TV: Harry Potter 20th Anniversary – Return to Hogwarts

Premiered: January 1, 2022

On: HBO Max

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfie Enoch, Ian Hart, Toby Jones, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch, David Heyman, Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, David Yates, J.K. Rowling & Stephen Fry

It’s hard to believe 20 years have passed since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – or Sorcerer’s Stone for the Americans – landed in theaters, but to commemorate this milestone, some of the biggest names in the Harry Potter franchise have come together to reflect on its epic decade of creation.

Potterheads better have their tissues ready because this reunion will bring up many emotions. Watching leads Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson reunite in the Gryffindor common room is enough to give you the chills. Moments like Robbie Coltrane’s reflection on the future or Tom Felton’s tribute to his late-onscreen mother Helen McCrory are beautifully done.

While there are few things to knock, viewers may wish that this had been even longer or a series, especially when so many more actors could’ve returned.

Final say: The magic never fades. ★★★★★

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