Netflix Cancels Fantasy Series Dubbed ‘X-Rated Harry Potter’ After Just One Season

The B***ard Son & The Devil Himself, which is being dubbed the 'X-rated Harry Potter', has been cancelled by Netflix after just one season.
Credit: Netflix

The B***ard Son & The Devil Himself, which is being dubbed the ‘X-rated Harry Potter, has been cancelled by Netflix after just one season.

The streaming service has a reputation for having some of the best original shows on TV.

Stranger Things, The Crown, Squid Game, and Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story have all been huge successes for Netflix.

While more recently Wednesday is dominating the charts and has been a commercial and critical success.

However, not all of its originals have gone on to be success stories.

Watch the trailer for Half Bad: The B***ard Son and the Devil Himself below…

Half Bad: The B***ard Son and the Devil Himself is an adaption of the young adult novel ‘Half Bad’ by Sally Green. 

The series follows Nathan Byrne (Jay Lycurgo), an illegitimate son of a dangerous witch struggling to follow in the footsteps of his father (David Gyasi). 

The show debuted on the streaming service on October 28, 2022, and was met with positive reviews, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 93% rating.

The Telegraph even called the show an ‘X-rated Harry Potter’ and gave it a four-star rating.

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David Opie wrote in his review for Digital Spy: “The B***ard Son & The Devil Himself is the best young adult fantasy Netflix has ever made, by a wide margin — and that’s because it’s not afraid to take risks.”

Despite its critical success, Netlfix has surprisingly announced that the programme has been cancelled. 

The Imaginarium, the production company behind Half Bad, shared the news on its Twitter page.

The B***ard Son & The Devil Himself
Despite receiving critical praise, The B***ard Son & The Devil Himself has been cancelled by Netflix after one series. Credit: Netflix

The statement said: “Half Bad is a show we are incredibly proud of, which gained stellar reviews, along with a fiercely loyal global fanbase. 

“While we are disappointed not to continue the story, we have loved working with such a talented cast and crew on bringing our beloved show to life.”

Joe Barton, the show’s creator also added on his Twitter page: “Sadly, yes, Netflix has cancelled this. 

“Very proud of it and really liked the people I got to make it with. Sorry not to be able to finish the story…”

Fans of Half Bad have taken to social media to react to the disappointing news.

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“You deserve better. Somebody else please pick it up,” wrote one person.

Someone else added: “I heard about it through word of mouth. Didn’t see it promoted by Netflix at all. 

“Loved it, binged it all in a couple of days at the end of last month, and was really hoping that they would renew as it seemed to be gaining traction online.

“This literally breaks my heart, I haven’t loved a show this much, let alone a Netflix show, in a really long time,” added a third.

Another user sarcastically said: “Why does Netflix always cancel the shows with the best/most creative/most innovative stories and characters?

“But hooray we got another season of Too Hot To Handle… Yay.”

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