It’s been a little over 20 years since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone premiered in cinemas all over the globe. With the franchise spanning ten years and a total of eight movies, it’s hard not to feel as though many of us in a collective generation grew up with Harry, Hermione and Ron. To commemorate two decades of its success, HBO Max brought the beloved cast back together in the recently released Harry Potter 20th Anniversary - Return to Hogwarts.
Though we can only dream of the original cast reprising their roles as our favorite witches and wizards, we can still continue to support them in their endeavors beyond the Wizarding World. In case you haven’t kept up with them though, here’s what Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, and the rest of the cast have been up to since the Harry Potter franchise.
What the "Harry Potter" cast is up to now:
1. Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
When one plays a role as big as Harry Potter, how do they navigate their careers to move past such a milestone? Well, just ask Daniel Radcliffe, who has done pretty well since his breakout role as the boy who lived. Since wrapping the franchise in 2011, the actor has gone on to explore different fields of acting, having starred in theater productions such as How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and The Lifespan of a Fact. As for TV, he’s currently top billing a comedy anthology titled Miracle Workers. Daniel also made a guest appearance in the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in 2020.
Of course, the actor remains a respected movie star to date and has, in fact, appeared in over 15 films after wrapping up his Harry Potter era. Familiar titles you can find Daniel in are Kill Your Darlings, Now You See Me 2, Swiss Army Man, and Beast of Burden. This 2022, he’s set to star in the action adventure film The Lost City, alongside Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum.
2. Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
After inspiring a generation of women by playing the brilliant Hermione, Emma Watson has been cementing her name through various fields within and outside of the film industry. Breaking out of her iconic role, she’s starred in various movies such as The Bling Ring, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Disney’s live motion picture adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, and the 2019 remake of the classic and iconic Little Women.
Shortly after wrapping up the Deathly Hallows Part 2, she enrolled in Brown University and earned her degree in English Literature. Upon graduating, Emma delved into activism, leading her to speak at the United Nations in 2014, whilst launching the gender equality campaign HeForShe, of which she fronted and spearheaded. It’s clear there’s no stopping this force of nature.
3. Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
It’s hard to imagine anyone else playing the quirky and loyal Ron Weasley other than Rupert Grint. After Harry Potter, the actor starred in the music video for Ed Sheeran’s Lego House, which currently has over 300 million views on YouTube. As of writing, Rupert’s last movie appearance was in 2015 for the film Moonwalkers, having focused more on TV work in recent years. The actor has starred in shows like Sick Note, Snatch, The ABC Murders, and Servant. Rupert is currently in a relationship with actress Georgia Groome. They also have a daughter together who was born last May 2020.
4. Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy
Slytherin House's resident bad boy is one that’s not easy to forget. You may remember Tom with his platinum blonde hair and blue eyes, making him stand out amongst the other cast members; but this actor has made quite a name for himself beyond the Wizarding World. Tom’s long filmography post-Harry Potter includes movies like Rise of the Planet Apes, Against the Sun, Feed, Ophelia, Breaking for Whales, and The Forgotten Battle on Netflix. In 2022, Tom’s set to star in a British drama movie titled Save the Cinema, a biopic depicting the life of hairdresser and youth theater leader Liz Evans.
5. Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
Amongst the cast members of this beloved franchise, Matthew Lewis might have had the biggest glow up. Initially introduced as the round-faced, and rather anxious Neville Longbottom, his character has made such an impression to many viewers who’ve seen not only his emotional growth, but his physical one as well. After the franchise wrapped, Matthew appeared in a number of British television shows, such as Blue 42 and Ripper Street.
On the film side of things, the actor has been cast in a few movies, having been included in the romantic drama Me Before You, where he played Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke’s boyfriend. Another notable feature he’s been part of is the 2018 crime thriller The Terminal, where he stars alongside Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, Daniel Fletcher and Mike Myers. Though Matthew’s career has yet to fully take off, we're looking forward to seeing him in more feature films in the future!
6. Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley
Bonnie Wright branched out from acting after Harry Potter. In 2012, she graduated with a film degree at the University of the Arts London before establishing her own production company, BonBonLumiere. As of writing, she’s directed four music videos and six films, including the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama Separate We Come, Separate We Go. She hasn’t given up acting altogether though. Some movies you can see her in are The Sea, After Dark, Before I Sleep, Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg, and A Christmas Carol.
7. Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory
When the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire came out, many girls swooned over the handsome new character, Cedric Diggory. With this being Robert’s breakout role, to say that he captured the hearts of many portraying the charismatic Hufflepuff would be an understatement. A few years after the film was released, Pattinson starred in another popular franchise, The Twilight Saga, alongside his then partner, Kristen Stewart. Though we might have met him as Cedric, we definitely fell in love with Rob as the cool and mysterious Edward Cullen.
That said, he’s not just known for the wildly successful franchises he’s starred in; Robert has led a variety of film genres ranging from indie flicks, in the likes of Remember Me, Good Time and Lighthouse, to even mainstream blockbusters. This 2022, Robert is set to play the iconic role of Batman alongside Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman.
8. Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange
With an acting career spanning over 30 years, Helena Bonham Carter is known as a revered veteran in the industry. Prior to HP, the multi-award winning actress had already starred in numerous motion pictures, such as Novocaine, Fight Club, and the various titles directed by her former spouse, Tim Burton, including Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd. However, to many who grew up in the “Harry Potter generation,” they know her best as the vindictive Bellatrix Lestrange.
Today, the 55-year-old actress continues to grace audiences with amazing performances. Notably, you can catch her playing the role of Princess Margaret in The Crown on Netflix. She’s also starred in several blockbuster hits like Ocean’s 8, Enola Holmes, the 2015 adaptation of Cinderella, and Les Misérables.
9. James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and George Weasley
Don’t worry guys, unlike in the ending of Harry Potter, twins James and Oliver Phelps are still very much a duo. The two have gone on to appear together in movies like Danny and the Human Zoo, 7 Days: The Story of Blind Dave Heeley, and Last Night in Soho with Anya Taylor-Joy. You can also hear the two banter on their ongoing Spotify podcast Normal Not Normal. Both twins are married while Oliver has a daughter with his wife Katy Humpage.
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