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Harry Potter cast ‘plotting Friends reunion-style catch up special’

There are hopes the likes of Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will sit down for an on-camera chat to commemorate 20 years since the first Harry Potter film was released during an event at Warner Brothers Studio Tour London this month

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The cast of the Harry Potter film franchise are rumoured to be planning a ‘Friends-style’ reunion show – twenty years after the first film was released.

Original stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson – who played Haryy Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in all eight Potter films – could be stay together for a catch up and walk down memory lane.

According to sources, Warner Brothers – who also made the sitcom Friends – are keen to replicate the success of the reunion show which brought back stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer for interviews years after the end of the hit comedy.

An event is being planned this month at Warner Brothers Studio Tour London that will include major stars of the Harry Potter series with hopes they can be interviewed on camera for a playful look back documentary.








The original Harry Potter cast could be coming back together for a reunion special
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A source told The Sun on Sunday: “The proposed show is being shrouded in secrecy as franchise bosses want to get talent locked in first.

“It would be amazing if they pull it off and they have offered big money to the cast to reunite.

“Many of the actors have moved on, but the movies launched them to superstardom.

“They all have lots of fond memories from their time filming together. Everyone is hopeful it will happen.”








The Friends reunion was a huge success earlier this year
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A reunion could be awkward if JK Rowling – the original author of the books the films were based on – is also involved as the cast sided against her and her views on women’s rights.

The author took issue with legal proposals in Scotland, where she lives, that people should be legally entitled to self determine their gender without need for medical approval.

JK argued this could erode women’s rights – with many transgender activists hitting out at the star to brand her a Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF).








The Harry Potter cast spoke out against JK Rowling after she took a stance for women’s rights last year
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Reacting to a string of tweets issued by JK, Harry Potter himself, Daniel, issued a lengthy statement in which he defended the trans community.

He wrote: “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.

“According to The Trevor Project, 78% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being the subject of discrimination due to their gender identity.



“It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.”

The news of a reunion special comes just a day after original Harry Potter director Chris Columbus declared he would love to reunite the original cast for a sequel movie.

The 63-year-old filmmaker directed the first two Potter films – The Philospher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets – and would relish the chance to adapt stage sequel The Cursed Child for the big screen.








Original Potter director Chris Columbus says he would love to reunite the cast for a sequel
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The Potter sequel, The Cursed Child, is a hit West End play
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He said: “I’d love to direct Cursed Child. It’s a great play and the kids are actually the right age.”

The Cursed Child is set years after the end of the original Harry Potter books where the main character’s children are attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The story sees Harry and Draco Malfoy’s sons become best friends and travel through time in a dramatic, and perilous, adventure.


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