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 II'- 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, at the very least, we can watch them perform in the other movies they've acted in since Potter has ended. Let's catch up with them and the rest of the Harry Potter cast and see what they've been up to since our favourite movie series has ended.
Did You Know?
During the "Seven Harrys" scene in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1), Daniel Radcliffe had to do over 90 takes to get the shot just right!
Daniel Radcliffe 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 young David Copperfield in BBC's adaptation of Charles Dickson's novel (1999).
In 2012, just a year after Harry Potter ended, Radcliffe starred in a horror movie, The Woman in Black, which went on to becoming the highest-grossing BBC horror film in 20 years. From 2012-2013 he acted on the TV mini-series, A Young Doctor's Notebook (originally aired on in the UK, but is now available on Netflix for streaming).
In 2014, Radcliffe 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). Radcliffe also starred in 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, Radcliffe 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 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 (2017), and the highly anticipated film, 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, whom Radcliffe previously worked on Swiss Army Man with.
Daniel Radcliffe Raps Blackalicious' "Alphabet Aerobics" on Jimmy Fallon in 2014
Did You Know?
Emma Watson didn't even want the role of Hermione originally; in fact, she was the very last child to audition at her school for the role, and it was her teacher who encouraged her to audition.
The character of Hermione Granger is forever linked to Emma Watson, though Miss Watson 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 (released in 2012). In 2013, Watson played in two more radically different roles- first, she had a cameo in Seth Rogen's apocalyptic comedy, 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 the psychological thriller 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, and gave a speech in September, 2014 to launch the UN Women campaign, HeForShe, which urges for men to stand up for gender equality.
Fans of both Emma Watson and Disney alike are excited for Watson's starring role as Belle in the upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Besides acting in the film, Watson 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?
Rupert Grint is arachnophobic in real life, so Ron was able to draw on his real-life fear during the scenes with Aragog in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
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", and 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 romantic comedy, Charlie Countryman, which had a limited release in 2013. That same year, Grint had a small role in the film CBGB (based on the famous New York music venue), and in 2015, 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 the teen drama, Cherrybomb (released in 2009).
Grint has also spent a lot of time on stage- first acting 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.
Grint has most recently turned his attention to television: he can next be seen in the upcoming British comedy, Sick Note, in which he plays 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.
Watch Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint audition for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone!
Bonnie Wright, whom played Harry's sweetheart and Ron's sister, Ginny Weasley, has gone on to act in a number of indie-films (including the drama, Before I Sleep), and has modelled 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).
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood) has done a few small films post-Potter. In 2015, she starred in the award-winning drama, My Name is Emily.
Matthew Lewis made the news for trading in Neville Longbottom's bucktooth grin for a shiny new set of veneers immediately after Potter's end. 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.
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 stars on the CW superhero drama, The Flash.
The role of Dean Thomas wasn't a big one in the Harry Potter series, but Alfred Enoch has made a name for himself in recent years by starring in the ABC drama, How to Get Away With Murder.
Of the adult cast members, Dame Maggie Smith has probably managed to stay most visible, acting in what may be a role even more memorable than that of Professor McGonagall, in Downton Abbey from 2010-2015, where she played Violet Crowley.
Meanwhile, Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) acted in the award-winning Wes Anderson flick, The Grand Budapest Hotel. Among other roles, Emma Thompson (Professor Trelawney) can next be seen alongside Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast (Thompson's playing the role of Mrs. Potts).
Fans of Games of Thrones may have also noticed Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks)- she played the Wildling Osha on the series since 2011. Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley) also cropped up in an episode of the sci-fi drama, Black Mirror (Natalia Tena also makes an appearance in an episode), and is playing the role of General Hux in the newest Star Wars film series.
Sadly, in the years since Harry Potter has ended, we've lost several of the amazing actors whom have played in the films.
Of course, the wonderfully talented Richard Harris, whom played the original Dumbledore in the films, passed away in 2002, not long after completing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
The young actor, Richard Knox, whom played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was murdered in 2008. He was only 18 at the time.
Richard Griffiths- whom played Uncle Dursley in all the films- 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.
In 2014, Richard Lloyd-Pack (Barty Crouch Sr.) passed away from pancreatic cancer, and later that same year, Dave Legeno (Fenrir Greyback), passed away, as well.
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 Harry Potter 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 Harry Potter cast member to have suffered with pancreatic cancer) in 2015. Hurt was another well-known actor, having a career which spanned six decades.
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 them all.
The term "wands up" or "raise your wands" was made popular in the Harry Potter community after the above scene in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when the students and teachers gathered in Hogwarts' courtyard to raise their wand 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 Harry Potter series wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for its illustrious author, J.K. Rowling. Since the Potter 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 Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks: the original location in Orlando, Florida, one in Los Angeles, California, and a third in Osaka, Japan.
The website, Pottermore- a site 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 written by Rowling.
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 (London). The play was co-authored by J.K. Rowling and takes place 19 years after the original Harry Potter series ended, and Harry's son, Albus Severus Potter, is the protagonist. The play was also released as a book.
Rowling has kept her quill busy with non-Potter related things as well, and has written several books since Potter has ended. 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, and 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. Rowling 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, starring Tom Burke, on BBC.
Rowling has also involved herself in many philanthropic affairs, donating to several charities over the years and starting her own foundation, Lumos, which aids children's welfare and education worldwide. Rowling famously dropped off of Forbes' billionaire list in 2012, partially due to the $160 million that she's donated to charities.
Which Harry Potter Star Will You Continue To Follow?
Though Harry Potter is over as a film series, it's good to know 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 WWoHP 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 of course, Pottermore, to keep fans entertained and feeling as though they'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."
© 2013 Brittany Doherty