Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video in India. As is evident from the title, the reunion episode celebrates the 20 year anniversary of the first film in the Harry Potter film franchise.
The episode brings together major cast members including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Mark Williams, Helena Bonham Carter, Gary Oldman, Robbie Coltrane, Jason Isaacs, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch and Ralph Fiennes.
The series showcased the adventures of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived. Harry’s parents were killed by the dark wizard Voldemort when he was a baby. The child was believed to be the only one who could defeat Voldemort. At the age of 11, he enrols at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where most of the books and films are set. As he grows older, Harry and his friends face the forces of evil together and defeat the Dark Lord.
Even though the main franchise ended in 2011 with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, fans remain passionate about the Wizarding World. This is despite the middling reception that the Fantastic Beasts spinoffs have received. Entertainment Weekly reports that JK Rowling the author of the Harry Potter books is only shown through archival footage from 2019 which sources said was on account of her being involved in a controversy.
Alternating between the vibrant and the emotional, Return to Hogwarts conjures up several bright flashes, reports NDTV. It, however, only sporadically transports us to nooks and crannies that the films and the continuously disseminated trivia associated with them did not already. This is a lengthy dive but not a particularly deep one. It is at best a feel-good movie about the world that the films were located in.
Split into four parts, with each part devoted to two films, Return To Hogwarts intersperses interviews of the key cast members with behind-the-scenes footage, outtakes and film clips to piece together a narrative about how important the franchise was not only in shaping the careers of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, among others but also in bringing together “the British royalty of the acting world”.