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‘Return to Hogwarts’ Harry Potter reunion special drops official trailer

Back to where it all began, with appearances from Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint

By Ella Kemp

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Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radliffe in the Harry Potter 20th anniversary special (Credit: HBO)

The Harry Potter stars have all made an appearance in a new trailer for the 20th anniversary special Return to Hogwarts.

HBO Max will be releasing the one-off TV event on New Year’s Day, featuring interviews with all the core cast members from the beloved franchise.

An official description for Return to Hogwarts reads: “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts invites fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time as it reunites Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and other esteemed cast members and filmmakers across all eight Harry Potter films for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Check out the new trailer here:

The new trailer features more cast members from the franchise, including Helena Bonham Carter, Bonnie Wright, Ralph Fiennes and more.

Return to Hogwarts also promises never-seen-before clips from the films as well as interviews with all core cast members.

The books’ author J.K. Rowling remains notably absent from the teasers, following an initial one released earlier this month. 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.