The highly-anticipated Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts finally made its debut on HBO Max last New Year's Day and it had Potterheads excited and nostalgic about returning to the franchise that they love for so many years. It was also great to see original cast members reunite again after all these years and watch them reflect on the magical years.
However, a lot of fans spotted a massive mistake in the special. During the part where Emma Watson was reflecting back on her childhood, they showed a supposed photo of the actress when she was a child wearing Minnie Mouse ears. However, it wasn't Watson who was actually in the photo. Instead, they showed a photo of a young Emma Roberts.
As a result, the producers of the special released a statement to EW in which they confirmed the error and promised that they are going to fix it very soon. "Well spotted Harry Potter fans!," reads the statement. "You brought an editing mistake of a mislabeled photograph to our attention. New version up shortly."
It might be jarring for some, but mistakes like this can happen in documentaries or news reports where they would mistakenly use a different archive photo. Since the special is on a streaming service and the digital technology is now advanced than ever, it is possible for them to fix the error in a short amount of time and we might not even notice that they have fixed the problem when we watch it on HBO Max in the next few days.
Even though the mistake should have been avoided, it's also understandable why the editors might have been confused since there's a lot of young working actresses right now with the first name "Emma" whether it's Watson, Roberts, or Stone. Either way, it's great that the mistake was acknowledged and addressed. We should be able to see the new changes soon.
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is currently streaming on HBO Max.