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Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Return Trailer Looks Like A Fancy High School Reunion

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BY December 21, 2021

In an interesting bit of synchronicity, for the second time around, it’s a milestone year for two film franchises that began life as British fantasy literature. So, since we’re celebrating two decades of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, it makes sense that we’re celebrating the same milestone for the Harry Potter films. Yet, while the Tolkien nerds only have Stephen Colbert standing up for them, the Hogwarts gang has the power of Warner Bros. behind them. Thus, a reunion special was inevitable. The Harry Potter 20th Anniversary return trailer debuted, and it gives a taste of what to expect from this retrospective.

From what we see in the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts trailer there will be the standard talking head, DVD-extras interview with the cast. Yet, there also appears to be video of them reuniting on a recreation of the Hogwarts dining hall set. So, this will be the standard celebration of a milestone moment for a big-deal movie series to a generation of kids. Yet, by bringing the cast together on and old set, the producers hope to recapture the “magic” of not the films but the Friends reunion special. The most compelling moments of it were when the cast reunited on the old set. You could watch their nostalgia happen in real time. So real, in fact, that it almost feels exploitative.

While there may be interesting revelations, this does have all the glitter and sheen of a marketing event. I doubt this will be a unique companion pieces to the films that informs our understanding of these stories. Rather, it’s these kids getting back together and remembering what was surely a remarkable time in their, and our, lives.

The Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts Reunion debuts, like the trailer says, on New Year’s Day on HBOMax.

What do you think? Are you excited for this reunion special, or does it feel too much like an ad for the franchise and HBOMax? Let us know your thoughts, reactions, and expectations in the comments below. Or just laugh like a madman.

Featured image via Warner Bros.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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