It’s time to return to Hogwarts as HBO Max are reuniting Harry, Hermione, and Ron to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. 

We brought you news of the possible HP reunion a few weeks ago but it always felt like a wild rumour. HBO Max must have either offered a lot of money or a great pitch to the cast though.

The stars who portrayed the three main characters, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, will join the first film’s director Chris Columbus and other key cast members for a retrospective that will arrive on HBO Max on January 1st, 2022.

Titled Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, the retrospective will “tell an enchanting making-of story through all-new in-depth interviews and cast conversations,” as per HBO Max. It sounds similar to that recent Friends reunion although let’s hope it’s nowhere near as awkward as that one.

Other famous faces set to reunite include Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldermort), Jason Isaacs (Lucius), Gary Oldman (Sirius), and Tom Felton (Draco).

The reunion announcement was noticeable for there absence of one huge name though – J.K. Rowling doesn’t look as if she’ll be taking part, which perhaps could have something to do with the controversy surrounding her comments on the trans community which some cast members spoke out against.

Columbus clearly doesn’t want his association with HP to end with the reunion special. Earlier this month, he revealed his ambition to get back together with the Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint, to make a film version of the spinoff play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Anything’s better than the Fantastic Beasts series, I guess.

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