November 16, 2021 will mark twenty years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in US theaters. To commemorate this magical anniversary for Potterheads, WarnerMedia will air two new, unscripted Harry Potter specials later this year on HBO Max, Cartoon Network, and TBS.
The first special will be a competition show. The competition will consist of four, one-hour long challenges, quizzing contestants on various Potter-related trivia. Casting for the show is now open and applications are available to United States citizens who wish to enter. More information can be found here, at the Wizarding World website.
According to Variety, fans at home will also be able to participate, as the competition series will include a play-along feature. Tom Ascheim (President of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics) stated, “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!”
A “retrospective special” will also air following the competition show. Variety reported that special guests are scheduled to appear during these specials. An article by The Hollywood Reporter stated that although J.K. Rowling “is not directly involved in either production, Warners collaborated with her team on the content.”
The specials will premiere for a duration of five nights. One episode of the four-part competition show will air each night for four nights, with the retrospective special debuting on the fifth evening. Specific dates for the specials have not yet been announced. Executive producers for both the competition show and retrospective special include Warner Bros. Unscripted TV and Warner Horizon. Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton will executive produce the competition quiz show, while Casey Patterson will produce the retrospective special, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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