Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson reunite for ‘Harry Potter’ anniversary special

Something magical like this is coming: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and other actors from the entire “Harry Potter” movies are to be reunited for the first time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the blockbuster series.

A retrospective special titled “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts” will arrive Jan. 1 on HBO Max, the streaming service announced Tuesday. The special promises to “honor the magic behind the making of the film and the beautiful family created in Warner Bros. Studios London two decades ago.”

Featuring the core of the wizarding trio, which has not performed together in an official capacity since the eighth and final film hit theaters in 2011, will Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch and Ian Hart, among others.

“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” premiered in November 2001, grossing over $ 974 million worldwide at the time and over $ 1 billion in subsequent re-releases. Directed by Chris Columbus, who will also be present for the HBO tribute, the film was followed by seven sequels and launched one of the most successful cinematic franchises in history.

The thesis will tell an “enchanting account of history through brand new in-depth interviews and engaging conversations,” the press release states, “inviting fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises ever.”

Actors will be reunited on “the original sets of Hogwarts where they began 20 years ago,” executive producer Casey Patterson said in a statement.

Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”.

After the news of the reunion broke out, Watson reflected on how the series has touched the lives of so many people, including her own, in a heartfelt post on Instagram.

“Harry Potter was my home, my family, my world, and Hermione (is still) my favorite fictional character of all time,” Watson wrote, along with a recurring image of himself and his co-stars.

“I’m not only proud of what we as a group contributed as actors to the franchise, but also as the children who became young adults who went that route,” she continued. “I’m looking at my teammates now, and I’m just so proud of who everyone has become as human beings. I’m proud that we were kind to each other, that we supported each other, and that we held out something meaningful.”

“Thanks to the fans who have continued to show their support well after the last chapter closed,” she added. “The magic of the world would not exist without you. Thank you for fighting to make it such a spacious and loving place. ”

The press release did not mention whether JK Rowling, who has written the book series on which the films are based, will be involved. The author has in recent years aroused considerable controversy for her anti-transgender comments, which have been evoked by many of the film’s cast members, including Radcliffe, Watson and Grint.

Columbus recently revealed that he hopes to return to the franchise one day for a adaptation of the hit Broadway play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which is based on an original story by Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.

“A version of Cursed Child with Dan, Rupert and Emma at the right age, it’s cinematic bliss. If you’re a movie nerd or cinefil, it’s a bit like JJ [Abrams] did with Star Wars, ”Columbus told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month. “Star Wars really started to look great again when JJ made the movie and we had all the original cast left. There’s no doubt, if you’re a Star Wars fan, you were touched to see them on screen, see Harrison Ford as Han Solo again – and Chewy. It was very moving. “

“I think it would be the same situation for Harry Potter fans,” he continued. “To [be] able to actually see these adult actors now back in these roles? Oh yeah. It would be great fun to make that movie – or two movies. “

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