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Harry Potter Return to Hogwarts: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint reunite

Two decades after first hitting screens, the cast and crew of Harry Potter reunited for the 20th anniversary Return To Hogwarts special to deep dive into life behind the wizarding franchise. 

In the special, which debuted on HBO Max, Sky and NOW TV on Saturday, fans are treated to a mosey down memory lane helmed by lead actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, as well as a slew of their dazzling co-stars and the brains behind the eight movies.  

While the stars regaled tales of life on and off screen during their time in one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, notably absent was creator JK Rowling, 56, who only appeared via archive footage in the wake of an ongoing row over her views on transgender issues, which erupted via Twitter earlier this year. 

Alongside the core trio, who played Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley respectively, the line up includes Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas), Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) and Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy). 

Working it out: Two decades after first hitting screens, the cast and crew of Harry Potter reunited for the 20th anniversary Return To Hogwarts special to deep dive into life behind the wizarding franchise, led by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

Nice! In the special, which debuted on HBO Max, Sky and NOW TV on Saturday, fans are treated to a mosey down memory lane helmed by the lead actors and a slew of supporting cast members

Nice! In the special, which debuted on HBO Max, Sky and NOW TV on Saturday, fans are treated to a mosey down memory lane helmed by the lead actors and a slew of supporting cast members

The special opens with sweeping shots of London focusing on the stars opening their invites to the reunion, with Emma seen heading down platform 9 and 3/4 before she meets up with a number of famous faces. 

The Great Hall – the centre point of the set, which is still in place at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London in Leavesden – is packed with dancers, an orchestra and stars of the movie – all revelling atop a HP20 logo in the floor.

Stars of the movies fondly greet each other as they prepare for the eagerly-anticipated reunion. 

Daniel is then seen treading the path of Diagon Alley before one of the opening lines of Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone is read: ‘ He couldn’t know that at this very moment, people meeting up in secret all over the country were holding up their glasses and saying in hushed voices: “To Harry Potter – the boy who lived!”’

Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone

Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

CHAPTER ONE: The Boy Who Lived. The opening section of the reunion focused on Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

Back together: The Harry Potter cast reunites in the Great Hall for a Christmas get together

Back together: The Harry Potter cast reunites in the Great Hall for a Christmas get together

CHAPTER ONE: The Boy Who Lived

Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets  

As the one-off special launches into a deep dive of the world of Harry, Daniel is seen meeting up with director Christopher Columbus in Dumbledore’s office, the set at Leavesden Studios. 

The first section, entitled The Boy Who Lived, looks back on the first two movies from 2001 and 2002.  

Christopher spoke about why he directed the first two films in the saga after his daughter forced him to read the books. In the first of few mentions of JK Rowling, he says: ‘I had to fly to Edinburgh to meet Jo Rowling and I said “This is my vision of the movies” and she said hers was the same’.

Bonnie then also mentioned JK, saying: ‘So many people were falling in love with her writing’, while an archive shot showed the author at a signing for the first book, while Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid also lauded JK and Christopher spoke of the feverish hunt to find an actor to play Harry. 

Then and now: Daniel was at the helm of the project, having played Harry in all eight films since he was 11

Fresh-faced: He was chosen to play The Boy Who Lived

Then and now: Daniel was at the helm of the project, having played Harry in all eight films since he was 11

Looking back: The main man himself confessed: 'Every part of my life is connected to Potter. My first kiss is connected to someone here, my first girlfriends were here...'

Looking back: The main man himself confessed: ‘Every part of my life is connected to Potter. My first kiss is connected to someone here, my first girlfriends were here…’

Starring: JK Rowling received just 10 mentions in the Harry Potter reunion with repeated clips from an interview she undertook in 2019 at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London (pictured in her archive footage)

Starring: JK Rowling received just 10 mentions in the Harry Potter reunion with repeated clips from an interview she undertook in 2019 at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London (pictured in her archive footage) 

The lead stars of the show discussed their paths to scooping the roles – with Emma admitted she was obsessed with playing Hermione after it became her ‘family’s thing’ to read the books, while it was revealed that Ron just ‘jumped off the page’ to Rupert – who called the book ‘a beautiful, intricate world’. 

