To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the original cast is getting together for a reunion special on HBO Max. The cast includes the Golden Trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. Many more actors are showing up though. The new Return to Hogwarts poster is giving a first look at nine of those castmates.
Take a look at Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and six more of the original cast in the poster below.
Daniel Radcliffe stands front and center as Harry Potter. Starting from the left, he’s joined by the actors who played Fred and George Weasley, Draco Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Dean Thomas, Neville Longbottom, and Ginny Weasley. It makes sense that this first poster for Return to Hogwarts, which is focusing on the school element, is focusing on showing the actors who played the children in the movies. Now, they’re all grown up! The actors who were adults during the original movies will also be returning. A recent teaser trailer revealed a look at Robbie Coltrane, who played Rubeus Hagrid, and Mark Williams, who played Arthur Weasley. Marketing has also revealed that stars like Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, and Gary Oldman will take part in the Harry Potter reunion.
The new Harry Potter reunion poster places Daniel Radcliffe in what appears to be Hogwarts’ Great Hall, a familiar setting from the movies. Since many fans have made a tradition of rewatching the eight original movies during the holiday season, it makes sense that the poster puts the cast in warm weather clothing and features Christmas trees in the background. Return to Hogwarts is set to stream on the service on New Year’s Day.
So far, the Harry Potter reunion’s marketing has given fans a rough idea of what to expect. An early picture showed the Golden Trio sitting in a room alone. This suggests that Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint will spend some time talking about their memories with just the three of them. That seems fitting since they filmed many scenes with just the three of them. This new poster suggests that the reunion may include a talk with the younger set of the cast. While these pieces are known, many still aren’t sure what to expect from the Harry Potter reunion.
One person who seems to not be invited to join Daniel Radcliffe and the rest for the Return to Hogwarts special is Harry Potter author JK Rowling. The author has faced many public controversies in recent years. Many allege that JK Rowling is transphobic. This seems to have changed the way the Wizarding World is being marketed. The recent trailer for Fantastic Beasts 3 put her name in a tiny font at the bottom of the screen, where it used to be shown sprawling across the page. This, combined with not including the author in the special, has led many to believe that the franchise is working to distance itself from the JK Rowling name.
While the author won’t be appearing, the marketing so far has many fans curious. Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Daniel Radcliffe can be seen in the Return to Hogwarts Harry Potter reunion special on January 1, 2022.