Turn Harry Potter into a TV Show

On pandagon.net there is a compellingly argued piece that Harry Potter should have been made (and still can be made) into a TV series, instead of a series of movies (note: for those who have not read the books, there are spoilers in the piece). Here’s an excerpt:

Before the movie, we talked about how much more fun the Harry Potter franchise would be as a TV show, because that means that each season could be dedicated to a book and use anywhere from 12 hours to 17 hours to tell the story of each book.  And some subplots could get their own episodes, like the various love affairs.  This would have the benefit of resolving that storyline while isolating it from the darker happenings, and avoiding groaningly awful situations…

On a TV show, you can have entire episodes that only minimally advance the main plot, but fill in the necessary color and resolve subplots.  There’s so many things that are half-explored that could, on a TV show, get an entire episode or two all to themselves.

Also noted is the following observation:

Movies, even those that run nearly 3 hours long, are more like short stories than novels, and TV shows, with the space for digression and intricate plots twists, are more like novels.  But in a perverse irony, movies and TV shows have the reverse prestige of short stories and novels, and so the temptation is to take higher prestige novels and turn them into movies.  I have no doubt that this was the logic of turning “Harry Potter” into movies instead of TV shows.  TV seemed too cheap for the series, especially back when they were first selling the story to Hollywood.  But in the years since, prestige TV projects like “The Wire” and yes, even “Lost” have changed the equation considerably.  A lot of TV shows are hands-down better than a lot of movies now, especially since the taboo against having intricate plot lines that make it hard to enter the story halfway in have been lifted.  Though you probably wouldn’t have that problem with “Harry Potter”, which makes it even more appealing as a TV series.  Viewers could enter at any time they’d like, and grasp the basic idea that Voldemort was bad and he’s coming back, which would be enough of a hook to get them to stay and piece together the rest.

(via Ideas Special Report)

8 Responses to “Turn Harry Potter into a TV Show”

  1. Edward Cahill October 3, 2010 at 4:04 pm Permalink

    please, please, please, please
    turn Harry potter into a live-action tv show

  2. Samuel Arbesman October 3, 2010 at 4:12 pm Permalink

    Seconded! Any Hollywood types read this blog and want to make it happen?

  3. Viveeel November 26, 2010 at 2:24 am Permalink

    It would certainly good idea to make harry potter tv series as movies have never been able to do justice to the books , you can never feel the depth of story the depth of character in movies. and till now all movies have been quite a huge failure and I Know some are suggesting it be anime but i think it can even do good with TV series since effects we have seen in movies we need some similar kind of effects but that might lead to huge budget so making anime would make it cheaper but that will give a push to adults who dont prefer to watch cartoons so they never able to get connected. If they have tv series many people like me who grew up reading Harry potter will be able to connect on much higher level.

  4. Daniel November 27, 2010 at 11:45 am Permalink

    I agree 100%. I was actually just thinking the same thing and googled harry potter tv show and found this.

  5. Robert Byrne December 1, 2010 at 6:17 pm Permalink

    Yes I agree. I have been thinking for quite some time that they should have made a TV Series rather than movies of the Harry Potter Books. While the movies are not dreadful they are disappointing in that so much of the story is cut out and watered down which need not happen with a TV Series as you could include much more of the story as well as the enjoyable subplots. In a TV Series, for example, you could include more of the quidditch matches. Of which there are not enough in the movies. You could do the romantic sub-plots properly which they don’t do in the movies. People watching a Harry Potter TV Series would get a clearer picture as to what’s going on than people currently do with the movies. I would be happy whether it was live action or anime though I feel a live action Harry Potter TV Series would work better.

  6. Gail January 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm Permalink

    i agree, it would make a great series, i am a new fan having finished reading all the books this year, i’ve seen all the movies and find the books incredibly compelling. i hope someone decides to make it into a tv series.

  7. amandajo marie seidl March 4, 2011 at 2:52 pm Permalink

    i think i would be a great idea to make a harry potter TV series but i would not like to follow harry. if there would be a series from the Harry potter series, it should be about his children and what adventures they go on as they go though hogworts and their lives.

  8. david b conway March 18, 2011 at 12:11 am Permalink

    dear web site hi my name is david conway , and my comments to this idea i love that idea and i do think one of the new cast members just in this tv series how about selena marie gomez plays the part of a girl who works with harry potter , love david conway