Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Review: Return to Hogwarts. by Mary Rizka
It’s been 10 years since the last Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part. 2, coming to theaters worldwide on July 15, 2011.
It’s been 20 years since the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, was released. Harry Potter returned to cast a few magic spells in the new year with the release of Harry Potter 20th Anniversary – Return To Hogwarts on HBO Max (America) and HBO Go (Asia).
This documentary film, directed by Eran Creevy, Joe Pearlman, and Giorgio Testi, discusses the filming process of the Harry Potter film series for 10 years and is packaged like a talk show.
Almost all of the lineup of players returned again for a reunion on the set of Hogwarts, bringing a feel of nostalgia that is inevitable.
Each of them shared their experiences growing with the characters they played. The opening of this documentary is also very interestingly arranged, the players who were in different places in London received a letter that they were invited back to Hogwarts.
This sequence also shows them getting ready to board the Hogwarts Express like actually going to Hogwarts. Creevy, Perlman, Testi managed to pack so many stories into several chapters, in total there were eight acts presented, each of these chapters telling the production process of each film.
The existence of these stages allows the audience to follow the developmental flow of the characters and the actors who play them. The players really look very close and comfortable with each other’s presence, they are seen for the first time meeting again after a long time of not seeing each other.
Emma Watson sit back with Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, having last seen her performance as Meg March in Little Women (2019).
Radcliffe and Grint have also done many other projects post-Potter, Radcliffe playing Miles Casanova in Guns Akimbo (2019), and Grint as Julian Pearce in the Apple TV series, Servant.
This is the first time the three Golden Trio (as Harry, Ron, and Hermione) meet again after a long separation and continue their careers in Hollywood. There are many interesting things that are discussed by the three of them, one of which, it is very difficult for them to see who they are and who are the characters they play.
“This is probably one of the most extreme forms of ‘Method Acting’, said Watson.
The reason is, the three main characters are big on the set, they shoot a movie every 1-2 years and also go to school there.
For them Hogwarts is really like home and the crew and other cast members are their second family. The beauty of the wizarding world and the real world is very different for them, being a teenager and a star can certainly be exhausting, no other teenager has experienced these two things like the Harry Potter players.
Emma Watson had wanted to stop being Hermione in the 5th film, as the youngest in the Golden Trio group also made Watson tired of following stardom as Hermione, but because of the wishes of the fans who were very supportive, Emma continued this role to completion.
This film really looks at the side of how child actors grow with the fame they get.
Apart from some of the information above, there are many other things that are told in this documentary. I also really appreciate the short section that means a lot by giving a one minute tribute to the Harry Potter players who have died before.
One of these tributes featured Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy) who died in 2021, Richard Harris (Professor Dumbledore), and many others.
I admit there were times when I cried and laughed at certain scenes.
This documentary has succeeded in bewitching the audience with a feeling of nostalgia and occasionally having to wipe away tears.
In addition, there is warmth in every scene as it shows the closeness of each actor and
as well as their attachment to the characters they play.
This film only conducts interviews with the cast and director, does not provide further discussion about Production Design, so for those who want to know more about Production Design in the Harry Potter films, this is not a documentary for you.
However, a lot of experience regarding the casting process, directors, and playing a character can be found here.
JK Rowling as a writer also only appears briefly in this film, rumors that she was not present before are not true.
There is a lot of interesting information and stories that are also very warm expressed by the players, even I as a Potterhead fanatic don’t know this.
This film is a must for Potterheads, it brings fans closer to the players, it also manages to cure the nostalgia for other Potter films. Indonesian Potterheads can watch the film on HBO GO.
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