Harry Potter stars celebrate 20 years of Hogwarts on screen – but JK Rowling is nowhere in sight

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Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe will look back at their magical journey at Hogwarts. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe will look back at their magical journey at Hogwarts. (PHOTO: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The stars of the Harry Potter movies, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will be reunited for the TV special, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, celebrating the 2001 release of the first film in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

The special will premiere on HBO Max on New Year’s Day will see the beloved trio reunite with director Chris Columbus and other cast members from all eight Harry Potter films.

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"This retrospective is a tribute to everyone whose life was touched by this cultural phenomenon — from the talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into this extraordinary film franchise, to the passionate fans who continue to keep the Wizarding World spirit alive 20 years later,” said Warner Bros' Tom Ascheim, president of the studio's Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics division.

Fans were delighted at the news of the reunion, saying it would be the best way to start 2022.

Harry Potter creator JK Rowling, will not be featured in the special.

The author  last year caused an uproar last year with transphobic comments which were slammed by the stars of the Harry Potter films.

Daniel said, transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either [Rowling] or I.

Rowling will only be shown in archival footage in the special, a source told People magazine.

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Fans are split on whether Rowling's exclusion is fair, given that she's the creator of the series, and they have been asking where the Harry Potter actors loyalties lie. Author John Boyne said if he was in the trio's shoes, he wouldn't have taken part in the special.

Rowling has yet to comment on the special, or her absence from it.


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