought up that he thought the Harry Potter books should have been adapted into a TV show rather than movies. Earlier this evening (read: 2:15 this morning), I went onto my friend Sam’s Tumblr and read the same idea, reblogged from this person who I don’t know but I’m sure is lovely. Sam engaged in a bit of discussion about this, and it reminded me of some of the points Ali brought up, and some of the things I’d thought of. I wrote the following thing in Sam’s Ask, (anonymously because she’s had my Tumblr password for coming up 5 months now):

The best part about the idea of a HP TV series is, in my opinion, the opportunity to expand on the universe. You’d get more insight into secondary characters. More McGonagall for example. Plot wouldn’t have to be entirely Golden Trio centric like the movies, though I think the season-long arcs should remain true to the original. And as long as Jo Rowling had a role in production, or got a say in writers, I think it’d be great. -N

So yeah, those are some of my opinions on that. Another thing which Ali brought up was switching actors. I’m not sure if you necessarily would need to do that based on ages, but I can definitely see it being desirable (because adorable child actors don’t always grow up to be watchable adult actors) and manageable. Ali suggested that new actors wouldn’t have to try and emulate the last actor’s work, either. Like in Doctor Who, they could make their character, their ‘regeneration’, their own.

Personally, I totally see the appeal of this. I could always use me some non-Pottermore expansion on the HP universe. (Not a huge fan of Pottermore, though I am a Ravenclaw, which is awesome!)

I also wanted to expand a bit on something I mentioned in my message to Sam: the focus on other characters. Obviously there’s already this huge outside-of-text canonical universe that Jo’s created, and a lot of that could go into the show. All of the outside information she has on Lee Jordan, or McGonagall, and even Bill and Charlie Weasley. What were their years at Hogwarts like?

And there could be flashback episodes! Episodes for the Marauders, or the original Order of the Phoenix (in the 5th season), or more background info on what the teachers were like as students! And sprinkled in there, maybe some episodes about the founders? Wouldn’t that be great?

Another thing I’ve been curious about, which hasn’t been addressed by Jo, to my knowledge: training. How does one train to become a teacher at Hogwarts? What about political training? Are there any post-Hogwarts certifications that you need to go through? Or do witches and wizards enter the workforce at 17?

I see this great opportunity for storytelling here. Weaving together a story far more complex than the movies could portray. A universe broader than even the books could manage. Drawing out themes that were barely touched on in the books, let alone movies!

I know it’s not likely to happen any time soon, but thinking about this has gotten my excited, truly, actively excited, about Harry Potter for the first time in a while.


4 responses to “BEDA 18 – A Harry Potter TV Series

  1. Yup, I’ve always believed that the Harry Potter books were better suited to be adapted into a television series than a movie series. Just looking at the books themselves a lot of the adventures and chapter are episodic in nature. The sort that translate well as self-contained episodes with overarching plot lines that television does so well. Afterall, since the movies are a mere few hours, it was often those fun little adventures, those slice of life moments, those scenes that expanded the universe and gave the reader glimpses at its richness, that had to be cut from the movie to allow for plot and exposition. And as you point out, the handbook for the wide, rich universe is in Rowling’s notes.

    I don’t think I can get behind the different actors for the character ideas though. It’s just something that feels very soapy and not something I’d want to see in a HP adaptation. However, Game of Thrones has shown there is a market for well-done fantasy and their are super talented child actors out there. It just occurred to me that a TV adaptation of HP might be better suited to an animated series. That way, you could age the characters at your own pace without worrying about the actors growing up and you could do what ever sort of fun magic you wanted with less of a worry of the special effects budget. It would also allow it to be distinct and would lower comparisons, make it its own entity. I kinda like that idea better. The movies did the live action thing, and that was all well and good, and so maybe TV could be the animated take.

    But anyway, JK Rowling’s got that all locked up tight and since I’m not a big name producer, I doubt it’s happening anytime soon.

  2. jon I ought to say, as a great deal as I enjoyed reading what you had to say, I couldnt aid but shed interest soon after a even though. Its as if you had a fantastic grasp on the topic matter.

    • This was marked as spam, and it obviously is, but I wanted to put it in here because it’s the greatest. It was either run through a translator or a thesaurus, and I can’t tell which.

  3. Hmm.. i dont think you need training to be a teacher.. you just need to grad from hogwarts then apply. Tom riddle once applied to be DADA teacher but was turned down.

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