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Five Lessons Disney+’s Percy Jackson Can Learn From the Harry Potter Movies

Percy Jackson and the Olympians is finally getting the live-action reboot that fans have clamored for. Rick Riordan’s best-selling novels were first brought to life in the early 2010s with Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, but the box office return and critical reception of both stopped the franchise before it could truly get off the ground. Mix in numerous liberties taken from the source material and a number of rushed storylines, and fans were left less than satisfied with what made its way to theaters.

But the past is in the past, and the future is now.Production is nearly halfway complete on Percy Jackson Season 1, which will adapt the events of The Lightning Thief over the course of eight episodes. Beyond that, Riordan has also confirmed that the tentative plan is to adapt one book per season of the series. While everything is going according to plan at this point in time, the grand vision for Percy Jackson requires patience and persistence. Numerous franchises have kicked off with promising origin stories just to flounder come the sequels.

Fortunately for Percy Jackson, there’s another live-action adaptation of a young adult book series that laid the blueprint on how to bring adolescent books to life. Without further ado, here’s five lessons that Disney+’s Percy Jackson can learn from the Harry Potter movies. In professional wrestling, there’s a concept called “long-term booking.” The technique is fairly simple on paper: plant seeds for a rivalry, water them once every month or two, let them sprout years later. Film franchises have the same ability.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone planted plenty of seeds that barely blossomed until the final moments of The Deathly Hallows Part 2. Aspects like Harry’s scar being a Horcrux and Snape’s counter-spells during the Quidditch match didn’t make complete sense until the filmmakers were ready to reveal their true meanings. The Lightning Thief is riddled with teases of a big picture narrative, but it is in the show’s best interest to keep them at bay until they are ready to bloom. The Fates snipping the yarn may make no sense to viewers of Season 1, but the payoff of that explanation come Season 5 will be worth the wait.

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