‘Harry Potter’ Cast to Reunite for TV Special
It’s official. The cast from the eight Harry Potter films will reunite for a TV Special on HBO Max.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint & Emma Watson will join Director Chris Columbus and other cast members as they go back to Hogwarts to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The iconic film was released in cinemas 20 years ago today.
The highly-anticipated retrospective will be a TV event in the festive season, with the Special releasing at midnight on January 1 on HBO Max. It is expected that it will be available to watch on NOW and Sky TV in the UK.
Cast members taking part in the tribute include 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.
The Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will tell the making-of story through all-new in-depth interviews and cast conversations, inviting fans on a magical journey through one of the most popular film franchises of all time. The TV event will reunite the cast together for the first time on screen, since 2011.
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
Notable absences from the confirmed list include Michael Gambon, Julie Walters and Maggie Smith who played Mrs Weasley, Professor McGonagall and Dumbledore, respectively. However, it’s still possible that they may take part in the reunion in some form.
Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, who has been criticized for her anti-trans comments, has not been announced to take part in the special either.
It is understood that the Special will be filmed in part, at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. The Making of Harry Potter is an attraction just outside of London, enabling visitors to experience authentic sets and discover the magic behind Special FX used in the films. Visitors can explore the Great Hall, Forbidden Forest and stroll through Gringotts Bank.
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will stream on HBO Max (US) on January 1st 2022. It is expected the special will stream on NOW and Sky TV in the UK.