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5 Biggest Moments from the ‘Harry Potter’ Reunion Special

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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.

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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! 

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‘The Summer I Turned Pretty’ Fans, We’ve Got Some Bad News About Season 3

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Summer 2024 is going to be one without Belly, Conrad and Jeremiah. 

During Amazon’s Upfront event on Tuesday, which was attended by writer Jenny Han, Lola Tung, Gavin Casaelgno and Christopher Briney, it was revealed that the highly-anticipated third installment of the series is being delayed, with an expected release next year in 2025. 

While that isn’t ideal for everyone waiting to see how this love triangle pans out (you should probably just read the book, if you haven’t, at this point), there is some good news on the horizon. 

Minimal details about what to expect have been revealed, however, to make up for the long hiatus—season 2 aired its last episode in August 2023 making this a two-year gap—the third installment will come with an expanded episode count: 11 episodes instead of the previous 7 and 8 in season’s 1 and 2, respectively. 

And as an extra little something-something for fans, the official TSITP X account shared a video of the cast playing beach volleyball with the caption, “see you in Cousins in 2025.”

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And even better—the series has already begun filming, which means that while there’s a wait, there’s also momentum and excitement. 

As for those who have read the book series—avert your eyes if you haven’t—it’s unclear if the 11 episodes will span the entire third book, We’ll Always Have Summer, which finds Belly making a choice between the brothers—or if it will divert from what’s already been established to something more fitting for television (and maybe even appeases the fandoms a bit more?).

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! 

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Tracker, CBS’ new hit series starring This Is Us actor Justin Hartley, was an instant hit amongst audiences after it premiered in February.

And now, 13 episodes later, the first season is coming to an end. 

Fans will have to say goodbye… for now… to Hartley’s Colter Shaw, a lone-wolf survivalist/reward seeker on May 19, 2024, when the series airs its season 1 finale. 

Titled “The Storm,” the 13th episode’s synopsis notes: “Colter investigates the disappearance of two amateur storm chasers that the local police have written off as an accidental drowning; Colter’s expert tracking skills lead him to uncover the seedy underbelly of a small town resort.”

Of course, fans are already looking forward to the episode’s guest star and Hartley’s former co-star Jennifer Morrison, who is just one of several recent A-list appearances on the thriller drama. Earlier episodes of this season saw Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles and Manifest’s Melissa Roxburgh guest star as Colter’s siblings, Russ and Dory Shaw, respectively. 

You can check out the season finale promo below, which finds Colter working against the clock to find his friend’s daughter alongside Morrison’s character. “She could still be alive,” he dramatically concludes as the teaser ends, reminding fans that he never gives up on those he’s helping. 

Many fans hoped for a romantic pairing between Hartley and Morrison, which never happened, but maybe this is their second shot at love. Even though he’s a nomad driven by wanderlust and the need to help citizens and police solve crimes, he still needs a romantic interest. For now, the chemistry has mostly been with Reenie (Fiona Rene), a firecracker lawyer who helps him get out of plenty of close calls, but there’s always a chance he’ll meet the “right one” during one of his many stops across the U.S. that will encourage him to settle down or join him. 

Check out the promo below and tune in next Sunday to see how the first season concludes:

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2024 Fall TV Lineup Has Officially Landed—What to Watch on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and The CW

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Summer might be on everyone’s minds, but the fall TV lineup is already taking shape at many of our favorite networks. 

Plenty of fan-favorites will be making their returns when the temps cool down again, including all One Chicago shows, FBI shows, Law & Order and SVU, Ghosts, 9-1-1, and competition shows like The Voice, American Idol, and The Masked Singer. 

There will also be plenty of new shows on tap to check out like comedies Poppa’s House and St. Denis Medical, along with captivating dramas like NCIS: Origins and Murder in a Small Town. 

Fans will have to say goodbye to some of their current faves that didn’t score renewals with their respective networks like ABC’s Not Dead Yet, NCIS: Hawai’i, Quantum Leap, Blue Bloods, and Extended Family.

Many shows will also be held for the midseason lineup—such as The Cleaning Lady, NCIS: Sydney, The Price Is Right at Night and newcomer Watson. 

