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Harry Potter reunion FIRST LOOK Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint in Return To Hogwarts

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were seen in a first-look image from the upcoming Harry Potter reunion special, Return to Hogwarts.

In the shots, the stars of the highly successful fantasy film franchise were seen speaking to each other in a room that had been decorated to resemble the mythical location of Hogwarts.

The forthcoming special was initially announced to have been in the works last month, and it will have its premiere on the HBO Max streaming service in the New Year.

Back at it: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were seen in a first-look image from the upcoming Harry Potter reunion special, Return to Hogwarts

According to Entertainment Weekly, the new special ‘will share new details on the production through in-depth interviews and cast conversations.’

Return to Hogwarts will also feature appearances from numerous members of the franchise’s cast, including Helena Bonham Carter, Gary Oldman, Robbie Coltrane and Ralph Fiennes, among others. 

Chris Columbus, who directed the first film in the series, will also appear in the special. 

Hogwarts’ executive producer, Casey Patterson, also spoke to the media outlet and expressed that the featurette would likely please Harry Potter’s longtime fans.

New material: According to Entertainment Weekly , the new special 'will share new details on the production through in-depth interviews and cast conversations' (L-R Daniel, Rupert and Emma in 2001)

New material: According to Entertainment Weekly , the new special ‘will share new details on the production through in-depth interviews and cast conversations’ (L-R Daniel, Rupert and Emma in 2001)

‘There’s magic in the air here with this incredible cast, as they all return home to the original sets of Hogwarts, where they began 20 years ago,’ she said.

Patterson also expressed that the special would give longtime fans of the franchise an inside look into the production of the movies. 

‘The excitement is palpable as they prepare to take their fans on a very special and personal journey, through the making of these incredible films,’ she said. 

A trailer for the upcoming special was released on HBO Max’s official YouTube account last month.

First look: A trailer for the upcoming special was released on HBO Max's official YouTube account last month

Star: Daniel will revisit his role as the titular character, which shot him to worldwide fame (pictured in 2019)

First look: A trailer for the upcoming special was released on HBO Max’s official YouTube account last month

In the clip, fans were promised that the series’ ‘legendary cast’ would return ‘to where the magic started.’ 

The clip opens with an image of the vast clock at the front of Hogwarts before shooting to an image of the wizarding newspaper The Daily Prophet, with a front cover headline reading: ‘Hogwarts welcomes back alumni’.

Somebody who appears to be Emma dressed as wild-haired Hermione Granger moves the paper down to reveal the top of her head although it cannot be certain if the mystery star is definitely the brainbox.

The teaser then shoots to a suited Robbie Coltrane, who plays lovable giant Hagrid in the films, sitting in a London coffee shop, where he receives a letter – recognisable in paper and font as penmanship from Hogwarts.

Relive the magic: The forthcoming special was initially announced to have been in the works last month, and it will have its premiere on the HBO Max streaming service in the New Year

She's back: Hermione Granger star Emma Watson will be back for the special

Relive the magic: The forthcoming special was initially announced to have been in the works last month, and it will have its premiere on the HBO Max streaming service in the New Year

An address on the front reads: ‘Robbie Coltrane, The Coffee Shop, Chelsea’.

Next to receive an invitation is Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, as he holds his letter, looking at the Hogwarts coat of armour and looking confused.

Mark Williams, who depicts Mr Weasley, is then seen on what looks to be the Hogwarts Express while a hat clad female – seemingly Emma – is seen strutting down a bustling Platform 9 3/4, drawing the teaser to a close.

Several cast members took to their respective social media outlets to express their excitement for the special’s release.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling will not be joining the special amid much controversy surrounding her over the past few years after she tweeted about biological sex leading to backlash from the trans community. 

Future release: Return to Hogwarts is currently set to premiere on the HBO Max streaming service on January 1st

Return: Ron Weasley star Rupert Grint will relive the Harry Potter magic with his co-stars (pictured in 2019)

Future release: Return to Hogwarts is currently set to premiere on the HBO Max streaming service on January 1st

Return to Hogwarts is currently set to premiere on the HBO Max streaming service on January 1st.

Radcliffe recently spoke about the lasting effect of the franchise during an interview for a BBC documentary and pointed out via The Guardian that he was proud to have made an impression on millions of viewers.

‘The time in most people’s lives when they discovered it meant that it has an incredibly important place in a lot people’s childhoods, and they still feel very protective over it,’ he said.

Hagrid... is that you? The teaser features a suited Robbie Coltrane, who plays lovable giant Hagrid in the films, sitting in a London coffee shop, where he receives a letter - recognisable in paper and font as penmanship from Hogwarts

Hagrid… is that you? The teaser features a suited Robbie Coltrane, who plays lovable giant Hagrid in the films, sitting in a London coffee shop, where he receives a letter – recognisable in paper and font as penmanship from Hogwarts

Strutting her stuff: A hat clad female - seemingly Emma - is seen strutting down a bustling Platform 9 3/4, drawing the teaser to a close

Strutting her stuff: A hat clad female – seemingly Emma – is seen strutting down a bustling Platform 9 3/4, drawing the teaser to a close

The performer then expressed that he was particularly amused by the way that the Harry Potter films are watched by many of its now-older fans.

‘I have been told by several friends is that they are fantastic when people are hungover and feeling really crappy about themselves…it just takes them to a place of warmth and comfort,’ he said.

Radcliffe added: ‘That is so lovely to me. That is the real-world effect that a film can have on someone’s life. I think that is great.’ 

A different viewing experience: The performer then expressed that he was particularly amused by the way that the Harry Potter films are watched by many of its now-older fans

A different viewing experience: The performer then expressed that he was particularly amused by the way that the Harry Potter films are watched by many of its now-older fans


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