Emma Watson Emma Roberts Mix-Up - Producers To Say Reparo!
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Emma Watson Emma Roberts Mix-Up Causes Producers To Say Reparo!

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BY January 6, 2022

It’s a new year, which means people are thinking back and reflecting on how the year went, what they accomplished, and the cast of the Harry Potter movies are no different. HBO Max announced that they were releasing a Harry Potter retrospective on January 1 in honor of the 20th anniversary release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, so of course all the Potterheads were glued to their television sets this weekend (check out our Return to Hogwarts review!). There were tears, laughs, and…an Emma Watson mix-up. Whoops. As it turns out, producers and editors for the retrospective had an Emma Watson Emma Roberts mix-up, where they showed the wrong Emma in a flashback photo.

How Bad Was The Emma Watson Emma Roberts Mix-Up?

emma watson emma roberts mix-up Image via Warner Bros.

To be honest, it wasn’t too painful. Just a quick reparo by the producers, who told Entertainment Weekly, “Well spotted Harry Potter fans! You brought an editing mistake of a mislabeled photograph to our attention. New version up shortly.” Both Watson and Roberts have starred in movies that took place in the United Kingdom (the former in Harry Potter and the latter in Wild Child, where she gets sent to a boarding school in England). They’re roughly the same age and, to tell the truth, I don’t think I would have noticed that the young girl depicted in Return to Hogwarts wasn’t Emma Watson until the eagle-eyed Twitter user @vee_delmonico99 pointed it out. Check out their tweet below:

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts premiered on New Year’s Day and brought filmmaker Chris Columbus (director of the first two movies and producer on the third) and several of the cast members, including fans’ favorite trio, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), as well as other favorites like Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Ralph Fiennes (Voldemorte), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley), and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley). The retrospective was going to “tell an enchanting making-of story through all-new, in-depth interviews and cast conversations” and it definitely delivered. Viewers got to hear about on-set personal experiences (and crushes!) and behind-the-scenes secrets, and watching some of the footage was downright magical. Even the Emma Watson Emma Roberts mix-up wasn’t the only mistake made during the screening. When the Phelps brothers sat down to be interviewed, their names were swapped, seemingly by accident, during their on-camera sit down. Oliver Phelps took to Instagram to make light of the whole situation, saying, “I guess after all those pranks over the years somebody decided to get their revenge.” See his post below:

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The overall feeling of the retrospective was one of love and warmth. Despite some of the mix-ups that fans caught, I honestly didn’t feel like it took away from the fond feelings and memories. While J.K. Rowling does make an appearance in a clip from 2019, she talks about some of the most important scenes during the filmmaking process and is not there in person to spew hateful rhetoric. As my colleague, Meghan Hale, wrote, this retrospective is a love letter to the Harry Potter world and its fandom. As Tom Ascheim, president of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, put it so succinctly:

“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.”

HBO Max along with Warner Bros. have been slowly expanding the Harry Potter franchise. A Harry Potter quiz show is currently on the streaming platform and there’s talk of a live action series based on Harry and his friends (although the details of how this would play out are still unclear). The Fantastic Beasts franchise is continuing to give fans more of the wizarding world and the third movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, will be coming out in theaters April 15, 2022. The movies take place before Harry Potter and focus on the magizoologist, Newt Scamander, and his friends, including a young Albus Dumbledore (played by Jude Law).

Watch the trailer for Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts below:

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is currently airing on HBO Max. 

Do you think the Emma Watson Emma Roberts mix-up was a mistake that was easy to make? Or was it really one last shenanigan done by the Weasley twins? What did you think of the Harry Potter retrospective in general? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via Warner Bros.

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at [email protected]

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