Looks like Doctor Strange isn't the only magical maestro to seriously mix-up a spell. The makers of HBO Max's hit reunion special, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, accidentally swapped in a childhood photo of Emma Roberts for franchise star Emma Watson. And it took a hardcore Harry Potter fan to spot the mistake on-air and bring it to public attention via Twitter. "That's literally Emma Roberts not Emma Watson," the Hogwarts-ready viewer wrote of the accidental flashback to the wrong Emma.
Not surprisingly, the Twitter dunking started almost immediately, especially when additional fans noted that the producers also mixed up the twin actors who played the Weasley twins, James and Oliver Phelps.
— 𝕞𝕒𝕟𝕚𝕒 (@vee_delmonico99) January 1, 2022
How they gonna do Emma (Watson) dirty like that lol pic.twitter.com/fXYTFQFqJv
— AJ (@aj_zavala) January 2, 2022
They really messed up James and Oliver Phelps with their names and used a baby pic of Emma Roberts instead of Emma Watson 😂🤦♀️ IM DYING LAUGHING 😂 pic.twitter.com/50UHgeUGqB
— Jennifer Sorrentino (@JennSara99) January 3, 2022
the HP reunion is chaos. they switched James and Oliver Phelps’s names, they put a baby picture of Emma Roberts instead of Emma Watson. i’m done BYE how did this happen
— marine (@hotcharies) January 2, 2022
PSA: in the #ReturnToHogwarts special, the first picture of what’s supposed to be Emma Watson is Emma Roberts, and they also switched the names for James and Oliver Phelps during the interviews. and someone is getting fire at HBO 😂
— A. Sig (@alison_sig) January 2, 2022
To their credit, the makers of Return to Hogwarts have since 'fessed up to their Emma error. In a statement provided to Entertainment Weekly, they credited fans with completing the homework they clearly forgot to do. "Well spotted Harry Potter fans! You brought an editing mistake of a mislabeled photograph to our attention. New version up shortly."
True to their word, the version of the reunion special that's streaming now features a new childhood photo that's most definitely of Emma Watson and not Emma Roberts. And, for the record, the Phelps twins are also correctly identified in the latest cut. Here's hoping the producers hid the original error-filled Return to Hogwarts special in the Chamber of Secrets.
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is currently streaming on HBO Max