Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs on TV series adaptation

There’s a brand new Harry Potter TV series on the way – and Jason Isaacs “can’t wait” to see it. Costing Amazon $1bn to make, The Rings of Power was adapted from a series of fantasy novels.

The actor – who starred as Lucius Malfoy in the film adaptations of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels – came to reflect on the new series, which will be coming to Max, HBO’s exclusive streaming service.

Asked whether it felt strange to see a new adaptation in the works, Isaacs mused: “It’s no weirder for me than for everybody else who’s seen the films. I happen to be in the films too.”

“They make a new Spider Man every 15 minutes. You know, there was a ton of stuff in the books that we left out.” “Yeah it’s an odd feeling, but it’s no odder for me than it is anyone else. I can’t wait to see them and see what they do.”

HBO Max officially revealed it has commissioned a TV show adaptation of the Harry Potter novels back in April.

Joseph Fiennes gave MarkMeets his take on the Harry Potter television series adaptation that has been set up at Max.

“You know I’m trying to find that piece of makeup and that eye thing again, maybe I need that for an audition. I don’t know,” Fiennes added. “I just heard that recently and it’s great. It feels like it was only yesterday. I don’t know why we have to reinvent everything. But, I guess this is what happens.”

Fiennes is connected to the Harry Potter world as his brother Ralph Fiennes played Lord Voldemort in the films. The Handmaid’s Tale actor reflected on the series of books getting adapted for TV and agreed that the long-form storytelling was something positive.

“The structure of television now It’s so brilliant and sophisticated, and the map is just wide open,” he added. “It allows that material to be reexamined and take the viewers in a different direction or open up pockets that they wouldn’t have imagined they would have the time to see in a cinema. So I think, actually, television’s really exciting in that way.”

It was in April 2022 that Warner Bros. Discovery announced that the Harry Potter series was in the works with Chairman and CEO, HBO & Max Content, Casey Bloys, saying: “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. In partnership with Warner Bros. Television and J.K. Rowling, this new Max Original series will dive deep into each of the iconic books that fans have continued to enjoy for all of these years.”

Each season of the new live-action series will be an adaptation of each of the seven books, with a brand new cast portraying the beloved characters.

The series will be a “faithful adaptation” of the famous books penned by Rowling, who will serve as executive producer.

“The stories from each of Rowling’s Harry Potter books will become a decade-long series produced with the same epic craft, love and care this global franchise is known for. The series will feature a new cast to lead a new generation of fandom, full of the fantastic detail, much loved characters and dramatic locations that Harry Potter fans have loved for over 25 years.”

It continued: “Each season will be authentic to the original books and bring Harry Potter and these incredible adventures to new audiences around the world, while the original, classic and beloved films will remain at the core of the franchise and available to watch globally.”

“Max’s commitment to preserving the integrity of my books is important to me, and I’m looking forward to being part of this new adaptation which will allow for a degree of depth and detail only afforded by a long form television series,” said Rowling in a statement.

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