For years and years, Harry Potter fans got to know certain stars very well. These stars played characters like Professor Dumbledore, McGonagall, and Flitwick, along with characters such as Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, and Harry Potter himself.
Now, that these films have come to an end, some of these celebrities are just getting started. Being in HP films made them recognizable and sought after, and they are adding numerous shows and movies to their lists of work. Other celebrities were chosen for their roles in the Harry Potter universe due to the fact that they have been around for awhile, acting and standing out for years. But where have we seen these actors? What movies and shows star them or show quick glimpses of them?
Here are 16 other places we have seen the stars who play our favorite HP characters…
16. Richard Harris In ‘Gladiator’
In 2001s Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone and in 2002s Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets in 2002, Richard Harris played Albus Dumbledore. He also played Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator, another well-known film which came out in 2000. Aurelius, who ruled from the year 161 to his death in 180, was an important Stoic philosopher, while Dumbledore was perhaps the most respected wizard in the Wizarding World, and both leaders were extremely wise.
Harris was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in August of 2002, and he passed away in October of the same year at the age of 72. He was good friends with Peter O’Toole, who his family hoped would step in to play Dumbledore, but Michael Gambon was eventually cast in the remaining Harry Potter films.
15. Maggie Smith In ‘Downton Abbey’
Maggie Smith was in every HP film, playing Professor Minerva McGonagall. She was the Head of Gryffindor House, Transfiguration professor Deputy Headmistress, and Headmistress of Hogwarts. Smith also appeared in Downton Abbey from 2010 to 2015, as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham. This character is the matriarch of the Crawley family by her marriage to the late Earl of Grantham. In the season six finale, when she was last seen, she was dissatisfied with how Edith and Bertie parted, then became thrilled when they decided to get married.
Both women were bold, proper, and intelligent. They were full of memorable quotes that were full of comforting words and even comic relief. Smith is a distinguished actress who often gets cast in roles such as these, since no one would be able to play them like the Dame herself.
14. Robbie Coltrane In ‘Ocean’s 12’
Robbie Coltrane’s character was responsible for getting Harry Potter to Hogwarts; he showed up on his 11th birthday, told him he was a wizard and took him to Diagon Alley to buy the supplies he needed for his new wizarding school. However, in 2004, he hung out with some older, bigger stars in Ocean’s 12. He played Ian Nicholas McNally, known as Matsui, a patron of the Dampkring Coffee shop. And this coffee shop is a real one located in Amsterdam, where fans and regulars come to drink coffee and to even smoke a type of marijuana that was named after the film.
13. Fiona Shaw In ‘3 Men And A Little Lady’
Fiona Shaw played Aunt Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter movies. Many people may remember her from another childhood film: She was Miss Lomax in the 1990 film 3 Men And A Little Lady. A sequel to 3 Men And A Baby, this comedy starred Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, and Ted Danson as the three male caregivers who helped raise a child named Mary. The mother planned to get married, moved to the United Kingdom, and enroll Mary in a boarding school, but the men tried to stop the plan…and were confronted by the headmistress, Miss Lomax. She thought that Selleck’s character was in love with her, though, so all she cared about was seducing him. And in the world of Harry Potter, all she cared about was trying to not be associated with freaks like her magical sister and nephew.
12. Richard Griffiths In ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’
Richard Griffiths was a character fans loved to hate, as Harry Potter’s Uncle Vernon. In a similar movie, Griffiths was King George in The Pirates Of The Caribbean movies. Like the HP films, both are magical and full of action and adventure. There are numerous flicks in the franchise, but in 2011, Disney released Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, in which Griffiths appeared. George Augustus or George II, was the King of Great Britain and Ireland, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and Arch Treasurer and Prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire. This character was also not popular with fans, as he sent Lord Cutler Beckett to completely finish off piracy. At one point, he was also interested in finding the Fountain of Youth. He considered Jack Sparrow for this expedition but ultimately sent Captain Barbossa.
