The episode will present a charming story about the production of the series through all-new interviews between the team members, as well as show behind the scenes clips from the eight films.
Two decades after the first Harry Potter movie premiered, the legendary trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint return to Hogwarts, where the magic began, for an HBO Max reunion episode. ), to tell more about their adventures.
The trio of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley join director Chris Columbus, who directed the first two films in the series, as well as other actors from all eight of the Harry Potter films for the first time; To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the premiere of the series: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
For the first time ever, the legendary cast returns to where the magic started. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: #ReturnToHogwarts, streaming New Year’s Day, only on HBO Max. International release coming soon. pic.twitter.com/53bHAf0WTY
— HBO Max (@hbomax) November 16, 2021
Back to Hogwarts
The new episode titled “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts” will be shown on New Year’s Day on January 1, 2022, and according to the platform, the episode will present a charming story about the production of the series during interviews. All-new cast members will also feature behind-the-scenes footage from the eight films.
Several of the School of Witchcraft’s cast, including actresses Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Robbie Coltrane (Rubius Hagrid), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Jason Isaac (Lucius Malfoy), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) and Imelda are also scheduled to join the cast. Staunton (Dolores Umbridge).
So do Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), and Ian Hart (Corinius Quirrell).
Other ‘HP’ alumni joining the tribute: Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton, James & Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, & Ian Hart. https://t.co/dLBCcvUVGP pic.twitter.com/xVghcAnXrE
— Variety (@Variety) November 16, 2021
The reunion is “a tribute to everyone whose lives have been affected by this unique series: the talented cast and crew who worked from their hearts on this extraordinary series, as well as the passionate fans who continue to keep the spirit of the magical world alive 20 years later,” according to Tom Achim, president of Warner Bros. World for Kids, Teens, and Classics.
The reunion executive producer, Casey Patterson, said, “It’s magical here with these amazing actors, all returning to their home in Hogwarts, where they started 20 years ago, and excitement filling the site as the stars prepare to take their fans on a very special and personal journey to learn more about their journey. He made these great movies.”
Enthusiasm and anticipation
The announcement of the reunion episode excited the fans of the series, who knew the charming trio since they were children as young as 11 years old, and now they return in their thirties to tell us the hidden stories, and how they succeeded in creating the legendary films.
After the new episode was announced, Watson posted – through her Instagram account – a photo with her close friends and another with a large group of fans and wrote, “Harry Potter was my home, my family, and my world, and Hermione remains my favorite fictional character.”
“I am very proud, not only of what we contributed as a group of actors to the film series, but also as children who became young people who walked this path,” she added, also thanking fans for their continued strong support even after the last part of the film was shown.
British writer J.K. Rowling, the author of the book collection on which the series is based and who has worked with film producers, will not be attending the reunion, according to the Washington Post.
The writer’s representatives declined to comment to the newspaper, and Warner Brothers, which produced the episode, did not reveal the reason for the writer’s absence yet.
The series of 8 films based on Rowling’s books began in 2001, and the last movie “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” was released in 2011, and was a huge success; It has grossed more than $7 billion at the global box office, and is still one of the world’s most popular movie franchises.
The series tells the story of the orphaned young wizard Harry as he seeks – with his classmates – to save the magical world from the Prince of Darkness, Lord Voldemort, and has sold more than 500 million copies of Harry Potter’s books of great popularity around the world, and has been translated into more than 80 languages.