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Top 7 Richest Harry Potter Stars

Updated on June 24, 2016
Image - Emma Watson - a star whose acting career started with Harry Potter, and has gone on to star in other successful movies, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) and Noah (2014)
Image - Emma Watson - a star whose acting career started with Harry Potter, and has gone on to star in other successful movies, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) and Noah (2014) | Source

Who are the Richest Harry Potter Stars?

J.K. Rowling's successful book series, Harry Potter, which had 7 books in the series, was noticed fairly quickly after its first book release, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone back in 1995 by Warner Brothers who bought the rights to the book and have since turned each book into a movie, each of which respectively becoming a blockbuster hit at the movie theatres.

The Harry Potter movie franchise has made a few leading stars extremely wealthy thanks to the long running success of the movie series, having brought in billions overall at the global box office.

J.K. Rowling, the author of the books has made more than a billion dollars from the Harry Potter brand, and even today is earning royalties that go into the millions for the back-end sales of her e-books for the Harry Potter novels on her website, Pottermore. This is due to her smart decision to retain the rights to the digital sales, keeping the publishers out of the loop where these sales are concerned.

But, it is not just the creator of the story who has got rich from Harry Potter, as the studio Warner Bros. was extremely careful in how they brought the books to the big-screen, and the leading actors made a small fortune for themselves from the series altogether.

Leaving just one question, who made the most money from the Harry Potter series and just how much are these wealthy individuals worth today?

Well, Here are the Wealthiest Harry Potter Stars and Their Net Worths Today

Time to take a look at the stars from Harry Potter who have profited most from their performances in the movies.

However, expect to see a few on this list who were actors/actresses starring in the Harry Potter movies, but given some of their already successful careers as actors will have only benefited more financially from their parts in the Harry Potter movies, given that their net worths will have already been high before their stepping onto the Harry Potter set for the first time.

Anyway, here are the richest acting stars to have starred in the highly successful Harry Potter movies.

Image - Daniel Radcliffe - looking cheerful as he promotes his 2015 movie, Victor Frankenstein (a movie in which he co-stars alongside James McAvoy)
Image - Daniel Radcliffe - looking cheerful as he promotes his 2015 movie, Victor Frankenstein (a movie in which he co-stars alongside James McAvoy) | Source

No.1 - Daniel Radcliffe - $110 Million

Net Worth: $110 million (2016)

Harry Potter Character Name: Harry Potter

Age: 26

Acting Career Length of Time: 15 years (2001 - current)

Career: Actor

Daniel Radcliffe has enjoyed fame as an actor since a child, something that has been known to be a tragedy as well as a joy for young stars, as it can be hard for these stars as they go into their adult lives adapting to careers in-and-out of the faming spot light. However, this is not the case for this still rather young star who may have had his rough patches along the way but has remained an upstanding citizen still working as an actor today.

Daniel unarguably met his fame through the Harry Potter franchise which saw him as the headliner for the film series, having played the character that shared the same name as the title for one of the most successful and long-running franchises ever made. A lot to live up to for the young star, but as he grew up on a film set he seems to have embraced the world of Harry Potter, and in doing so has made a fortune and won the loyalty of many fans around the globe who still support his acting career today.

Radcliffe currently demands a salary of $25 million, most notably down to his long-running successful start in his acting career in the Harry Potter franchise. Although, since Harry Potter Radcliffe has struggled to find his spot in the acting world, but he has starred in some interesting (if not always successful) movie projects, and has also filled up his time doing some stage work on Broadway. Always a good move for an actor moving up the ladder. The key: stay active. Stay in work.

Image - Emma Watson - looking glamorous at a red carpet event with her new hairstyle - a style which suits her to the brink of becoming a whole new woman since the ending of Harry Potter
Image - Emma Watson - looking glamorous at a red carpet event with her new hairstyle - a style which suits her to the brink of becoming a whole new woman since the ending of Harry Potter | Source

No.2 - Emma Watson - $70 Million

Net Worth: $70 million (2016)

Harry Potter Character Name: Hermione Granger

Age: 26

Acting Career Length of Time: 15 years (2001 - current)

Career: Actor, fashion model

Emma Watson is another leading Harry Potter star actress, having played Hermione Granger. Watson starred in all instalments of the Harry Potter franchise, and for the final 2 instalments of the franchise she was paid £10 million, a staggering amount which at the time Vanity Fair magazine named her one of the highest paid actresses. Not bad for an actress (at the time) aged under 25.

Watson is also known these days for her fashion influence (having made a rapid appearance change after the Harry Potter franchise drew to an end, getting a short hair cut), modelling for Burberry, Chanel and Lancome. Watson has also starred in the covers of numerous magazines, ad campaigns and other advertisements. As it seems Watson has a fashion appeal that women find appealing and drawing. Something which earns her a striking paycheque each year outside of her acting career.

