It’s been two decades since fans saw a young Harry Potter get sorted into Gryffindor House on the big screen for the first time, and WarnerMedia is commemorating the pop culture occasion. In honor of the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’s” theatrical debut, two new unscripted Wizarding World specials are flying to HBO Max, Cartoon Network and TBS later this year during a five-night event produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television.
A “Harry Potter” fan quiz competition series and retrospective special will help find some of the biggest self-proclaimed Potterheads. The new specials promise to deliver the whimsical spirit of the Wizarding World, challenging participants with hundreds of trivia questions and special guest surprises to discover who really knows J.K. Rowling’s intricately detailed universe like the backs of their wands.
The limited quiz series will include four one-hour challenges followed by the film retrospective. A play-along component will allow viewers to don their Hogwarts robes and swish-and-flick at home. Casting is underway in the U.S. for fans who demonstrate bravery similar to that of a Triwizard Champion and are looking to put their ‘Harry Potter’ obsession to the test. Fans can visit wizardingworld.com to learn more about the show.
“To celebrate the dedicated fans old and new who have passionately kept the Wizarding World magic alive in so many forms for decades, these exciting specials will celebrate their ‘Harry Potter’ fandom in a must-see multiplatform TV event,” said Tom Ascheim, president of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, in a statement. “All Potter fans can gear up for this ultimate one-of-a-kind celebration by embracing their inner Hermione Granger and studying their Wizarding World knowledge. For fans who have always wanted to discover what it might be like to take the O.W.L. exams, this is as close as they are going to get!”
Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton of theoldschool will produce the shows; Casey Patterson of Casey Patterson Entertainment (“VAX Live: The Concert to Reunite the World”) will executive produce; Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon will produce.