Harry Potter fans were in for a real treat when the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2022.
In celebration of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’s 20th anniversary, HBO Max released the highly-anticipated and overly nostalgic special titled Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.
This is the first time since the end of the eight film that the trio — Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint — who played Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley, respectively, were in the same room.
From interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, fans were transported back to the magical world once more.
Here are some of the best moments from the reunion:
Emma Watson almost didn’t finish the films
In a very transparent moment, Watson admitted that she considered removing herself from the final few films. She reflected on her mental state during the time period admitting that she was very lonely and isolated. She explained that Grint and Radcliffe had each other, Felton had his Slytherin’s, but she was the only female and had no one to lean on.
She also felt the weight of the the fame on her shoulders and said it was “scary” that the franchise was going to live “forever,” which added an immense amount of pressure.
However, Watson vied for the role after becoming a fan of the books. She was Hermione, and thus, she found it in herself to finish out the films for the fans.
Her co-stars admitted that they had similar moments of uncertainty but they never shared them with her.
Alan Rickman knew the plot
The reunion paid tribute to the dearly departed actors that made the franchise such a success, including the late Alan Rickman, who played the striking Professor Snape.
In one of the scenes, Radcliffe reconnects with Gary Oldman, who played Sirius Black, who admits that he wished he knew his character arc from beginning to end.
Radcliffe then informed him that Rickman knew everything about his character’s trajectory.
“He had the inside line,” Radcliffe admitted, adding: “He very, very early said to Jo (J.K. Rowling), he was like, ‘I think I need to know what happens.’ And he never told Chris [Columbus], never told anyone. Chris would literally say to him, ‘Why are you doing that like that?’ He’d say, ‘I’ll tell you later.’”
Rickman was able to portray Snape with so much subtext because he knew the final destination all along, and that might be the most beautiful thing in the world.
Emma Watson and Tom Felton love each other
As the cast revealed, there were a loooot of hormones on the set of the fourth and fifth film when the characters are really coming into their teenager years. And that means that there were bound to be some on-set crushes!
There has always been an unspoken love between Watson and Tom Felton, who played Slytherin Draco Malfoy, and the two of them addressed the elephant in the room during the reunion.
Watson explained that she “fell in love with him” when they were given an assignment to draw what they thought God looked like and “Tom had drawn a girl with a backward cap on a skateboard.”
She said she would come in and look for his name on the call sheet, and if she spotted the lucky number 7, she knew it was going to be an “extra exciting day.”
Felton, however, was a few years older than Watson, so he looked at her as a little sister.
“Emma and I have always loved each other, really,” Felton said noting that he became “very protective” of her.
“I’ve always had a soft spot for her, and that continues to the day,” he said.
While there is plenty of love between them, Watson clarified that nothing romantic has ever happened between them. But their friendship and love for each other does make us blush a little.
Daniel Radcliffe reveals his surprising crush
Again, it’s all about those connections on the set of Harry Potter! Radcliffe reunited with the force that is Helena Bonham Carter. There’s no denying that she gave her character, Bellatrix Lestrange, her all.
While fans were definitely in awe of her portrayal, Radcliffe got an up-close look. And based on the note he wrote her at the end of filming, he was entranced by her!
In addition to her teeth, Carter dug up the letter and had Radcliffe read it out loud.
“Dear HBC, it was a pleasure being your co-star and coaster in the sense that I always ended up holding your coffee. I do love you and I just wish I’d been born 10 years earlier. I might’ve been in with a chance. Lots of love and thanks for being cool,” Radcliffe read and blushed.
We don’t blame him for shooting his shot!
Kissing on-screen isn’t magical at all
While fans rooted for Ron and Hermione to end up together, filming that iconic kiss wasn’t all that it was cracked up to be. In fact, it was a lot less magical on set because the actors had a sibling bond.
Watson called the kissing scene “the most horrifying thing either of us has ever had to go through.”
“Kissing Rupert was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, she said, adding, “It just felt wrong, so wrong on any level because Dan, Rupert and I are so much siblings.”
Grint agreed noting that he “blacked out” for the moment.
The behind-the-scenes footage shows the duo laughing throughout the filming because they couldn’t take it serious.
Later on, Grint tells Watson that he “loves her” but clarifies that it isn’t in a romantic way.
Leave it to Ron to make things awkward even during a sweet and sentimental moment!
There were plenty of other great moments including the search for the real Harry Potter (the directors pursued Dan!), the late Richard Harris who played the original Dumbledore believing that Fawkes was a real bird rather than an animatronic, the making of Voldemort (his nose was removed via CGI), Jason Issaac’s almost nabbing another role, the cast doing all their own stunts, James Phelps’ tussle with a director that left him with broken ribs, and so much more!
You can watch the reunion on HBO Max now!
Netflix Changes ‘YOU’ Season 4 Release Date
Joe Goldberg will grace your screen earlier than expected.
Netflix previously announced that YOU Season 4 Part 1 would drop on February 10, 2023, but now, the streaming giant revealed that it will arrive a day earlier on Thursday, Feb 9.
Part 2 of the season will debut a month later on Thursday, March 9.
