It's official: a Harry Potter reunion is happening! 20 years after the first film in the franchise was released, the cast are set to get back together for a special show, and we can't wait. Here's what we know so far.
Do we have a trailer for the Harry Potter Reunion?
In November 2021, HBO dropped the first teaser trailer for the reunion featuring clips from across the series, and it's taking us right back to 2002.
A second trailer was dropped on 6th December, giving a glimpse into who and what to expect from the Reunion, as well as a release date.
The description read, "The invitation you've been waiting for has arrived. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is coming to HBO Max on New Year's Day."
On 20 December 2021, we got our first proper look at Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint reminiscing about the Harry Potter movie, while at the Warner Bros. tours. "It feels like no time has passed, and loads of time has passed," Watson says.
"This is the perfect time to sit down with everyone and reminisce," Grint adds.
Are there any photos from the Harry Potter Reunion?
On top of two epic teaser trailers (more on those below), HBO Max has now released a first look photo from the set of the Harry Potter reunion, and it's got us all kinds of excited.
The pic shows leading cast members Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint sat together having a chat - and they look to be inside none other than Hogwarts itself.
HBO Max dropped the teaser image on Twitter on 9 December, reminding fans of the episode's release date with the caption, "Like they never left. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: #ReturnToHogwarts premieres New Year's Day on HBO Max."
— HBO Max (@hbomax) December 9, 2021
A photo shared a week later on the 15 December added, "A moment 20 years in the making. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: #ReturnToHogwarts is streaming on HBO Max New Year’s Day."
— HBO Max (@hbomax) December 15, 2021
The original trio back together and in the Hogwarts castle? We're already obsessed.
What will happen at the Harry Potter Reunion?
The 20th reunion episode, titled 'Return to Hogwarts', will see some *huge* cast members regroup to discuss HP two whole decades after Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first released. They'll be sharing brand new behind-the-scenes insight into how the series was made, as well as taking a look back at the eight films, and it all sounds very nostalgic.
Plus, there's not long to wait at all! The special episode will stream at midnight on 1 January 2022, available on HBO Max. The perfect way to welcome in the New Year if you ask us.
Who will be at the Harry Potter Reunion?
As for who'll be appearing, HBO have confirmed that main cast members Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson are taking part, and we can't wait to see Harry, Ron and Hermione return as an iconic trio.
The three actors will be joined by filmmaker Chris Columbus, as well as a giant list of Harry Potter cast members from across all eight films. Names include: Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Matthew Lewis, and Evanna Lynch, plus more.
Sounds like we're all in for a treat then!
What have the cast and crew said about the Harry Potter Reunion?
Sharing more details on exactly what we can expect from the anniversary episode, HBO announced, "The retrospective special 'Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts' will tell an enchanting making-of story through all-new in-depth interviews and cast conversations, inviting fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time."
They added that the episode "will honor the magic behind the making of the films and the beautiful family created at Warner Bros. Studios London two decades ago.
"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."
Cast members were of course *very* excited to share the news, with Emma Watson writing a heartfelt post gushing about her love for the series. "Harry Potter was my home, my family, my world and Hermione (still is) my favorite fictional character of all time," Emma wrote, while Tom Felton (who plays Draco Malfoy) joked on Twitter, "is this what school homecoming is like?"
When will the Harry Potter Reunion be released?
"The invitation you've been waiting for has arrived," HBO Max revealed. "Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is coming to HBO Max on New Year's Day."
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