Harry Potter Star Doubles Down on the Wizarding World Not Being for Adults: ‘Grow Up!’


  • Harry Potter
    actress believes the series is just for children, urging adults to move on from their obsession with the franchise.
  • Margolyes, who played Professor Sprout, thinks it’s time to forget about
    Harry Potter
    , which was 25 years ago – “grow up!”
  • A
    Harry Potter
    reboot series is in the works for 2026, aiming to re-adapt the seven novels for both new and old audiences.

Wonderfully outspoken actress Miriam Margolyes has commented further on how, she believes, the Harry Potter series is just for kids, and that adults who remain tethered to the Wizarding World franchise need to “forget about it.” In an interview on Australia’s ABC News Breakfast, Margolyes shared her advice with grown-ups who continue to be obsessed with Harry Potter, saying…

“I’m not unhappy about it. I just think that it’s for children. And if your balls have dropped, then it’s time to forget about it. You know, go on to other things.”

Margolyes, who starred as Professor Sprout in 2002’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and again in the 2011 finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, said that she does think it’s “a great series, and “a wonderful set of films,” but thinks those of a certain age should get over it.

“But it was 25 years ago. Grow up!”


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Her most recent comments come following some earlier, equally frank remarks about the Harry Potter series being “for children,” and her concern for adults who still request Harry Potter-related things from her through Cameo for events such as weddings.

“I worry about Harry Potter fans because they should be over that by now. It was 25 years ago, and it’s for children. I think it’s for children.

They get stuck in it. I do Cameos, and people say, ‘We’re having a Harry Potter-themed wedding, and I think, ‘Gosh, what’s their first night of fun going to be?’ I can’t even think about it. No.”

A Harry Potter Reboot Series Is Now in the Works

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Based on the novels by (the now divisive) author J. K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series is nothing less than a global phenomenon and one of the most recognized franchises in literary and cinematic history. Chronicling the adventures of a boy named Harry Potter, who discovers that he is really a wizard and is whisked away to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the movies first began back in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone before ending with its eighth installment Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in 2011.

While Miriam Margolyes thinks the world of Harry Potter is just for children, Warner Bros. and Max are hoping that’s not the case, with the studios now developing a new take on the novels. A series, which will be released on the streaming platform, has now been given a release window of 2026, and will see the seven novels re-adapted for a new (and old) audience.

“We spent some real time with J.K. and her team,” said David Zaslav, President of Warner Bros. Discovery, about the series. “Both sides are just thrilled to be reigniting this franchise. Our conversations were great, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead. We can’t wait to share a decade of new stories with fans around the world on Max.”

Harry Potter
reboot series is due to be released in 2026 on Max.


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