Over the past few years, we have been witnesses to a resurgence of classic Hollywood franchises making their way back into popular culture. From iconic superhero classics such as Spider-Man to more niche projects like Wet Hot American Summer, production studios have been seeing massive success revisiting these timeless works and introducing them to a whole new generation of viewers unlike ever before. As a result virtually every production company in Hollywood is clamoring to revisit some of their most memorable projects, with the latest example of that returning to one of the biggest Hollywood franchises ever after two decades. This week HBO unveiled the official trailer for Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts which sees the three stars of the iconic Harry Potter franchise reunite to relive the memories in a momentous one night special.
Based upon a series of books by author J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter franchise follows a young Daniel Radcliffe as the film’s titular star as he learns of magical powers he was born with and subsequently embarks on a journey to learn how to harness them. Eight films and nearly a quarter of a century since Rowling released the first novel, and Harry Potter is considered one of the most iconic franchises in the history of film. While it would be almost impossible to completely reboot the franchise quite yet, fans of the incredible franchise are in for a treat with the latest HBO Max special set to release at the top of the year. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts sees Radcliffe sit down with his former co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint to relive the many memorable experiences they had while working on the Harry Potter franchise, and this week HBO gave us our first taste of the reunion special. In the trailer for Return to Hogwarts, we see and hear the three aforementioned stars and many others reflect upon the importance of the Harry Potter franchise to their individual lives as well as the overall ethos of Hollywood in establishing such a franchise and paving the way for countless films to follow. You can see the trailer for Return to Hogwarts below, and you can catch the Harry Potter reunion special exclusively on HBO Max on January 1st.
Many of us have very fond memories of watching Harry Potter as children, and Return to Hogwarts marks the first time the franchise has been revisited in twenty years. This reunion certainly marks a special occasion, and it will be enthralling to hear all of the behind-the-scenes stories the cast may have to offer when it premieres. Diehard Harry Potter fans and HBO Max subscribers can find out for themselves when Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts hits the streaming service at the top of 2022.