The first look at Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is here. On Wednesday, HBO Max unveiled a photo from the upcoming Harry Potter special – premiering on New Year’s Day on HBO Max – featuring the main trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint sitting in the Gryffindor common room. This is the first look we’ve had at Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, after a short match unveiled over the weekend, attached to the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses hosted by Helen Mirren (streaming on Amazon Prime Video in India). Return to Hogwarts will also be available in India, but details on where it will air have yet to be announced.
As you can tell from the title, Return to Hogwarts is meant to celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary – specifically, the 20th anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, released in November 2001. And just like Friends: The Reunion which was also made for HBO Max, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will feature cast interviews and conversations.
In addition to Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Watson (Hermione Granger), and Grint (Ron Weasley), Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will also feature Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley ), Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) and Ian Hart (Quirinus Quirrell) among others.
Chris Columbus, who directed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, will also be in attendance. Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts is a Warner Bros. production. Unscripted Television, in association with Warner Horizon. Casey Patterson of Casey Patterson Entertainment and Pulse Films are executive producers. Return to Hogwarts was filmed at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
JK Rowling, the author of Harry Potter, who is now reviled by parts of the fandom for her anti-trans views (and has also found many vocal defenders), is not involved in the reunion special. It will, however, appear through archive footage. Rowling is still deeply involved in the Harry Potter Wizarding World franchise, serving as producer and writer for the five-film Fantastic Beasts series.
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts was released on January 1, 2022 on HBO Max. A platform for India is not yet known, but the special will be released here, Gadgets 360 has learned. When Return to Hogwarts was announced in November, Warner Bros. said it “will be rolling out globally with more details to come.”
- Release date January 1, 2022
- Language English
- Gender Documentary
- Duration 1 minute
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Chris Columbus, 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, Ian Hart
Casey Patterson, Joe Pearlman, Eran Creevy, Giorgio Testi
- Music Charlie Mole
Casey Patterson, Carol Donovan, Ashley Edens, Marisa Clifford, Louis Mole, Sam Bridger, Isabel Davis, David Heyman, Mike Darnell, Brooke Karzen, Dan Sacks
Unscripted Television Warner Bros., Pulse Films, Casey Patterson Entertainment
- Certificate 13+
- User Rating