Emma Watson has stated that reconciling with Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, her Harry Potter co-stars, was a “emotional” and “intense” event. The HBO Max special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts commemorated the 20th anniversary of the scarred wizard and his companions’ first film adventure in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The show, which included rare behind-the-scenes video and exclusive interviews, also included a number of touching reunions between former Harry Potter cast members.
Along with Watson, Radcliffe, and Grint, a slew of the franchise’s students, instructors, mentors, and foes returned to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to catch up and reminisce about their filmmaking experiences. Return to Hogwarts also featured the return of Harry Potter filmmakers Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell, and David Yates, who revealed further insight into the popular eight-film saga’s behind-the-scenes hijinks. There were, however, a few noteworthy absences among the interviews and reunions, with the program paying a heartfelt respect to the Harry Potter family members who had regrettably died away in the preceding years.
In a post-reunion interview with Vogue, Watson opened up on what it was like to be a part of the 20th anniversary special. The actress begins by revealing that it was Draco Malfoy actor Tom Felton who first alerted her to the idea of a reunion, before expressing her joy at being back on the old sets. When asked how it felt to be back in the Gryffindor Common Room with Radcliffe and Grint after so many years, the actress acknowledged it hit her hard. Read Watson’s complete remarks below:
“It was emotional and also intense to have such an intimate moment so closely watched. Mostly I was just so happy to have a mediator who could ask us these questions and get to be part of seeing how differently – and similarly – we had processed things. I love that we remembered different things.”
However, Watson goes on to say that the most emotional part of the Harry Potter reunion for her was her subsequent one-on-one with Grint. The celebrity was taken away by the actor’s generosity and vulnerability while revealing his connection with Watson, prompting the two to have a particularly heartwarming chat about how they’ve both touched one other’s life. Watson then goes on to discuss her relationships with other cast members, including her bond with Tom Felton and how the three Harry Potter stars are still a major source of support for each other. When asked if she’d be interested in taking part in a prospective 40th anniversary special, she said simply, “absolutely.”
It’s no wonder that Watson found rejoining with her Harry Potter co-stars on the sets they worked on for so many years to be such a profoundly emotional experience, given that the reunion proved to be emotionally overwhelming for many fans. Despite this, many fans will be relieved to see that Watson clearly enjoyed discussing her experience on the Harry Potter series with her old friends, and seeing where the similarities and differences show in their collective memories. It’s clear that the star is more than willing to do it all over again.