Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will come together to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Harry Potter film franchise in a new reunion special for HBO Max. The special will also feature Chris Columbus, who directed The Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, as well as other cast members.
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is a reunion that will hit HBO Max on January 1st. It will air on TBS and Cartoon Network in the spring of 2022, sometime before the Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore release date on April 15th.
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Other cast members attending the reunion 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 and more.
According to the press release, the reunion will include brand new interviews and cast talks celebrating the history of the films and taking place on the original Hogwarts movie sets. The project sounds similar to HBO Max’s Friends: The Reunion, which brought the sitcom’s main cast back together to celebrate and reflect the show and its legacy.
Today’s announcement makes no mention of Harry Potter writer JK Rowling, who has come under fire for her anti-transgender views. It seems the controversial author won’t be part of the reunion.
While Radcliffe, Grint, and Watson haven’t played Harry, Ron, and Hermione since The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Columbus is hoping to bring everyone together for a film version of The Cursed Child, a 2016 Harry Potter play that long after the book series ends. We’ll have to wait and see if this reunification mentions this possible project.
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is developing a potential Harry Potter TV series and the video game Hogwarts Legacy that will allow players to create transgender characters.
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