Christopher spoke of seeing David Copperfield on the BBC and realising Daniel was perfect for the role, while archive footage of the 2019 interview with JK showed her speaking of nailing finding Daniel.  

As Emma, Daniel and Rupert reunited, they began speaking about their own lives in the world of Harry Potter, in what they branded a ‘surreal reunion’ where ‘no time had passed but so much time had passed’. 

Reflecting on how they had all aged and time passing, Rupert hilariously mentioned he had both health woes and referred to his baby with Georgia Groome: ‘I’ve had kidney stones and a baby so I’m feeling my age’.

Opening up: As the one-off special launches into a deep dive of the world of Harry, Daniel is seen meeting up with director Christopher Columbus in Dumbledore's office, the set at Leavesden Studios

Opening up: As the one-off special launches into a deep dive of the world of Harry, Daniel is seen meeting up with director Christopher Columbus in Dumbledore’s office, the set at Leavesden Studios

Reunited: Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint recalled growing up on the 'greatest playground in the world' in scenes released ahead of the reunion special

Reunited: Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint recalled growing up on the ‘greatest playground in the world’ in scenes released ahead of the reunion special

Leading lady: The lead stars of the show discussed their paths to scooping the roles - with Emma admitted she was obsessed with playing Hermione after it became her 'family's thing' to read the books

Sweet: Emma revealed she was determined to get the role

Leading lady: The lead stars of the show discussed their paths to scooping the roles – with Emma admitted she was obsessed with playing Hermione after it became her ‘family’s thing’ to read the books

On working with the child stars, Christopher insisted Emma was ‘the cleverest person on the whole set’, while she herself insisted she ‘is Hermione’ having connected deeply with the character: ‘Hermione made complete sense to me, I felt like I was this girl’, and admitted her family feared for her if she didn’t get the role. 

Behind the scenes shots showed filming for the first movie, including the group larking around and playing a slapping game with their hands – which Emma revealed they did ‘all the time’, to the point their hands were raw.

Tom meanwhile reflected on how the stars were unaware of the calibre of actors alongside them due to their young years, as he said: ‘I thought Richard Harris worked here as a tour guide for a while!’ 

Changes: Reflecting on how they had all aged and time passing, Rupert hilariously mentioned he had both health woes and referred to his baby with Georgia Groome: 'I've had kidney stones and a baby so I'm feeling my age'

Fresh-faced: It was claimed that Rupert 'was' Ron

Changes: Reflecting on how they had all aged and time passing, Rupert hilariously mentioned he had both health woes and referred to his baby with Georgia Groome: ‘I’ve had kidney stones and a baby so I’m feeling my age’

I'll be back: Christopher praised Daniel's acting and said he reduced him to tears at the end of Philosopher's Stone, when he bid farewell to Hogwarts but vowed to return

I’ll be back: Christopher praised Daniel’s acting and said he reduced him to tears at the end of Philosopher’s Stone, when he bid farewell to Hogwarts but vowed to return

The group admitted they were in the presence of ‘the cream of the British acting industry’. Christopher conceded the pre-teens ‘did not have the capability’ to know who they were in the presence of.  

Christopher praised Daniel’s acting and said he reduced him to tears at the end of Philosopher’s Stone, when he bid farewell to Hogwarts but vowed to return: ‘I get tears, I still get tears thinking about it’. 

Introductions are paid to both the Weasley and Malfoy families – showing the stark differences between the good and bad of the wizarding world – and how the group played out the respective families.

Star: Tom meanwhile reflected on how the stars were unaware of the calibre of actors alongside them due to their young years, as he said: 'I thought Richard Harris (second right) worked here as a tour guide for a while!'

Star: Tom meanwhile reflected on how the stars were unaware of the calibre of actors alongside them due to their young years, as he said: ‘I thought Richard Harris (second right) worked here as a tour guide for a while!’

Open: The group admitted they were in the presence of 'the cream of the British acting industry'. Christopher conceded the pre-teens 'did not have the capability' to know who they were in the presence of

Open: The group admitted they were in the presence of ‘the cream of the British acting industry’. Christopher conceded the pre-teens ‘did not have the capability’ to know who they were in the presence of

Mark Williams, who played Mr Weasley, sat in the set of The Burrow alongside James and Oliver Phelps, who played the Weasley twins, and Bonnie where they discussed playing the adoring family. 