See the full 2024 Fall TV Lineup from CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC and The CW below:

** New shows will be indicated in CAPS**

CBS

MONDAY
8 pm The Neighborhood
8:30 pm POPPA’S HOUSE (new comedy)
9 pm NCIS
10 pm NCIS: ORIGINS (new drama)

TUESDAY
8 pm FBI
9 pm FBI: International
10 pm FBI: Most Wanted

WEDNESDAY (FALL)
8 pm Survivor
9:30 pm THE SUMMIT (new reality show)

WEDNESDAY (WINTER)
8 pm The Price Is Right at Night
9 pm Raid the Cage
10 pm HOLLYWOOD SQUARES (game show reboot)

WEDNESDAY (SPRING)
8 pm Survivor
9:30 pm The Amazing Race

THURSDAY
8 pm GEORGIE & MANDY’S FIRST MARRIAGE (new comedy)
8:30 pm Ghosts
9 pm MATLOCK (new drama)
10 pm Elsbeth

FRIDAY (FALL)
8 pm S.W.A.T.
9 pm Fire Country
10 pm Blue Bloods (final eight episodes)

FRIDAY (SPRING)
8 pm NCIS: Sydney (new time slot)
9 pm Fire Country
10 pm S.W.A.T. (new time slot)

SATURDAY
8 pm Drama encores
9 pm Drama encores
10 pm 48 Hours

SUNDAY (FALL)
7 pm 60 Minutes
8 pm Tracker (new time slot)
9 pm The Equalizer (new time slot)
10 pm Drama encores

SUNDAY (SPRING)
7 pm 60 Minutes
8 pm Tracker (new time slot)
9 pm The Equalizer (new time slot)
10 pm WATSON (new drama)

NBC

MONDAY
8 pm The Voice
10 pm BRILLIANT MINDS (new drama)

TUESDAY
8 pm ST. DENIS MEDICAL (new comedy)
8:30 pm Night Court
9 pm The Voice
10 pm The Irrational

WEDNESDAY
8 pm Chicago Med
9 pm Chicago Fire
10 pm Chicago P.D.

THURSDAY
8 pm Law & Order
9 pm Law & Order: SVU
10 pm Found
FRIDAY
8 pm HAPPY’S PLACE (new comedy)
8:30 pm Lopez vs. Lopez
9 pm Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
7:30 pm Big Ten Saturday Night

SUNDAY
7 pm Football Night in America
8:20 pm NBC Sunday Night Football

FOX

MONDAY
8 pm 9-1-1: Lone Star
9 pm RESCUE: HI-SURF (new drama)

TUESDAY
8 pm Accused
9 pm MURDER IN A SMALL TOWN (new drama)

WEDNESDAY
8 pm The Masked Singer
9 pm The Floor

THURSDAY
8 pm Hell’s Kitchen
9 pm Special Forces: World’s Toughest Test

FRIDAY
8 pm Fox College Football Friday/Fox College Hoops/Fox UFL
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SATURDAY
7 pm Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY
7 pm NFL on Fox
7:30 pm The OT / Fox Animation Encores
8 pm The Simpsons
8:30 pm UNIVERSAL BASIC GUYS (new animated comedy)
9 pm Bob’s Burgers
9:30 pm Krapopolis

ABC

MONDAY
8 pm Monday Night Football (on select Mondays)

TUESDAY
8 pm Dancing With the Stars
10 pm HIGH POTENTIAL (new drama)

WEDNESDAY
8 pm THE GOLDEN BACHELORETTE
9:30 pm Abbott Elementary
10 pm SCAMANDA (new docuseries)

THURSDAY
8 pm 9-1-1
9 pm DOCTOR ODYSSEY (new drama)
10 pm Grey’s Anatomy

FRIDAY
8 pm Shark Tank
9 pm 20/20

SATURDAY
7:30 pm College Football

SUNDAY
7 pm America’s Funniest Home Videos
8 pm The Wonderful World of Disney

The CW

Friday, August 30

8:00-9:00pm TBA

9:00-10:00pm Inside the NFL (Season 2 Premiere)

Saturday, August 31

3:00-6:30pm ET PAC-12 Football: Portland State at Washington State

6:30-10:00pm ET PAC-12 Football: Idaho State at Oregon State

Sunday, September 1

8:00-9:30pm The Chosen (Season 4 Premiere)

9:30-10:00pm TBA

Friday, September 6

8:00-8:30pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 13 Premiere)

8:30-9:00pm Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Original Episode)

Friday, September 20

7:00-10:00pm ET Nascar Xfinity Series at Bristol Motor Speedway

Tuesday, October 1

8:00-10:00pm WWE NXT (Network Premiere)

Wednesday, October 2

8:00-9:00pm Sullivan’s Crossing (Season 2 Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm Joan (Series Premiere)

Monday, October 7

8:00-9:00pm Scrabble (Series Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm Trivial Pursuit (Series Premiere)

Thursday, October 17

8:00-9:00pm Superman & Lois (Season 4 Premiere)

9:00-10:00pm Superman & Lois (Original Episode)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24

8:00-9:00pm Superman & Lois (Original Episode)

9:00-10:00pm The Librarians: The Next Chapter (Series Premiere)

Wednesday, November 13

8:00-9:00pm Sullivan’s Crossing (Original Episode)

9:00-9:30pm Children Ruin Everything (Season 4 Premiere)

9:30-10:00pm Children Ruin Everything (Original Episode)

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