HBO Max announced just last month that a Return To Hogwarts television special is finally coming to our screens. Wonderfully, it comes 20 years to the day that the first instalment of Harry Potter And The Philosopher Stone was released on November 16, 2001. Emotional fans worldwide can rejoice about our favourite trio, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson returning to where the magic began, for the first time, for the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter. And now, after the first teaser earlier this month, we have our first look at the trio back inside the wonderful world of witchcraft and wizardry: Hogwarts.
We don’t want to spoil too much, but the trailer shows the cast reminiscing about old times, and we really can’t deal with the nostalgia! You can also view the first trailer for the show, where fans can began to get excited for the reunion special, promising appearances from cast members such as Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Helena Bonham Carter (Beatrix LeStrange), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) and even Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort).
Return To Hogwarts will be released globally on New Years Day, January 1, 2022, on HBO Max. Plus, it will feature director Chris Columbus along with the movie’s stars, who haven’t been seen together since Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which was filmed back in 2009. The special will focus on the Harry Potter legacy. Meanwhile, cast members will take fans on an exciting, emotional and personal journey through the making of the Harry Potter movies. Assumingly, it will follow the same unscripted style as the HBO Max Friends: The Reunion.
Emma Watson, 31, was one of the first to share the iconic news to her 61.6 million Instagram followers. She said that Harry Potter was ”her home, her family, her world” and that Hermione Granger is her “favourite fictional character of all time”. Well, we now have that unseen footage we so craved, with a little over two weeks to go until the big day! The reunion is due to hit Sky in the UK on New Year’s Day, since HBO’s streaming service isn’t a thing on these shores. Though, the most important thing is that your favourite franchise is returning, after 20 years, to provoke our childhood nostalgia. So, who will be in their bedrooms, making no noise, and pretending like they don’t exist on January 1, 2022? We can’t wait for the incredible Harry Potter reunion at Hogwarts.