The Harry Potter Franchise Needs a TV Series – Here’s Why
Harry Potter’s parents deserve their time in the spotlight, and a TV series would be the perfect way to usher in a new era of Harry Potter.
Harry Potter is a household name – the books are classics and the film adaptations are cinematic marvels. However, after the franchise burned all material from the books and with the premiere of the last film in 2011, the brand fought to stay relevant through untold stories with the fantastic beasts movies. Although these were not unsuccessful (the Fantastic Beasts 3 trailer just arrived), the Harry Potter franchise could return to its incredible old heights with something new – a TV series.
Harry’s story played out beautifully onscreen, and fans were happy with its resolution. they then turned their attention elsewhere. The creatives might think that the biggest and most tantalizing mystery lies in the story of Dumbledore and Grindelwald which is currently revealed in fantastic beastsbut the majority of Harry Potter the fan base wants to see the generation just before Harry: the Marauders.
The group known as The Marauders consisted of Harry’s father, James Potter, and his three best friends: Remus Lupin, Sirius Black and Peter Pettigrew. Fans learned of their existence in the original series when Harry acquired a map of Hogwarts called the Marauders Map. Unfortunately, while the books revealed more about the map, the movies had to strip away much of why it mattered.
Fans do, however, have a plethora of canon lore about the Marauders, including how James saved Rogue. James is also known to have been infatuated with Harry’s mother, Lily Evans, for years until they finally got together towards the end of their schooling. James and Lily were married at 19, in the midst of Voldemort’s first rise to power. They had an endearing antagonistic relationship, which would translate well to the TV screen with some of those details that didn’t match the movies.
Remus Lupin, who made his first appearance in the original series, was a werewolf and the reason the rest of the Marauders became Animagi, making them able to transform into animals and back at will (even if they have largely wasted this ability). Although widely theorized to be the leader of the group, he still participated in the many hijackings and pranks the Marauders were known for throughout their time at Hogwarts.
Also in the original films was Sirius Black, the eldest son of a prominent full-blooded Slytherin wizarding family. He was his family’s biggest disappointment and was sorted into Gryffindor, not Slytherin – to everyone’s surprise. This was revealed in an almost insignificant comment in the books that James’ family took in Sirius after he was disowned as a teenager. Sirius and James were incredibly close, and Sirius was Harry’s named godfather, so he should have been the one to take him in after his parents died. Both characters have more than enough material to fill a TV prequel.
Then there was Peter Pettigrew, who was often portrayed as simply hanging around after The Marauders. However, he was still considered part of the group and his betrayal which resulted in the deaths of James and Lily is still largely a mystery. Since he’s canonically shy and gentle, the way Peter got mixed up with Voldemort would be an interesting and researched story to portray on screen – and since there’s no canon answer in the books, the creatives would have freedom to expand it. It doesn’t even mention the female characters who were in school with this group, and later in the original Order of the Phoenix. The Age of Marauders is rich with unexplored content and interesting characters.
This period in the Harry Potter franchise is loose enough to allow for interpretation, but also concrete enough to provide insight into a series. A TV series would provide more space to explore the depth of the characters, like star wars currently being done with great success. The nuances of war could be explored and the horror of young adults who never got to live could be shown, while fleshing out new parts of a popular universe. A Marauders project would also add value to the franchise – audiences would get to know these characters, even if Harry never really did.
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