Harry Potter producers respond to Emma Watson photo mistake

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  • Emma Watson
    Emma Watson
    English actress and activist
  • Rupert Grint
    Rupert Grint
    English actor
Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pascal Le Segretain - Getty Images

Harry Potter fans were treated to the beloved franchise's 20th anniversary special Return to Hogwarts on New Year's Day, which featured cast members Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint reuniting to reflect on their experiences of making the films.

Some were quick to point out a small mix-up made during the one-off, which happened when a childhood photo emerged on the screen. Meant to be of Watson, it was in fact an image of another famous Emma, Julia Roberts' niece, Emma Roberts.

Fans posted the mistake on Twitter, and now producers of the Return to Hogwarts have responded with the statement (via EW). "Well spotted Harry Potter fans!" they said You brought an editing mistake of a mislabeled photograph to our attention. New version up shortly."

Photo credit: Dia Dipasupil - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dia Dipasupil - Getty Images

The special saw the original Hogwarts trio teaming up with director Chris Columbus and fellow co-stars including 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 and Ian Hart.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

One special moment included Watson revealing that she "fell in love" with co-star Felton on set. At the time that they were cast as Hermione and Draco, Watson was 11-years-old and Felton was 14, so she was doomed to be seen as the "little sister".

"I walked into the room where we were having tutoring," Watson said. "The assignment that had been given was to draw what you thought God looked like, and Tom had drawn a girl with a backward cap on a skateboard."

She continued: "And I just don't know how to say it – I just fell in love with him. I used to come in every day and look for his number on the call sheet, it was number seven, and if his name was on the call sheet, it was an extra exciting day. He was three years above me and so for him he was like, 'You're like my little sister.'"

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is available to watch on HBO Max and to stream on NOW TV.

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