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!
Where to Watch Bob Saget’s Comedy Specials and Hit TV Shows
The nation is mourning the death of Bob Saget, who passed away suddenly at the age of 65.
Pluto TV is honoring the unforgettable comedian and actor who changed television forever with a programming block that includes some of his biggest comedy special.
And you can watch them for free!
Starting today (1/10) at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT today, Pluto TV will play back-to-back programming featuring Saget, which includes:
- Bob Saget: That’s What I’m Talking About
- Bob Saget: Zero to Sixty
- The Comedy Central Roast of Bob Saget
- The Aristocrats
The specials will also air again tomorrow beginning at 7pm ET/4pm PT, also on the Stand-Up TV channel.
You can also tap into some of Saget’s biggest TV shows!
The beloved family sitcom, Full House, that made Saget a household name as America’s TV dad, Danny Tanner, can be streamed at HBO Max, the reboot Fuller House is available on Netflix, the seasons he hosted of America’s Funniest Home Video can be streamed on Amazon, How I Met Your Mother which Saget narrated can be streamed on Hulu, while Entourage is available on HBO Max.
‘Full House’ Actor Bob Saget Found Dead at 65
America’s TV dad Bob Saget has died.
He was 65.
According to TMZ, the actor was found by security in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando.
A cause of death is currently unknown.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the death. They confirmed that detectives did not find drugs or foul play as a cause.
Saget was best known for playing Danny Tanner on Full House and Fuller House.
9 Shows That Need to Be On Your Radar for 2022
It was bittersweet saying goodbye to plenty of shows in 2021, but the plus side is that it made room for a handful of new shows that are gearing up for their highly-anticipated premieres.
There are plenty of shows that we’re excited about, but since it’s too much for anyone person to take in, we’ve condensed it to a list including the best of the best.
These are all the shows already garnering and generating buzz in 2022 — even before they’ve premiered.
Check out our list of shows (mostly new, but also a few final seasons) that should be on your radar:
How I Met Your Father – Hulu
Fans of How I Met Your Mother can re-live all the magic with a new group of friends with Hilary Duff at the helm. It’s also giving us some Younger vibes, so call it the best of both worlds.
The gender-reversed comedy premieres Tuesday, Jan. 18 with the first two episodes and then on a weekly basis.
House of the Dragon – HBO Max
Even if the final season of “Game of Thrones” left a bad taste in your mouth, don’t worry, the prequel is here to serve as a palate cleanser. Set 200 years before GOT, it’s based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood and focuses on the a civil war within House Targaryen. There is no premiere date as of yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from holding our breath.
BEL-AIR – Peacock
Revivals get a bad rap, but they aren’t always terrible. We’ve seen success with Saved by the Bell and Roswell, so fingers-crossed that Bel-Air, a comedy reimagined as an hour-long drama, will deliver in the same way. Will Smith has signed on for the project alongside the original creators. Jabari Banks stars as Will, a young man who moves into the gated mansion of Bel-Air in modern-day America, and explores plenty of conflicts and biases. It has been picked up for two seasons prior to the premiere on Sunday, Feb. 13 with the first two episodes and then weekly episodes.
Ozark – Netflix (Fourth and final season)
We’re crossing the finish line on Ozark this year, which is arguably a good thing because I don’t know how much more my nerves could handle. And the end is likely something the Byrde family definitely wants after getting too wrapped up in a messy situation with the Mexican cartel. Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Gardner all make this series an intoxicating binge from beginning to end, even if the fourth and final season is split up into two parts with the first half arriving on Netflix on January 21.
Disney+ saw massive success with their Marvel shows, so it’s not a surprise that there’s a palpable excitement for She-Hulk starring Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany, a lawyer who has one small favor to ask: don’t make her angry. She’s the less-angry-but-just-as-green cousin of Bruce Banner, the Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, who is expected to make an appearance. No premiere date has been announced yet.
Inventing Anna – Netflix
Shonda Rhines is making her mark on Netflix with a series based on the true and shocking story of fashionable grifter Anna Delvey who faked being a German heiress to scam New York New Yorker’s into thinking she was a German heiress. Ozark’s secret weapon, Julia Gardner, works miracles as Delvey. The cast also stars Scandal’s Katie Lowes and Orange is the New Black’s Laverne Cox. This is a can’t miss limited series that hits Netflix on February 11.
Lord of the Rings – Amazon Prime
This is a big one for fans of the LOTR films! The television adaptation is a prequel set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and features an ensemble cast — both new and familiar — as they confront an evil unlike ever before in the Second Middle Age. It will make its mark on Amazon Prime on September 22.
Stranger Things – Netflix
We’ve paid our dues waiting to catch up with the residents of Hawkins, Indiana. Only this time, the action will take us to California and Soviet Russia (because, yes, Hopper is alive — spoiler) as the group of friends tries to stop the supernatural entities of the Upside Down once and for all. A premiere date (for the fourth and possible final season) announcement is likely on the horizon, but our money is on late spring or early summer. After all, we’ve waited long enough!
Obi-Wan Kenobi – Disney+
Disney and Star Wars go hand-in-hand, and with the success of the recent The Book of Boba Fett and The Mandalorian, it only makes sense that they would dive into Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi. The series is set a decade after the events of Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith. In a real treat, Ewan McGregor will reprise the titular role, while Hayden Christensen will return as Darth Vader. No premiere date has been announced.
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