Would Harry Potter Have Made a Better TV Show?

harry-potter-voldemort-hp7-1600x12001Before I begin, I feel the need to state that I whole-heartedly enjoyed the Harry Potter movies. The directors did an excellent job of cutting everything that they could to fit such detailed and extensive narratives into 2 to 3 hours of cinema. Several sub-plots were eliminated to make room to highlight the most important moments of each year of Harry’s time at Hogwarts, and each film was a great showcase of J.K. Rowling’s talent as a creative storyteller.

With that out of the way, I think I would have enjoyed having Harry Potter being a high-end production TV show instead of a series of movies. Especially after seeing HBO’s efforts in Game of Thrones, I think that a major production company could have created an amazing show. Episodes, from how I’ve thought about it, would be an hour long segments that showcase one to three chapters from each book, and each season would cover one book.

Admittedly, there are a few pitfalls to having a TV show instead of a movie series. The most prominent one would be how potentially lackluster some episodes would be. The majority of the chapters in each book cover a major plot point, but some episodes would be forced to cover dull moments nonetheless. Perhaps with some creative liberties in how to align all of the plot points, this could be avoided. Maintaining excitement and viewership would also be fairly difficult given how long the series would have to last to cover everything.

Because the Harry Potter films are already out, I can’t imagine a show being made anytime soon. Daniel Radcliffe is forever ingrained in my mind as Harry Potter, and I don’t think I could follow someone else playing the character, and he can’t play an 11 year old version of himself. All of that being said, what’s your take on the idea of the famous book series being adapted for television?


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