Potterheads all over the world have been more than excited over the return of their favorite actors and actresses for the 'Harry Potter: Back To Hogwarts' to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (or the Philosopher's Stone, depending on which country you are.)
We watched Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, 'The Golden Trio' reunite and have heartfelt conversations after so long of not seeing each other but also, we got to watch other Harry Potter stars reunite like Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and many more.
Unfortunately, there were those actors who did not attend the Harry Potter reunion including Michael Gambon, who played Albus Dumbledore, or Maggie Smith, who portrayed Minerva McGonagall. However, one of the Harry Potter stars that did not attend the reunion and was dearly missed by the fans was Julie Walters, who portrayed the matriarch of the most famous red-headed family, Molly Weasley.
Julie Walters, who you might recognize for her other films including Mamma Mia, Paddington, and Mary Poppins Returns, portrayed Molly Weasley in seven out of eight Harry Potter movies (she did not appear in the fourth installment 'The Globet of Fire')
Why Julie Walters Did Not Attend The Harry Potter Reunion?
It has not been officially revealed but it is rumored that Julie Walters did not attend the Harry Potter reunion to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise because she was diagnosed with stage three bowel cancer.
In fact, the actress revealed in an interview with The Times Saturday Review that she could not believe the diagnosis the first time she heard it. “Part of me was going, 'Oh my God! I've got cancer! Oh my God!' And I'm dealing with the shock of that, and it's all systems go to have it treated,” the actress said.
After learning the cancer diagnosis, Julie Walters decided that she was retiring from acting, and while this might preoccupy some actors, she felt relieved because she finally got a good excuse to stop. “Because I had been working really hard and it seemed like a big excuse not to do anything. Cancer trumps everything. So there was a huge relief in it, which is strange. But I needed something to stop me.”
Why was she glad to stop acting? Julie Walters admitted elsewhere in the interview that she stressed a lot while doing her job, and has the firm conviction that it was the main reason for her disease. “Acting caused it,” Walters said. “Because of the way that I approach it acting. I have to be totally in it. Everything has to be just so.”
Funnily enough, if you are a fan of 'Mamma Mia!' the actress also revealed that she would only return to the screens to do a 'Mamma Mia 3.'
However, do not think for a second that the actress has forgotten the Harry Potter saga. According to 'What to Watch' Julie Walters watched the eight movies during the holidays, just before the reunion.
"The films were all on TV recently and I thought 'I'm going to sit down and watch them!'" she revealed, according to the outlet. "They're perfect for this time of year and I really enjoyed them. I think the kids were brilliant and I love seeing how they developed as actors over the series. The films are great and they get better as they go on don't they?"