Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were the main stars of the film franchise
Hang on to your sorting hat, the original cast from the Harry Potter series gather onscreen to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
The TV special, titled Return to Hogwarts, airs January 1 on HBO Max in the US and Sky and its streaming service Now in the UK.
Franchise stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, and their castmates, join first-movie director Chris Columbus at the reunion to discuss the eight films in depth.
As children, the trio saw their lives transformed by their wizarding roles as Harry Potter (Radcliffe), Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, in the big-screen adaptation of JK Rowling’s blockbuster children’s fantasy book series. .
The author is not listed to appear at the special event, but will appear in archive footage.
The reunion announcement comes exactly 20 years to the day since the first film was released on November 16, 2001. The last opus, Deathly Hallows Part 2, hit theaters in 2011.
Here’s what the main stars, and some of the other actors, have been up to since they burst onto the scene as young stars.
1. Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter
First seen on the big screen at the age of 12 as the bespectacled face of the Harry Potter franchise, Radcliffe strikingly resembled Rowling’s main character.
He quickly became synonymous with his role of ‘Boy Who Lived’ and, as a central figure in the money-making franchise, quickly found himself on the list of highest paid actors under 30. .
Radcliffe mocked her position as a clumsy hormonal teenage superstar in a 2006 episode of Ricky Gervais’ Extras. He later took on daring roles on stage and on screen as well.
This included the role of Alan Strang in the 2007 West End production of Peter Shaffer’s Equus, which required him to perform certain scenes naked and fake sex with a horse.
“It’s an incredible role for a young actor. He’s taking a big risk,” said British actor Richard E Grant, then 17.
After the last Potter film in 2011, Radcliffe went on to star in The Woman in Black and Kill Your Darlings films.
He then joined the ensemble cast of Shane Carruth’s The Modern Ocean – alongside Anne Hathaway and Keanu Reeves – in 2015, but the epic remains unfinished.
Since Harry Potter, the actor, now 32, has mostly moved away from blockbusters, instead, taking roles in smaller film projects such as the thriller Guns Akimbo, Victor Frankenstein and Escape. from Pretoria.
Last year, he also appeared on Netflix’s interactive special for the sitcom Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
2. Emma Watson – Hermione Granger
As the youngest of the main trio, Emma Watson was only 11 when she was first seen onscreen as Hermione Granger.
Her career beyond Potter has been varied, starring the critically acclaimed Perks of Being a Wallflower, the 2019 film adaptation of Little Women, and portraying Belle in the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Wife. Stupid.
However, Watson also made headlines by avoiding taking action.
Describing herself as a “true nerd,” she signed up to study English Literature at Brown, Ivy League University in the United States, in 2009.
Watson told Interview Magazine that she took the step in part to make up for the school life she missed as a child.
– Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) May 25, 2014
Speaking about student life as a world star with The Sunday Times, she said: âOn the first day I walked into the canteen and everyone went completely silent and turned to look at meâ¦ I had to stand. say, ‘It’s okay, you can do it.’
After taking a year to complete filming Deathly Hallows, the actress graduated in 2014.
A passionate activist, the star’s role as a UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador saw her named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015.
She has championed being a single woman at the age of 30, rallying to an “influx of subliminal messages” imposed on women by society in an interview with British Vogue in 2019.
Last year, she denied reports that she was planning to step away from comedy.
3. Rupert Grint – Ron Weasley
Grint’s turn as the adorable thug Ron endeared him to a lot, but the star distanced himself largely from the films after the Potter series concluded.
An appearance in Ed Sheeran’s 2011 Lego House music video marked a boom in public life, followed by movie roles including 2015’s Into the White and Moonwalkers, among others.
Grint also appeared on stage, landing a starring role in the 2014 Broadway production It’s Only A Play, alongside Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane.
But aside from small, intermittent roles on shows such as Snatch, the ABC murders and Servant, he has mostly focused on investing his savings in a large property portfolio, estimated at Â£ 24million according to HELLO. ! magazine.
The star, 33, also made headlines last year when he unexpectedly revealed he was a father – posting a photo with his baby girl and also marking his Instagram debut.
Calling himself “Grint on the Gram,” he joked that he was “only 10 years late” to register on the social media platform.
4. Tom Felton – Draco Malfoy
After finishing as the resident tyrant of Hogwarts, Felton jumped straight into another big-budget production, playing equally villainous Dodge Landon in Planet of the Apes in 2011.
He has since focused more on television projects, holding roles in Murder in the First, The Flash and appearing as Logan in the original YouTube Origin series.
Felton also devoted time to another artistic passion – music. He appeared in the video for James Arthur’s Empty Space in 2018 and has released a number of his own tracks since 2008, including the EP YoOHoO earlier this year.
The 34-year-old continues to embrace his Potter past, responding to fans as Draco on social media and even renouncing his Slytherin allegiance to disguise himself as Harry for Halloween last month.
“Is this what going back to school looks like?” âHe wrote on Twitter after the announcement of the reunion.
5. Matthew Lewis – Neville Longbottom
Since playing the goofy and unsuspecting hero Neville Longbottom – a big fan favorite – Lewis has taken on a number of roles in television, film and theater.
He appeared on the BBC’s Happy Valley and Death in Paradise, before landing a role in the 2016 romantic film Me Before You, and currently appears in Chanel 5’s All Creatures Great and Small.
The Potter franchise, however, retained a positive impact on his life. He married his longtime girlfriend Angela Jones in 2018, after the couple met at a Celebration of Harry Potter event at Universal Studios in Orlando, where Jones worked.
Far from acting, Lewis, now 32, hosts a podcast on Leeds United with former club striker Jermaine Beckford.
Reacting to the news of the reunion, he posted: “This New Year’s Dayâ¦ we’re getting the band back together.”