‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament Of Houses’ Debuts As Cable’s Top New Unscripted Series Of 2021

By Denise Petski and Nellie Andreeva on December 2, 2o21

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses worked some magic on ratings. The Nov. 28 premiere of the four-part Wizarding World fan competition series drew 3.1 million viewers across TBS and Cartoon Network, delivering the most-watched premiere of the year for both WarnerMedia cable networks which simulcast the debut.

On TBS, the 8 p.m. opener drew 2.3 million viewers, 918k in P18-49, 577K P25-54, 100K K2-11 and 103K K9-14, in Live+Same Day, ranking as the top new cable unscripted series premiere of 2021 in P18-49 (L+SD), it was the strongest TBS Original Series premiere — scripted or unscripted —  in nearly three years in P2+ and the strongest TBS Original Series premiere in nearly four years among P18-49.

 

On Cartoon Network, the 8 pm series premiere drew 845K P2+, 299K P18-49, 132K P2-11 and 78K K9-14. The debut episode was up 16% among P2-11 and up 44% among P2+ vs the prior four weeks (38K P2-11 and 214K P2+). It was the best series premiere on Cartoon Network with P18+ since December 2019, and the #1 series premiere on Cartoon Network this year with P18-49.

Hosted by Helen Mirren, the four-part bracket-style quiz competition saw fans of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World put their knowledge to the test, contending for the honorary title of House Cup champion. Sunday night’s episode saw team Hufflepuff narrowly defeat team Gryffindor.

In the next episode premiering this Sunday, December 5 at 8 pm, fans will get a sneak peek at Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. The Max Original retrospective special will reunite Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, filmmaker Chris Columbus and other cast members across all eight Harry Potter films for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses
 is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, in association with Warner Horizon alongside Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton of theoldschool.

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‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses’: Helen Mirren To Host Competition Series For WarnerMedia

By Matt Grobar on September 15, 2021

Dame Helen Mirren is set to host Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses, a competition series commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Warner Bros. film franchise’s launch, with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The special four-part event will see fans of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World put their knowledge to the test, contending for the honorary title of House Cup champion. It will feature hundreds of Potter-themed trivia questions and special guest surprises, along with a play-along component for those tuning in.

Hogwarts Tournament of Houses is being produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, in association with Warner Horizon and Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton of theoldschool. The event series is set to tape later this month and will be simulcast later this year on Cartoon Network’s ACME Night and TBS, then becoming available for streaming on HBO Max.

“We’re creating an arena for the leagues of Harry Potter film fans to flex their knowledge of the Wizarding World, and there’s no one better than Dame Helen Mirren to add some British grandeur to this event that will debut across our WarnerMedia brands and platforms,” said Tom Ascheim, who serves as President of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics.

“I knew someday I’d get a Harry Potter role, and I’m so pleased to take part in the 20-year film celebration,” added Mirren. “The films inspired such enchantment and wonder for so many of us, and it will be such a treat to reignite that magic for the countless fans who continue to revel in this spellbinding world.”

In her role as host, the Oscar winner will continue to broaden her relationship with WarnerMedia. She’s already set to star as supervillain Hespera in their New Line DC sequel, Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

For those uninitiated, the Harry Potter films are based on Rowling’s massively popular, seven-part fantasy book series, which originated with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone back in 1997. They center on a young wizard of the same name (played by Daniel Radcliffe) who comes of age amidst great darkness at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, finding an archenemy in the unearthy Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).

Between 2001 and 2011, Warner Bros. released eight Potter films, which grossed more than $7.7 billion worldwide. Thus far, Rowling’s book series has also spawned plays, games and theme park attractions, along with the spin-off book and film series Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and other written works.

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Helen Mirren to Host ‘Harry Potter’ Quiz Show for WarnerMedia

By Lesley Goldberg on September 15, 2021

‘Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses’ will air on Cartoon Network, TBS and then HBO Max to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first film in the franchise.

Helen Mirren is diving head first into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

The Oscar-winning actress has been tapped to host four-part competition series Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses for WarnerMedia. The previously announced series, which marks the 20th anniversary of the first film in the Harry Potter franchise, will air first on Cartoon Network and TBS before making its debut on HBO Max at a date to be determined.

 

“I knew someday I’d get a Harry Potter role, and I’m so pleased to take part in the 20-year film celebration,” Mirren said. “The films inspired such enchantment and wonder for so many of us, and it will be such a treat to reignite that magic for the countless fans who continue to revel in this spellbinding world.”

The quiz show was first announced in May as part of WarnerMedia’s plans to mark the anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, joining a retrospective special. The four-part series pits Wizarding World fans against one another in a battle to be crowned House Cup champion. Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, in association with Warner Horizon and Robin Ashbrook and Yasmin Shackleton of theoldschool, are behind the series.

“We’re creating an arena for the leagues of Harry Potter film fans to flex their knowledge of the Wizarding World, and there’s no one better than Dame Helen Mirren to add some British grandeur to this event that will debut across our WarnerMedia brands and platforms,” said Tom Ascheim, president of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics. The former Freeform exec also works directly with Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling’s camp on all things related to the franchise for WarnerMedia.

The quiz show arrives months after THR exclusively reported that HBO Max was in the early stages of readying a live-action scripted series based on the boy wizard and his friends. Sources at the time noted the WarnerMedia-backed streamer engaged in multiple conversations with potential writers exploring various ideas that would bring the beloved Harry Potter property to television. Sources say broad ideas have been discussed as part of the early-stage exploratory meetings. While it’s news that executives at HBO Max and Warners are engaged in meetings to find a writer and pitch for a Harry Potter TV series, no writers or talent are currently attached as the conversations are still in the extremely early stages and no deals have been made. Warners at the time denied that any Harry Potter series were in the works.

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