Today I noticed that the well publicised onscreen reunion of the Harry Potter cast was already showing on NowTV (HBO Max in the US). Straight away, I turned it on and was keen to see what it involved. Beginning with a cute opening sequence involving some of the big stars, I was totally ready to go down Diagonal Alley again and be completely absorbed in the world of Hogwarts and wizardry.
Without giving anything away, I can say that this programme was largely filmed at the Harry Potter Tour location in Watford. Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were joined by various other actors and directors to sit around and chat about the experience of making these fantastic movies. For me it was a reminder of my own visit to the studio tour back in 2012, making me want to go once again.
Some of the insights into the filming of all eight films were fascinating and quite revealing. Many recollections were emotional too. Sadly some important cast members have passed away since filming. In particular, Richard Harris (Dumbledore) and Alan Rickman (Snape).
Seeing Chris Columbus talk about how he started the movie franchise off and seeing snippets of the auditions from the main cast was intriguing for me as an avid viewer. Each director gave a different piece of magic to the films and guest actors added sparkle and energy. The first films were very light and as the movies developed the material got darker, as Emma, Rupert and Daniel grew up.
I was moved to tears by this lovely programme. It was really well put together and brought back so many memories from the incredible books and the magical movies. I was sad that Maggie Smith, Imelda Staunton and Michael Gambon didn’t appear in this reunion, as they were very important to the franchise and were among my personal favourites.
I totally recommend checking out this TV show as it really brings back the wonder of the characters and storylines which J K Rowling initially created in 1996. The actors provide interesting recollections and funny anecdotes. It is a visual treat and made me want to start watching the movies over again (for the umpteenth time).
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16 thoughts on “Harry Potter – A Reunion To Watch”
I watched this harry potter reunion. I loved it. It was amazing to hear about the making of the films. Thank you for sharing your review.
Glad you enjoyed too.
Yes! I watched this on New Years Day and loved it. Was also crying haha. And then I proceeded to have a Harry Potter marathon to rewatch the movies!
Haha It was amazing!
I watched this yesterday, and got quite emotional too. I’d recently re-watched all the films so it was nice to see a bit of context, and I definitely need to get back to the studio tour now they’ve added Gringotts and the Forbidden Forest.
Me too. Thanks for commenting.
We’ve recorded this to watch and my dad is so excited. He loves HP and by the sounds of things, it’s a good reunion! Thank you so much for not giving us spoilers and for a great review. Xo
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Get some tissues as you will cry.
Oh wow!!!!! It is awesome that there’s a Harry Potter reunion. I saw the reunion show advertisement on HBO Go. But I haven’t watch it yet. I need to check it out soon. Thank you for sharing.
I haven’t sat down to watch it yet but I’ve been meaning to. I stepped away from the Harry Potter community largely due to JK’s views on certain topics. I find it hard to separate her from the wonderful world she created but that doesn’t stop HP being such a big part of m childhood.
I see what you mean. Definitely a good watch.
We watched it the other day. It was very well put together. I didn’t know what to expect so I was a little dubious about it but was glad it turned out the way it did. I, too, wish Michael Gambon would have made an appearance!
Yes it was lacking a few key people.
I watched it the day it came out and was tearing up the whole time. There were a few moments where I full blown cried (like when Tom Felton talked about Helen McCrory). It was definitely worth the watch, and I really enjoyed it. It reminded me of all the reasons why I fell in love with the Harry Potter series to begin with.
Yes I cried a bit as it was moving.