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“It’s edging towards becoming a bit of a religion”: Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter Co-Star Makes a Bizarre Statement About Franchise That’s Set to Get TV Reboot

"It’s edging towards becoming a bit of a religion": Daniel Radcliffe's Harry Potter Co-Star Makes a Bizarre Statement About Franchise That's Set to Get TV Reboot

In a truly unexpected turn of events, Timothy Spall, renowned for his portrayal of Peter Pettigrew in the Harry Potter film saga, recently shared some rather surprising thoughts regarding the beloved franchise. As the global audience eagerly awaits the upcoming television revival of the enchanting wizarding world, the 66-year-old’s comments have sparked both intrigue and curiosity among fans.

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Timothy Spall

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As we prepare for yet another expansion of the captivating Harry Potter universe, Spall’s reflections on his outlook on the franchise’s future offer a distinctive and thought-provoking angle.

Timothy Spall’s Unusual Comment Regarding Harry Potter Franchise Raised Attention

In an unexpected twist, Timothy Spall, renowned for his portrayal as Harry Potter’s Wormtail has recently garnered attention with an unorthodox statement regarding the beloved franchise.

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Timothy Spall in the Harry Potter franchise

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Harry Potter has been a cultural phenomenon since its inception with the publication of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone) in 1997. Its popularity soared to new heights with the film series’ launch in 2001.

Although the Wizarding World franchise is currently on a screen suspension, the fervent fanbase, as Spall notes, resembles something akin to a “religion.”


During a discussion about his 2023 movie release, Joy to the World, in which he portrays Father Christmas, Spall drew parallels between the enduring appeal of Harry Potter and the passionate devotion of its fans. As reported by Variety, he said,

“Harry Potter is still such a big deal. It’s edging towards becoming a bit of a religion. It’s bizarre. It’s great storytelling, but it was also beautifully made. One day, I wandered into a studio and there was someone [manually] putting leaves on a tree, one by one. That’s dedication. They were doing that for the audience.”

While some might hesitate to equate the Harry Potter fandom with a religious movement, Spall’s observation acknowledges the intensity of the fanbase, much like enthusiasts of other beloved franchises.

This observation comes at an interesting juncture, considering the upcoming TV reboot of the Harry Potter franchise.

The Harry Potter Franchise Is Gearing Up For A TV Reboot

In the enchanting empire of wizardry, a spellbinding revelation has emerged as the cherished Harry Potter franchise featuring renowned star, Daniel Radcliffe embarks on a captivating return to television screens.

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Harry Potter stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rubert Grint

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HBO Max has enthusiastically confirmed its plans for a Harry Potter TV series, unveiling an extraordinary ten-year blueprint for this magical journey.

Adapted from J.K. Rowling’s beloved novels, the cinematic journey of Harry Potter commenced in 2001, evolving into an immensely successful franchise over the years.

Now, building on earlier speculations, Warner Bros. discovery has also made it official: a Harry Potter TV remake is set to debut on HBO Max. Each season will meticulously adapt one of Rowling’s seven iconic novels, and the contentious author herself assumes the role of an executive producer.

With an entirely fresh ensemble cast and an unprecedented commitment, this endeavor promises to redefine the wizarding world for generations to come.


The decision to revive the Harry Potter saga for television kindles a multitude of opportunities, from untold narratives to deeper exploration of the magical lore, inviting a new wave of witches and wizards into its embrace.

As excitement mounts, one certainty prevails: the magic of Harry Potter is primed for an epic renaissance, ensuring years of wonder and adventure for both steadfast enthusiasts and those newly initiated into the wizarding universe.

Source: Variety, Collider 

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Muskan Chaudhary is a content writer at FandomWire, and a commerce graduate. She enjoys playing tennis, immersing herself in the world of video games, or unleashing her creativity through sketching and other artistic pursuits. She also enjoys watching anime and looking forward to doing more.