On the evil side, Jason explained how he first auditioned for the role of hapless professor and author Gilderoy Lockhart – yet was soon turned to Lucius whose relationship with his son Draco was laid bare.

He said: ‘I’m convinced I got the role because I didn’t want it. I was about to play Captain Hook and I didn’t want to play two villains so I read through gritted teeth’. He explained Draco was a ‘sadistic bully’ due to his father.  

Happy days: Mark Williams, who played Mr Weasley, sat in the set of The Burrow alongside James and Oliver Phelps, who played the Weasley twins, and Bonnie where they discussed playing the adoring family

Happy days: Mark Williams, who played Mr Weasley, sat in the set of The Burrow alongside James and Oliver Phelps, who played the Weasley twins, and Bonnie where they discussed playing the adoring family

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban

Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

CHAPTER TWO: Coming Of Age. The stars of the movies then began looking at the grittier side of the franchise, when things took a turn in 2004’s Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and 2005’s Goblet Of Fire

CHAPTER TWO: Coming Of Age

Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire  

The stars of the movies then began looking at the grittier side of the franchise, when things took a turn in 2004’s Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban and 2005’s Goblet Of Fire 

Introducing yet another star into the mix, Daniel met up with Hollywood heavyweight Gary Oldman, who played his godfather Sirius Black, and they discussed working with director Alfonso Cuarón. 

Gary explained that having kids pointed him towards the books, while Alfonso noted the movie is a ‘coming of age’: ‘Harry is still a child in the first two… but then he turns 15 and there’s a cloud that surrounds him’.  

Exciting: Introducing yet another star into the mix, Daniel met up with Hollywood heavyweight Gary Oldman, who played his godfather Sirius Black, and they discussed working with director Alfonso Cuarón

Exciting: Introducing yet another star into the mix, Daniel met up with Hollywood heavyweight Gary Oldman, who played his godfather Sirius Black, and they discussed working with director Alfonso Cuarón

Rupert noted that: ‘Prisoner Of Azkaban felt like a whole new era, a much darker. It felt a lot more grown up’. 

Daniel then spoke to Emma and Rupert about his starstruck moment of meeting Gary and how he demanded his co-stars ‘don’t mess up’ in front of him – although confessed this was more an order of his own. 

Talk turned to the late Alan Rickman, as it was revealed that he he refused to reveal the fate of his Harry Potter character, Severus Snape, to the film’s director or to any of his co-stars.

Tough: Gary and Daniel discussed working with director Alfonso Cuarón

Tough: Gary and Daniel discussed working with director Alfonso Cuarón

Eerie: Rupert noted that: 'Prisoner Of Azkaban felt like a whole new era, a much darker. It felt a lot more grown up'

Eerie: Rupert noted that: ‘Prisoner Of Azkaban felt like a whole new era, a much darker. It felt a lot more grown up’

The actor, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 69, famously played the stern Hogwarts professor, who worked as one of Voldemort’s Death Eaters. It wasn’t until a plot twist in the final installment that fans discovered how Severus had been acting as a double agent in order to protect the series’ protagonist. 

Daniel revealed that Christopher would beg Alan to tell the story, saying ‘Why are you doing that like that?’ to which the Love Actually star would reply, ‘I’ll tell you later.’ Daniel then voiced a note perfect of the late star. 

The lead trio then spoke about the thrill of working with director Mike Newell on the fourth movie – noting his kindness and playfulness with the child stars. Daniel said: ‘Mike is this excited, loud, passionate man’, while Rupert stated: ‘I love Mike, he was great, it was almost like he was from the books;,. 

Shock: Talk turned to the late Alan Rickman, as it was revealed that he he refused to reveal the fate of his Harry Potter character, Severus Snape, to the film's director or to any of his co-stars

Shock: Talk turned to the late Alan Rickman, as it was revealed that he he refused to reveal the fate of his Harry Potter character, Severus Snape, to the film’s director or to any of his co-stars

Fighting it: Discussing filming the Yule Ball, all the stars admitted they struggled, with Emma saying she battled with having her 'Ugly Duckling moment', meaning she had to be trained by Mike in walking down the stairs

Fighting it: Discussing filming the Yule Ball, all the stars admitted they struggled, with Emma saying she battled with having her ‘Ugly Duckling moment’, meaning she had to be trained by Mike in walking down the stairs

James and Oliver spoke about when a fight with Mike while he instructed them on fighting in front of the Goblet Of Fire, led to Mike having his ribs broken.   

