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Did the 'Harry Potter' Cast Really Party at a Rave in the '90s?

Possibly the most British photos you'll see today.

Published Dec 9, 2023

 (Image via Facebook account @EdHaas)
Image Via Image via Facebook account @EdHaas
Claim:
A collection of images authentically depicts the cast of the Harry Potter movies partying at a rave in the late 1990s.

A collection of photos went viral in November 2023 in which the cast and characters of the "Harry Potter" franchise partied at a Hogwarts rave until they blacked out. This never happened; the black and white images are not real in any way and were entirely AI generated.

They included pictures of Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, dancing beside Emma Watson as Hermione, a cigarette dangling from her lips; Professor Snape (Alan Rickman) screaming, bottle in hand; and both Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) deejaying. The photos are captioned: "The Great Hogwarts Rave of 1996."

The account that shared these images on Nov. 16, Ed Haas, posted them to the public Facebook group Cursed AI, and has so far received 20,000 reactions, 12,000 comments, and 42,000 shares, as of this writing.

They were also posted on the user's linked Instagram account, @moistbuddha, jointly with Instagram account @shitheadsteve (which has 7.3 million followers) on Nov. 18. The Instagram post has been liked over 710,829 times, as of this writing.

(Image via Facebook account @EdHaas)

In addition to the fact that they were posted to a Facebook group dedicated to AI content, the images, as captioned, also do not match up with the subject matter chronologically. While the "Harry Potter" books were set between 1991 and 1999, the movies were released between 2001 and 2011. In 1996, the year captioned, Daniel Radcliffe (actor who played Harry Potter) would have been only seven years old.

We've previously debunked similar rumors related to the "Harry Potter" franchise, such as that a trailer for a Pixar version of the series was featured on the Disney+ homepage.

Sources

Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/cursedaiwtf/permalink/1407296606545485/?mibextid=K35XfP. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

‘Fictional Universe of Harry Potter’. Wikipedia, 27 Nov. 2023. Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Fictional_universe_of_Harry_Potter&oldid=1187168731.

Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/Cz0RNORu4v0/?hl=en&img_index=1. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Northrup, Ryan. ‘Voldemort DJs The Great Hogwarts Rave In Harry Potter Art’. ScreenRant, 21 Nov. 2023, https://screenrant.com/harry-potter-voldemort-dj-hogwarts-rave-art/.

Taija PerryCook is a Seattle-based journalist who previously worked for the PNW news site Crosscut and the Jordan Times in Amman.