Harry Potter’s Reunion Special Teases First Look At The Returning Cast, And I'm Pumped

 It’s been a full decade since we last saw the Harry Potter movie cast together on the screen and it’s been more than 20 years since we were first introduced to them. Between the books and the movies the harry Potter series has been, and continues to be, such a big part of the lives of many fans, and so you can almost feel the excitement building for the upcoming HBO Max reunion special. And now the streaming service is teasing fans even more. 

A new teaser for the special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is now here and once again some very special people are receiving some very special invitations that are leading to them to a very special train.  

The trailer gives few actual looks at the cast. We see Mark Williams who played Arthur Weasley on the train, and we see an invitation written to Robbie Coltrane, though we don't get a clear look at him. We get some teases of a young woman who is likely just a stand in actress representing Emma Watson, and not actually her. Unless Evanna Lynch is no longer blond. 

It's hard to not to get exited. While the teaser doesn't show us any of the big names from the films, the full list of who will be on hand is absolutely massive and it's clear this special is going to include just about anybody who could possibly appear. The full confirmed appearance list includes:

  • 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
  • Alfred Enoch
  • Matthew Lewis
  • Evanna Lynch

Of course, there are a few names conspicuous be their absence. Richard Harris died during the production of the franchise, and the role of Dumbledore had to be taken over by Michael Gambon, whose name is also not on the current list of appearances. And of course there's Alan Rickman who died in 2016. Without Snape there will certainly be a hole in this reunion, but it seems quite likely there will be many conversations about Alan Rickman by the cast that is there. 

It will likely be an emotional reunion for many involved. While we know the actors have largely kept in touch over the last decade, it certainly has been that long since this many of them have been in one place and that's going to change the dynamic in a significant way. We've heard so many stories about the making of these movies but there must be so many more left to hear.

While the Harry Potter movies have been jumping around streaming services for the last couple years, they're all currently available on HBO Max, and that means if fans want to do a post-Christmas marathon of all eight movies ahead of the special, that can be done, and one can bet more than a few people will do just that.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.