Emma Watson holds court as Harry Potter stars reunite

Hermione holds court as Harry Potter stars reunite… but there’s still no JK Rowling: Emma Watson leads cast of movie series’ former child stars ahead of this week’s TV reunion

  • The stars of the Harry Potter film series have reunited for its 20th anniversary
  • Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger, took centre stage in pictures
  • JK Rowling was absent amid ongoing row over her views on transgender issues
  • Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts will air on New Year’s Day
  • She weaved her magic as one of the top students at witchcraft and wizardry school Hogwarts, sharing Harry Potter’s breathtaking adventures.

    Now Emma Watson is set to cast her spell again in this week’s TV show reuniting the cast of the hit movies which enchanted millions.

    The actress, 31, took centre stage in pictures from the set of Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts. 

    She was surrounded by other former child stars. But the absence of Harry Potter creator JK Rowling amid the ongoing row over her views on transgender issues was perhaps the most striking aspect.

    In one picture Miss Watson, 31, who played Hermione Granger in the eight-film series, chats on board the Hogwarts Express train with Evanna Lynch, 30, who played Luna Lovegood, and Bonnie Wright, 30, who played Ginny Weasley.

    Another snap shows her deep in conversation with Tom Felton, 34, who played Draco Malfoy, while in another she is joined by Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane, 71.

    Miss Rowling, 56, whose Potter books are the biggest selling in history, does not feature in person in the reunion. 

    Evanna Lynch (left: Luna Lovegood), Emma Watson  (centre: Hermione Grainger) and Bonnie Wright (right: Ginny Weasley) pictured during the Harry Potter reunion

    Evanna Lynch (left: Luna Lovegood), Emma Watson  (centre: Hermione Grainger) and Bonnie Wright (right: Ginny Weasley) pictured during the Harry Potter reunion

    Emma Watson and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) pictured on the set of of Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

    Emma Watson and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) pictured on the set of of Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

    Ms Watson pictured with Robbie Coltrane, who played Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series

    Ms Watson pictured with Robbie Coltrane, who played Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series

    Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) during the reunion

    Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) during the reunion 

    Instead, she is shown in a video from 2019 in which she discusses the hunt to find the right child to play Harry Potter and her relief at finding Daniel Radcliffe.

    Miss Rowling faced accusations of transphobia after publishing an essay last year in which she argued that gender identity should not be given priority over a person’s biological sex. 

    Stars including Miss Watson and Radcliffe later voiced their support for the trans community. 

    Helena Bonham Carter, 55, who played Bellatrix Lestrange, also appears in the reunion. 

    Return to Hogwarts will be screened on New Year’s Day on Sky and its sister streaming service Now to mark 20 years since the first film based on Miss Rowling’s first book, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, was released in cinemas.