Daniel Radcliffe says there are no plans for a Harry Potter 20-year reunion

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9 Jul 2021, 15:45

Merlin’s beard! Has it really been 20 years since the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, came out? Well, we’re sorry to make you feel old but, indeed, the movie was released in November 2001, meaning it celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. 

In exciting news that will hopefully temper our dismay that we’ve all got two decades older since we first saw Harry and his chums on the big screen, Warner Bros has announced that there will be some television specials to celebrate the birthday of the film (which was called Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US). There will be a Wizarding World quiz competition series, as well as a retrospective special looking at the history of the movie series. 

However, if you are hoping to see Harry himself turn up for any of these shows, then you might be disappointed. Daniel Radcliffe, who famously played the young wizard across the entire franchise, told Entertainment Weekly, “I'm in the Dominican Republic at the moment filming and then I'm going to be busy, kind of working on bits and pieces until the end of the year.

“So yeah, I don't know. I'm sure there will be some sort of celebration but I don't know if we will be getting together or anything. I'm sorry if that's a bit of a disappointment to anyone.”

The shows, which sadly seem like they won’t feature a reunion between Harry, Hermione and Ron, will be shown in a week-long event across streaming service HBO Max, and channels TBS and Cartoon Network.

In a press release, Warner Bros’ Tom Ascheim said, “To celebrate the dedicated fans old and new who have passionately kept the Wizarding World magic alive in so many forms for decades, these exciting specials will celebrate their Harry Potter fandom in a must-see multiplatform TV event.

“All Potter fans can gear up for this ultimate one-of-a-kind celebration by embracing their inner Hermione Granger and studying their Wizarding World knowledge. For fans who have always wanted to discover what it might be like to take the OWL exams, this is as close as they are going to get!”