Though Fantastic Beasts wasn’t able to reach Harry Potter levels of success, the original films starring Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson are still beloved movies; and with the Sorcerer’s Stone reaching its 20th anniversary, HBO Max has announced a reunion special bringing back the original cast members.
Watch the Harry Potter announcement down here:
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson join filmmaker Chris Columbus and other esteemed cast members across all eight Harry Potter films as they travel back to Hogwarts for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which premiered 20 years ago today. The retrospective special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts 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.
Other cast members confirmed for a return are Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), and Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort). Of course, the reunion is also bringing back cast members who played Harry’s fellow students like Bonnie Wright (Ginny), Matthew Lewis (Neville), Tom Felton (Malfoy), Oliver and James Phelps (Fred and George), and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).
One person who won’t be appearing in the reunion is Potter creator J.K. Rowling, who is still being followed by a wave of internet hate because of some anti-trans sentiments. We don’t know if she will eventually be able to make peace with that community, but as it stands, it seems that fans’ love for Potter has opted for the mentality of separating the art from the artist.
harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts comes to HBO Max on Jan. 01, 2022.