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Ron Moore's new television project: a Harry Potter-inspired fantasy series

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Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica juggled heavy duty space opera and fantastical, magic elements. But his next project will leave space behind, in favor of a world of pure magic, in the vein of Harry Potter for adults.

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According to Deadline, Moore's new project is "described as an adult Harry Potter set in a world ruled not by science but by magic," and he's making it for NBC. And Sony, which signed a development deal with Moore back in May, is pretty serious about moving forward with this — there are nearly $2 million in "pilot and series penalties," meaning Sony has to pay up to $2 million if the show doesn't film both a pilot and an ongoing series.

The other interesting thing is that the article mentions that Sony's Charlie's Angels remake, spearheaded by Smallville creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, is still very much in the pipeline and the studio is serious about developing more dramas. At one point, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles showrunner Josh Friedman was said to be heavily involved in the Charlie's Angels reboot. [Deadline]

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'ruled not by science but by magic'

Are they implying that the Harry Potter world is ruled by science or that our world is ruled by science? If it is the latter, then by ruled, do they mean to say that science is the means by which we explain phenomena. If so, does that mean their magic will be completely random and without any form of explanation?

Because I think I need to have a few words with these folks about what science is.