Aside from the fun and frolics on stage, the group spoke about how highly charged the hormones were on-set, with Daniel describing the movie as ‘peak hormone’ for him, as the students are all seen falling for one another for the first time – both on and off screen. 

Discussing filming the Yule Ball, all the stars admitted they struggled, with Emma saying she battled with having  her ‘Ugly Duckling moment’, meaning she had to be trained by Mike in walking down the stairs.  

She recalled: Emma was even seen recalling the exact moment that she 'fell in love' with her former co-star Tom during a tutoring session between filming. The actress - reminisced about her crush on Tom and vividly recalled him making her heart skip a beat for the first time - pictured during a tutoring session

She recalled: Emma was even seen recalling the exact moment that she ‘fell in love’ with her former co-star Tom during a tutoring session between filming. The actress – reminisced about her crush on Tom and vividly recalled him making her heart skip a beat for the first time – pictured during a tutoring session

'I used to come in every day and look for him': Emma Watson, 31, reveals she remembers the moment she fell in love with Harry Potter co-star Tom Felton, 34, as they share a hug during reunion special - which is set to air on New Year's Day

‘I used to come in every day and look for him’: Emma Watson, 31, reveals she remembers the moment she fell in love with Harry Potter co-star Tom Felton, 34, as they share a hug during reunion special – which is set to air on New Year’s Day  

Reunited: Tom flashed a wide smile as Emma hurried over to him

Embrace: They shared a loving hug

Reunited: Tom flashed a wide smile as Emma hurried over to him before they shared a loving hug

Emma was even seen recalling the exact moment that she ‘fell in love’ with her former co-star Tom during a tutoring session between filming. The actress – reminisced about her crush on Tom and vividly recalled him making her heart skip a beat for the first time.

The pair also shared a warm embrace as they hugged with delight while reuniting on camera in The Great Hall for the TV special. Tom was 14 years old when the first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001, while Emma was just 11. They both starred in all eight Harry Potter films.

She recalled: ‘I walked into the room where we were having tutoring. The assignment that had been given was to draw what you thought God looked like, and Tom had drawn a girl with a backward cap on a skateboard.

‘And I just don’t know how to say it – I just fell in love with him. I used to come in every day and look for his number on the call sheet, it was number seven, and if his name was on the call sheet, it was an extra exciting day.’

Mike spoke about the resurrection of Voldemort and why he cast Ralph Fiennes. Ralph revealed his niece urged him to play the supervillain – who he felt was ‘inhuman’ and snakelike.

Terrifying: Mike spoke about the resurrection of Voldemort and why he cast Ralph Fiennes. Ralph revealed his niece urged him to play the supervillain - who he felt was 'inhuman' and snakelike

Terrifying: Mike spoke about the resurrection of Voldemort and why he cast Ralph Fiennes. Ralph revealed his niece urged him to play the supervillain – who he felt was ‘inhuman’ and snakelike

CHAPTER THREE: The Light And Dark Within 

Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix and Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince  

Adding another superstar into the mix, Daniel then meets up with Helena Bonham Carter, who reveals she still has an autograph he signed which she keeps in her toilet. Daniel coyly admitted he had a soft spot for his 55-year old co-star, despite their 23-year age difference.

Reading his message aloud for the first time, he said: ‘Dear HBC, it was a pleasure being your co-star and coaster in the fact I always ended up holding your coffee. I do love you and I wish I’d just been born ten years earlier so I might’ve been in with a chance.’  

Helen and Gary are then seen discussing Bellatrix killing her cousin Sirius and a deleted scene showing a duel. The esteemed stars revealed they went to wand school to hone the choreography of the moves. 

Meet up: Adding another superstar into the mix, Daniel then meets up with Helena Bonham Carter, who reveals she still has an autograph he signed which she keeps in her toilet

Meet up: Adding another superstar into the mix, Daniel then meets up with Helena Bonham Carter, who reveals she still has an autograph he signed which she keeps in her toilet

On film number four, director David Yates was recruited when things became darker and more grown up.

