Once a Hogwarts scholar, always a Hogwarts scholar. The cast of the enormously successful Harry PotterFilms were an unforgettable experience. 2001 was the year of the film. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneIn theaters, the film introduces the world to Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson — who played the three lead characters fromJ.K. Rowling‘s novels — Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, respectively.
The trio grew closer over the next ten years and formed an everlasting bond.
“It’s been such an extraordinary experience to work with, essentially, the same group of people for 10 years,” Radcliffe told Larry King2011 was the year before the last film. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. “You develop such close bonds with so many people that it — it feels odd that — though those bonds will still exist into the future, it feels very, very strange to not be going back to work with them next year.”
The group, along with many of the movies’ other stars, including Matthew Lewis Tom Felton Bonnie Wright, have stayed in touch since filming wrapped and have supported each other’s projects.
Rowling, for her part, has also kept the fans’ love for Harry Potter alive. In 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic, she launched “Harry Potter at Home,” a website to help parents keep their children at home entertained.
“We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!” the homepage for the site, which launched in April 2020, read. “For over twenty years now, Hogwarts has been an escape for all – for readers and fans, young and old. During the strange times we now find ourselves in, we want to welcome you back to Hogwarts, where you will find a friendly retreat for you, your family and those you are caring for.”
The next month, she announced via her site that members were being Harry Potter world — celebrity fans — would each take a turn reading one of the chapters from the first book and the videos would live online. Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, David Beckham, Dakota Fanning, Claudia Kim, Noma Dumezweni and Eddie RedmayneThese were only a few of those who participated.
“Each will be reading different sections of this iconic book, with its themes of family, friendship, courage and overcoming adversity, to families around the world,” the press release shared.
Scroll down to see the cast of Harry PotterReuniting over the years.