Just picture the opening sequence: a train traveling through the picturesque landscapes of northern Britain. Enchanting music plays in the background as the actors’ and actresses’ names display on-screen. Then at the end of it all, the train arrives at its destination. Hogwarts.
Hogwarts will be the working title of the series I’m proposing here. The main setting would be Hogwarts itself, but the series could contain the perspectives of a variety of characters (besides just students) such as professors, Hogsmeade shopkeepers, etc. to broaden the possible storylines which could be explored. As this would be a television series instead of a movie series, episodic storylines would need to be able to fit into sixty to ninety-minute timeframes. Longer, overarching stories such as younger characters’ journies through their school years would span the entire season. I also believe that a Harry Potter series would be highly thematic, so the Hogwarts series I am proposing here would delve deep into modern-day issues similarly to how Star Trek often does in its many television series.
If I were making a pilot episode for Hogwarts, I imagine it may include many of the same features of the beginning of the first Harry Potter book, The Sorceror’s (or Philosopher’s, if you prefer) Stone, and highlight things like main characters meeting each other, the initial train ride to Hogwarts, and the sorting ceremony. This pilot may also include chit-chat between professors as they prepare their courses, scenes from Hogsmeade as storeowners get ready for the busy season, and some other tidbits of news from elsewhere in the Wizarding World which could hint at some antagonistic dark forces looming around.
As the season progresses, the buildup to the finale could be filled in with all the little things which you miss from the books. How about Quidditch matches! Or perhaps more duels, romance, and trips into the Forbidden Forest? Maybe a Christmas special where the main characters run into interesting enemies during their holiday? You could even incorporate elements of the American wizarding community which is being expanded upon by the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie series; possibly an American foreign-exchange student from Ilvermorny? Really, the possibilities are endless; I’m just throwing out random ideas here.
Now the truly intriguing thing about the whole idea of a Hogwarts or Harry Potter television series is that it’s entirely possible to create. I mean, sure, JK Rowling told the Guardian in 2015 that she didn’t want to make one, but that doesn’t mean it will never happen. HBO already has the rights to the post-cinema lives of the Harry Potter film series, so it would not be incredible to see them produce a Harry Potter series. We’ve already seen the spectacular work they do in shows like Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire. Just imagine if they put that effort and high-level production quality into a Harry Potter series. The result would be amazing. Also, besides the costume and set design, this series would not necessarily be difficult to create. At the very least, they could cast less well-known people for the main roles, and it shouldn’t make any difference as long as they are decent at acting.
The best way to make this dream a reality is to make our voices heard. I know there must be tons of Harry Potter blogs and such out there in the world. Write to them and encourage them to write up similar messages, and eventually, someone with the money and wherewithal to make this happen may take a serious look at the concept. Who knows, maybe in ten years we could see the Hogwarts Express rolling across our television screens once again.