Harry potter Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are reuniting with other cast members of the blockbuster movie franchise for a special 20th anniversary TV retrospective, film studio Warner Bros. announced Tuesday.
Corn Harry potter author JK Rowling will not be among those to make a personal appearance on the show.
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Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), director Chris Columbus and other stars from all eight films will join the former child actors for Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts on the film set in London where the first film was shot.
When the first Harry potter movie was shot, Radcliffe was 11, Grint was 12, and Watson was only 10.
The special will air on January 1, 2022 on the HBO Max streaming platform. (Global News has contacted streaming service Crave to find out if it will air the special in Canada. As of this writing, it is unclear where Canadians will be able to watch.)
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The retrospective will see the cast return to the original Hogwarts boarding school settings that appeared in the first film Harry potter and the sorcerer’s stone, released in November 2001.
The film franchise based on Rowling’s stories about an orphaned boy with magical powers has grossed some $ 7.8 billion at the global box office.
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Rowling’s name was not included in Tuesday’s announcement, but she will feature in archive footage that will air on the special, a source familiar with the matter said.
Rowling’s views on transgender issues over the past year have been a source of controversy, with some members of the LGBTQ2 + community accusing her of transphobia.
The TV special is one of many 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 actors and celebrities including comedians Pete Davidson and Jay Leno.
– With files from Chris Jancelewicz of Global News