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‘Harry Potter’ reunion special fixes mistake with Emma Watson photo

Fans noticed that a childhood photo of Watson in the show was actually of 'American Horror Story' star Emma Roberts

By Will Richards

Rupert Grint and Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe are seen seated in Gryffindor's common room
From left to right: Rupert Grint; Emma Watson; Daniel Radcliffe. (Picture: HBO)

A mistake in the new ‘Harry Potter’ reunion special has been fixed by HBO, after a childhood photo of star Emma Watson was revealed to be a snap of Emma Roberts.

Soon after the release of ‘Return To Hogwarts‘, which sees the cast of ‘Harry Potter’ reunite to celebrate 20 years of the film series, fans noticed that a throwback photo presumed to be of Watson, who played Hermione Grainger in the films, was actually of the ‘American Horror Story’ star.

Another mistake was also spotted, with twins James and Oliver Phelps (who played George and Fred Weasley), being wrongly identified in a talking head segment of the show.

Fixing the mistake, HBO said in a statement: “Well spotted Harry Potter fans! You brought an editing mistake of a mislabeled photograph to our attention. New version is up now.”

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‘Return To Hogwarts’ (Photo: HBO)

Referencing the mistake on Instagram, Oliver Phelps joked: “I guess after all those pranks over the years somebody decided to get their revenge.

“It was fantastic to be part of the HP reunion. Hope you all enjoyed it.”

Elsewhere in the special, Watson opened up about planning to quit the series half-way through, saying: “I think I was scared,” she said. “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’.”

The books’ author J.K. Rowling was notably absent from the show, after she was not included in a series of teasers. Her only appearance in the show is via archive footage from a 2019 interview, and while the official reason for her absence is yet to be confirmed, the author has faced criticism in recent years due to comments about transgender people.

Meanwhile, director Chris Columbus admitted he would be interested in returning to the series to direct a film based on Broadway spinoff The Cursed Child.

The filmmaker, who first directed the first film in the franchise in 2001, has reflected on the franchise’s universe 20 years on and noted he’s ready to direct a screen version of the Broadway hit.

The story takes place 19 years after the events of ‘The Deathly Hallows’ and follows Harry and his younger son Albus Severus Potter, who is about to begin his time at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.