Harry Potter stars including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint along with the rest of the cast members are reuniting for the 20th anniversary TV retrospective. The important members of the cast that will be appearing on the retrospective include Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) and Gary Oldman (Sirius Black). Movie studio Warner Bros said on Tuesday that Harry Potter author, J.K. Rolling will not be joining the cast however, a source familiar with the matter said that she will feature in archive footage that will be shown in the special.
Director Chris Columbus will be joining the former child actors for Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts on the movie set in London where the first film was made.
The special will be broadcast on January 1, 2022 on streaming platform HBO Max. The retrospective will also see the cast return to the original Hogwarts boarding school sets that were featured in the first ever Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which was released in November 2001.
The film based on Rowling’s writing about an orphaned boy with magical powers garnered $7.8 billion at the global box office.
Rowling has lately been embroiled in controversies on her opinions regarding transgender issues along with some in the LGBTQ2+ community accusing her of transphobia.
The TV special is one of several 20th anniversary events planned by Warner Bros, including a TV quiz contest 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.