If you’ve grown up with the Harry Potter series in your life, it’s more than likely you’re a fully fledged ‘Potterhead’ – and whether you’re a Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw or Gryffindor (Go, Go Gryffindor!), you just can’t get enough of the magic. Take a look at how the Harry Potter stars have changed over the years…
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter – Then
The Man himself – Harry Potter. Radcliffe was asked to audition for the role of Harry Potter by the film’s producer, David Heyman, after watching Daniel in a BBC adaptation of David Copperfield. Because of the demands of filming Harry Potter, Radcliffe eventually had to receive his education through on-site tutors.
Daniel Radcliffe – Now
After finishing the Harry Potter series (cry) Radcliffe has found that many people can’t separate him from the character of Harry Potter. I mean, there’s worse things to be than ‘The Boy Who Lived’ isn’t there? But Radcliffe has still landed himself some high-profile roles including Horns, Frankenstein, and Now You See Me 2.
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley – Then
Anyone else have a crush on Ron Weasley when they were younger? No…? Just me…? When Rupert Grint was younger, his dream was to become an Ice Cream Man. Before Harry Potter, Rupert had never acted professionally. He saw the advertisement for the open casting, and sent in a video of him rapping about how he would like the role. The rest is history.
Rupert Grint – Now
Remember the film Thunderpants? This was Grint’s first role away from the Harry Potter franchise, where he played a young astronaut who blasts off into space using his farts. Yeah, farts. Since finishing the filming of Harry Potter, Grint has starred in films such as Wild Target and Drummer, as well as making many guest appearances on TV shows.
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger – Then
“It’s LeviOsa..not LeviosA!” Our favorite brainbox was born in Paris and lived there until she moved to Oxfordshire, UK, when she was five years old. Watson began taking acting classes, and was scouted for the Harry Potter films through her teacher. There’s no denying she’s become one of the most famous – and looks the most different…
Emma Watson – Now
Nowadays, Emma Watson is slowly taking over the world… And we’re so okay with it. Emma has starred in the hit film, Perks of Being a Wallflower, as well as being cast as ‘Belle’ for the 2017 remake of Beauty and the Beast. As well as being all-round perfect, Emma is also the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, on top of creating her own women’s rights campaign ‘HeForShe.’ Oh and there’s that Vanity Fair cover too (which we love by the way, go Emma)!
Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore – Then
Michael Gambon first appeared in the Chamber of Secrets, taking over from Richard Harris, who sadly died after the first film. Gambon first started out in theatre and then worked his way onto our screens. He has said that playing Dumbledore was an easy task, and all he did was stick on a beard and play himself. In that case, want to be best friends, Michael?
Michael Gambon – Now
After the tragic death of Dumbledore (which I definitely still cry at) Michael Gambon carried on his acting career, and also voiced the ‘The Prophet’ in the Elder Scrolls Online video game. He is also a qualified pilot just to add a cherry on top of his coolness cake. He will always be our Dumbledore. *sniff*
Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort – Then
We shall refer to him as He Who Will Not Be Named – you know, just in case. Ralph Fiennes started off his career in the theatre, with a special focus on Shakespeare. He then started being cast in films, before turning his body into Horcruxes and now cannot be defeated….just kidding.
Ralph Fiennes – Now
Fiennes has since starred in many critically acclaimed films such as Skyfall, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Kubo and the Two Strings. I don’t mean to hate him, but you can’t help feel some strange aversion to the man who killed Harry’s parents. Right?
Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid – Then
Robbie Coltrane is most famous for his portrayal of gentle half-giant – Hagrid. Coltrane debuted onto our screens in 1981, and appeared in Harry Potter in 2001. J.K Rowling specifically requested for Coltrane to play Hagrid (what a compliment). If you’re wondering if he really is that tall…he’s not. Coltrane is 6ft 1in, and has an 8ft actor who stands in for him when he needs to be even more giant-y.
Robbie Coltrane – Now
Coltrane is still acting, and has even presented his own TV show where he drove around the UK and visited different towns and villages – bit different to raising three-headed dogs and dragons. He was recently in the TV series National Treasure, alongside fellow Harry Potter star Julie Walters.
Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom – Then
You probably remember Neville as the weedy pushover, who, as the films went on, began to really kick butt. But Harry Potter wasn’t his first acting job. In fact, Lewis has been appearing on our screens since he was five years old. He’s certainly all grown up now, however…
Matthew Lewis – Now
Wow – there are no other words. Since his Harry Potter days, Lewis has really come into his own – and not just looks-wise. Lewis has appeared in many TV shows and films such as Ripper Street and Me Before You. In 2016, Matt became engaged to a worker from the Universal Studios Wizarding World. Lucky girl.
Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley – Then
Ginny makes a small appearance in the first Harry Potter film, but only really becomes a main character in The Chamber of Secrets. And then she goes on to marry Harry so she’s kind of a big deal…and we’re insanely jealous. Bonnie only decided to audition for the role of Ginny Weasley because her brother had said that she reminded him of the character from the book.
Bonnie Wright – Now
After Harry Potter, Bonnie went to university to study TV and Film Management and Production and has since gone on to set up her own production company called ‘Bon Bon Lumiere.’ Her graduation film Separate We Come, Separate We Go premiered at Cannes Film Festival. Pretty impressive!
