Having watched (+ read) Harry Potter, with the timeline of growing up into teenagers and adults and the release of these films quite matching up, I don’t think there’s going to be anything more relatable in my life, than the Harry Potter series.
All the emotions that have been experienced watching them, all the takeaways and character connections that have been felt, there’s always going to be a soft spot for this franchise and no amount of reruns are going to ever be enough.
So, when after all these years, the news came out, of a Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Reunion, which was less of a reunion and more of a look back at the series, it was quite exciting to see what’s in store.
Sure, it always feels like you just saw the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yesterday itself, and the timing of this would’ve always felt sooner, but it was their 20th anniversary… “It feels like no time has passed and loads of time has passed,” as said by Emma Watson at the beginning of the special. And to be honest, I’m up for anything more that comes out of the world of Harry Potter.
Releasing on the 1st of January, the timing of it couldn’t have been better… Is there a better way to start the new year than your eyes gleaming with excitement at the start and then ending up emotional and teary-eyed towards the end of it, and that’s a very summarized version of the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.
Most of the characters back together, especially the main trio, reminiscing the ones we lost, taking us on a journey right from the start to the end, including untold stories and action from behind-the-scenes, all-in-all, it was quite nostalgic to watch the reunion. Some stories leave you with a reaction of ‘Whaaaatttt’ and some leave with you a tear in the eye… And especially the bonding of the actors, over all these years, and the bond that you share over the screen with them, having watched them hundreds of times and feeling connected with a trait or two, this was indeed special.
Having watched the series, right from the time the first one was released, celebrating a 20th year anniversary does feel different and how the time has just flown by, it feels like we’ll blink our eyes, and there’ll be a golden jubilee special too.
Robbie Coltrane, who plays the character of Hagrid, says quite a special line in the documentary… “The legacy of the movies is that my children’s generation will show them to their children so you could be watching in 50 years time, easy… I’ll not be here sadly… But Hagrid will, yes!” and I felt that.
So on continues the magic of the Harry Potter World, now back to rewatching the series.