The stars lauded David for helping draw out more intensity and explained that while the world was politicising, he was wanted to draw this into the movies and display that element.  

Showing the more pained real life side to their time on-screen, Emma and Rupert then revealed they nearly quit their acting roles in the franchise due to struggling with being child stars. 

After they were catapulted to stardom following the success of The Philosopher’s Stone in 2001, before the pair had even reached their teen years they struggled to adjust to their superstardom. 

Admitting to writing about being lonely in a diary entry at the time, the Beauty And The Beast star explained how ‘the fame thing had finally hit home in a big way’.

Hurt: Showing the more pained real life side to their time on-screen, Emma and Rupert then revealed they nearly quit their acting roles in the franchise due to struggling with being child stars

Hurt: Showing the more pained real life side to their time on-screen, Emma and Rupert then revealed they nearly quit their acting roles in the franchise due to struggling with being child stars

She confessed: ‘I think I was scared. I don’t know if you ever felt like it got to a tipping point where you were like, “This is kind of forever now.”‘ It was around the time of Order of the Phoenix when things started getting spicy for all of us,’ she continued of the 2007 blockbuster which she filmed aged 16.

Rupert chimed in: ‘I also had sort of similar feelings to Emma, contemplating what life would be like if I called it a day. We never really spoke about it. I guess we were just going through it at our own pace, we were kind of in the moment at the time. It just didn’t really occur to us that we were all probably kind of having similar feelings.’

Talk then turned to ‘the outsiders’ of the cast, with Evanna, who plays Luna Lovegood, revealing she was a pen friend of JK Rowling’s before she attended the open casting call for the role. 

Emma gushed about being ‘proud’ of Evanna, as well as Bonnie, who played Ginny in the franchise.  

Sweet: Talk then turned to 'the outsiders' of the cast, with Evanna, who plays Luna Lovegood, revealing she was a pen friend of JK Rowling's before she attended the open casting call for the role

Sweet: Talk then turned to ‘the outsiders’ of the cast, with Evanna, who plays Luna Lovegood, revealing she was a pen friend of JK Rowling’s before she attended the open casting call for the role

CHAPTER FOUR – Something Worth Fighting For  

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2 

As the franchise drew to a close with the final two movies, the group discussed how things changed for them in their more mature status as actors as well as their storylines intensifying.   

Rupert said: ‘Nobody can understand what we went through’.

Harry, Emma and Rupert were likened to astronauts by David Yates thanks to their joint experiences in becoming global superstars at the helm of the huge productions.

In anticipation of Hermione and Ron becoming romantically involved, Emma and Rupert discussed how they struggled to film their first kiss amid the Battle Of Hogwarts in the final movie. 

Rupert admitted that the audience were ‘desperate’ to see the duo kiss. 

An honour: Rupert said: 'Nobody can understand what we went through'

An honour: Rupert said: ‘Nobody can understand what we went through’

Emma recalled: ‘Kissing Rupert is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do because Dan, Rupert and I are so siblings’. She then confessed they kept ‘corpsing’ – a term for actors ruining scenes by laughing’. 

The cast and crew discussed the final scenes and the ‘spiritual’ elements of the final battle scene between Harry and Voldemort before a montage of adorable throwbacks shot up.  

Following their discussions of each film, the group all grew emotional as they rounded out the show. 

Rupert said: ‘I’m very proud to have been part of it, it was weird at the end. I lost track of who I was and who the character was. My name didn’t feel like my name and I only knew one thing – to play Ron’.

Emma went on: ‘It’s like we did the most extreme form of method acting. The way it feels for me now – I’m trying not to get emotional – it feels you you’re a pillar of my life’, while Rupert added that ‘they are family’. 

Eek! Emma recalled: 'Kissing Rupert is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do because Dan, Rupert and I are so siblings'. She then confessed they kept 'corpsing' - a term for actors ruining scenes by laughing'

Eek! Emma recalled: ‘Kissing Rupert is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do because Dan, Rupert and I are so siblings’. She then confessed they kept ‘corpsing’ – a term for actors ruining scenes by laughing’

Rupert then said: ‘I love you, as a friend – just to be clear’. 

Throwbacks showed the final scenes being filmed with all the stars weeping and holding each other, in a state of ‘utter devastation’. Emma said: ‘It was the first time we let ourselves realise we’d made it through’.

