Recently, we decided to have some fun with the idea of what Harry Potter might look like today if we recast the film with some of Hollywood’s brightest rising young stars.
After taking a look at the comments on the official People’s Choice Facebook page, we realized that most Potter heads are decidedly against a Harry Potter remake, and we don’t blame them.
For starters, producer David Heyman and his crew struck gold when they cast Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint as our beloved golden trio. Even the casting of the adult characters was spot on. We’ll be the first to admit we can’t think of a better McGonagall than Maggie Smith, a better Hagrid than Robbie Coltrane, or a better Professor Snape than the late, Alan Rickman.
The truth of the matter is that the Harry Potter films took us on a whirlwind ride and did an amazing job bringing one of our favorite stories to life. To this day, when we settle in for a Harry Potter marathon, we can’t help but get sucked into J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world through the magic of film and we love that it feels as though we’re living Harry’s journey right alongside him.
Despite the fact that most fans are in agreement with the idea that the Harry Potter films are perfect as they are, one comment stuck out among the rest.
“As much as I love the actors from the films, there are some things that can be done better,” writes Facebook user Courtney, “One of the failings of the films is that they started working on them before all the books came out, so they didn’t know what would come to be important until around the time of Half-Blood Prince….perhaps with a TV series they can make sure to be consistent in what they put in, to make it a more cohesive story.”
As Harry Potter fans ourselves, we really feel as though Courtney hit the nail on the head. It’s not that the films need to be remade because they’re bad, it’s just that we’d be curious to see what filmmakers and screenwriters might do differently now that they’ve got the whole story to look back on.
We think that even the biggest of Harry Potter fans, who also happen to love the films, would agree that there are a few things that weren’t included in the movies that we wish had been touched upon. Whether it’s silly little moments of joy like Peeves the Poltergeist stirring up trouble in the halls of Hogwarts, or something more meaningful like the Marauders backstory, we’re sure there’s at least one thing from the Harry Potter books you would have loved to have seen expanded up on in the films.
With all that said, we’d totally be on board if someone decided to remake Harry Potter as a television series. As sad as we would be knowing a remake would mean having to recast roles portrayed perfectly by the likes of Radcliffe, Grint, Watson and more, television might actually be the perfect medium for the likes of Potter, if only because you wouldn’t have to worry about cutting essential backstory for the sake of time.
Would you like to see Harry Potter remade for television someday? Let us know in the comments below!