‘Harry Potter’ Reunion An Emotional Return For Cast, But No J.K. Rowling

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Emma Watson, Rupert Grint posing for the camera

Fans of the Harry Potter (2001) franchise are counting down the days until the release of the new Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. 

The Harry Potter reunion is set to stream on HBO Max beginning January 1, 2022, and the first trailer for the special has been released.

Hermione and Harry
Credit: Warner Bros.

The favorite Harry Potter trio will return for the reunion including Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley).

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HBO Max released the official trailer on Youtube, along with a list of Harry Potter alumni who we should expect to see in the tribute:

Announced last month, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts invites fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time as it reunites Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and other esteemed cast members and filmmakers across all eight Harry Potter films for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Additional Harry Potter film alumni joining the memorable tribute include Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Ian Hart, Toby Jones, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, producer David Heyman and filmmakers Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell and David Yates.


In the trailer, the three can be seen reminiscing about their time in Hogwarts and getting a little emotional.

 “We’re family, and we’ll always be a part of each other’s lives,” Grint said.

Harry, Ron, Hermione
Credit: Warner Bros.

Most noticeably missing? The author of the book series J.K. Rowling.

Rowling has been a subject of criticism on social media due to her statements on trangenderism and all three stars– Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint– have come out in opposition of her stances. This new trailer release comes on the heals of Quidditch leagues considering a name change in statements against Rowling.

Emma Watson, J. K. Rowling, Rupert Grint posing for the camera
Credit: Dave Hogan/ Getty Images

It should be noted that a petition with more than 23,000 signatures, including nearly 60 high-profile authors, has been signed in solidarity with J.K. Rowling.

Are you looking forward to the Harry Potter Reunion coming in just a matter of days? Let us know in the comments.

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