‘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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Helen Mirren to Host ‘Harry Potter’ Competition Event Airing on Cartoon Network, TBS and HBO Max

By Ellise Shafer on September 15, 2021

 

Helen Mirren is set to host a four-part “Harry Potter” wizarding world competition event in celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

The event, officially titled “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses,” will put superfans of the beloved book and film series to the test as they use their “Harry Potter” knowledge to compete for the coveted House Cup. The special will feature hundreds of “Harry Potter” trivia questions and include a few special guest appearances. Although a date for the event has yet to be announced, it will be simulcast on Cartoon Network’s ACME Night and TBS and will then be available to stream on HBO Max.

“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 in a statement. “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 special is set to film this month and will premiere later this year. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” debuted in theaters on Nov. 14, 2001.

“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,” added Tom Ascheim, president of Warner Bros. global kids, young adults and classics.

“Harry Potter: 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.

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