So something magical happens: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and other actors from the Harry Potter films are about to reunite for the first time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the blockbuster franchise.
A special retrospective, titled “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts”, will air on January 1 on HBO Max, the streaming service reported on Tuesday. Special promises to “honor the magic behind the making of films and the wonderful family created at Warner Bros. Studios in London two decades ago. “
Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton will be the main trio of wizards who have not appeared together in an official capacity since the release of the eighth and final hit in 2011. , James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch and Ian Hart and others.
The premiere of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” took place in November 2001, having grossed more than $ 974 million worldwide and more than $ 1 billion in subsequent editions. Director Chris Columbus, who will also be attending the HBO tribute, was followed by seven sequels and launched one of the most successful cinematic franchises in history.
The special edition tells “a charming story through entirely new in-depth interviews and conversations with the cast,” the press release said, “taking fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time. … “
The actors will reunite on “the original Hogwarts set where they started 20 years ago,” executive producer Casey Patterson said in a statement.
After the reunion broke, Watson thought about how the show has touched the lives of so many people, including her own, in a heartfelt Instagram post.
“Harry Potter was my home, my family, my world, and Hermione was (still) my favorite fictional character of all time,” Watson wrote, along with a returned photograph of herself and her co-stars.
“I am proud not only of what we, as a group, have contributed as actors to the franchise, but also as children who have become young adults who have come this way,” she continued. “I look at my fellow cast members and am very proud of who everyone has become as people. I am proud that we were kind to each other, that we supported each other and that we supported something meaningful. “
“Thanks to the fans who continued to show their support even after the closing of the last chapter,” she added. “The magic of the world would not exist without you. Thank you for fighting to make it such an inclusive and loving place. “
The press release did not mention whether JK Rowling, the author of the series of books on which the films were made, will be involved. In recent years, the writer has generated a lot of controversy over her anti-trans comments, which have been sparked by many of the film’s actors, including Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint.
A source close to the filming told The Hollywood Reporter that Rowling will be in the special archive footage but “will not reappear” as the retrospective will instead “focus on the making of the film and the protagonists.” /command.”
Columbus recently said he hopes to one day return to the franchise to adapt the hit Broadway play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, based on the original story of Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne.
“The Cursed Child version with Dan, Rupert and Emma at the right age is cinematic bliss. If you are a movie fan or movie buff, it looks like JJ [Abrams] did with Star Wars, Columbus told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this month. “Star Wars was great again when JJ made the film and got all the original cast back to us. There is no doubt that if you are a Star Wars fan, you were touched just by seeing them on screen, seeing Harrison Ford as Han Solo again and Chewie. It was very touching. “
“I think it’s the same situation for fans of Harry Potter,” he continued. “TO [be] can you now see these adult actors in these roles again? Oh yes. It would be incredibly fun to make this film – or two films. ”