AceShowbiz - "Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts" owed fans an explanation after it featured a major blunder. The HBO Max special, which debuted on Saturday, January 1, mistakenly used a photo of Emma Roberts instead of Emma Watson.
In the reunion special, Watson discussed her childhood memories of the magical franchise. The British actress recalled she was just a child whose parent was reading the "Harry Potter" books to her before she was cast for the first movie.
"I think I probably wouldve been about 8 years old. I think that's probably when the first one came out. It became, like, our family thing," the Hermione Granger depicter told the cameras as a photo of young Roberts, instead of Watson, was shown. "My dad used to do all the voices, and my brother and i just became obsessed. We would just beg him to keep going."
One eagle-eyed fan quickly spotted the mistake and brought it up on Twitter. "GUYS HELP ME THATS LITERALLY EMMA ROBERTS NOT EMMA WATSON," the fan posted along with screenshots of Roberts' photo in the special. A baffled user reacted, "Omg HOW does this happen."
"How they gonna do Emma (Watson) dirty like that lol," a third joked. One viewer chimed in, "omg I literally thought of this while watching it!! I remember that photo making the rounds when they were filming DH pt 1 when Hermione uses obliviate on her parents and you see baby photos of Emma W - people were saying that this photo was 'exclusive' from the set."
"I knew something didn't look right lmao!!! How did this happen," another fan also spotted the mistake. Someone else shared, "omfg they showed this photo and I was like…that doesnt look like her? Lol." One person joked, "Emma's multiverse."
Some others blamed HBO Max and its employees for the mistake. "Sigh -all these Emmas look alike. Seriously, I can see making the mistake because this does look like it could be Emma W. What I don't get is not catching the mistake in quality control - say letting the actors or some family look at the kid pictures?" one wondered.
Another critic remarked, "You had one job HBO max." Someone jokingly urged Roberts to "SUE THEM !!!!!" for using her picture. Another predicted, "some interns are gonna get fired." One other asked, "@hbomax everything all right!?"
Producers of "Return to Hogwarts" have since noticed the complaints. In a statement to EW, they said, "Well spotted Harry Potter fans! You brought an editing mistake of a mislabeled photograph to our attention." They promised to edit the error, adding, "New version up shortly."