The official Instagram account revealed that they would be dropping fun sneak peeks for fans on the following days: Nov. 24, Dec 1, Dec 15, Dec 18, Dec 25, Dec 31, Jan 5, and Jan 10.
It’s almost like the “12 days of Joe-mas” or a YOU advent calendar!
“Mark your calendar. 🗓 Professor Jonathan Moore looks forward to seeing you this semester,” the Instagram video caption read, alluding to the fact that Joe Goldberg has once again assumed a new identity as a Professor.
Check out the clip below:
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In the new season, Joe has created a new life for himself in London, where he’s naturally become obsessed with yet another beautiful woman, an art gallery director named Kate (played by Charlotte Ritchie). And yes, he’s still pursuing his quest of finding Marienne (Tati Gabrielle).
And from experience, expect things to get very, very, very complicated.
See you Feb 9!
Freddie Prinze Jr. Is Back! Everything We Know About the ‘Christmas With You’ Heartthrob
Freddie Prinze Jr., the ’90s heartthrob, is back on our TV screens in Netflix’s newest holiday rom-com, Christmas With You.
In the film, Prinze Jr. stars as a Latino single father, Miguel Torres, who teaches music class at his daughter Cristina’s (Deja Monique Cruz) school when his path unexpectedly crosses with Angelina (Aimee Garcia), a burnt out popstar looking for her next Christmas hit.
The actor, who starred in hits like She’s All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer, admitted he felt pretty nervous getting back into the swing of things, but thankfully, it seems to be paying off as the film is being well-received by audiences for it’s heartwarming and important message.
And now, we’re answering some of your burning questions about the leading man!
What Ethnicity is Freddie Prinze Jr.?
Since Prinze Jr. stars as a Hispanic father, the question of his ethnicity has come up quite frequently. The star reportedly embraces his Latin ancestry as his paternal grandmother was Puerto Rican, from Boquerón, so he is fluent in Spanish. His mom is of Italian descent, along with German, English, and Irish.
Does Freddie Prinze Jr. Have Kids?
Prinze Jr. shares two children with his wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar—13-year-old Charlotte Grace Prinze and 10-year-old Rocky James Prinze.
In fact, the actor told TODAY that his return to acting has a lot to do with his daughter, stating, “My daughter has taken an interest in acting and performing, dance and things like that. So both my wife and I wanted to take a more active role to show her the way, so to speak, because we have very different processes (with) the way we deal with success and failure, rejection and acceptance and all those things.
“We wanted to give her an opportunity to see that it’s not just being famous, limousines and millions of dollars and all that. It requires a lot of sacrifice and a lot of hard work, time away from the people you love,” he added.
Freddie Prinze Jr. Age
Since many of us grew up watching Prinze Jr. in the ’90s and early ’00s, we still think of him as this teen actor, but the truth is that he is 46 years old.
Freddie Prinze Jr. Wife
As mentioned before, Prinze Jr. wed his Scooby-Doo co-star, Sarah Michelle Gellar, in 2002. In fact, the couple met on the set of 1997’s I Know What You Did Last Summer, but didn’t start dating until a few years later in 2000.
They recently celebrated their 20th anniversary together, with Gellar sharing a sweet photo from the nuptials in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Instagram.
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Who Plays Freddie Prinze Jr.’s Love Interest on Christmas With You?
Aimee Garcia, best known for her role as Jamie Batista in Showtime’s Dexter, takes on the role of Prinze Jr.’s love interest and pop sensation Angelina Chavez Torres, who visits the small town where Prinze Jr’s character, Miguel, lives with his daughter, who is preparing for her quinceanera. Her big holiday wish? To meet the pop star who remains the only connection to her late mom.
Christmas With You is currently airing on Netflix.
How to Watch All the New Year’s Eve 2023 Specials
It’s almost time to ring in 2023, and if your idea of a perfect New Year’s Eve includes sitting at home and watching all the action from the comfort of your couch, we got you!
There are a handful of specials to count down till midnight and welcome the new year!
Check them out below:
Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest
Join Ryan Seacrest for a classic. His co-hosts have already been announced—Billy Porter in New Orleans, Ciara at Disneyland, D-Nice in Los Angeles, Jessie James Decker will crown the Powerball First Millionaire of 2023, and Liza Koshy will also be on hand in Times Square. Tune in on ABC starting at 8/7 PM.
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New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash
Live music, fireworks, Nashville Music Note Drop, and more live from Nashville! Brooks & Dunn, Kelsea Ballerini, Little Big Town and Zac Brown Band will be among the country music stars helping to ring in the new year, while Jimmie Allen and Elle King host alongside Rachel Smith.
It will air Saturday, December 31 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT and 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. ET/PT on CBS and available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+.
A Toast to 2022!
The NBC special takes a look back at the moments that we’ll never forget from 2022 in this two-hour special.
Miley’s New Year’s Eve Party
Miley Cyrus is getting an assist from country music icon and her godmother Dolly Parton this NYE! She replaces Pete Davidson, who co-hosted last year. The extravaganza will feature a star-studded lineup of performances and special guests, which will be announced very soon.
It will air live on NBC from Miami on Saturday, Dec. 31 from 10:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET.
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