‘Harry Potter’ stars, but not JK Rowling, to reunite in TV special
LOS ANGELES – “Harry Potter” stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint will reunite with other cast members from the blockbuster franchise for a special 20th anniversary TV series, Warner Bros. on Tuesday.
But “Harry Potter” creator J.K. Rowling won’t be among those making personal appearances on the show.
Robbie Coltrane, who has played Hagrid, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), director Chris Columbus and other stars of eight films will join the formers. child actor of “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts” is set in London, where the first film was made.
The special will air January 1 on the HBO Max streaming platform. Warner Bros and HBO are owned by AT&T Inc.
The flashback will see the cast return to the original Hogwarts boarding school that was featured in the first film “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” (“The Sorcerer’s Stone” in the UK) released in September. 11 year 2001.
The series based on Rowling’s stories about an orphan boy with magical powers has grossed an estimated $7.8 billion at the global box office.
Rowling’s name was not included in Tuesday’s announcement but she will appear in archival footage that will be shown in the special, a source familiar with the matter said.
Rowling’s comments on transgender issues over the last year have been a source of controversy, with some in the LGBTQ2S+ community accusing her of transphobia.
The TV special is among a number of 20th anniversary events planned by Warner Bros., including a Potter fan TV quiz contest hosted by Helen Mirren, that will feature an appearance. by several famous actors and fans including comedians Pete Davidson and Jay Leno.