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Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is a celebration of the series of fantasy books, movies, and spinoffs, and will be hitting the small screen on January 1st for HBO Max subscribers. We've gotten our first glimpse at the special reunion show and it's shaping up to be everything fans have been longing for.
“It has been an incredible journey since the debut of the ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ film, and witnessing how it has evolved into this remarkable interconnected universe has been magical to say the least,” said Tom Ascheim, president of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, about the announcement of Return to Hogwarts. “This retrospective is a tribute to everyone whose lives were touched by this cultural phenomenon — from the talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into this extraordinary film franchise to the passionate fans who continue to keep the Wizarding World spirit alive 20 years later.”
Check out the teaser trailer here!
As well as interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, there will be tête-à-têtes with 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 - I definitely spotted Mark Williams in the teaser trailer there.
Author J. K. Rowling is notably absent from this roster and in order to rectify this, Return to Hogwarts will use archival footage of Rowling talking about her books. To bring everyone up to speed, Rowling has been vocally anti-trans in the last couple of years and stars like Daniel Radcliffe. Emma Watson and Evanna Lynch have rebuffed her statements on social media. Additionally, Katie Leung - who played Cho Chang - isn't mentioned either. Last month, she shared that, at the time of filming, she was told to deny that she was receiving racist abuse for her portrayal of the witch in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
While the show will be airing on New Year's Day, fans will be able to tune in for a sneak peek during the quiz show Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses on November 28th. Hosted by Helen Mirren, the four-part event will see fans competing to win the Tournament of Houses championship trophy and will feature cameos from actors Tom Felton, Simon Fisher-Becker, Shirley Henderson and Luke Youngblood. Plus, Pete Davidson and Jay Leno are slated to appear too.
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