Daniel said: ‘Every part of my life is connected to Potter… it makes me proud’, while Emma said: ‘There’s something about Harry Potter that makes life richer. When things get really dark and times are really hard, stories give us places we can go where we can rest and we can be held’. 

Breaking down in tears, Emma said: ‘It was the best most amazing experience and I cant explain they’re such good people and they’re so kind and they took the responsibility so seriously and I appreciate that so much’. 

Rupert said: ‘They’re like family. We’re so intrinsically linked and they’re incredibly important to me.’

Fighting back tears, Daniel added: ‘There’s people on these films who are foundational to who I am, as a person, as an actor, I am so lucky to have the life I have and be able to work with the people I work with now 

An honour: Daniel said: 'Every part of my life is connected to Potter... it makes me proud'

An honour: Daniel said: ‘Every part of my life is connected to Potter… it makes me proud’

Stars tearfully remember ‘magic’ Alan Rickman, ’empathetic’ Helen McCrory, ‘twinkly’ Richard Harris and ‘generous’ Richard Griffiths during reunion show in memoriam 

The actors and cast behind the Harry Potter franchise remembered their late co-stars during an in memoriam section of the Harry Potter Return To Hogwarts reunion, which aired on Saturday.

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint led the tributes to the many stars they have lost over the past two decades, since the franchise launched with Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone – including Richard Harris, Alan Rickman and most recently Helen McCrory. 

Speaking about appearing on the reunion without their late stars, Emma said: ‘It’s obviously amazing to be back, but so many people we thought would be here for much longer like Helen and Alan and Richard’, while Rupert sadly echoed: ‘They’re like family, just gone too soon’.  

Speaking about working with such icons, Daniel said: ‘I feel really lucky to have some little bit of touch with the people who have passed… I’ll be very old one day and say I knew that absolute legend.’

Lost: Helen played the Draco Malfoy's mother and Lucius' wife in 2009's Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince and 2010 and 2011's Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2

Lost: Helen played the Draco Malfoy’s mother and Lucius’ wife in 2009’s Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince and 2010 and 2011’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2

HELEN MCCROY 

PLAYED: Narcissa Malfoy

DIED: April 2021, aged 52

Helen played Draco Malfoy’s mother and Lucius’ wife in 2009’s Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince and 2010 and 2011’s Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2. 

She passed away in April this year after a secret ‘heroic battle’ with cancer, her husband Damian Lewis confirmed at the time. The ‘beautiful and mighty’ actress died ‘peacefully’ at home surrounded by friends and family.

Speaking about Helen during the reunion, her on-screen husband and son, played by Jason Isaacs and Tom Felton, lauded the incredibly talented star following their stints with her on-screen. 

Jason said: ‘Helen McCroy played my wife. I said I think I’ve just seen the best actress I’ve ever seen in my life. I feel lucky to have worked with her and shared so much frankly adolescent laughter on the set. 

Speaking about his on-screen mum, Tom broke down as he emotionally said: ‘She taught me a lot. See I can’t even say it. She had this ability to show such empathy in her eyes. It was a real treat to work with her.’

Jason said: 'Helen McCroy played my wife. I said I think I've just seen the best actress I've ever seen in my life. I feel lucky to have worked with her and shared so much frankly adolescent laughter on the set.

Speaking about his on-screen mum, Tom broke down as he emotionally said: 'She taught me a lot. See I can't even say it. She had this ability to show such empathy in her eyes. It was a real treat to work with her.'

An honour: Speaking about Helen during the reunion, her on-screen husband and son, played by Jason Isaacs and Tom Felton, lauded the incredibly talented star following their stints with her on-screen

Shock: Alan played the cruel yet troubled Professor Snape across all eight movies, inciting fear and later sympathy in students as he kept his love for Harry's mother Lily hidden

Shock: Alan played the cruel yet troubled Professor Snape across all eight movies, inciting fear and later sympathy in students as he kept his love for Harry’s mother Lily hidden

ALAN RICKMAN 

PLAYED: Severus Snape  

DIED: January 2016, aged 69

Alan played the cruel yet troubled Professor Snape across all eight movies, inciting fear and later sympathy in students as he kept his love for Harry’s mother Lily hidden. 

