One Harry Potter fan found themselves in an Avada Kedavra-scale amount of trouble when police mistook their wand for a large knife. The event took place on Sunday morning in Leicestershire when law enforcement officers were called to a hotel following claims that someone was armed and dangerous. Thankfully, as reported by the town’s police constable, no one was hurt and the Dark Lord, Voldemort, was nowhere to be seen.
The Internet Had Lots Of Fun
As we can always count on, the internet turned out in droves to poke fun at the mishap after the constable shared the information on the town’s Facebook page. Plenty of Harry Potter-centered puns were made including “Expecto Patrol-man!” and “Are you being sirius?!” The incident went down in the village of Enderby but aside from referring to it as a “large hotel,” and revealing that the confrontation occurred by the elevators, no further details about were released.
It’s Probably Good It Happened In The UK
As no one was injured, this story turned out to be a kind of cute one as the zest for the book series-turned-film-franchise is still at an all-time high even after all these years. Not to say that things would’ve turned out differently in the United States but as the U.K. certainly has stricter laws around firearms, the Harry Potter snafu may have had a much different and more tragic ending stateside.
Still Magical After All These Years
Although it’s been well over a decade since the final film in the franchise – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – arrived in theaters, its home studio of Warner Bros. is still hoping to cash in on J.K. Rowling’s stories of the boy who lived. Just about one year ago, HBO revealed that it had plans to move forward with a TV series that would pull its story from the seven books that came out between the years of 1997 and 2007. The network has previously announced that the show will stay in line with Rowling’s original story and cover one book per season – although they also said that the series would last ten seasons total, so it’s unclear which direction they’ll ultimately move in.
The TV Reboot
The announcement of the TV adaptation was music to some fans and nails on a chalkboard to others. On one hand, it brings the story of the Wizarding World to an entirely new audience than the generation who had the movies growing up or in their teenage years. But, on the other hand, the choice has met some pushback as it will feature an entirely new cast as Harry Potter and his friends and enemies.
As for when we can expect to see the new Harry Potter series cast spells and land on HBO and its streamer Max, it sounds like the network is aiming to have the first season completed for a 2025 or 2026 arrival. In the meantime, you can always dress up like the characters and wave a wand around – maybe just do it at one of the Harry Potter-themed amusement parks at Universal Studios.
The Original Harry Will Be Absent
And, if you were hoping for some cameos, Daniel Radcliffe has already shot down the likelihood that he would be returning as an older version of Harry Potter or some other character as he thinks the creative team will want to move in an entirely fresh direction. With that in mind, the same can likely be said for actors such as Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Tom Felton who played Hermione, Ron, and Draco Malfoy, respectively.