Emma Watson set her time-turner back on Tuesday as she took a journey through the past with her costars from the Harry Potter film series.
The 31-year-old actress posted a behind-the-scenes photo to Instagram that was taken with her costars Danielle Radcliffe, 32, and Rupert Grint, 33, from what appeared one of the early films in the series.
The Little Women actress looked back on the films, which she called her ‘home’ and ‘family’ as she celebrated the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone after the three leads were reported to be participating in an upcoming reunion special on HBO Max.
Old friends: Emma Watson, 31, shared a cute throwback from one of the early Harry Potter films with her costars (L–R) Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint on Tuesday, after a 20th anniversary reunion was announced
Emma was pictured smiling in her photo while wearing a blue and violet crushed velvet shirt and standing next to her costars.
Daniel skipped Harry’s iconic glasses and and Rupert’s casual sweatshirt was a far cry from the robes their characters wore throughout the films.
In her lengthy caption, Emma wrote ‘lucky’ she was to have been involved with the series and how ‘proud’ she was of all her collaborators.
‘Harry Potter was my home, my family, my world and Hermione (still is) my favorite fictional character of all time,’ she wrote. ‘I think a journalist once said it was irritating how many times during an interview I mentioned how lucky I was and started counting… BUT I DAMN WELL KNEW!!! And still know.’
She added that she was inspired by what her collaborators and costars had gone on to do since their Harry Potter days.
Massive cast and crew: In her lengthy caption, Emma wrote ‘lucky’ she was to have been involved with the series and how ‘proud’ she was of all her collaborators, who were pictured in a second snap
Proud: ‘I am proud not just of what we as group contributed as actors to the franchise but also as the children that became young adults that walked that path,’ she said; seen October 17 in London
‘I am proud not just of what we as group contributed as actors to the franchise but also as the children that became young adults that walked that path,’ she said. ‘I look at my fellow cast members now and I am just so proud of who everyone has become as people. I am proud we were kind to each other that we supported one another and that we held up something meaningful.
‘Thank you to the fans that have continued to show their support well after the last chapter closed,’ Emma continued. The magic of the world wouldn’t exist without you. Thank you for fighting to make it such an inclusive and loving place.’
The Bling Ring star added a special shoutout for the ‘crew who made these films all the time.’
‘Thank you for all of your hard work too — I know your contributions sometimes get overlooked.’
The actress concluded her post by encouraging her 61.5 million followers to tune in to her upcoming reunion special.
‘Happy 20th Anniversary Potterheads! We hope you enjoy the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts which will stream New Year’s day, Jan. 1 on HBO Max. ⚡️ Lots to look forward to,’ she wrote.
Back at it: ‘Happy 20th Anniversary Potterheads! We hope you enjoy the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts which will stream New Year’s day, Jan. 1 on HBO Max. ⚡️ Lots to look forward to,’ she wrote; still from Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Emma also shared a second photo snapped during the production of a later film in the series showing most of the cast and crew outside the Hogwarts school.
Earlier on Tuesday, it was announced that she would be joining Daniel and Rupert for the reunion special on HBO Max.
The trio will also be joined by Chris Columbus, who directed the series’ first two films, Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets.
The reunion will likely mark the first time Emma, Daniel and Rupert have made a joint public appearance since the release of their film Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 in July of 2011.
The first Harry Potter film premiered 20 years ago on November 16, 2001, nearly a decade before the final film was released.
According to HBO Max, which has all the Harry Potter films available to stream, the reunion will ‘tell an enchanting making-of story through all-new, in-depth interviews and cast conversations.’
Decades on: Casey Patterson, whose production company is producing the special gushed over the cast as she said: ‘There’s magic in the air here with this incredible cast, as they all return home to the original sets of Hogwarts, where they began 20 years ago’
The principal cast members will be joined by a bevy of talent, including Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Bonnie Wright, Jason Isaacs, and many others.
Casey Patterson, whose production company is producing the special gushed over the cast as she said: ‘There’s magic in the air here with this incredible cast, as they all return home to the original sets of Hogwarts, where they began 20 years ago.
‘The excitement is palpable as they prepare to take their fans on a very special and personal journey, through the making of these incredible films.’
Of the upcoming special, President of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics Tom Ascheim said in the statement: ‘It has been an incredible journey since the debut of the ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ film, and witnessing how it has evolved into this remarkable interconnected universe has been magical to say the least.
‘This retrospective is a tribute to everyone whose lives were touched by this cultural phenomenon — from the talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into this extraordinary film franchise to the passionate fans who continue to keep the Wizarding World spirit alive 20 years later.’
Together again: Emma, Daniel and Rupert will be joined by much of the cast and director Chris Columbus. It’s the first time the three actors have made a public appearance since 2011; seen in 2011
Flying high: There will be a first look of the special during the premiere of quiz competition show Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses which airs Sunday, November 28 on TBS and Cartoon Network and is hosted by Helen Mirren
The special will later air on channels TBS and Cartoon Network in spring 2022 before the theatrical release of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore.
There will also be a first look of the special during the premiere of quiz competition show Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses which airs Sunday, November 28 on TBS and Cartoon Network and is hosted by Helen Mirren.
The Harry Potter films amount to one of the top selling franchises of all-time, with the eight films having grossed $7.7 billion, while the first film has grossed over $1 billion alone over its lifetime.
In May of this year, Emma shut down rumors that she had retired after she hadn’t starred in any projects since 2019’s acclaimed film Little Women.
But last month, she suggested on Instagram that she had taken up behind-the-camera hobbies during her time in lockdown.
‘Getting behind the camera and learning how it works is about the most empowering thing I’ve learned in lockdown,’ she captioned photos of herself with a camera.
‘As a young woman, I always thought the most glamorous and exciting thing would be to be someone’s “muse”; and of course as women we are inspiring… but wow it’s something else to be able to tell your own story and other people’s.’
New career? Emma took to Instagram in October to hint at a career behind the lens and admitted that she finds the skill she learnt during lockdown ’empowering’