20 years of Harry Potter: the great absence of the HBO Max special

This week marked the 20th anniversary of the premiere of harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Depending on the country in which it was seen, the date could vary, but for all the followers of the Hogwarts wizard it was clear that both 2021 and the month of November would be very special. The work written by JK Rowling in 1997 he came to the big screen for the first time and he did it with a great job.

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Almost a billion dollars raised the first film of Harry Potter which confirmed what they expected in Warner Bros. Pictures: that the rights of the book returned them at the box office what they had invested. The studio bought the rights to the first four books in a single transaction, which were the ones that had been published, and continued its release work with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma watson and Rupert Grint in the lead for a decade.

There were 8 films in total that marked an entire generation, and this week it was announced that HBO Max I had an idea way of celebrating it. On January 1, 2022, a special will be seen with the participation of all those involved in this great story of the magician. The three protagonists will be joined by the director, Chris Columbus, along with actors like Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch e Ian Hart.

Among all of them, an important absence will be noticed. JK Rowling He will not be part of the special since his name did not appear in the small teaser released this day. Although the official reasons were not disclosed, the author could have been ruled out as a result of her misleading statements about the LGBTQ + community, especially the trans community, and their position that genders should be determined biologically. This brought severe consequences among actors and fans who do not share his position, and they made it known to him on social networks.

Alan Rickman, the other great absentee

“It has been an incredible journey since the debut of harry potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, assured Tom Ashim, President of Warner Bros. from the world classics area for children and young adults. It was in a statement that the special of HBO Max where will not be Alan Rickman, who passed away in early 2016. Hopefully the artist who gave life to Severus Snape be honored and remembered by those responsible for this classic film.

According to what Columbus told in an interview with VarietyHe was one of those who knew the most about the future of the saga even when the first film had not been released. The filmmaker revealed that Rickman met privately with Rowling and it was the author who gave him some details of what the future of Snape in the saga, which served to build the remembered character.

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