11. Ian Hart In ‘Finding Neverland’
Ian Hart was in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as Professor Quirrell, but he was also in Finding Neverland as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the first-ever Harry Potter film, he came in as the new Defense Against The Dark Arts professor and as a disguised Lord Voldemort. In Finding Neverland, he was a friend of the main character’s, J.M. Barrie, who was played by Johnny Depp. Doyle, who wrote detective fiction featuring the character Sherlock Holmes, and Barrie, who wrote Peter Pan, were friends in real life and were even on an amateur cricket team together.
These few facts about Doyle make him seem intelligent, athletic, and refined, while Quirrell was a timid and stuttering new teacher who was sneaking in an evil wizard to go head to head with a young, brave wizard.
10. Warwick Davis In ‘Star Wars’
Throw a mustache on Warwick Davis, and he transforms into Professor Flitwick in the world of Harry Potter. In these films, he also played Griphook and other goblins; he was also Wicket in Star Wars. Wicket Wystri Warrick was a male Ewok scout, warrior, and Chief of Bright Tree Village. This little guy almost even killed Emperor Palpatine, as he was also going on adventures to help save the day.
Kenny Baker originally played Wicket, but he got food poisoning, so Davis replaced him and acted out this Ewok meeting Princess Leia, making him the most popular Ewok. He went on to play Wollivan in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Weeteef Cyu-Bee in Rogue One, and Rukh in Star Wars: Rebels. He will also be in Solo: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
9. John Hurt In ‘Doctor Who’
John Hurt helped students of Hogwarts pick out the correct wands as Mr. Ollivander, but he also played The Doctor and The War Doctor in Doctor Who in 2013 and 2015. The Doctor is the last of an ancient race called the Time Lords. These people are almost God-like. Mr. Ollivander ran Ollivanders, a wand shop founded in 382 B.C. This dust-covered shop was home to the best wands in Great Britain.
The character of Mr. Ollivander may not have been able to regenerate like The Doctor’s character can, but his shop was a go-to spot (both locations were in Diagon Alley and in Hogsmeade), and he remembered every wand he ever sold; like the brother of Harry’s wand, which killed the Potters and had almost killed Harry, too.
8. Tom Felton In ‘The Flash’
Everyone loved to hate Draco Malfoy, and some fans even ended up kind of liking him in the end, since the main characters had sort of come to terms with him. Tom Felton played this greasy-haired Slytherin, and he also played Julian Albert in The Flash.
Albert was a crime scene investigator who specialized in meta-humans. During a research-based adventure, he even found the Philosopher’s Stone, which sounds like something out of an HP film! After that, he was transformed into Dr. Alchemy, so he could restore the abilities of several meta-humans from the Flashpoint timeline. He helped Team Flash protect the city until relocating to his home in London…since, at that time, in another universe, Malfoy had married Astoria Greengrass and had had one child, Scorpius Hyperion Malfoy.
7. Clémence Poésy In ‘Gossip Girl’
Clémence Poésy was the beautiful Fleur Delacour in several Harry Potter films, but fans may also recognize her as Eva Coupeau from Gossip Girl. A heartbroken Chuck Bass was mugged and beaten, and Coupeau found him, saved him, and fell in love with him. Bass even brought her back to New York with him, showing what his real life was like, but she realized that he was in love with Blair Waldorf, so she went back home.
In the HP films, she is also a comforting, mesmerizing woman that people fell in love with, though Bill Weasley was the ultimate winner in that story. After she competed in the Triwizard Tournament, she was still involved in the books and movies, since she married Bill at the Weasley’s home, the Burrow.
