Over the years, there is a slight chance that someone has mistaken Emma Roberts for Emma Watson, whether it was calling either by the wrong name or mistakenly thought one was in a movie the other starred in. They are both young, multitalented, brunette actors who came to fame around the same time, after all. While that mistake may be taken as no big deal, no one would think twice over an honest mistake, that was until the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, special aired on HBO Max, on Saturday, revealing that someone who worked on the special slipped up and has a brief lapsed in memory surrounding a photo that was shown of who they thought was Emma Watson.
The special included a brief montage of Emma Watson’s childhood and life before she starred in the films, filmmakers editing in photos from her childhood. Only one particular image stood out as it wasn’t Watson in the photo but Emma Roberts. The audience knew this immediately as the photo was shared on Robert’s Instagram back in 2012.
Given the gift of digital editing, HBO Max has stated that they will swap the photo out of the special for a more appropriate one, and the funny snippet shall be forgotten as the reunion special is no longer a hot topic on social media. Despite this, it is still amusing that no one over at Warner Bros. noticed the slip up after seeing the clip and did not know the difference before sending it out into the world.
Warner’s official synopsis about the reunion was meant to “honor the magic behind the making of the films and the beautiful family created at Warner Bros. Studios London two decades ago.” It also hopes to celebrate the legacy of the Harry Potter franchise and the impact it has on people around the world.
“It has been an incredible journey since the debut of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film, and witnessing how it has evolved into this remarkable interconnected universe has been magical to say the least,” said Tom Ascheim, the President of Warner Bros. Global Kids, Young Adults and Classics, in the announcement. “This retrospective is a tribute to everyone whose lives were touched by this cultural phenomenon-from the talented cast and crew who poured their heart and soul into this extraordinary film franchise to the passionate fans who continue to keep the Wizarding World spirit alive 20 years later.”