The Harry Potter story, created by J.K. Rowling, is filled with fascinating characters, spells, and adventures. While the original series focused on the epic battle between Harry and Lord Voldemort, there is a wealth of untapped potential in exploring the rich backstory of the Weasley family and their role in the broader wizarding world.
The Weasleys embody many of the core values and themes of the Harry Potter series, including love, friendship, and the power of unity. They are a pure-blood wizarding family but do not adhere to the beliefs of pure-blood supremacy. Instead, they are known for accepting Muggles (non-magical people) and Muggle-born witches and wizards.
Rather than remake the Harry Potter films as a TV series, why not look into the backstory of the heroic Weasley family?
Arthur Weasley, the family patriarch, works for the Ministry of Magic in the Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office. A prequel series could explore his career, detailing his fascination with Muggle technology and his experience with magical artifacts and creatures. The political climate in the wizarding world could also be a central focus, with implications for the broader magical community.
His wife, Molly, is a loving and caring mother who takes care of her seven children and Harry Potter as if he were her own. She is also known for her cooking skills and strict yet nurturing parenting style. A prequel series could delve into her life beyond being a parent, focusing on how she met her husband, their connection to the Marauders, a group of friends that included James Potter, and more.
Charlie Weasley, the second-oldest Weasley child, is never featured in the films, though he is referenced.
A Harry Potter prequel series could also focus on the older Weasley siblings, whose roles were significantly reduced in the films. Bill, known for his bravery, is the eldest Weasley child who works as a curse breaker for Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Egypt. He is first introduced in the fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, where actor Domhnall Gleeson plays him.
Percy Weasley’s storyline was also significantly reduced in the Harry Potter movies.
While Bill also appears in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2 and is shown to be in a romantic relationship with Fleur Delacour, a former student at Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, his personal journey could span several episodes of a prequel series. Charlie Weasley, the second-oldest Weasley child, is never featured in the films, though he is referenced.
Charlie works with dragons in Romania and is passionate about magical creatures. Despite his absence from the films, Charlie played a significant role in several major events, including the Battle of Hogwarts and the final confrontation with Lord Voldemort. Percy Weasley’s storyline was also significantly reduced in the Harry Potter movies.
As the third-oldest sibling, he is a stickler for rules and a bit pompous. He works at the Ministry of Magic and rises to a high-ranking position. Percy becomes estranged from his family in the books, but eventually reconciles with them and fights in the Battle of Hogwarts.
The falling out could make for an interesting story arc in a Harry Potter series, showing that the Weasley family isn’t immune to drama.
Fred and George are twins and the more mischievous members of the family. They run Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, a joke shop in Diagon Alley. While the store plays a significant role in the later books, it is only briefly mentioned in the movies, leaving room for further exploration in a series.
While everyone is already very familiar with Ron and Ginny, their story away from Harry Potter is also worth telling.
Moreover, the setting for a Harry Potter series focused on the Weasleys would be brilliant since the family lives in The Burrow – a cozy, ramshackle house that reflects their unique and welcoming personalities. Throughout the series, the Weasleys provide a sense of family and warmth for Harry, who often stays with them during school holidays.
A Weasleys’ prequel series offers an opportunity to explore the wizarding world from a fresh perspective. This would appeal to Harry Potter fans and help Warner Bros attract a new audience.