Return to Hogwarts Behind-The-Scenes and Cast First Look

A mere 24 hours (depending on where you live) hours from the premiere of Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts, fans get the their first look at the behind-the-scenes and cast interviews in a video on YouTube!

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In the video, viewers get to see the cast giving interviews, including more insight from the adults in the cast. The poster featured the alumni of Hogwarts aka the former students that grew up during the movies, but in this video, we get more footage from the adults, including short snippets of interviews from Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) and the director of the first two movies, Chris Columbus!


In addition to the behind-the-scenes footage of the reunion, viewers also saw some behind-the-scenes footage and photos of the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (originally titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone). The contrast between the children 20 years ago and the adults on the screen now is amazing, as noted by some of the adults, especially because others claim that it feels like no time has passed since they were shooting the films.


The final line-up from the cast who are returning, as announced in the trailer, is this: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), James Phelps (Fred Weasley), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas), Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell), Toby Jones (the voice of Dobby), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood).

As for the film-makers, those appearing are franchise producer David Heyman, who has been involved with every single Harry Potter movie to date, including the Fantastic Beasts franchise, the director of Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, Chris Columbus, Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón, Goblet of Fire director Mike Newell and David Yates, director of the rest of the Harry Potter films.

In the behind-the-scenes video, watchers also see the cast reminiscing happily about the franchise and how they (the younger ones) grew up with the movies and how it is still a part of them. Each and every one of them is happy and grateful for the influence that the Potter world had and still has on the world and it most definitely is, as Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas) says, “A trip down memory lane”.


The cast also talks about how the shooting areas have been “glammed up”. The previous sets were apparently not sound-proof and “leaky” and “makeshift”, but as Chris Columbus says “It was not an ideal shooting situation. But we loved it. We had a great time.” Viewers will definitely see the upscale sets such as in the Great Hall where there is tons of dancing (including Emma and Tom!!!) and in the Gryffindor common room where Daniel, Rupert, and Emma talk.

The reunion will be available to stream on HBO Max at midnight Pacific Time on January 1, 2022. Brace yourselves, prepare for a wild ride, and all aboard the Hogwarts Express! And read the latest article on the Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts trailer while you wait!