With a worldwide gross of over seven billion dollars for the films alone (not counting the books, video games, merchandise, theme parks, etc.), it’s no wonder that the stars of the Harry Potter series have made quite a lot of cash. With hundreds of actors appearing throughout the series’ eight films, there are many who could compete for the spot of richest Harry Potter actor. However, not everyone made the cut. Here are the 12 actors who have the highest net worths out of all of the series’ performers.
Note: These are the net worths of the actors from the entirety of their career, not just the Harry Potter series. Therefore, you may see some surprises on this list.
12. $16 million: Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall)
With a career as prolific as Maggie Smith’s, it’s no wonder that she has racked up quite a net worth. Smith has appeared in over 60 films, in addition to her popular television role as the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley on Downton Abbey. Smith has also been nominated for six Oscars, winning two — one for her supporting role in California Suite and another for her leading role in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.
In the Harry Potter series, Smith portrayed Professor Minerva McGonagall in seven of the eight films, a role for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Saturn Award in 2002. The only film that she did not appear in was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
11. $20 million: John Hurt (Ollivander)
Although Hurt’s role as Ollivander in the Harry Potter series was fairly small (he only appeared in three of the films— Sorcerer’s Stone and Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2; he had a small role in Goblet of Fire, but it was cut out), the actor’s long career has allowed him to accumulate a $20 million net worth.
Hurt, who launched his career by acting in the Thomas More-biopic A Man for All Seasons, has been nominated for two Oscars, one for his supporting role in Midnight Express and another for his leading role in The Elephant Man. Additionally, he lent his voice to all five seasons of the fantasy series Merlin and has appeared in popular films like V for Vendetta, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
10. $30 million: Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort)
It may be hard to recognize Ralph Fiennes with a nose on his face, but the actor has had quite the career, appearing in the last two James Bond films (Skyfall and Spectre), Clash of the Titans and The Grand Budapest Hotel. With an apparent passion for playing villains, Fiennes also starred as the evil Amon Goeth in Schindler’s List, a role which earned him one of his two Oscar nominations (the other for his role in The English Patient).
In the Harry Potter universe, Fiennes appeared as Voldemort in five of the eight films. However, he is not the only actor to have ever played the role. Christian Coulson, Frank Dillane and Hero Fiennes Tiffin have all played younger versions of Tom Riddle, while Ian Hart (who also played Professor Quirrell) voiced the character in Sorcerer’s Stone, and Richard Bremmer played the character in the Sorcerer’s Stone flashbacks and provided some of the voice parts in Goblet of Fire. But in our hearts, The Dark Lord will always be Mr. Fiennes.
9. $30 million: Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange)
As a noted character actress, Bonham Carter has racked up over 80 credits during her 23-year career. Two of her most notable appearances, in The King’s Speech and The Wings of the Dove, earned her Oscar nominations, while she has also picked up Golden Globe nominations for Burton and Taylor, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Live from Baghdad, Merlin and Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald. She’s also appeared in a number of films directed by her frequent collaborator and ex-partner Tim Burton, like Planet of the Apes, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland and more.
Bonham Carter’s character Bellatrix appeared in the final four Harry Potter films. Helen McCrory was originally cast in the role, but had to drop out when she became pregnant. McCrory ended up returning to the series later, playing Narcissa Malfoy.
8. $35 million: Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
Felton pulled in a good chunk of change appearing as the villainous Draco Malfoy throughout all eight of the Harry Potter films. However, Felton was working even before Harry Potter, appearing in commercials and in the John Goodman-helmed The Borrowers.
Since Harry Potter, Felton has been getting into music, writing and playing his own songs on the guitar. Felton co-founded Six String Productions, a record company with the goal of fostering new talent in the music industry. In addition, Felton appeared in 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring James Franco and Freida Pinto, and is slated to be in the drama A United Kingdom opposite Rosamund Pike, as well as the thriller Message from the King, with Teresa Palmer and Chadwick Boseman.
7. $40 million: Gary Oldman (Sirius Black)
It’s no surprise that in his 24-year career, Oldman has racked up a $40 million net worth. The actor is a staple of another famous franchise, appearing as Commissioner Gordon in the Christian Bale-era Batman films, in addition to picking up kookier roles like Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and meaty villainous roles like Ivan Korshunov in Air Force One. He also earned an Oscar nomination for his 2012 role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, appearing with Harry Potter co-stars John Hurt and Toby Jones, who played Dobby in the films.