6. David Bradley In ‘Game Of Thrones’
David Bradley was the grouchy caretaker in the Harry Potter films, Argus Filch. But Bradley was also Lord Walder Frey, the head of House Frey, in Game Of Thrones. This character was also a big grouch, yet he kept outliving his many wives, and he had over 100 children. Eventually, he was murdered by Arya Stark in retaliation for the Red Wedding. Though there are some similarities between these magical movies and this medieval show, as well as similarities between these two characters played by Bradley, Frey probably didn’t have a pet cat named Mrs. Norris.
5. Alan Rickman In ‘Sweeney Todd’
Alan Rickman was Professor Severus Snape (an assumed antagonist who was really only protecting the protagonist), and in 2007, he was Judge Turpin (the main antagonist) in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Snape was introduced as a dark, menacing teacher, and it was later discovered that he was still in contact with Lord Voldemort. Through flashbacks, though, fans took pity on Snape, since James Potter was always mean to him and since Snape was actually in love with Lily Potter. He ended up being murdered by Voldemort, after he killed Dumbledore and became Headmaster.
In Sweeney Todd, Turpin raised Johanna, kept her locked away from the world, and wanted to marry her when she turned 16. After that and after going for a shave at Sweeney Todd’s barber shop, he was also murdered.
4. Gary Oldman In ‘Batman’
Gary Oldman is known to Harry Potter fans as Sirius Black (who was sent to the prison of Azkaban), but to superhero fans, he is known as Commissioner Gordon (who sent bad guys to prison).
James “Jim” Worthington Gordon served as the police commissioner of Batman’s home of Gotham City. He has been skeptical of Batman, but he knows how vital Batman is to the city, so the two end up as sort of respected friends in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.
Sirius Black hung out with James Potter, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew in school, but Pettigrew framed Black for his betrayal of the Potters, the murder of 12 Muggles and the staged murder of Pettigrew himself, which sent Black to Azkaban. He escaped, though, and told Harry that he was his godfather. Years after Black’s death, Harry named his first son James Sirius Potter.
3. Ralph Fiennes In ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
The main antagonist in all of the Harry Potter films is Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents and fights against Harry until his death. Voldemort was portrayed by actor Ralph Fiennes, who also played M. Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Gustave was the Grand Budapest’s devoted concierge, and he was left a valuable painting, arrested, and framed for a murder.
This award-winning 2014 comedy is not as known as the Harry Potter films, and Gustave is not as sinister or as feared as Voldemort, but Fiennes was praised for both roles.
To play Voldemort, though, his nose was digitally removed in post-production, since the Dark Lord had snake-like nostrils that were slit. And an important side note: J.K. Rowling herself said that the “t” in Voldemort is silent.
2. Emma Watson In ‘Beauty & The Beast’
Emma Watson is best known as her portrayal of Hermione Granger, the curly-headed, book-reading lady in the Harry Potter films. She befriended Harry and Ron during their first year, as they rode the Hogwarts Express to school. The three then went on multiple adventures involving life, death, friendship, and love. She even ended up marrying Ron!
In 2017, Watson brought another beloved book-reading character to the big screen, as she played Belle in the live action version of Beauty & The Beast.
Watson herself is a smart and poised young lady, and she plays these characters well. Hermione and Belle don’t just love to read, they love to take bold risks. They enjoy applying their knowledge when stuck in tough situations. And they both fell in love in the midst of big, magical adventures.
1. Daniel Radcliffe In ‘Now You See Me 2’
Of course, fans of the Harry Potter films know Daniel Radcliffe as the young actor who brought these books to life with his portrayal of the title star. Since then, though, Radcliffe has appeared in numerous other works; from animated series to Broadway plays. One place he was recognized was in the film Now You See Me 2, a 2016 sequel to the magical film Now You See Me, which was released in 2013. He played Walter Mabry, the illegitimate son of Arthur Tressler, who was played by Michael Caine and who served as the benefactor to the magicians in these films.
Mabry was thought to be dead, but—just like Harry Potter—he was the boy who lived! This was a big surprise to the magicians, played by Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, and Lizzy Caplan.
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