The information of a potential Harry Potter TV present at HBO Max has been met with majorly combined reactions, particularly given creator J.Ok. Rowling’s current historical past of vocal transphobia. It is comprehensible, then, that many are withholding their resolution about whether or not or to not have an interest within the TV present till it is clear whether or not or not Rowling would revenue from it. From the seems of issues, the reply to that query is sure — in truth, there’s just about no official Harry Potter product that she does not revenue from.
The quick model is that Rowling maintains management over the whole Potter franchise; nothing occurs with out her involvement, or no less than her approval. With that being stated, nevertheless, Warner Bros., which owns HBO Max, also holds a creative stake in the franchise, based on The Hollywood Reporter. The rights for the wizarding world are considerably sophisticated, particularly with the proliferation of streaming companies that did not exist when preliminary offers had been made. Again in 2016, NBCUniversal made a deal that gave them unique broadcasting rights for the whole Potter franchise from 2018 by 2025, in addition to the flexibility to work with content material popping out of Pottermore and the theme parks at Common Studios.
The launch of HBO Max sophisticated that deal, because the new streamer is basically the streaming arm of Warner Bros., which is the studio that finally controls the Potter universe. As viewers could recall, the Potter films had been a part of HBO Max’s preliminary choices when it first launched in Might 2020, however, a lot to followers’ disappointment, they solely remained there for 3 months. After that, the broadcasting rights reverted to NBCUniversal for the rest of its deal, which nonetheless has 4 years left.
All of this, nevertheless, nonetheless falls below the broader umbrella of Rowling’s management over the franchise. It does not matter what firm or service airs Potter-related tales; Rowling remains to be a part of it. Her cope with Warner Bros. to provide the Implausible Beasts spinoff sequence, as an illustration, famously has a clause that forbids anybody from rewriting Rowling’s screenplays with out her categorical approval. So far as anybody is aware of, there’s legally no solution to make extra Harry Potter content material with out Rowling benefiting from it.