Max's Harry Potter TV Show Has 1 Big Advantage The Movies Never Did
2024/02/28

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**The Harry Potter TV Show Can Tease Elements From The Later Books**
The Harry Potter TV show won't be bound by the same limitations as the original movies. Right from Harry Potter season 1, the story will be able to foreshadow and hint at events that don't take place until much deeper into JK Rowling's books. The release timeline of the books compared to the movies made this a difficult task to achieve during the first adaptation.

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However, this time around, it becomes a very real possibility.

For instance, the Harry Potter TV actors can all base their performances on key character moments that won't happen until later books. This is an advantage that most of the movie cast didn't have. However, one original actor had much greater awareness than the rest of his colleagues regarding his character's fate. Alan Rickman was the only actor to get Harry Potter spoilers from JK Rowling that covered almost his entire arc.

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This allowed him to portray Severus Snape in a much more faithful way. By contrast, the other cast members were always a handful of books behind the movies.

**Not All The Harry Potter Books Were Out When The Movies Were Being Made**
The Harry Potter movies were partially dictated by Rowling's writing schedule

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The Harry Potter books became popular very quickly. The first novel was published in 1997, with its movie adaptation arriving in 2001. When the first movie was released, only the first four books of the eventual seven had been published, but there was at least a little foresight for Warner Bros. to work with. However, by the time the follow-up movie, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets arrived in 2002, Rowling hadn't written the fifth book.

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In fact, it would be another year before she had Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published in 2003.

**Why Having Access To The Whole Story Can Benefit The Harry Potter TV Series**
The entire creative team behind the Harry Potter TV show will benefit from the availability of the source material

Just as Alan Rickman had foreknowledge of Severus Snape's destiny while shooting the Harry Potter movies, everyone involved with the TV show will know the entirety of what's to come.

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This won't just help the Harry Potter remake cast add nuances to their respective performances, it will benefit other creative roles within the production too. For instance, the show's writers can include hints and references to events from any point in the timeline of the Harry Potter books. They can also make additions to the story without having to worry about the canon not aligning with what's coming next.

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**Creative Freedom and Nuanced Performances**
This section highlights how foreknowledge of character arcs and plot developments can enhance performances and storytelling, offering greater creative freedom to the TV show compared to the movies.

**Potential for Improved Adaptation**
The article concludes by emphasizing the potential for the TV show to surpass the movies in faithfulness to the books and overall quality due to its unique advantage of having access to the complete source material.

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