He is ultimately killed by his master Lord Voldemort, after Harry discovered the sacrifices he made for him.  

In August 2015, Alan suffered a minor stroke, which led to the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He revealed that he had terminal cancer to only his closest confidants. On 14 January 2016, he died in London at the age of 69. 

Speaking about working with the acting icon, Emma said: ‘Alan Rickman never spoke to me like I was a child. He always took my thoughts and opinions very seriously which I was always very touched by.’

Ralph Fiennes meanwhile, who played Voldemort, said: ‘Alan was a very dear friend, and we had that final scene, his final scene. I was a little intimidated by his precision and his expert delivery of lines. We sort of went toe to toe in a funny way, Snape and Voldemort. Two actors fencing with each other. Alan was a magician in that way’. 

Speaking about working with the acting icon, Emma said: 'Alan Rickman never spoke to me like I was a child. He always took my thoughts and opinions very seriously which I was always very touched by'

An honour: Ralph Fiennes meanwhile, who played Voldemort, said: 'Alan was a very dear friend, and we had that final scene, his final scene. I was a little intimidated by his precision and his expert delivery of lineS'

Reaching out: Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger, and Ralph Fiennes, who played Voldemort, honoured Alan

Star: Esteemed actor Richard starred as the Hogwarts headmaster in 2001's Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and 2002's Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

Star: Esteemed actor Richard starred as the Hogwarts headmaster in 2001’s Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone and 2002’s Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets

RICHARD HARRIS

PLAYED: Albus Dumbledore 

DIED: October 2002, aged 72

Esteemed actor Richard starred as the Hogwarts headmaster in 2001’s Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone and 2002’s Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets. 

He famously revealed he was reluctant to take the role, but it was his 11-year-old granddaughter who begged him to reconsider, threatening never to talk to him again if he refused the role. ‘What could I do?’ moaned Harris. ‘I wasn’t going to let her down.’

After starring in two movies, he passed away in October 2002 at London’s University College Hospital, after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease that August. He had reportedly been hospitalised with pneumonia.  

Speaking about his on-screen legacy and what it was like to work with the legend, Emma said: ‘Richard Harris was such a special, warm person. He was so twinkly’. 

Director Christopher Columbus went on: ‘Richard Harris was classic – probably one of the funniest men I’ve ever met. He was this devilish 11-year-old trapped in a 70 plus year old man’s body. He just had this glint in his eye that made him the perfect Dumbledore by the way. He was brutally hilarious.’

Evil: Richard played the patriarch of Harry's cruel adoptive family The Dursleys. Starring as Uncle Vernon, he was vile to Harry throughout his upbringing in light of his magic powers

Evil: Richard played the patriarch of Harry’s cruel adoptive family The Dursleys. Starring as Uncle Vernon, he was vile to Harry throughout his upbringing in light of his magic powers

RICHARD GRIFFITHS 

PLAYED: Vernon Dursley 

DIED: March 2013, aged 65

Richard played the patriarch of Harry’s cruel adoptive family The Dursleys. Starring as Uncle Vernon, he was vile to Harry throughout his upbringing in light of his magic powers. 

The beloved star died aged 65 at University Hospital Coventry on 28 March 2013. His passing came following complications with heart surgery and was met with an outpouring of heartache from the acting world. 

Speaking about working with the star, producer David Heyman said: ‘Richard Griffiths was just delicious as Mr Dursley. He embraced his wickedness with such verve and passion’. 

Daniel meanwhile grew emotional as he said: ‘His passing was the one that effected me the most because he was generous with knowledge and just wanted to share everything with you’. 

A full list of the cast and crew lost over the past two decades then flashed up, listing: Timothy Bateson, Terence Bayler, Sam Beazley, Sheila Allen, Peter Cartwright, Derek Deadman, Hazel Douglas, Alfred Burke, Salo Gardner, Richard Griffiths, Robert Hardy, Jimmy Gardner, John Hurt, Robert Knox, Dave Legeno, Richard Harris, Margery Mason, Rik M ayall, Roger Lloud Pack, Paul Ritter, David Ryall, Helen McCroy, Alan Rickman, Eric Sykes, Verne Troyer, Mary Selway, Elizabeth Spriggs, Eric Sykes and Christoper Whittingham.  


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