It’s hard to imagine that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone came out almost 20 years ago, in 2001, and that Daniel Radcliffe was just an 11-year-old boy when he first auditioned for the role of the boy wizard in 2000. The eight-film series would go on to become one of the best-selling movie franchises of all time, after finishing with the one-two punch finale of Death Hallows Part 1 and Part 2 in 2010 and 2011, 10 years after the series first began.
Since that time, the child actors who starred in the series have gone on to do great things. The three leads (Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint) especially have blossomed into fine actors, but even smaller bit characters have had wildly successful careers. Just look at Robert Pattinson! Others have transformed dramatically in their personal lives, while others quit the movie business altogether after literally growing up on the set of the Wizarding World.
Let’s see where 20 of the actors from Harry Potter are today.
20 Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
Hermione Granger was a huge fan favorite (in the books) even before Emma Watson was cast as the intelligent, know-it-all bookworm. She’s gone on to do big things since breaking into film at the age of 11, such as graduating from Brown University and becoming the U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador.
She’s also worked with the likes of Sofia Coppola, and was Belle in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. She’s also turned into quite a stunner.
19 Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Rounding up the central trio of Harry Potter is Rupert Grint, who played the affable Ron Weasley—Harry’s best friend and Hermione’s love interest. He’s stayed a bit more low-key than Radcliffe and Watson since making his break at the age of 11 (like his other two co-stars).
His first car was an ice cream truck, and he also opened up a short-lived boutique hotel called Rigsby’s Guest House, in England. He’s taken on roles on Broadway and on the big screen, too.
18 Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
Love him or hate him, Tom Felton did a fantastic job playing the wizard boy we all loved to hate, Draco Malfoy. He came around in the end when we learned that he was really a target of parental indoctrination.
The same year the last Harry Potter was released, he played another villain in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He also starred in A United Kingdom, Risen, and in TV shows such as Murder in the First.
17 Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
There probably isn’t anyone on the cast of Harry Potter who has had as much of a physical transformation as Matthew Lewis. The dorky, bucktoothed underdog became a Hollywood heartthrob rather quickly after his time on playing Neville Longbottom. He went from wearing a fat suit for all eight movies to posing shirtless in his underwear for Attitude magazine.
He also starred in plenty of movies and shows, like Agatha Christie’s Verdict, The Syndicate, Bluestone 42, Happy Valley, Ripper Street, and more.
16 Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
Evanna Lynch was a diehard Harry Potter fan before she was cast as Luna Lovegood. She famously found out about the role by surfing HP fan pages, and then landed her dream job. She was well-received in the role, and even praised by J.K. Rowling herself.
Since then, she starred in an indie comedy, G.B.F., as Houdini’s wife in Houdini, and she’s become a role model for young girls who struggle with body image and self-esteem issues.
15 Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory)
Before he gained universal fame as Edward Cullen in the Twilight series, Robert Pattinson played the rosy-cheeked Hufflepuff Quidditch Team Captain, Cedric Diggory. He has since starred in huge blockbuster roles and has arguably had more success than anyone else in the franchise.
Pattinson’s most recent films are The Lighthouse (2019), High Life (2018), Damsel (2018), and Good Time (2017). He has roles lined up well into the 2020s.
14 Frank Dillane (Tom Riddle)
Frank Dillane was just a youngster when he starred as Tom Riddle, a young Voldemort, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). He played the 16-year-old version of the character, while Hero Fiennes-Tiffin played the 11-year-old.
Since then, Dillane has made quite a name for himself as a fan favorite and star on Fear the Walking Dead (since 2015), In the Heart of the Sea (2015), and Astral (2018).
13 Natalia Tena (Nymphadora Tonks)
Natalia Tena played the pink-headed Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter series. She fell in love with Remus Lupin, which mainly happened off the pages of the book series, but was praised by fans.
The 34-year-old also played the wildling Osha in Game of Thrones and has been in all sorts of movies, from Origin to Long Distance, to About a Boy, seven years before she showed up in Half-Blood Prince in 2009.
12 Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
Bonnie Wright played Ginny Weasley in the HP series—a starry-eyed little redhead, Ron’s sister, and Harry’s love interest, Ginny Weasley.
Since then, she’s gone on to play Mia in Geography of the Heart, and she went to the London College of Communication to study film, where she wrote and directed a short film called “Separate We Come, Separate We Go” (also starring her Potter co-star, David Thewlis, who played Remus Lupin).
