All the Potterheads got a lot more nostalgic when the producers, directors, and actors of the Harry Potter franchise reunited for a trip down memory lane. HBO Max’s Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special premiered on Saturday, January 1, but in case you had too much of a New Year’s Eve hangover to watch it, here are the 5 iconic moments from the Harry Potter reunion you need to know about.
Daniel Radcliffe wrote Helena Bonham Carter a love letter
After they finished filming the series in 2011, Daniel Radcliffe who starred as Harry Potter, decided to send his longtime co-star Helena Bonham Carter aka Bellatrix Lestrange a LOVE LETTER. Radcliffe have first started working with Bonham Carter on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which was filmed in 2004 when he was about 15. “I do love you and I wish I’d just been born 10 years earlier so I might have been in with a chance,” he wrote in part, which is actually kind of lovely.
Emma Watson had a crush on Tom Felton.
At one point in the special, Emma Watson aka Hermione revealed the massive crush she had on Tom Felton who starred as Draco Malfoy when they first met as kids. According to Watson, she fell totally head over heels during an on-set tutoring session in which they were asked to draw God. “Tom had drawn a girl with a backward cap on a skateboard,” she recalled. “And I just don’t know how to say it. I just fell in love with him.” At the time Watson was 10 and Felton was 12 or 13.
Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe helped each other with text crushes
When they weren’t goofing off between takes, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe were reportedly helping each other craft the perfect texts to their crushes. “The amount of prep and coaching Emma and I would give each other on texting to the opposite gender,” Radcliffe recalled. “Like if she was texting a boy or if I was texting a girl, I would be like, ‘She sent me this many kisses back, what do I do? This is a nightmare.'”
The on-set hamster funeral
During her group interview with Radcliffe and Grint, Watson recalled her pet hamster, Millie, who died on set and was given a “custom made wooden coffin that had velvet on the inside of it, and it had her name engraved because I was beside myself.” R.I.P. Millie!
Harry Potter and Hermione’s dance scene
Ask any Potterheads fan, and they’ll tell you that the Harry and Hermione dance scene in The Deathly Hallows is one of the most controversial scenes in the franchise. But to Watson, it’s one of the most beloved. “The scene that I thought was going to be really awkward, and I wasn’t sure about at all, was our dance. Now, that’s one of my favorite scenes from the whole of the series,” she revealed in the special. “So much said in the scene that was unspoken, and I love that. And also, in the same way, that our characters got to have a moment of fun, I feel like we got to have a moment of fun, which we also needed.”