If you’re an actor who wants to rake in the big money and live a life of financial security, then it’s better to forego those quality productions that get you critical praise, because franchise films are the way to go if you want to be a worldwide name. With this comes the financial benefits that will tear the eyes off any of us normal folk, since big franchises pay top dollar to its stars. The Harry Potter series was the first true blockbuster franchise to ever begin in film, being at one time the highest-grossing film series of all time. Fantastic Beasts is furthering this legacy, although it hasn’t been as enormously successful as the first series.
The actors that were featured in the Harry Potter movies all went home with fat bank accounts that keep them healthy to this day, an enormous feat considering Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 was released eight years ago in 2011. However, it would be wrong of us to claim that these stars have earned their fortunes from Harry Potter alone, and that’s truly not the case where the older cast members are concerned. So, if you think the franchise was responsible for making all these actors the millionaires they are today, then you would be very wrong.
As actor's salaries for these films were strictly confidential, we’re instead presenting you with the 25 Richest Actors who starred in Harry Potter films, whose net worth figures are known. You can gauge yourself which one of these earned the most from the Harry Potter series, and which stars earned from other ventures.
25 David Thewlis ($800,000)
In what should be a jaw-dropping surprise, David Thewlis isn’t even a millionaire, let alone a top-paid actor. It’s a marvel he hasn’t reached the $1 million mark, especially because he was featured in five Harry Potter films no less.
David was also the main villain in the DCEU’s Wonder Woman solo feature, casting doubt whether the actor is very open with spending his money or not. With his years of experience, one would’ve thought he was a multi-millionaire easy.
24 Oliver Phelps ($1 Million)
Oddly enough, while it’s a real challenge finding a single picture of Oliver that doesn’t feature his brother in it as well, we can’t locate his twin’s net worth; so, Oliver will have to do. We haven’t seen him in any mainstream production since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, so its understandable that his net worth is limited to just the $1 million.
We’ve never heard of him having any kind of financial difficulties, which must mean he’s living well off his savings from the Harry Potter movies.
23 Robbie Coltrane ($4 Million)
He played the poor half-giant Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies well, but Robbie Coltrane is in fact a clean-shaven and short-haired man known for wearing snazzy suits in premieres. The actor has exclusively been seen in supporting roles throughout his career, which explains why he isn’t all that rich.
Robbie was usually the fourth billed cast member in the films, meaning he probably saw hefty pay checks in his ten-year tenure as Hagrid. It doesn’t seem like his earnings figures matter much to Robbie, seeing as he’s always his jovial self.
22 Timothy Spall ($4 Million)
Having children with their own successful careers must mean that Timothy is living the good life with his spouse at the moment. The actor has also been seen with a drastic weight loss as of late as well; maybe he’s been spending his money at the gym.
Regardless, the rat-like Peter Pettigrew was nothing like the actor portraying him, as Timothy always oozes class whenever we see him at events. He’s done well for himself in his career, and being a multi-millionaire must have its perks.
21 Jim Broadbent ($5 Million)
Professor Slughorn was kind of a cheap individual, who relied on gifts sent to him rather than spending his own money; however, Jim Broadbent doesn’t live the life of his character and the actor has more than enough to spend.
Still, it’s kind of a surprise to see his net worth figure, considering Jim is an Oscar Winner in his own right and has never been one to audition for work. He’s been part of big franchises like Harry Potter and Bridget Jones, so one would’ve thought he’d be richer than he is.
20 Mark Williams ($6 Million)
The funny thing is that we’re so used to Mr. Weasley being a poor man that we also expect the actor to be the same. But Mark Williams is far from poor; he’s six-times a millionaire. The actor has been active in all mediums of performance, too, as he’s been present on TV, film, stage, and theater.
Before Harry Potter, fans knew him best for starring in 101 Dalmatians; he’s always been able to appear in mainstream productions that keep him in the public eye.
19 Bill Nighy ($8 Million)
In an episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers, Bill revealed he was still auditioning for roles before he landed his BAFTA winning role in Love Actually, so the actor deserves all the millions he’s made now, considering he was over 50 and still being kicked around in auditions.