James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and George Weasley – Then
The creators of Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes were always up to no good, with their Puking Pastilles and Extendable Ears. In typical Fred and George fashion, James and Oliver cut class and missed their exams to attend the open casting. Good job they got the part!
James and Oliver Phelps – Now
Nowadays, the twins are still acting, and are splitting their time between the UK and the US. They also do a lot of charity work and guest appearances. Thankfully they’re not setting off fireworks in schools anymore. Kinda miss their ginger locks though…
Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy – Then
Draco was the character we all loved to hate. But before his portrayal of the infamous Slytherin, Tom Felton had appeared in many commercials, films and TV programs. Felton originally auditioned for the roles of Harry and Ron, and even though he had the most acting experience, the producers felt Tom would be better placed as Draco. We agree.
Tom Felton – Now
After Harry Potter, Felton has continued with his acting career, appearing often in film and TV. However, he is also very interested in his music career. As well as being a singer and releasing some of his own songs, he has collaborated to set up his own record label, which aims to promote creative independence.
Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy – Then
*Hiss* *Boo* Lucius. Jason originally studied law at University but found himself wrapped up in dramatics and theatre while there. He then went on to study drama professionally, and his career truly began. After his audition for Harry Potter, Jason went off and read the books and realised why everyone loved them. Well, duh. If you’ve been watching Netflix recently you might recognise him now too…
Jason Isaacs – Now
Nowadays, you can find Jason in the Netflix Series, The OA, where he plays another creepy guy – there seems to be a running theme here…. Well, do what you do best Jason. If you haven’t seen The OA yet then add that to your Netflix list! It’s seriously addictive.
Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall – Then
Try saying ‘Potter!’ without saying it in Professor McGonagall’s voice. YOU CAN’T. Maggie Smith started acting from the age of 17 and is now one of the biggest names in the business. She has appeared in The Secret Garden, Sister Act, and of course, Harry Potter.
Maggie Smith – Now
In 2007, Maggie Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, she was still filming The Half-Blood Prince, but she continued through filming while also undergoing chemotherapy. What a hero! She then went to play a leading role in the TV drama, Downton Abbey.
Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory – Then
Our favourite Hufflepuff! Robert Pattinson made his Harry Potter debut as Cedric Diggory in The Goblet of Fire where he competed with Harry in the Triwizard Tournament. It was this role that landed him the coveted title of ‘British Star of Tomorrow.’ I still don’t think we, or the world, are quite over Cedric’s death yet.
Robert Pattinson – Now
Robert Pattinson went on to score his biggest role yet, after his way-too-brief appearance in Harry Potter. In 2008, Pattinson was cast as Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga, which made girls all across the world swoon…and fantasise about vampires. He is still acting, and also has a successful modelling career.
Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood – Then
Evanna Lynch appeared as Loony…I mean Luna Lovegood in The Order of the Phoenix until the end of the saga. Evanna had also been obsessed with the Harry Potter films and books (who isn’t?!). She auditioned for the part, and although she had never acted professionally before, the casting directors thought she was perfect for the role.
Evanna Lynch – Now
When she was younger, Evanna suffered from the eating disorder anorexia. She now uses her fame and influence to help girls with their self-esteem and healthy living. She has written a book about her experience, alongside her acting career. Using her fame for good – you go Evanna!
Alfred Enoch as Dean Thomas – Then
Alfred Enoch is most famous for his portrayal of Dean Thomas in all of the Harry Potter films. Dean is a member of the DA, and also dated Ginny Weasley for a short amount of time. While his part may have been small, there’s no denying it’s led to bigger and better things, such as…
Alfred Enoch – Now
Since his time on Harry Potter, Alfred has spent most of his time on the stage. He also went to University to study Portuguese and Spanish. Oh dos mio… Oh and he’s also in that pretty awesome TV series How to Get Away With Murder – trust me, this is another one you’re going to want to add to your Netflix list.
Julie Walters as Molly Weasley – Then
Molly Weasley is the kind of person you’d never want to receive a Howler from. Before the Harry Potter saga, Julie Walters had been acting for thirty years, both on the West End, and on the screen. She won a BAFTA and Golden Globe for her 1983 appearance in Educating Rita.
Julie Walters – Now
Julie Walters continues on her path to world domination. Since Harry Potter, she has appeared in films such as Calendar Girls, Mamma Mia!, Gnomeo and Juliet, as well as TV shows and plays. Oh, and she has also written two books. It’s no wonder she was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2008.
Katie Leung as Cho Chang – Then
Katie first appeared in The Goblet of Fire, as the love interest of both Harry and Cedric. She eventually chose Cedric, which, really, was a bad idea. Katie’s first Harry Potter audition only lasted five minutes, but she must have made a memorable first impression.
Katie Leung – Now
After finishing the Harry Potter saga, Katie didn’t know if she wanted to carry on with acting or not. Thankfully for us, she decided to continue, and she has since appeared in both film and theatre. She recently appeared in T2 Trainspotting and is due to appear in The Foreigner being released this year.
Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley – Then
Muggle-loving Mark made his first film debut alongside Hugh Grant in 1982. He is most famous for his role as Arthur Weasley in Harry Potter as well as appearances on BBC TV comedies, such as The Fast Show.
Mark Williams – Now
Like Arthur Weasley, Mark Williams is interested in Muggle machinery. He has produced and presented many documentary programs on things like trains and explosives. The Muggles love you, Arthur… Sorry, Mark.