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Emma Watson, Tom Felton and Matthew Lewis Have Mini ‘Harry Potter’ Reunion

No, you’re not dreaming! Nearly seventeen years after they starred alongside each other in the first Harry Potter movie, three of the film’s stars — Emma Watson, Tom Felton, and Matthew Lewis — reunited and gave fans all the feels.

Felton, who portrayed bad boy Draco Malfoy in the fantasy film series based on the books written by J. K. Rowling, took to Instagram on Monday, April 16, to share an adorable picture of himself with two of the other stars.

“School mates,” Felton captioned the pic of himself with Watson, who played beloved Hermione Granger, and Matthew Lewis, who took on the role of Neville Longbottom. Felton, 30, added the hashtag #hogwartsalumni, giving a nod to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

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Emma Watson and Tom Felton in 2003. Brian Rasic/Getty Images

The post, which came just one day after Watson celebrated her 28th birthday, was quick to garner the attention of avid fans of the books and movies, accumulating more than 691 thousand likes within the first three hours it was posted.

“My heart is full of joy,” one follower commented. Another gushed, “Omg this is the best thing I’ve seen all day.”

But many fans were quick to ask where Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed Harry Potter himself, was at. “Where’s Harry???” one commenter added with the sad emoji. “We want an official reunion,” another chimed in.

And Harry Potter devotees weren’t the only ones to comment on the post. Lewis, 28, used one word to describe how the get-together made him feel. “Drunk,” he wrote.

The Harry Potter series consists of seven books and eight films: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001); Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002); Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004); Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005); Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009); and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, parts 1 and 2.

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Hungry City: Rice Balls, Subtle and Showy Alike, at Omusubi Gonbei

Still, I preferred less showy ingredients: takana, pickled mustard greens with a faint, grounding bitterness; umeboshi, salty-sour pickled plum whose residual sweetness fights through; mentaiko (pollock roe), briny and close to cream.

Jako, dark-eyed glassine baby sardines, bodies ossified, taste like shattered deep-sea bacon. They’re threaded through a rice ball framed by shiso leaves, lending a green scent and hint of menthol.

A shrimp locked in tempura batter flares its tail, the nori draped around the rice like a tuxedo vest. The idea is smartly reprised with a fried oyster, another innovation for the American audience. Spam, a nod to the Hawaiian version of omusubi, is slapped over tamago, omelet laced with sugar and mirin: the classic death match — and love match — of salty and sweet.

Also on offer are miniature buckets ($ 3.50 each) of karaage, fried chicken in boneless pieces, all dark thigh, the meat rich from a bath in soy sauce. The crust softens a little as it sits, but still has fervor, its nubbly coat infiltrated by ginger, garlic and seasonings that the manager very kindly, very firmly refused to name.

Omusubi Gonbei is stationed right inside the entrance to Katagiri, which opened in 1907 as one of the first Japanese markets in the United States. (The original shop still stands on East 59th Street.) Venture deeper, and the missed opportunities multiply: bento boxes, sushi, steam rising from bowls of ramen.

No regrets. Just a promise to come back. NYT > Food