Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

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Diondra K. Brown, Common Sense Media
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Magical reunion of cast and crew is emotional, nostalgic.

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Positive Messages

Positive messages include global impact that the Harry Potter film and book series has had on millions of people, the enduring role of friendship, why it's important to not judge a book by its cover. 

Positive Role Models

The three main actors -- Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) -- openly discuss their feelings throughout the filmmaking process, the importance of maintaining friendship, and what being a part of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter means to them. Characters they depict are positive role models, as they display teamwork, courage, and perseverance

Diverse Representations

Brings together people with different perspectives from various parts of the movie-making process: producers, directors, actors. While members of the filmmaking team are all different ages, they largely lack racial diversity. Global impact of the film series is featured. Importance of lasting friendships shared between cast members is a central theme of the special. 


Kissing scenes from the film are discussed and shown.  


Mild language, such as "damn," and British slang, such as "bloody hell," is featured in cast conversations and flashback scenes from the movie series. 


Promotes Harry Potter movies and books. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some scenes show cast members with alcoholic drinks in front of them while discussing the films. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts brings together former cast members, directors, and producers of the world-renowned film series 20 years after it first premiered. Fans are taken on a magical journey through time to celebrate the series in a new way. The retrospective special invites viewers back to the Harry Potter set, where some of the most iconic scenes were filmed. Those featured in the reunion are able to ask each other eye-opening questions and share their thoughts and feelings about being a part of this generation-defining film series. Note: Common Sense Media reviewer Stefan Pape participated in the production of this special but was not involved in our coverage of it.

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Kid, 11 years old January 12, 2022

It's Great!

It's really good for anyone who likes Harry Potter and is able to have watched all the movies. It does swear a bit but not too bad (Just things that were s... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 8, 2022


This is a heart felt movie, from what I could tell there was no swearing , the actors are great role models, but it really is just a get together, there is not... Continue reading

What's the story?

HARRY POTTER 20TH ANNIVERSARY: RETURN TO HOGWARTS is a reunion for the creative team that brought the Harry Potter series to the screen. The cast and crew return to the set of the films and explore the wonders that they created together. Producers, directors, and cast members reflect on their time working together as well as the role the series played in their lives. Interviews are spliced with behind-the-scenes footage from making the movies, international premieres, and scenes from the films. 

Is it any good?

This magical reunion will delight fans of the Harry Potter film series. Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is an emotional, enlightening, and thrilling retelling of the experience of making the eight films that defined a generation. The stars of the Harry Potter films (Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, among others) share fun anecdotes throughout the reunion. A special tribute is made to those who have passed away since the film series concluded. This is a true celebration of the cast and crew that brought J.K. Rowling's wizarding world to life. The reunion also explores the impact these movies have had on fans around the globe and on pop culture.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the reunion's reflection on the Harry Potter film series. Did the special give you any new insights into the movies or books?

  • Who is your favorite character from the Harry Potter series? Why? Which films are they in? 

  • Did you read and/or watch every book and film in the Harry Potter series? Did you read or watch the stories first? 

  • If you received a letter inviting you to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, would you attend? 

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