11 James And Oliver Phelps (Fred And George Weasley)
Whether they like it or not, you pretty much can’t say James or Oliver Phelps without saying the other. They seem that inseparable after playing Fred and George Weasley in the HP series.
The wise-cracking identical twins are still often seen together, though they’re a bit older and arguably much more handsome. They’ve played roles in the TV show Kingdom, sticking by each other’s side, Danny and the Human Zoo, and they still live together!
10 Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley)
Harry Melling played Dudley Dursley superbly—the despicable muggle stepsibling to Harry. He’s a bit like Joffrey Baratheon or Ramsay Bolton from Game of Thrones: we love to hate him, but in real life, he’s pretty mellow.
He’s a very good actor, too, appearing in movies like Lost City of Z, The Musketeers, Merlin, Garrow’s Law, and theater versions of King Lear and Angry Brigade.
9 Katie Leung (Cho Chang)
Katie Leung played Potter’s love interest, Cho Chang, and became known as one of the biggest heartbreakers in fantasy film history. Since her time on set, she’s studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and the University of Arts in London.
She also acted in Wild Swans (on stage), Father Brown, and Run.
8 Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour)
Clémence Poésy is an actress with as interesting of a name as the character she plays in Harry Potter, Fleur Delacour. The elegant and brilliant Fleur brought a whole new side to witchcraft in HP, and given Clémence’s beauty, it seems natural that she turned to the model life after the films.
She has represented huge brands such as Gap, Chloé, and has acted in the movie Bruges, where she played alongside HP alum Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson.
7 Stanislav Ianevski (Viktor Krum)
Stanislav Ianevski played Viktor Krum, the famous international Quidditch player, Seeker for Bulgaria, and one of the best Seekers in the world.
After competing on the biggest Quidditch stages in the world, and tossing the robes aside, Stanislav became a full-on heartthrob and mountain man and has played small parts in Hostel: Part II, Resistance, and Xla.
6 Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas)
With the exception of Deathly Hallows Part 1, Alfred Enoch played Dean Thomas in all of the Harry Potter movies. But grown-up Alfie looks much different than little Alfie, as he’s truly grown into himself and become a heartthrob in his own right.
He also played a pretty big roles in How to Get Away with Murder, Broadchurch, Sherlock, and he seems to have a bright future ahead.
5 Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown)
Lavender Brown was a bit of a fan favorite in the series, specifically in Half-Blood Prince, where she was played by Jessie Cave. When she’s not on screen these days, she’s an illustrator, drawing for the comic Lovesick, and she runs a website called Pindippy.com, where she posts mostly about Harry Potter things, including cast interviews.
She made it huge on TV, too, in shows like BBC Comedy Feeds, Pramface, The Job Lot, Coming Up, and Glue.
4 Joshua Herdman (Gregory Goyle)
As one of Draco Malfoy’s goons, Joshua Herdman was the perfect person to play Gregory Goyle (with the perfect henchman name). Ironically, Joshua went on to become a family man after Harry Potter.
And un-ironically, he also went on to become a mixed martial artist, shaving the pounds and turning them into muscle, which seems a bit more in line with his role as Gregory Goyle.
3 Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan)
Devon Murray was quite good as Seamus Finnigan, especially in the later Harry Potter movies that were filled with tense scenes that could exploit Devon’s talents.
Since Harry Potter, though, he’s stepped out of the acting scene altogether, after coming clean that he had serious problems following HP, battling depression and blowing through his €1.2 million earnings on girls and cars, according to Murray himself.
2 Freddie Stroma (Cormac McLaggen)
One of the many supporting characters in the Harry Potter world, Cormac McLaggen was a smirky Gryffindor Quidditch player with few lines, played by Freddie Stroma. After his role as McLaggen, Freddie grew up to become another Harry Potter alum with movie-star good looks.
Now he just needs leading roles to match those looks. He’s starred in films such as After Dark (alongside HP alum Bonnie Wright), Pitch Perfect, and The Inbetweeners 2.
1 Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
We’ll end with the main guy, Daniel Radcliffe, who got his big break at the age of 11 to play the boy wizard. Since defeating Voldemort, Daniel has gone on to play a psychotic stable boy in a Broadway play (at the age of 17, while still playing Harry), Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black, the Young Doctor in A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, and many more.
References: thegamer.com, hollywoodreporter.com, pottermore.com