Sitting in a darkly lit up Gryffindor common room are three characters of the Harry Potter series, whom we have grown up with – Harry, Hermione and Ron. In the first look at the Harry Potter reunion, the three friends are seen sitting around a table. Harry and Ron are on two sides and Hermione is in the middle. The sight is an emotional throwback for many.
The streaming platform dropped the first look of the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts on their social media accounts. Captioning it, “Like they never left. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary #ReturnToHogwarts premieres New Year’s Day on HBO Max.”
It shows Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson in conversation at the Griffindor common room. This reunion was shot at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the first movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The first of the eight-film series was released in November 2001.
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A young orphaned boy steps into the world of magic on his eleventh birthday and moves from the house of his aunt and uncle to the magnificent Hogwarts, which is a school of witchcraft and wizardry. There he meets Ron played by Rupert Grint and Hermione played by Emma Watson. Over the eight-film series, the audience sees them grow, face their fears with an ultimate aim to defeat the evil power, Voldemort.
In Hogwarts, there are four houses that students get sorted into when they join, all three were together in Griffindor. The others included Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw and Slytherin.
The reunion show will also feature Helena Bonham Carter who played Bellatrix, Robbie Coltrane who played Rubeus Hagrid, Ralph Fiennes who played Voldemort, Jason Isaacs played Lucius Malfoy, Gary Oldman who played Sirius Black, Tom Felton who played Draco Malfoy, Oliver Phelps who played George Weasley, James Phelps who played Fred Weasley, Bonnie Wright who played Ginny Weasley, Alfred Enoch who played Dean Thomas and Evanna Lynch who played Luna Lovegood, amongst others.
Earlier this week, HBO Max released a short trailer of the reunion which featured others getting their invitation for the reunion. The author of the series, JK Rowling will not be interviewed in the main segment and only be seen in the footage. Her anti-trans comments had fetched disapproval by the core cast of Harry Potter.
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(Feature Image Credit: HBO Max)