Back in May, we learned that the streaming rights to the “Harry Potter” movies would be moving to the NBCUniversal-owned networks Syfy and USA this summer. Now, the first of their announced “Wizarding Weekends” is almost upon us!
After leaving Freeform for HBO at the end of last year, “Harry Potter” marathons are returning to basic cable on Syfy and USA!
It’s hard to believe that the first season of Syfy’s adaptation of “The Magicians” aired last week – we spent so much time anticipating the show that it seems too soon for it all to be over. But now that it is, and we’ve seen a little bit more of the direction the show’s creators are taking, we can talk about how the show is faring as an adaptation of the books we love so well!
As with any film or television adaptation of a book that I love, I watched the pilot of “The Magicians” with trepidation. After all, so many great stories are mutilated somewhere between the page and the screen, and I really, really didn’t want “The Magicians” to be one of them. Thankfully, it’s looking like the show is going to be amazing.
You’ve read about the amazing sets we saw in Vancouver and seen our interviews with the cast of the show, and now we’ve got our big finale: an interview with the author himself, Lev Grossman! Here at MuggleNet we’re big fans of Grossman’s “Magicians” trilogy – not surprising given that it’s about what happens to adults when they discover a Hogwarts-like alternative to college – so we’re especially excited for the opportunity to speak to the creator of the world we’re about to see adapted for television.
It’s Part 3 of our coverage of MuggleNet’s visit to the Vancouver set of Syfy’s television adaptation of “The Magicians,” and you know what that means – it’s time for video interviews! We were given a chance to sit down one-on-one with Arjun Gupta (Penny), Summer Bishil (Margot), and Olivia Taylor Dudley (Alice) to talk magic, Brakebills, and just a little bit of “Harry Potter,” of course.
We’ve already shared with you all the amazing things we saw on our visit to the set of Syfy’s adaptation of “The Magicians” (which premieres January 25!) – now we want to share with you all the amazing things we heard! After we were done touring the sets, we sat down to speak with executive producer Sera Gamble, author Lev Grossman, and several members of the cast, including Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Summer Bishil, and Arjun Gupta!
Since the first book of the trilogy came out in 2009, I’ve been pushing it on basically every person I know, especially if they’re a fan of “Harry Potter”. If you haven’t read the books, they follow Quentin Coldwater, a teenager from Brooklyn, after he discovers that not only is magic real, but he will alsi be attending Brakebills University to study it. So long, Princeton.