6. $45 million: Emma Thompson (Professor Sybil Trelawney)
Thompson has had an incredibly successful career in the film industry. She has won two Oscars, one for her leading role in Howards End and one for best adapted screenplay for her writing of Sense and Sensibility. She has also been nominated for three others: best supporting actress for In the Name of the Father and best leading actress for The Remains of the Day (both in the same year, 1994, making her one of only eight actresses to appear in both categories at once) and one for actress in a leading role in Sense and Sensibility.
In addition to these roles, Thompson has continued to make a name for herself as both a performer and a writer, penning and starring in the Nanny McPhee series, the TV movie Wit and drama Effie Gray. Thompson also appeared as Professor Trelawney in three of the eight Harry Potter films, of course.
5. $50 million: Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Although Grint has earned the least out of the main trio, he’s still pulled in quite a lot of his cash from his role as the bumbling Ron Weasley. The actor was also able to pick up some extra money starring in the comedy Thunderpants and indie films Driving Lessons, Cherrybomb and Wild Target during Harry Potter filming.
Since Harry Potter, Grint has mostly stuck to appearing in indie films like Into the White and CBGB. He also lent his voice to The Unbeatables and Postman Pat: The Movie, as well as appearing in Ed Sheeran’s music video for Lego House and filming the CBS pilot Super Clyde, which was not picked up. Although Grint was originally slated to appear in the lead role Eddie Edwards in the recently released biopic Eddie the Eagle, due to budgetary and production issues, the film was redone with Taron Egerton playing the titular role.
In October, Grint announced that he would be filming a superhero pilot for NBC called Imperial City, about a comic book-obsessed character (also named Rupert) who finds out that the world of his favorite series is real. The drama has a put-pilot order.
4. $55 million: Kenneth Branagh (Professor Gilderoy Lockhart)
Although Branagh only appeared as the vain Professor Lockhart in one Harry Potter film, the actor, director and screenwriter still has an impressive resume. With five Oscar nominations under his belt (best director and best actor in a leading role for Henry V; best live action short film for Swan Song; best adapted screenplay for Hamlet; and best supporting actor for My Week with Marilyn), Branagh’s varied talents have allowed him to rack up a $55 million net worth.
Aside from his work acting in films like Pirate Radio, Valkyrie and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Branagh is also a prolific writer and director famous for his Shakespeare adaptations, including Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and As You Like It. Branagh also directed 2011’s Thor and 2015’s Cinderella, and is slated to direct the upcoming adaption of Eoin Colfer’s book series Artemis Fowl.
3. $70 million: Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
Watson has embodied the spirit of Hermione Granger through her varied career, using her acting fame to gain a role as the UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador and starting the HeForShe campaign for gender equality. Watson also graduated from Brown University with a degree in English literature.
Aside from starring in all eight Harry Potter films, Watson has also notably appeared in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring and Noah. Although she has announced that she will take a year off from acting in 2016, she is also set to appear as the title role in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, opposite Dan Stevens as the Beast — and yes, she will be singing. Her former Harry Potter co-star, Emma Thompson, will also appear in the film, as Mrs. Potts.
2. $100 million: Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory)
Although Pattinson did appear in Goblet of Fire as the ill-fated Cedric Diggory, most of his fame (and cash) comes from his starring role as Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga. Together, the five vampire love story films in the series have made over $3 billion; a small chunk of change compared to Harry Potter’s seven billion, but still quite a lot.
Outside of Harry Potter and Twilight, Pattinson has also starred in the drama Cosmopolis with Paul Giamatti, the romance Remember Me with Lost’s Emilie de Ravin, and opposite Reese Witherspoon in the book adaptation Water for Elephants. Pattinson also plays his own music, writing songs and playing the guitar and piano. Two of his songs were featured in Twilight, and they have also been featured in the Pattinson-starring comedy How to Be.
1. $110 million: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Of course the Boy Who Lived was going to top the list. At just 26, Radcliffe has managed to earn more than any of the more established actors from the series, using his turn as the star of the franchise to spur a successful theater and film career.
Radcliffe started his post-Harry Potter career in the horror film The Woman in Black. He took to the horror genre, also starring in Horns and Victor Frankenstein, with an upcoming appearance scheduled for the thriller, Imperium. He also starred as poet Allen Ginsberg in the biopic Kill Your Darlings and as a romantic interest for Zoe Kazan in The F Word. He will appear in the upcoming Now You See Me 2.
Radcliffe has also found success on Broadway, beginning with his appearance as the lead in Equus, for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination. He also starred in the revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, leading to another Drama Desk nomination, and most recently in The Cripple of Inishmaan, a dark comedy from Martin McDonagh of In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. Clearly, Harry Potter has got a long career ahead of him.
Whose bank account did you find to be the most shocking? Which former Potter stars would you like to see more of? Sound off in the comments section.
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