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Harry Potter stars set to reunite for a New Year's Day special

"Happy 20th Anniversary Potterheads!"
Hermione (Emma Watson), Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ron (Rupert Grint)

Hermione (Emma Watson), Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ron (Rupert Grint)

Clodagh Meaney

The cast of Harry Potter are set to reunite for a once off TV special to mark 20 years since the first film in the franchise, ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone’, was released.

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will be joined by American filmmaker Chris Columbus to discuss the films and creation in depth.

The special, which is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television with Warner Horizon and Pulse Films will see Harry, Hermoine and Ron back on screen again alongside some of their co-stars.

Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Jason Isaacs, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton, Oliver Phelps, James Phelps, Mark Williams, Alfred Enoch, Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch, Ian Hart and many more are due to appear on the programme.

It does not appear that J.K Rowling, author of the book series will be part of the reunion. The 56-year-old was involved in the production of the movies, with Warner Bros. granting her request to have the show shot in the UK with an all British cast.

Sharing a video of the trailer, Tom Felton who plays Draco Malfoy said: “Is this what school homecoming is like? mark your calendars for New Years Day.”

“This New Year's Day... we're putting the band back together,” tweeted Matthew Lewis who plays Neville Longbottom.

Emma Watson shared a tribute on Instagram also.

“Harry Potter was my home, my family, my world and Hermione (still is) my favorite fictional character of all time. I think a journalist once said it was irritating how many times during an interview I mentioned how lucky I was and started counting… BUT I DAMN WELL KNEW!!! And still know,” her post began.

“I am proud not just of what we as a group contributed as actors to the franchise but also as the children that became young adults that walked that path. I look at my fellow cast members now and I am just so proud of who everyone has become as people. I am proud we were kind to each other, that we supported one another and that we held up something meaningful.

“Thank you to the fans that have continued to show their support well after the last chapter closed. The magic of the world wouldn’t exist without you. Thank you for fighting to make it such an inclusive and loving place.

“I still miss the crew who made these films all the time. Thank you for all of your hard work too - I know your contributions sometimes get overlooked,” she added.

“Happy 20th Anniversary Potterheads! We hope you enjoy the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts which will stream New Year’s day, Jan. 1 on HBO Max. Lots to look forward to!”

“Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will honor the magic behind the making of the films and the beautiful family created at Warner Bros. Studios London two decades ago,” said a spokesperson.

The cast of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, (left to right) Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe, on the Thames Terrace of County Hall in south London.

The cast of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, (left to right) Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe, on the Thames Terrace of County Hall in south London.

“It will also celebrate the unparalleled legacy of the Harry Potter film franchise and its indelible impact on the hearts, minds, and imaginations of families and fans around the world.”

The programme will look at the making-of the films, with in depth interviews with the cast. The special will invite fans on a first-person journey through the world of Harry Potter.

“There’s magic in the air here with this incredible cast, as they all return home to the original sets of Hogwarts, where they began 20 years ago,” said executive producer Casey Patterson

“The excitement is palpable as they prepare to take their fans on a very special and personal journey, through the making of these incredible films.”

Return to Hogwarts will be available on HBO Max on New Year's Day, with international release to follow.

The special will also debut on TBS and Cartoon Network in spring 2022 ahead of the Warner Bros. Pictures release of ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore’ and will roll out globally with further details to come.

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