In the last two decades, he’s starred in enormously successful franchises like Underworld and was the fans’ choice to appear as Scrimgeour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1.
18 John Cleese ($10 Million)
He’s a comedy legend, and an actor who seems to have starred in just about every British production there is. John played the part of Nearly Headless Nick in Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, and he brought the same charm he usually does in all his roles.
Thanks to his extremely long span in front of the camera, John has amassed two digits as far as his million figure is concerned. A job well done, we’d say. Especially since he was only in two Harry Potter films.
17 Warwick Davis ($10 Million)
Most people would see being plagued by a disease that causes one to be short in stature as a drawback, but we’ve got Warwick here to tell you that those are complexes one makes for themselves. Along with being a member of the Harry Potter family, Warwick is a legend in Star Wars circles, having starred in all those films.
He’s not only an actor, he’s a pretty good comedian to boot, and was the lead in a series starring a fictionalized version of himself in the comedy scene, along with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. It’s no wonder he’s so rich.
16 Matthew Lewis ($10 Million)
Like many of his Harry Potter cast mates, we haven’t heard much of Matthew’s days since his time as Neville Longbottom came to an end. The only two things we know of him is that he got married, and that he did some modelling work
So, either his Harry Potter pay was very large, or his work as a model paid the big bucks, because Matthew finds himself worth $10 million dollars. It’s hard to imagine him keeping this much money from his Harry Potter earnings, so he must be doing something right.
15 Bonnie Wright ($12 Million)
We haven’t seen her in film roles much, but Bonnie has been keeping busy as a model as of late. She’s been sizzling up calendars with her modelling work, as part of the swimwear catalog, and looks like she’s earning very well from that.
She’s worth more than almost all of the Harry Potter cast members her age, and she’s not even 30 yet. A long career ahead of her means that Bonnie will be boosting her net worth by a fair margin as the years go by.
14 Jason Isaacs ($12 Million)
It’s a shame we don’t get to see Jason Isaacs as the main hero in films or TV shows, as the actor is entertaining in every role. Maybe its because he’s so convincing as the bad guy, that those are the roles he usually snags.
To his credit, Jason has done exceptionally well for himself regardless of predominantly appearing as an antagonist, and seems to be very satisfied with his career. Lucius was supposed to be very wealthy, and Jason himself is crazy rich compared to normal people.
13 Rhys Ifans ($12.5 Million)
We only saw him in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, and yet Rhys is pretty high up when it comes to talking about money. That’s because he’s not just an actor, but is also a very well-known comedian.
He’s a pretty versatile performer, seeing as he was also the villain in The Amazing Spider-Man, and appeared in multiple genres when it comes to films. All those credits combined make sense why he’s earned as much as he has.
12 Michael Gambon ($15 Million)
Not too long ago, there was news of Michael Gambon retiring from stage, as he was getting too old to remember his lines. Well, the good thing for him is that he’s saved up enough money to enjoy his old age.
He started playing Dumbledore from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban onwards, but Michael is much richer than most of the cast members who’d been there from the first part. A rich history of acting will get you this far.
11 Maggie Smith ($20 Million)
Dame Maggie’s fortune is another big surprise in this, since it’s “only” $20 million. The surprise is valid, seeing as Maggie has achieved everything there is in acting, and has been both a leading actress and a supporting actress. She’s also an Oscar winner and one of the biggest names of her time; something that lasts to this day.
Perhaps it’s because the salary scale wasn’t close to how high it is today for actors, because that’s the only explanation we can come up with for Maggie’s net worth figure.
10 Ralph Fiennes ($30 Million)
Ralph has been a leading man in many well-known works, but is generally better known as playing the villain in many productions, including In Bruges and the Harry Potter series. But his estate is nothing to be scoffed at, especially because he’s relatively younger than most of the people we’ve named so far.
His work in the James Bond series will probably inflate his fortune even further, considering the last two Bond films are among the highest-grossing films of all time.
