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(Pocket-lint) - Harry Potter fans rejoice! The reunion that you've been waiting for is actually happening: Return to Hogwarts sees Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson joining filmmaker Chris Columbus and cast members from across the Harry Potter films heading back to Hogwarts.

Similar to the Friends Reunion, you'll be able to tune in, join the cast and relive some of the greatest moments from the Harry Potter movies.

Return to Hogwarts when can I watch it?

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will be broadcast on 1 January 2022. That's right, it will be shown on New Year's Day, giving you some perfect viewing nostalgia.

In the US it was available at the stroke of midnight, and it's also available in the UK now too.

How and where to watch Return to Hogwarts

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is on HBO Max in the US and it will be available to stream, as we said, from midnight on New Year's Day.

In the UK, you'll be able to watch Return to Hogwarts on Sky or through Now. It is available now on Sky Max.

This is basically the same arrangement as with the Friends show recently.

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Who will appear in Return to Hogwarts?

While most of the attention will be on Harry, Ron and Hermione (Radcliffe, Grint and Watson), we have a list of confirmed participants:

  • Helena Bonham Carter - Bellatrix Lestrange
  • Robbie Coltrane - Hagrid
  • Ralph Fiennes - Lord Voldemort
  • Jason Isaacs - Lucius Malfoy
  • Gary Oldman - Sirius Black
  • Imelda Staunton - Delores Umbridge
  • Tom Felton - Draco Malfoy
  • James Phelps - Fred Weasley
  • Oliver Phelps - George Weasley
  • Mark Williams - Arthur Weasley
  • Bonnie Wright - Ginny Weasley
  • Alfred Enoch - Dean Thomas
  • Matthew Lewis - Neville Longbottom
  • Evanna Lynch - Luna Lovegood
  • Ian Hart - Professor Quirrell
  • Toby Jones - Dobby (the voice of)

This isn't as exhaustive list as we expect other characters will also appear. Producer David Heyman will also be joined by directors Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell and David Yates in the show.

Is there a Hogwarts Reunion trailer?

Yes, there is both a teaser and a trailer. The teaser doesn't reveal too much about what we'll see in the Harry Potter reunion, but a tease did show some of the characters candidly receiving invitations to Hogwarts.

The trailer gives a much better look at what to expect and will certainly raise the pulse of any Harry Potter fan. You may even cry (along with the cast). But seriously, here we get to see some snippets of the conversation between our favourite characters and what looks like a spectacular Hogwarts setting for the reunion. It was actually filmed at the Warner Bros Studio Tour London - a must visit for any Harry Potter fan.

How can I catch up on the Harry Potter movies?

There are plenty of options for watching the films and Christmas is a great time to watch them, as Christmas plays a part in most of the movies, so there is something slightly festive about them.

You can catchup on the Harry Potter movies on HBO Max in the US and the entire collection will also be available on Sky, with a pop-up channel from 19 December including the two Fantastic Beasts movies too.

To brush up on the best order to watch the movies, check out our viewing order - including the latest addition, The Secrets of Dumbledore.

Writing by Chris Hall.
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