Harry Potter Cast: Where Are They Now?
It's hard to believe, but it's been six years since the Harry Potter series came to an end. July 2011 saw the release of the final film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and my Potter-obsessed world has not been the same since.
Though we may never see Daniel, Rupert, and Emma reprise their roles as Harry, Ron, and Hermione again we can at least watch them perform in other movies they've acted in since Potter has ended. Let's catch up with them and the rest of the cast and see what they've been up to since our favourite movie series has ended.
Our star wizard was only eleven years old when he was cast as Harry Potter. Prior to that, he'd done a few small roles, including a starring role as a young David Copperfield in the BBC's adaptation of Charles Dickson's novel (1999).
In 2012, just a year after the film series ended, Radcliffe starred in a horror movie, The Woman in Black, which went on to become the highest-grossing BBC horror film in 20 years. From 2012-2013, he acted on the TV mini-series A Young Doctor's Notebook. It originally aired in the UK, but is now available on Netflix for streaming.
In 2014, he starred in both Kill Your Darlings, a biopic based on the life of poet Allen Ginsberg, and Horns, a paranormal thriller based on a novel by Joe Hill (Stephen King's son.) He also starred in the romantic comedy The F Word (also known as What If.)
2015 saw Radcliffe star in several other roles—from the lead in Victor Frankenstein (a modern retelling of Mary Shelley's classic novel), the American comedy/drama Swiss Army Man, and a co-starring role in the heist film Now You See Me 2.
Other than film roles, he has seen lots of success on the stage. He very famously made his stage debut in Equus (yes, that was the play where he was nude on stage) from 2007-2009. In 2011 to 2012, he returned to the stage (specifically at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in Manhattan) to perform in the musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. He also starred in the stage production of The Cripple of Inishmaan from 2013-2014.
Radcliffe is next set to star in the Australian adventure film Jungle in 2017 as well in The Modern Ocean, which he will co-star in along with Anne Hathaway and Keanu Reeves. The Modern Ocean is written and directed by Shane Carruth, who Radcliffe previously worked with on Swiss Army Man.
Did You Know?
During the seven Harrys scene in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1", Daniel Radcliffe had to do over 90 takes to get the shot just right!
Daniel Radcliffe on Jimmy Fallon in 2014
The character of Hermione Granger is forever linked to Emma Watson, though she has played plenty of other roles since hanging up her Hogwarts robes!
The first starring role she took after Potter was in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which was released in 2012. In 2013, she played in two more radically different roles. First, she had a cameo in Seth Rogen's This Is the End. Later in the year, she starred in The Bling Ring, a film based on a team of Los Angeles thieves. Watson also starred in the Biblical drama Noah (2014) and co-starred with Ethan Hawke in Regression (2015.)
Besides acting, Watson has kept busy by being an advocate for women's rights. In July 2014, she was named as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. She gave a speech in September 2014 to launch the UN Women's campaign, HeForShe, which urges for men to stand up for gender equality.
Fans of both Emma Watson and Disney alike are excited for her starring role as Belle in the upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Besides acting in the film, she will also be providing the singing voice of Belle, which will mark Watson's first time singing for the cameras. Fans can see the new Beauty and the Beast film on March 17, 2017.
Did You Know?
Emma Watson didn't even want the role of Hermione originally. She was the very last child to audition at her school for the role, and it was her teacher who encouraged her to audition.
Our favourite redhead, Rupert Grint, has kept busy since his time on Harry Potter!
In 2011, he had a starring role in fellow ginger Ed Sheeran's music video for Lego House. Later in 2012, he acted in the World War II drama Into The White. Unfortunately, the film was only released in Norway (where it was also filmed.) Grint acted alongside Shia LeBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood in the Charlie Countryman, which had a limited release in 2013. That same year, he had a small role in the film CBGB (based on the famous New York music venue), and in 2015, he starred in the French comedy Moonwalkers. The film saw Grint team up with former Misfits star Robert Sheehan, whom he'd acted alongside previously in Cherrybomb, which was released in 2009.
He has also spent a lot of time on stage. His first performance was in the play Mojo, which premiered in London in October 2013. Grint also made his Broadway debut playing Frank Finger in It's Only A Play in 2014.
He has most recently turned his attention to television. He can next be seen in the upcoming British comedy Sick Note, in which he has a starring role alongside Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World's End.) He's also got a starring role in the upcoming British/American TV series Snatch (based on the film of the same name), and has signed up to play the lead in an upcoming NBC show, Imperial City.
Did You Know?
Rupert Grint is arachnophobic in real life. Ron was able to draw on his real-life fear during the scenes with Aragog in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets."
The Audition of the Three Stars
Bonnie Wright, who played Harry's sweetheart and Ron's sister, Ginny Weasley, has gone on to act in a number of indie films such as Before I Sleep. She has also modeled during London Fashion Week and has tried her hand at screenwriting and directing. Her short film (and screenwriting debut) Separate We Come, Separate We Go stars fellow Harry Potter co-star David Thewlis (Professor Remus Lupin.)
Matthew Lewis made the news for trading in Neville Longbottom's bucktooth grin for a shiny new set of veneers immediately after series ended. Besides getting a makeover, he's also starred in the BBC Three comedy Bluestone 42, had a guest role on the British series Ripper Street, and had a part in the romantic comedy Me Before You in 2016.
