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They’ve enjoyed massive success — both on and off screen — from 2001’s “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” to the conclusion of the series in 2011’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”
But now, as part of a year-long celebration of the films, the iconic cast members of J.K. Rowling’s fantasy universe are set to be reunited — to film a fun video shot in butterbeer-fueled anticipation for the upcoming anniversary.
“We’re making a film,” host Kathy Burke, who played the psychic Avada Kedavra in Harry Potter’s school of witchcraft and wizardry, revealed at the end of a hilarious opening sketch.
To celebrate the British quartet’s 17 years of work in the enchanted world of witchcraft and wizardry, the cast was joined on stage by British comedian Tony Parsons in a sketch that featured small children dressed up as their Harry Potter counterparts.
“We’re getting together and really looking forward to it,” said Emma Watson. “We’ve all been so busy with our other things.”
“But we just all want to do something to honor Harry Potter, so it’s going to be fun,” said Richard Griffiths, best known for playing Dolores Umbridge in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”
Announcing the news — made official by the casting announcement of actor Finn Perks (who played Neville Longbottom in the first two films) — Rowling added, “See you on set.”
“It’s so exciting,” agreed James Phelps, who portrayed Bolt. “To be a part of this series, which started my career. It’s like a dream come true.”
“We’re bringing everyone back,” said Burke, “You’ll see all the really big names — and James and I can’t wait to see you.”
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The special special will feature new clips, commentary from Rowling and behind-the-scenes looks at each of the seven films, in addition to the reunion of the cast.
It will be directed by director David Yates, who helmed the “Harry Potter” movies, and features a voiceover from Samantha Morton (She-Hulk).
Although shooting won’t begin until the end of September, the on-location production is set to reportedly feature some of the largest effects in the series’ history.
“I think I’m the only person still in it … there’s quite a few of us,” said Sheridan Smith, who played Lavender Brown. “I think it’ll be really fun to work together again. I think there will be a lot of excitement.”
“We’re going to be making a film,” said Kathy Burke, who played the psychic Avada Kedavra in Harry Potter’s school of witchcraft and wizardry.
Added Flynn, who portrayed Remus Lupin: “I hope that J.K. Rowling lets us do some mischief.”