Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts (TV Special) Review

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts poster

I actually didn’t get into the Harry Potter movie series until 2010. After watching most of the movies, I was compelled to read the all the books and absolutely loved it all. It does make me feel old to think the first film came out twenty years ago.

Emma Watson Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

The special doesn’t add a single new addition to the Harry Potter storyline at all. Just like what HBO Max did with The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and the sitcom Friends, this is a chance for the cast to reunite and reminisce about the old times on set which lasted about a decade.

Daniel Radcliffe emma Watson Rupert Grint Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

Obviously we’ll see Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint talk about their time as the legendary Harry Potter, the super smart Hermione Granger, and the unbelievably lucky Ronald Weasley, but most of the surviving cast members are here too as well. It’s not just about the big three.

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Many of the former “students” of Hogwarts to the older cast members are all mostly here. You also get to see former directors and producers who helped make the world Harry Potter. You’ll definitely learn a lot of things you didn’t know about the actors and the movies, especially from the directors.

Tom Felton hugging Emma Watson Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

To be honest, I absolutely loved this reunion special. This Ravenclaw will be brave enough to admit that he cried quite a few times too. There are a few notable absences in this TV special such as Michael Gambon who played Dumbledore, which is a little disappointing. I’m very glad I already had HBO Max, because I definitely would have signed up just for this.

Score: A-

Published by Adam (Neko Random)

Nerdy guy who loves video games, movies, history, tv, and trivia.

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