The role of Dean Thomas wasn't a big one in the series, but Alfred Enoch has made a name for himself in recent years by starring in How to Get Away With Murder.
Of the adult cast members, Dame Maggie Smith has probably managed to stay most visible. She has a role that is possibly even more memorable than that of Professor McGonagall in Downton Abbey, where she played Violet Crowley.
Other stars include:
- Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood, has done a few small films after Potter. In 2015, she starred in My Name is Emily.
- Tom Felton has kept busy since saying goodbye to the role of Draco Malfoy. He's had roles in Get Him To The Greek, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and The Apparition. He currently has a role on the television series The Flash.
- Ralph Fiennes, who played Lord Voldemort, acted in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
- Emma Thompson, who played Professor Trelawney, can next be seen alongside Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast. She has the role of Mrs. Potts.
- Natalia Tena, who played Nymphadora Tonks, may have been noticed by fans of Games of Thrones. She has played the Wildling Osha on the series since 2011.
- Domhnall Gleeson, who played Bill Weasley, also popped up in an episode of Black Mirror. Natalia Tena also makes an appearance in an episode. Gleeson plays the role of General Hux in the newer Star Wars films.
Sadly, in the years since Harry Potter has ended, we've lost several of the amazing actors who have appeared in the films.
Of course, the wonderfully talented Richard Harris, who played the original Dumbledore in the films, passed away in 2002. He dies not long after completing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Many of us were stricken with grief after the announcement of Alan Rickman's (Severus Snape) death in 2016. Rickman had silently been suffering from pancreatic cancer until his death, and fans and co-stars alike were shocked and heartbroken to hear of his passing. Rickman had quite a prolific career; he acted in over 70 films and TV shows before his untimely death.
2017 has already seen the loss of another beloved star; John Hurt (Ollivander) passed away in January. The cause of his death is yet to be determined, but it was known that he was also suffering from pancreatic cancer (making him the third cast member to have suffered with this disease) in 2015. Hurt was another well-known actor, having a career which spanned six decades.
.Other cast members who have since passed away include:
- Richard Knox: The young actor, who played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was murdered in 2008. He was only 18 at the time.
- Richard Griffiths: He played Uncle Dursley in all the films. He unfortunately passed away in 2013, after complications from heart surgery. Griffiths had a long and illustrious acting career, and had even teamed back up with Daniel Radcliffe in 2008 when they both acted on stage for Equus.
- Richard Lloyd-Pack: He played Barty Crouch Sr. In 2014, he passed away from pancreatic cancer.
- Dave Legeno: He played Fenrir Greyback. The actor passed away in 2014.
Though we've had to say goodbye to these amazing Harry Potter stars, their memories will forever live on in the films, and in our hearts. Wands up for all of them.
The term wands up or raise your wands was made popular in the fan community after the above scene in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The students and teachers gathered in Hogwarts' courtyard to raise their wands in tribute to Dumbledore, after he died. Many fans in the community gather together at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks to raise their wands in tribute when a Potter actor dies.
Potter Through the Years
Year of Release
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
The series wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for its illustrious author, J.K. Rowling. Since the films have wrapped, Rowling has been busy trying to find new ways to keep the world of Potter alive.
She's had her say on the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks, which have gone under some serious renovations and expansions in the past few years. There are currently three of these theme parks; the original location in Orlando, Florida, one in Los Angeles, California, and a third in Osaka, Japan.
The website Pottermore.com, where fans can relive the books and even read new content from Rowling, went live in 2011 and continues to be updated with new content.
In late 2016, the first of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movies was released. Rowling acted as both the producer and screenwriter, and will write the remaining four films in the series. In the same year, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in the West End theatre in London. The play was co-authored by Rowling and takes place 19 years after the original series ended. Harry's son, Albus Severus Potter, is the protagonist. The play was also released as a book.
She has kept her quill busy with non-wizard related things as well. The Casual Vacancy was released in 2012, and was later adapted into a 3-part miniseries for the BBC.
In 2013, The Cuckoo's Calling was released by an author named Robert Galbraith. It received critical acclaim, but not a lot of attention. Only two months after being released, it was revealed that the book was actually written by Rowling under the Galbraith pseudonym, and since then it has received significant acclaim and and over one million sales worldwide. She followed the book up with two more in the series; The Silkworm (2014) and Career of Evil (2015.) The Cormoran Strike series has also been turned into a TV series. It stars Tom Burke and airs on BBC.
Rowling has also involved herself in many philanthropic affairs, donating to several charities over the years. She started her own foundation, Lumos, which aids children's welfare and education worldwide. She famously dropped off of Forbes' billionaire list in 2012, partially due to the $160 million that she's donated to charities.
Though Harry Potter is over as a film series, it's good to know that the actors we've grown up loving are still sharing their talents elsewhere. Thankfully, we have the 8 films to look back on, and plenty of boxed sets with hours of additional footage that we can watch and re-watch for years to come.
For fans of the wizarding world in general, there's a lot to look forward to in the next few years; from visiting the theme parks, to going on the studio tour in London, or catching one of the Fantastic Beast films in theatres. There's the Cursed Child play and Pottermore to keep fans entertained. We can feel as though we've never left Hogwarts behind. And of course, the book series, which needs to be re-read at least once every few years (or heck, every year, if you're a die-hard fan.)
J.K. Rowling said it perfectly; "Whether you come back by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home."
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© 2013 Brittany Doherty