During the HBO Max special “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts,” a photo of a young Emma Roberts was mistakenly identified as Emma Watson by Eagel-eyed fans on Saturday. And now both Emmas are taking the mix-up in stride.
Emma Watson broke her silence about the now-infamous mistake in the “Harry Potter” reunion special by reposting the photo of a young, adorable, Mickey Mouse’d Emma Roberts that was intended to be her.
She captioned the post: “I was NOT this cute,” directing her comment to Roberts with the hashtag #EmmaSistersForever.
“Haha!” Roberts responded via Instagram Stories. “I don’t believe that! @emmawatson.”
Fans were quick to comment on the post, with many happy that she had acknowledged the error that the franchise made. One fan said, “HAHAHAHAHAHAHA NOT EMMA ACKNOWLEDGING THE ERROR,” while another penned, “That’s ok! We still love you both! 😂♥️.”
A third wrote, “FINALLY the queen herself setting the record straight for us once and for all 💀,” while a fourth said, “I CANT BELIEVE THEY MADE THAT MISTAKE BAHAHAHA.”
The Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts producers had previously copped to mistakenly using the wrong picture, releasing a statement to EW that read, “Well spotted Harry Potter fans! You brought an editing mistake of a mislabeled photograph to our attention. New version up shortly.”
This wasn’t the only mistake that made it into the premiere version of the “Harry Potter” cast reunion special.
Oliver Phelps, who along with his twin brother, James, played Fred and George Weasley in the movies, took to Instagram to point out that the special mixed up their title cards. While the editors got their names and characters correct, they put the wrong name and title over the wrong twin.
However, the actor took the mistake in stride, captioning his post: “I guess after all those pranks over the years somebody decided to get their revenge. It was fantastic to be part of the HP reunion. Hope you all enjoyed it. #ReturnToHogwarts.”
While the Harry Potter reunion had a lot of nostalgic moments in store for the fans, the author, JK Rowling was apparently invited to appear on the special, but only her archival footage from 2019 was visible rather than a new interview.
According to Entertainment Weekly, her team was determined that the past footage was adequate amid previous rumours that the writer would not participate due to her controversial comments on transgender people, with stars such as Radcliffe, Watson, Grint, and others speaking out in support of trans people.