It’s time for a Reunion at Hogwarts! The class of 2001 is gathering again after 20 years in the HBO Max Special.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, and several other stars from the Harry Potter original series will reunite on January 01, 2022, for HBO Max’s Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts that will be premiering on New Year’s Eve. The special will also be available on WarnerMedia’s TBS and Cartoon Network in Spring 2022, right before Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, the third film, hits the screens.
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, along with producer Chris Columbus and other several cast members from all eight “Harry Potter” titles, will be gathering for the first time in a retrospective special by HBO Max to celebrate the anniversary of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the franchise’s first film,” the first film of the franchise which released 20 years ago on this day. On top of that, it is officially said by HBO Max that it is considering a Harry Potter Live-Action Series!
Other members of the cast featured across eight titles of the franchise joining the reunion include Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Jason Isaacs, Robbie Coltrane, Imelda Staunton, Gary Oldman, Tom Felton, Oliver Phelps, James Phelps, Bonnie Wright, Mark Williams, Alfred Enoch, Ian Hart, Matthew Lewis, and Evanna Lynch.
The original Hogwarts magical trio is gathering under the roof to relive their wizarding adventures from two decades ago. According to HBO Max, the special feature will “tell an enchanting making-of story through all-new in-depth interviews and cast conversations, inviting fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time.”
With the Hogwarts return, talking to the media, Tom Ascheim, president of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults, and Classics, shared his thoughts about the Hogwarts special, stating, “It has been an incredible journey since the debut of the ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film, and witnessing how it has evolved into this remarkable interconnected universe has been magical to say the least.” He further added: “This retrospective is a tribute to everyone whose lives were touched by this cultural phenomenon — from the talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into this extraordinary film franchise to the passionate fans who continue to keep the Wizarding World spirit alive 20 years later.”
“Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts” is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in collaboration with Warner Horizon at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London—The Making of Harry Potter movies. Moreover, Casey Patterson of Casey Patterson Entertainment and Pulse Films, based in the UK, has executive produced the Return to Hogwarts.
“There’s magic in the air here with this incredible cast, as they all return home to the original sets of Hogwarts, where they began 20 years ago,” Patterson stated. “The excitement is palpable as they prepare to take their fans on a very special and personal journey, through the making of these incredible films,” she further added.
An exclusive sneak-peek at the Hogwarts special will air on November 28, 2021, during the debut of bracket-style quiz competition “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses” on Cartoon Network and TBS. The quiz competition will be hosted by Helen Mirren. The four-part competition will feature fans contending to get their hands on the Tournament of Houses championship trophy. It will feature appearances by “Harry Potter” film cast members Simon Fisher-Becker, Tom Felton, Shirley Henderson, and Luke Youngblood. Moreover, Jay Leno and Pete Davidson will also be featured. “Hogwarts Tournament of Houses” will also start streaming on HBO Max in the UK on January 1, 2022.
Emma Watson, one of the members of the famous trio, took to social media and shared a throwback snap of Radcliffe, Grint, and herself, as Harry, Ron, and Hermione.
She captioned the picture on Instagram: “Harry Potter was my home, my family, my world, and Hermione (still is) my favorite fictional character of all time. I think a journalist once said it was irritating how many times during an interview I mentioned how lucky I was and started counting… BUT I DAMN WELL KNEW!!! And still know,”
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“I am proud not just of what we as group contributed as actors to the franchise but also as the children that became young adults that walked that path. I look at my fellow cast members now and I am just so proud of who everyone has become as people. I am proud we were kind to each other that we supported one another and that we held up something meaningful,” she further added.
“Thank you to the fans that have continued to show their support well after the last chapter closed. The magic of the world wouldn’t exist without you. Thank you for fighting to make it such an inclusive and loving place,” she continued. “I still miss the crew who made these films all the time. Thank you for all of your hard work too – I know your contributions sometimes get overlooked.”
Watson, while addressing the fans, added, “Happy 20th Anniversary Potterheads! We hope you enjoy the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts which will stream New Year’s day, Jan. 1 on HBO Max. ⚡️ Lots to look forward to. 😊 E x.”