Since Harry Potter, Watson has had a couple of noteworthy movie releases, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) and Noah (2014). Her acting career seems to have headed into the middle zone since the end of the Harry Potter movies, but it seems that it is remaining strong, and her face remains in the public eye thanks to her fashion modelling career.

Image - Kenneth Branagh - the now successful movie director - who directed such movie projects as Thor (2011) and Cinderella (2015)
Image - Kenneth Branagh - the now successful movie director - who directed such movie projects as Thor (2011) and Cinderella (2015) | Source

No.3 - Kenneth Branagh - $55 Million

Net Worth: $55 million (2016)

Harry Potter Character Name: Professor Gilderoy Lockhart

Age: 55

Acting Career Length of Time: 35 years (1981 - current)

Career: Actor, movie director, movie producer, movie script writer

Kenneth Branagh starred in a singular Harry Potter movie, that being the second instalment for the franchise, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Hardly one of the most note worthy actors to have starred in the Harry Potter movies, but still, his character was a lot of fun and did play a large part in that particular instalment, so it feels justified that his name take place on this list.

However, as can be imagined the financial worth that Branagh has made for himself has come from other areas of his career outside of Harry Potter, as Branagh is best known today in Hollywood outside of his acting, as his movie directing career has finally hit off thanks to the box office success of Thor (2011) which he directed.

And, since Thor he has directed a couple of note worthy projects, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) and Cinderella (2015). Projects which will be undoubtedly making the star more money than he will have ever made as an actor.


Image - Rupert Grint - the former Harry Potter star - now doing voiceover work for radio and TV
Image - Rupert Grint - the former Harry Potter star - now doing voiceover work for radio and TV | Source

No.4 - Rupert Grint - $50 Million

Net Worth: $50 million (2016)

Harry Potter Character Name: Ron Weasley

Age: 27

Acting Career Length of Time: 15 years (2001 - current)

Career: Actor

Rupert Grint, the final of the threesome group of friends who were characters that played the leading actors/actresses in the Harry Potter movies, and he played Ron Weasley.

Grint, like the other two, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, made the majority of their net worth from the Harry Potter franchise, a financially fortunate decision that led them to fame and fortune.

Grint, since leaving the Harry Potter franchise has gone on to get very little Hollywood attention, starring in a couple of projects, but none that are very noteworthy. Although, Grint is currently doing TV and radio voice work so he continues to work in the entertainment business, but it does seem to be limited to British entertainment at this current time.

Image - Emma Thompson - British actress who has starred in some of Britain's most proud movie releases - among which being that of the Harry Potter movies
Image - Emma Thompson - British actress who has starred in some of Britain's most proud movie releases - among which being that of the Harry Potter movies

No.5 - Emma Thompson - $45 Million

Net Worth: $45 million (2016)

Harry Potter Character Name: Professor Sybil Trelawney

Age: 57

Acting Career Length of Time: 34 years (1982 - current)

Career: Actress, script writer

Emma Thompson is a well known British actress, having starred in countless movies and TV series since the 80s. Emma's part in Harry Potter was short lived as Professor Sybil Trelawney, buy she did reappear in the franchise during certain instalments starring as her character in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/and the Order of the Phoenix/and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2. Making her a noteworthy character actress for the franchise, worthy for a mention on this list.

Emma has starred in countless movies over the decade, typically British movie projects including the likes of Harry Potter, but has also appeared in Hollywood movies along the way.

Emma's net worth is a rather high amount, and given her lengthy acting career it makes sense that she would appear on this list, and her acting career is still active and doing better than ever so we would imagine that her net worth standing is heading in the right direction, onwards and upwards.

Image - Gary Oldman - a British actor who has appeared in two of Hollywood's biggest franchises, Harry Potter and The Dark Knight (trilogy), and still continues to get into the blockbusters
Image - Gary Oldman - a British actor who has appeared in two of Hollywood's biggest franchises, Harry Potter and The Dark Knight (trilogy), and still continues to get into the blockbusters | Source

No.6 - Gary Oldman - $40 Million

Net Worth: $40 million (2016)

Harry Potter Character Name: Sirius Black

Age: 58

Acting Career Length of Time: 34 years (1982 - current)

Career: Movie actor, movie producer

Gary Oldman is an active Hollywood movie star, and in the Harry Potter franchise he played Sirius Black, a character that popped up frequently throughout the Harry Potter movies, including Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/and the Goblet of Fire/and the order of the Phoenix/and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2.

Gary Oldman always carved a name for himself in Hollywood through the equally successful The Dark Knight franchise, starring as Commissioner Gordon in the latest Batman series.

