It has been twenty years since Harry Potter, and the Sorcerer’s Stone hit theatres? Holy crap! Well, I guess that makes the series officially retro now. But, of course, anything retro can be mined to the extreme! So HBO Max will be taking us back to wizarding school with the upcoming Return to Hogwarts reunion.
It will be interesting to see which stars think the franchise has helped or harmed their careers. The retrospective packed with cast and crew interviews will kickoff on the streaming service on January 1st, 2022.
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson join filmmaker Chris Columbus and other esteemed cast members across all eight Harry Potter films as they travel back to Hogwarts for the first time to celebrate the anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which premiered 20 years ago today. The retrospective special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will tell an enchanting making-of story through all-new in-depth interviews and cast conversations, inviting fans on a magical first-person journey through one of the most beloved film franchises of all time.
Personally, I didn’t watch the first film until it hit DVD. For a couple of years before that, I worked in a book store and had my fill of Harry Potter. I liked the books well enough, but being in the South, we often had to deal with religious customers who demanded we remove the book series from the store. As a result, we had to kick many an angry Karen out during 1998 and 1999.
Yeah… I missed those days when vocal minorities had very little power over movies, TV, and every other form of creativity.
What are your first memories of the Harry Potter franchise on film? Did you see the first movie in theatres? Let us know in the comments section below.
[Source: HBO Max]
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