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How Harry Potter Fans Feel About A TV Series Adaptation

The "Harry Potter" franchise is a massive, exhausting undertaking for viewers, readers, and creators alike. There are seven novels and over a million words for the book people to consume (via Word Counter, although that's just a regular Tuesday for fan fiction folks). For cinematic audiences, there are eight movies totaling approximately 20 hours (via Mashable, but again, that might be someone's Tuesday). For the creators, well, between J.K. Rowling and the entire cast and team at Warner Bros. studio, is there even a point to guessing how many collective years went into that?

And yet, despite this, there always seems to be a hunger for more. In this way, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" found purchase on the stage, and the "Fantastic Beasts" series found a home on the silver screen. Both were met with mixed receptions at best. Still, something as trivial as an adverse audience reaction has never kept Warner Bros. (or Rowling, for that matter) from forging ahead to expand an already established universe. Here's how fans feel about the possibility of seeing "Harry Potter" make its way to the small screen. 

A Harry Potter series would be great if studios were trustworthy

In a subreddit dedicated to the Boy Who Lived, u/alphador75 said, "Despite 'Harry Potter' having a movie, I think it needs a ... series. There were way too many cuts made from the books that took away from the magical world. If made [into] a show ... we [could] see cool moments from the book like Nearly Headless Nick's Halloween party, or the school kitchen when the group found Winky." 

Now, fans of the novels know that this Redditor only mentioned a fraction of the overall examples that could have been listed. Entire arcs were cut for the films — Hermione ran a whole House Elf liberation group (although written for laughs, S.P.E.W. was incredibly progressive), Gilderoy Lockhart spent years in St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries, and let's not forget Peeves the Poltergeist. The latter appeared in every single book but never once in the films. 

And, sure, the movies needed to streamline the story for viewing purposes, but there's undeniably an audience for an unabridged visual adaptation of "Harry Potter." That said, considering how Warner Bros. is juggling the "Harry Potter" franchise between streaming platforms, how the studios' explanation of Batgirl's cancelation rings hollow, and how they recently decided that fandom-oriented content is only for the bros (via The Mary Sue), there's little room left for faith. 

So, it's a fun fantasy for the foreseeable future but hardly anticipated.