The Harry Potter stars, but not JK Rowling, will reunite for a January 1 TV special release


Movie studio Warner Bros. said Tuesday that Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are reuniting with other cast members from the blockbuster film franchise for a special 20th anniversary TV retrospective. But Harry Potter author JK Rowling won’t be among those to appear in person on the show.

Robbie Coltrane, who plays Hagrid, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), director Chris Columbus and other stars from eight films, is the former child star for the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter will be involved in Return to Hogwarts on the film set in London where the first film was made.

The special will air on the streaming platform HBO Max on January 1. The retrospective will see the return of the cast to the original Hogwarts boarding school set, which was featured in the first film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Philosopher’s Stone in the UK), released in November 2001.

The film franchise, based on Rowling’s stories of an orphaned boy with magical powers, grossed approximately $7.8 billion at the global box office. Rowling’s name was not included in the announcement Tuesday, but she will be included in archive footage that will be featured in the special, a source familiar with the matter said. Rowling’s opinions on transgender issues have been the subject of controversy over the past year, with some in the LGBTQ community accusing her of transphobia.

The TV special is one of several 20th anniversary events planned by Warner Bros., including a TV quiz competition for Potter fans hosted by Helen Mirren. Which will include cameo appearances by some of the cast and celebrity fans, including comedians Pete Davidson and Jay Leno.

Meanwhile, Emma Watson shared her memories of Hogwarts and the movie and she wrote on social media, “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.”  She signed her long post with the words, “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. Happy 20th Anniversary Potterheads.”

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