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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 CW is gearing up for its spring TV season—and April showers are clearly going to be bringing back many highly-anticipated shows by fans. 

With plenty of CW originals going on the chopping block last year, two survivors, Walker and All American, finally have airdates for what will likely be their final seasons. 

All American Season 6 will be gracing TV screens on Monday, April 1 at 8/7c (no, this isn’t an April Fools joke), as Walker returns with Season 4 on Wednesday, April 3! 

Two surviving shows that are visibly absent from the lineup, however, are All American: Homecoming and Superman & Lois.

It’s unclear why the shows are being held back, but the hope is that they will now mark the network’s fall TV season.

As for new shows, Walker will be joined by crime drama Sight Unseen starring The Originals‘ Daniel Gillies. 

There’s also no word on a second season for The CW’s Sullivan’s Crossing starring Chad Michael Murray, Scott Patterson and Morgan Kohan, though it seems the series will be debuting in April in Canada, so fingers cross a fall return is possibly stateside. 

Here’s the full lineup for The CW spring 2024:

MONDAY, APRIL 1
8 pm All American (Season 6 premiere)
9 pm Lovers and Liars (series premiere)

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3
8 pm Walker (Season 4 premiere)
9 pm Sight Unseen (series premiere)

THURSDAY, APRIL 11
8 pm Patti Stanger: The Matchmaker (series premiere)
9 pm Lovers and Liars (series premiere encore/time slot premiere)

FRIDAY, APRIL 26
8 pm Penn & Teller: Fool Us
9 pm 100 Days to Indy (Season 2 premiere)

TUESDAY, APRIL 30
8 pm Police 24/7 (series premiere)
9 pm Hostage Rescue (series premiere)

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It’s Happening—’Wizards of Waverly Place’ Is Getting a Sequel With Selena Gomez

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In the words of the Wizards of Waverly Place theme song—yes, please

Deadline exclusively reported that Disney is reviving its hit series, starring Selena Gomez. The network has ordered a pilot for a sequel to the teen show that ran from 2007 to 2012 on Disney Channel.

And there’s definitely something to be more excited about because it’s set to be executive-produced by original stars Gomez and on-screen brother David Henrie.

That’s not all! Gomez will reportedly guest star the pilot episode to reprise her iconic role as Alex Russo, while Henrie will be a series regular in the role of Justin Russo. 

Rounding out the new cast will be Janice LeAnn Brown (Billie), Alkalio Thiele (Roman Russo), and Mimi Gianopulos (Giada) who will play Justin’s wife and kids. 

The series, hailing from the writers and producers of Raven’s Home (another spinoff of an early Disney Channel show, That’s So Raven, that found a second life) Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas, will kick off with a mysterious incident as WizTech, where Justin works after surrendering his wizard powers to lead a human life. 

However, Billie soon arrives as a powerful young wizard seeking training and guidance, forcing Justin to get back to magic to save the Wizard World. 

Henrie confirmed the news on social media, sharing a photo of the pilot episode and captioning it, “The Russo’s are excited to become a part of your family, once again, but we’ve grown 😊 2024, the year magic comes back! 🪄”

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Gomez also took to her Instagram Story to share a throwback photo with Henrie, writing, “We’re back.”

It’s unclear if other members of the original cast who played Justin’s parents and brother—Maria Canals-Barrera, David DeLuise, and Jake T. Austin—along with Alex’s bestie Jennifer Stone will reprise their roles. 

But this is something worthy of celebration for all the millennials who grew up with the Russo family! 

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Jeanine Mason is officially off the market!

The Roswell, New Mexico star, who announced her engagement back in March 2023, shared sweet wedding photos from her recent nuptials.

The So You Think You Can Dance champion is said to have married husband Nicholas late last year. 

She shared two intimate photos on Instagram, one of the duo kissing after they seemingly exchanged “I do’s” as their guests looked on, along with a second shot of the two cozying up to each other on the subway.

“So many thank yous to come. But for now, just one to this unbelievable man. I love you husband,” the Upload actress captioned the post, which you can see right here.

Brides got more of the scoop on the newlyweds and their big day, noting that she and Nicholas met on a dating app and later exhaling vows on the stoop of their New York City home, which is also where he proposed. 

“We thought, how fun would it be to bring our favorite people along for a weekend in our lives here in New York City and to fill all our neighborhood spots with our families and friends,” she told the outlet. “We imagined, ‘What would our ideal weekend be with our favorite people?’ and then, ‘How do we want to be married?’ We really threw tradition or answering to any standard out the window.”

With that said, they told guests to go all out with their outfits, telling them to “do the MOST.” 

Nicholas serves a major in the Army Reserves following years of active duty, so he opted for his military dress uniform.

They also used the day as an opportunity to hire as many artists as they possibly could, including a violinist to perform during the ceremony, local artists for illustrations, and florists for flowers and arches.

As for the public transit choice—that’s how everyone got to the reception! 

“We always knew we’d take the subway to the reception but this was the perfect way to start the party,” she said. 

Since Mason is Cuban, there was also plenty of music and dancing on a “large dance floor,” and she even danced the salsa with her dad as it’s a “huge part of our culture and the way we celebrate. I think we made the Cubans proud.”

Her co-stars immediately jumped into the comment section to share their congratulations—warming the hearts of The CW fans all around—as Michael Vlamis wrote “VLAMIS GOT MARRIED!!!!” Tyler Blackburn shared a series of heart emojis, Heather Hemmens wrote “So beautiful! Congrats you two!” and Lily Cowles added, “So gorgeous! Felicitaciones mi amor.”

Congrats to the happy couple—we wish you all the best on this new journey! 

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