But since the closing of Harry Potter (and The Dark Knight) franchise Oldman has gone on to star in other successful Hollywood blockbusters including the likes of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

Gary Oldman continues to be an active Hollywood star, with an already jammed full line-up of up-and-coming movie appearances for 2016, including Criminal, Hunter Killer, The Hitman's Bodyguard, Flying Horse, The Space Between Us and Darkest Hour (the singular credited movie announced for 2017).

Image - Tom Felton - a former star of the Harry Potter movies, now seeking out new performances in movies which may bring him back to the fame lime light
Image - Tom Felton - a former star of the Harry Potter movies, now seeking out new performances in movies which may bring him back to the fame lime light

No.7 - Tom Felton - $35 Million

Net Worth: $35 million (2016)

Harry Potter Character Name: Draco Malfoy

Age: 28

Acting Career Length of Time: 15 years (2001 - current)

Career: Actor, movie director (1 credited made-for-TV directed movie)

Tom Felton has been a star in the Harry Potter franchise since the very beginning, not always the most talked about star of the movies, but he has surely made a fortune of his own from the franchise. Carving his way onto this list.

Tom Felton played Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies, a character known for his cruel and sly characteristics. His character seemed to be more present in the story towards the end of the instalments, a probable reason for his increase in bank balance more-so like all of the other main actors/actresses in the film franchise as the movies drew to an end.

Felton has been an active actor since the finishing of the Harry Potter franchise, having starred in a noteworthy movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), a movie which was a success at the box office and has gone on to receive a sequel (not starring the actor).

Felton, although not a Hollywood frontrunner where his acting is concerned, has gone on to continue starring in movies, and has been credited for 7 movies in 2016 alone, perhaps hoping that his luck will turn once again and he will star in another hit movie.

To Give a Rough Idea of the Vast Success of the Harry Potter Movies

Harry Potter Movies (Titles)
Budget
Box Office (Global Gross)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
$125 Million
$974 Million
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
$100 Million
$878 Million
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
$130 Million
$796 Million
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
$150 Million
$896 Million
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
$150 Million
$939 Million
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
$250 Million
$934 Million
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010)
N/A
$960 Million
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011)
N/A
$1.3 Billion
 
 
Overall: $7.7 Billion

Other Notable Harry Potter Stars and their Net Worth's

Other notable Harry Potter Stars who today are worth somewhere way into the millions.

Apologies for the first notable star, as some would have imagined seeing him on the list itself given his rather large net worth of today, but given that he earned pretty much all of that financial worth from another film franchise it hardly seemed fair to justify putting his name on the list. And that actors name is...

  • Robert Pattinson (Net Worth: $100 Million) - Aged 30, starred in the 2005 instalment of Harry Potter (the Goblet of Fire), but it was from the Twilight franchise where the star earned his rather substantial fortune thanks to points been given to the star for the final 2 instalments of the franchise granting the star a 17% share in the movies profits.

Shares which will continue giving the star an income for some time to come, regardless of any other career moves that the star makes.

  • Ralph Fiennes (Net Worth: $30 Million) - Aged 53, Ralph Fiennes played the character Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise from the fourth instalment moving forwards.

However, Fiennes had a presence in Hollywood's movies way before he entered into the Harry Potter movies and still does today even after the Harry Potter movies have ended.

  • Helena Bonham Carter (Net Worth: $30 Million) - Aged 50, Helena Bonham Carter played the character Bellatrix Lestrange, a character which reoccured frequently in the Harry Potter instalments.

But, she is perhaps better known for her roles starring in Tim Burton's movies, including the likes of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016).

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Summary for the Richest Harry Potter Stars in the World

The Richest Harry Potter Stars Summary: Daniel Radcliffe is the most successful of all of the Harry Potter stars having moved onto new and exciting projects in his acting career, enabling him to retain his existence as a Hollywood star, active and memorable to audiences.

Daniel Radcliffe has hit a few bumps along the way since Harry Potter, making a couple of dreadful movies, Horns (2013) and What If (2013). But, has redeemed himself with such releases as The Woman in Black (2012) and Victor Frankenstein (2015), which were both equally as good movies.

The other two major leads in the Harry Potter movies, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint seemed to have stumbled slightly where their Hollywood acting is concerned, not yet getting any truly outstanding leads in movies. But, where Grint has not yet proven any other substantial entertainment value outside of acting, Watson has shown a fashion modelling appeal, carving a name for herself in fashion, a rather high paid field where the best are concerned.

And, the final Harry Potter stars on this wealthiest list have all profited somewhat from the franchise, but none have profited quite like that of the major 3 leads, Radcliffe, Watson and Grint, who were the frontrunners for the marketing campaigns and for the Harry Potter franchise as a whole.

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