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JK Rowling gives exciting update on brand new Harry Potter series

JK Rowling gives exciting update on brand new Harry Potter series

The best-selling book and much-loved movie franchise will be getting a brand new instalment

'Potter-heads' have been sent into a frenzy this week after rumours regarding the upcoming TV adaptation of the much-loved book and movie franchise was confirmed by producers.

Honestly, if you're anything like me, I bet your inner 11-year-old is screaming, crying and throwing up right now.

Since the eighth and final Harry Potter movie landed on the silver screen 13 years ago (I know, anyone else feeling old?), fans have been wondering whether we'd ever see 'the boy who lived' in the flesh again.

And no, we're not talking about child-star Daniel Radcliffe - who, to be fair, has gone on to secure a pretty cushy movie career away for himself from the 'Wizarding World' he grew up in.

As I say, we've been hoping and praying for a spin-off of some kind to bring back the magic of the blockbuster series, with many die-hard fans arguing that the subsequent Fantastic Beasts prequels didn't quite cut the mustard.

So, you can only imagine movie-lovers' ecstasy earlier this week when speculation surrounding a television follow-up of the franchise was proven to be pretty bang on.

I mean, really, when is that ever the case?

And excitingly, writer of the best-selling book series - controversial author JK Rowling - is on board with the latest addition to the sequence.

The author gave her approval on the show. (Taylor Hill/Getty)
The author gave her approval on the show. (Taylor Hill/Getty)

Taking to X today - the social media site upon which she has received criticism in recent years over her allegedly 'transphobic' views - Rowling actually sounded pretty excited about the prospect, ensuring fans that the TV series will 'more than live up to expectations'.

The author - who will also be executive producer of the incoming show - went on to lift the lid on some of the big-names we can expect to take part - posting: "I'm truly thrilled to announce our director and writer, both of whom I interviewed as part of the production team."

Joining the impressive roster will be Francesca Gardiner, known for her writing on iconic BBC spy series Killing Eve, who'll be the series' showrunner, and Mark Mylod, famed for his direction of several episodes of HBO hits Game of Thrones and The Last of Us.

"Both have a genuine passion for Harry Potter, and having read Francesca's pilot script and heard Mark's vision, I'm certain the TV show will more than live up to expectations," Rowling gushed online.

News of the forthcoming television hit comes 27-years after the saga first began with her debut novel Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Since then, Warner Bros produced eight star-studded movies based entirely off Rowling's seven books, diving the final book into two parts.

As well as Radcliffe - who was cast in the production aged just 12, and is now 34 - Rupert Grint and Emma Watson were granted the supporting roles of 'Harry's' best pals Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

The last movie aired in 2011. (D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
The last movie aired in 2011. (D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)

When it comes to who'll be taking on the parts of the iconic trio in the latest production, however, Warner Bros have confirmed that the roles will be recast with new actors.

"Each season will bring Harry Potter and these incredible adventures to new audiences around the world, while the original, core of the franchise and available to watch globally," a representative of the production firm has since explained.

Get your wands out, girls. The magic is officially back.

Featured Image Credit: Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

Topics: JK Rowling, Celebrity, TV And Film, Harry Potter