Harry Potter stars in 10th anniversary video

I AM IN A CONVERSATION ABOUT JON CROWE’S EXAMPLE. THIS IS A GREAT THING TO DO. HURRY TO WALLY WALLY. pic.twitter.com/HQUeUqwkRD — Daniel Radcliffe (@danielradcliffe) November 11, 2018 There are joyous feelings surrounding the…

Harry Potter stars in 10th anniversary video

I AM IN A CONVERSATION ABOUT JON CROWE’S EXAMPLE. THIS IS A GREAT THING TO DO. HURRY TO WALLY WALLY. pic.twitter.com/HQUeUqwkRD — Daniel Radcliffe (@danielradcliffe) November 11, 2018

There are joyous feelings surrounding the 10th anniversary of the Harry Potter franchise.

Two weeks ago JK Rowling wrote a touching tribute to the literary wizard on Twitter, praising young author Emma Howarth for growing up to be just as brilliant as one of the team.

Now, some of the series’ cast and crew have joined forces for a special video, looking back on the universe they helped build.

Tom Felton, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Bonnie Wright, Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis, and author JK Rowling were among those sharing anecdotes on screen and off on Twitter.

Wright described the legacy of the films in which she played Ginny Weasley as the “most special set of memories” of her life, while Watson said that filming felt like a “life ban”.

Felton called the experience “a pretty incredible thing to be part of”, while Grint shared a mock-up of the final product the kids would have been watching at the time.

“It was perfect for when we filmed it,” he says.

Wright reflects on the teams who helped make the series a success, among them Warner Bros. president Alan Horn and producer David Heyman.

Horn first brought the Harry Potter films to life in 2001, after reading the books on a flight between London and Los Angeles.

A decade later, the final film took over £2.5bn at the box office.

“You couldn’t ask for a better group of people,” Wright says of her time on the films.

Rowling reflects on the phenomenon of the series which eventually spawned seven books – and three movies in the series as well as five stage plays and one feature-length animated movie.

“As a writer you just want the audience to fall in love with the characters,” Rowling says, recalling her transition from writing on nothing more than a library floorboard.

The mystery-solving wizard Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe, and his friends Hermione Granger, played by Emma Watson, and Ron Weasley, played by Rupert Grint, spent eight series “childrenswashing” each other across London, according to the record-breaking finale.

This sequence has since become a timeless symbol of the creation of JK Rowling’s very own world.

The line about being “fed up with Claridges” in the final film plays on the tension between Ron and Hermione as their relationship becomes increasingly difficult.

The final line from the film went on to become a popular chant, as Harry Potter arrived home at their home in Privet Drive – having escape from the Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II.

The fan montage is only the latest in a long string of recent celebrations for the Harry Potter franchise.

It’s been six years since the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was released and the chance to revisit the stories has given loyal fans something to look forward to.

Every planned Potter-related event has already sold out. The last thing anyone wants to see is repeats on TV.

Rowling also just launched Pottermore, a fan website that has filled the gaps left behind in the series by providing interactive features, behind-the-scenes stories and rumours.

Fans were thrilled on Saturday to discover that a new book had also been added to the site. This new text picks up where the last book left off. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II was released on 3 November to £10.99 on Amazon.com.

Emma Watson, who starred as Hermione Granger in the films, wrote in a New York Times article that this book takes the stories “weaved in a tapestry of families and lives that probably would never have happened” and “makes them as real as we are. And our individual stories play out against larger contexts”.

The plan is for two more volumes of Harry Potter-inspired stories by the team to be published.

You can watch the full Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II video above.

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