As fans of Harry Potter get ready for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, news has surfaced that indicates director Steven Spielberg wanted to make Harry Potter an animated franchise. According to The L.A. Times, Alan Horn, President of Warners Bros., revealed that Steven Spielberg wanted to turn Harry Potter into an animated franchise. Horn stated that Warner Bros. wanted Spielberg to be involved in Potter, but weren’t interested in an animated series of films.
"I did think it would be worthwhile for Steven Spielberg to direct," Horn said. "We offered it to him. But one of the notions of DreamWorks’ and Steven’s was, ‘Let’s combine a couple of the books, let’s make it animated,’ and that was because of the [visual effects and] Pixar had demonstrated that animated movies could be extremely successful."
Horn went on to reveal that he understood the Harry Potter vision of Spielberg but wanted a different direction for the franchise. "Because of the wizardry involved, they were very effects-laden. So I don’t blame them. But I did not want to combine the movies, and I wanted it to be live action."