Social Media Roundup: Ringing In the New Year

Welcome to the first Social Media Roundup of 2022! As well as ringing in the New Year, Wizarding World alumni have been posting about Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts.

Return to Hogwarts has had everybody talking, including those who appeared in the special. To celebrate the release of the special on New Year’s Day, Emma Watson shared the movie poster for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and a photo of herself and Daniel Radcliffe on the set of the final two Potter movies. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Emma Watson (@emmawatson)

 

Tom Felton also shared some behind-the-scenes photos. He posted some snaps from the first movie to his Twitter and hoped his followers enjoyed reminiscing as much as he did.

 

 

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy) honored the occasion with a photo of himself and Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) while encouraging fans to honor “the spirit of the boy who lived” and support Afghan refugees.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Jason Isaacs (@therealjasonisaacs)

 

Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) shared an image from the Return to Hogwarts special highlighting the mislabeling of himself and his brother, James (Fred Weasley), with the lighthearted caption “I guess after all those pranks over the years somebody decided to get their revenge.” (Don’t worry, Phelps fans – we hear the mistake has now been corrected!)

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Oliver Phelps (@oliver_phelps)

 

He wasn’t the only one to find it funny. Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, and Afshan Azad (Padma Patil) all shared their amusement in the comments on Oliver’s post.

 

A screen shot of comments from Matthew Lewis, Tom Felton, and Afshan Azad on Oliver Phelps's Instagram post.

 

Oliver wasn’t the only alumnus to share a playful take on Return to Hogwarts. David Thewlis, who plays Remus Lupin, sadly did not appear in the special. Instead, he used his Instagram to share a humorous (and very likely untrue) take on why he was missing. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by David Thewlis (@officialdavidthewlis)

 

As well as enjoying the Return to Hogwarts special, Wizarding World alumni have been ringing in the New Year. First up is Matthew Lewis, who had an unconventional (and slightly painful) start to 2022.

 

 

 

Afshan Azad (Padma Patil) shared a heartwarming reel of all the moments that made her 2021 special.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Official Afshan (@afshanazad)

 

In what has become a New Year’s tradition, Anna Shaffer (Romilda Vane) shared her list of aims for the year ahead.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Anna Shaffer (@annashafffer)

 

Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley) has been on tour with The Magical Music of Harry Potter – Live in Concert. While home for the festive season, he took a moment to wish his followers a happy New Year with a photo from backstage on tour.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by Chris Rankin (@cwrankin)

 

Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown) collated some photos that captured her 2021 and revealed that her New Year’s resolution is to “eat more carrot cake.”

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by JeSsIe CaVE (@jessiecave)

 

Away from the nostalgia and New Year celebrations, James Phelps got us excited for the year ahead with some behind-the-scenes photos from the filming of an episode of his new travel show. This episode will feature Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, who joins the twins on a trip to St. Lucia.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A post shared by James Phelps (@jamesphelps_pictures)

 

That’s it for our first Social Media Roundup of 2022! Check back in two weeks’ time to see what some of your favorite Wizarding World alumni have been up to.

 

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Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!