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Max's Harry Potter Series: Fans Aren't Impressed With The Idea Of A Reboot

Last week, news circulated that HBO Max — which will soon be known simply as Max, featuring combined content of HBO and Discovery — was working on a reboot series of "Harry Potter." Today, the official announcement of the reboot was made at the Warner Bros. Discovery presser. Casey Bloys, Chairman and CEO, HBO & Max Content said in a statement, "We are delighted to give audiences the opportunity to discover Hogwarts in a whole new way. 'Harry Potter' is a cultural phenomenon and it is clear there is such an enduring love and thirst for the Wizarding World."

With a brand new cast, the new series will cover the events of each of the seven books in more detail, with a whopping 10 seasons planned. Controversial series author J.K. Rowling is set to executive produce. The new series comes a little over a decade since the final installment of the original movie franchise, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2," was released.

So, what have been the reactions from fans so far? Well, fans aren't exactly happy with the idea of a reboot.

Fans want the original films to be left alone

HBO Max took to Twitter to confirm the reboot news, with the caption, "Your Hogwarts letter is here." Fans of "Harry Potter" then wasted no time flocking to the comments to express their discontent. To start with, one fan, @StephenSeanFord, simply wrote, "no." Taking that reaction a bit further, @CConceptCreator wrote, "please no." One fan, @DavidMackayy, expressed what's on the mind of many fans of the original films, writing, "I won't be watching – the films were great and the cast cannot be beaten." On the same page, @Gwendalorian declared that they won't be able to find a better Snape than the late Alan Rickman. And @WebHeaded_Josh added, "[The original] movies, along with their chemistry as a trio, will never be topped."

Meanwhile, in the comments of the Film Updates post about the reboot, fans are expressing the same sentiments. One fan, @greedyforlove, pleaded, "DON'T TOUCH PLEASE." The same user then followed up by expressing their desire for original content instead of yet another reboot. And @misterrmisery thinks it's too soon, writing, "the movies just came out who is asking for a reboot." Further, @DJordydj pointed out that even though the most recent film came out over a decade ago that none of the films "feel" old and in need of a reboot.

Additionally, fans are not happy with J.K. Rowling's involvement, given the author's history of making transphobic comments. One user, @euvittu, wrote, "Can some of the proceeds from the new work be donated to the trans community that is so attacked by the author of Harry Potter? Come on HBO Max, J.K. Rowling is already too rich." Also addressing the fact that HBO Max is continuing to pay Rowling, @gaypyrate wrote, "We deserve so much better. Queer people deserve so much better."