For fans who could never get enough of Disney Channel's Wizards of Waverly Place, it may be time to welcome the Russo family back into your homes. Years after the series concluded in 2012, and the revival movie special premiered in 2013, it appears that everything was not what it seemed when audiences believed they were saying a permanent goodbye to the Russos.
Get ready to head back to the wizarding world because Disney Channel is bringing Wizards of Waverly Place back. Over a decade after Alex won the Wizard Competition, Justin was given his own set of full wizard powers, and Max was given the Waverly Sub Station; this sequel series will catch the audience up with Justin's family.
David Henrie, who portrayed Justin Russo in the original series, will reprise his role as a series regular in the new chapter of the show. The series will introduce Justin's children and how he becomes involved in wizardry again. After a mysterious incident at Wiztech, Justin has left magic behind and instead focused on human life with his wife and two sons.
But, when a young wizard comes looking to Justin for help, he must embrace his past for the sake of the future of the wizarding world.
For those wondering if Selena Gomez's sarcastic Alex Russo will be making an appearance, she will have a guest-starring role in the show's pilot episode. Otherwise, Selena Gomez and David Henrie will act as executive producers on the project.
The revival pilot has come from the minds of Raven's Home writers Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas. Other names affiliated with Wizards of Waverly Place's original run, including original showrunner Peter Murrieta and series creator Todd J. Greenwald, have yet to be mentioned.
As for the rest of the original cast, such as Jake T. Austin, Jennifer Stone, Maria Canals-Barrera, and David Deluise, it appears that they have been thought of as well.
David Henrie shut down fan concerns, stating that there is a plan in place to bring back the rest of the original cast for a series order. So, where does that leave some of everyone's favorite characters?
If Justin had chosen a human life and a human wife, does that mean he would have passed on his full wizard powers to Max? Since Justin loved magic so much, what type of accident could have truly driven him away from it?
What types of magical chaos has Alex gotten into since defeating her evil half? Has Max been successfully running the sandwich shop all these years? Did Harper, as an adult, actually grow into a time-traveling author writing about wizarding adventures and run a paint-a-plate and scrapbooking business that "Future Harper" teased? What became of Jerry and Theresa?
There would even be questions surrounding how Justin ultimately ended up breaking up with Juliet, wondering where Mason ended up, and what happened to Zeke.
Ever since Disney Channel and Disney+ started teasing reboots and revivals, such as Raven's Home and the, unfortunately, scrapped Lizzie McGuire sequel, fans have been clamoring for more, with Wizards of Waverly Place high on the list. Can the sequel series live up to the expectations that fans have? Will the new characters easily fit into the already-established world?