9 Helena Bonham Carter ($30 Million)
Helena only joined the cast in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but you must have noticed her part was much larger than any other villain’s. She was a huge name in the business, and got additional scenes for herself in order for the studio to get the most value out of paying her salary.
She’s of course best known for starring in a number of Tim Burton projects, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Planet of the Apes, among others, and such consistent work has enabled her to stand tall with a very impressive earnings figure.
8 Tom Felton ($35 Million)
Now, we get to the meaty part where both your interest increases by the names mentioned, and the net worth figure also rises. Tom Felton starts things off here by being the richest young cast member outside of the main golden trio.
He was a draw for the audience as Draco Malfoy, and like his character, Tom is incredibly rich. Wwithout the attitude, thankfully.) He’s continued roles in Hollywood, and we saw him most recently on The CW’s The Flash.
7 Gary Oldman ($50 Million)
There was no question that Gary Oldman would be very rich, as the actor has been active in significant roles his entire career. There’s no one more versatile than Gary; we’ve seen him play the villain, the coward, the hero, the maestro, and pretty much everything else.
Harry Potter added to his stardom, and must have represented a good chunk of his earnings. This figure was bolstered when he starred in The Dark Knight Trilogy as Jim Gordon. He most recently won the Oscar for Best Actor and continues his stable position as an A-Lister.
6 Emma Thompson ($50 Million)
You could call Emma the female version of Gary Oldman, as she’s also been active for decades and has been magnificent in a wide range of roles – both on and off-screen. Her Academy Award was for writing the Best Screenplay, signifying her remarkable talent in the business.
In the Harry Potter movies, she played the kooky Professor Trelawney, and earned every dollar she got for the role by bringing us many hilarious scenes to watch. She’s still continuing those performances and most recently is in MIB: International.
5 Rupert Grint ($55 Million)
While he was part of the trio, Rupert isn’t as rich as some others, mainly because he’s shied away quite a lot from the screen since his Harry Potter days. In an interview years earlier, he even admitted surprise at being paid so much as a child star, and wasn’t sure what to do with his life now that he was financially secure.
Due to this kind of soul searching, Rupert hasn’t been seen much, and settled with his $55 million net worth for the time being. He could do nothing his entire life and it wouldn’t make a difference.
4 Kenneth Branagh ($60 Million)
Kenneth is a workhorse in the business, and his net worth is rather low considering just how much he’s been active. The guy is a writer, producer, actor, and a director – he delivers his commitment in each of the crafts as well.
His director credits have included Thor, Murder on the Orient Express, and Cinderella. His acting has been charming wherever he’s been present, and he was even able to be likable as the smarmy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. All that work was bound to translate in earnings.
3 Emma Watson ($80 Million)
She’s been outspoken (and at times annoying) with the many causes she’s supported over the years, but that’s all because she has enough time to focus on them thanks to her $80 million net worth. Emma’s second major role, apart from Hermione, was in Beauty and the Beast – a film that attracted $1.2 Billion at the box office.
Emma has been active in modelling right from the start, which must contribute to her large sum of earnings as well. She’s set to appear in many more films in the near-future, so it’s a matter of time before she gets into three digits in the millionaire category.
2 Robert Pattinson ($100 Million)
Robert had just the one appearance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but becoming Cedric Diggory was the springboard for success he needed to land his star-making The Twilight Saga role. Since appearing in that series, Robert has become a superstar adored by millions of ladies around the globe.
He’s a fantastic actor to boot, having appeared in independent films like Good Time, High Life, and Damsel, all of which display his sheer class. With The Batman now beckoning, Robert is set to become the first name on this list in the future.
1 Daniel Radcliffe ($125 Million)
Obviously, the main character of the series was going to be the first name here. Daniel Radcliffe was also the top-billed star in the franchise, which gave him enormous exposure to succeed.
You can find Daniel in Broadway, film, television, theater, and even on some YouTube videos. He’s tried his hand (and succeeded) in every venture there is in acting, which means he’s earned all of the $125 million he possesses. Then again, Harry Potter is said to have contributed $95 million to him, so clearly he made the most money from the franchise.