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From the golden trio’s return to moving Alan Rickman and Helen McCrory tributes: The best moments from Harry Potter: Return To Hogwarts special to take you on nostalgia trip

It’s finally here (Picture: HBO)

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for. To celebrate Harry Potter’s 20th anniversary, Daniel Radcliffe, Ruper Grint, Emma Watson, and the gang gathered to take us on a magical trip down memory lane.

The long-awaited Harry Potter reunion made its debut on New Year’s Day, a perfect watch for those nursing their hangover following last night’s festivities.

Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Robbie Coltrane, and Gary Oldman are just some of the cast getting involved, with Tom Felton, James and Oliver Phelps, Bonnie Wright, and Alfred Enoch also taking part in the most glorious throwback ever.

So for all the Potterheads out there who want to relive the magic (again) we’ve compiled a list of memorable moments from the highly-anticipated special.

Tissues at the ready.

Daniel, Rupert, and Emma catch up in the Gryffindor common room

We’ve imagined how this would look 1000 times in our heads (Picture: HBO MAX)

‘It feels like no time has passed and loads of time has passed,’ said Emma as the camera later panned a wide shot of co-stars Daniel and Rupert.

Our favourite trio sat in the centre of the Gryffindor common room and reflected on all the highs and lows that came with being a young child star in a multi-million-pound franchise.

And not that we expected anything less, their chemistry was instant and there was something so heart-warming about seeing the former besties pick reminiscing on the glory days.

The majority of us can freely admit we’ve been waiting for this moment for the longest time, Rupert however wasn’t so sure.

‘It doesn’t feel like we’ve earnt a reunion yet,’ he joked. ‘I have had kidney stones and a baby so time has obviously passed, I feel my age.’

The cast remember Alan Rickman, Helen McCory and more

The cast remembered Helen McCory, Alan Rickman, and more (Picture: Warner Bros)

One of the most touching moments during the hour and forty-five minute special was when the cast honoured the late Alan Rickman, Helen McCory, Richard Harris, and Richard Griffiths.

Harris, who played the OG Albus Dumbledore in Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber Of Secrets, died from pneumonia in 2002.

Director Chris Columbus described the late star as a ‘devilish 11-year-old trapped in a 70 plus year-old man’s body.’

Daniel later said that Griffiths’, who played the arrogant Vernon Dursley, death ‘affected’ him the most.

Rickman, who starred sarcastic Severus Snape, died in London in January 2016, after a private battle with cancer, while McCory died in April 2021 following her tragic battle with breast cancer.

A choked-up Tom struggled to find the words to describe his on-screen mother Narcissa Malfoy, but revealed working with him was the biggest ‘treat.’

While Ralph (Lord Voldermort) revealed he felt intimated by Rickman’s ‘precision and expert delivery of lines.’

The tear-jerking segments concluded with the message that read: ‘In loving memory of,’ which followed the names of stars that were associated with the fantasy film.

The Weasleys return to The Burrow

Think we can agree the Weasley house was definitely the coolest (Picture: HBO)

James, Oliver, Bonnie joined Mark Williams in the kitchen of their captivating yet overly cluttered Burrow.

The Weasley family were a strong unit that exuded warmth and comfort among the chaos, so this moment was a delight for fans to witness.

Julie Walters, who played Molly Weasley was absent during the get-together, however, the rest of the family took turns to discuss her fiery mother-bear presence on set.

‘Being a Weasley was the best part of Harry Potter’, said Bonnie.

‘I felt so special having that extra family and all of the scenes we got on top of everything else.’

Gary Oldman and Daniel Radcliffe’s moment in the potions room

We feel you Daniel (Picture: Sky TV)

We still haven’t forgiven Bellatrix Lestrange for casting that deadly spell on Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black in Order of The Phonix, but this moment made us want to re-watch the fifth film all over again just to see Harry and Sirius’ relationship at its best.

Daniel expressed his admiration for the The Dark Knight actor since the age of 14, to which Emma recalled very well.

‘I remember you giving me the Gary chat’, she joked.

‘You were like “Emma you need to be cool, Gary Oldman is a really big deal and you need to be cool.”‘

‘I think that was projection of my own fears,’ Daniel quipped.

Goblet of Fire director’s fight with the Weasley twins left him with ‘cracked ribs

Just another day on set (Picture:HBO)

Roughly 30 minutes into the fourth installment, the troublesome twins attempt to put their names in the Goblet of Fire with the hopes of participating in the dangerous triwizard tournament, but it ultimately backfired and turned Fred and George’s facial hair grey.

This later resulted in them both fighting, but director Mike Newall wanted more from them and decided to show them how it’s done, and that didn’t go down too smoothly either.

‘Well of course I was a tubby 60-year-old gent at that stage and I really shouldn’t have done it,’ explained Mike.

‘I remember gripping him around the waist and trying to fling him about and cracked a few ribs.

‘So I was in absolute agony from then on. Of course the wonderful thing was I had made a complete twit of myself and everybody felt much better.’

Talk about throwing yourself into the work.

Hormones at Hogwarts

The Goblet of Fire triggered some deep emotions behind the scenes (Picture:Warner Bros)

Back to The Goblet of Fire again, and the cast sheepishly shared what it felt like dealing with matters of the heart for the first time.

Daniel explained certain feelings crept up during filming when the Beauxbatons arrived elegantly in unison in The Great Hall.

He said: ‘You had a bunch of hormonal teenagers and they bring in two massive groups of new people,and all of them are purposefully hot for that film, so it was all kicking off.’

‘There were crushes, people went out with each other and broke up, just like you did in school,’ added Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom.)

While Emma took the moment to let everyone know that despite the ongoing rumours, nothing romantic ever happened between her and co-star Tom (Draco Malfoy) but she did brand her filming days ‘extra exciting’ when she knew he was around.

The perfect post-New Year’s Eve watch (Picture:HBO)

The reunion has been out for a few hours, but naturally devoted fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

One wrote: ‘Just finished watching the harry potter reunion special, my heart is full of emotions now.I think me and many others would still go to watch Harry Potter movies if they ever get released in theatres again and will be as excited as ever.

While another added: ‘After all this time? ALWAYS.

‘I needed this we needed this a good cry this emotional and lovely ride of nostalgia Our whole childhood was with #HarryPotter These actors giving each other hug in this reunion, I could feel the warmth all this was so so special.’

Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts is available to stream on Sky Showcase and NOW TV.


Credit: Original article published here.

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