Sometimes we become so entranced in the wizarding world while watching the Harry Potter movies that we forget magic and Hogwarts don't actually exist. We completely ignore the fact that the actors who play these characters aren't actually witches and wizards because they're just so darn good at portraying their roles. When we see these actors in movies outside of the Harry Potter films, all we want to do is shout "TEN POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR!" at the screen whenever they do something redeemable. It's hard to picture these actors as anyone other than their Potter characters, but when we do get to see them outside of the magical franchise, they never fail to stupefy us (pun intended) with their versatility.
So, without further ado, let's take a look at the Potter actors and their best roles outside of Hogwarts.
10 What If - Daniel Radcliffe
What If is a film that is so adorable it would make Lord Voldemort swoon. The premise is one that has been used time and time again, yet it is done in a way that is unique and intelligent enough to stand out. The story centers around Wallace (Radcliffe), who ends up forming a close friendship with Chantry (Zoe Kazan), and he eventually falls for her. The only problem is that she has a long term boyfriend to whom she is very much committed. Will they be able to stay platonic friends regardless of their mutual attraction for one another?
In a way, What if is a more progressive update on When Harry Met Sally because the male lead is more willing to accept a relationship with a female he fancies that is neither romantic nor sensual. You go, Daniel! Ten points to Gryffindor! P.S, Adam Driver plays Radcliffe's best friend, so you get to see Kylo Ren bond with The Boy Who Lived.
9 Perks of Being A Wallflower - Emma Watson
"Who are you, and what have you done with Hermione Granger?" Perks of Being a Wallflower is a 2012 film that is based on the classic novel by Stephen Chbosky. In it, Hermione finally gets to let loose and become an inspirational free spirit who does a whole bunch of things that would probably get her killed... or worse. Expelled.
The beloved actress plays Sam, an adventurous high schooler who can't stand the conformity of her small town. She will do whatever it takes to make the most of her days, including standing on the back of a moving pickup truck while "Heroes" by David Bowie blasts through the wind. The film has been praised as the newer generation's version of The Breakfast Club, and we can't help but agree. Perks is a lovely story, and Watson fully captures the bohemian nature of the character to a mesmerizing extent. The best part is that we get to see the brightest witch of her age perform "Touch-A, Touch-A, Touch Me" as Janet from Rocky Horror Picture Show. We never thought we'd see the day. Plus, Ezra Miller, aka Credence Barebone from Fantastic Beasts, plays Emma's stepbrother. It's always fun to see Potter worlds collide!
8 The Corpse Bride - Helena Bonham Carter
This is easily the most visually stunning film by Tim Burton (who also happened to be Helena Bonham's husband for 13 years). In the film, Helena voices the character Emily, a corpse of a woman who is looking for love. The visuals are hauntingly beautiful years after its release in this breathtaking gothic romance film.
Emily is basically the corpse version of Lana Del Rey with an added charm and quirk that only Carter could truly perfect. It's one of those films that you could watch over and over again and never get bored.
7 Angels In America - Emma Thompson
Those who have yet to see Angels in America are in for a treat. Based on the Pulitzer-prize winning play by Tony Kushner, the miniseries centers around a group of people in the 1980s who are dealing with life-altering struggles including the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It has a superb cast including Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and, of course, Emma Thompson. Thompson plays Nurse Emily who takes tender care of Prior Walter, portrayed by Justin Kirke (also from Weeds). Her character is so heartwarming and gentle that it is impossible not to fall in love with this woman and the versatile roles she so effortlessly portrays.
6 Game of Thrones - Michelle Fairley
Plot twist! Hermione Granger is actually Hermione Stark because Michelle Fairley, who plays Catelyn Stark on Game of Thrones, also plays Hermione's mother in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. We guess this means Sansa, Arya, and Jon are Hermione's siblings!
This poor woman keeps on getting the short end of the stick because, on GOT, Fairley gets hit with the Red Wedding, and, in HP, her own daughter uses the obliviation spell on her. Fairley's portrayal of Catelyn Stark has managed to create one of the most beloved characters on Game of Thrones, and it is so wonderful to see her as Hermione's mother as well. Michelle Fairley simply has a knack for playing the role of the warm mama bear and we kind of sort of want her to adopt us.
5 Lego House - Rupert Grint
Rupert Grint has done a number of fantastic roles outside of Harry Potter, but one of his most iconic portrayals of all is as Ed Sheeran in his music video for "Lego House". The music video is basically Rupert Grint lip syncing Ed Sheeran's song, and it couldn't be more epic to see Weasley bopping and singing as your average pop star. It makes sense that Sheeran would have Ronald Weasley portray him because they have so much in common. They're both gingers, they both ended up with their childhood sweethearts, and they both exist inside magical fantasy worlds like that time when Sheeran was a guest star on Game of Thrones. The best part is that the two are good friends in real life. Guess who Ed Sheeran dressed up as in 2016 for Halloween? Ron Weasley, of course! What a wonderful world we live in...
4 Game of Thrones - David Bradley
In Harry Potter, Bradley plays the broody yet all-together harmless squib at Hogwarts who takes the term "cat person" to a whole other level. Yet, when he's not awkwardly running around the castle grounds with Mrs. Norris while trying to get students in trouble, he's busy betraying the Starks. He's extremely creepy and downright sadistic on Game of Thrones, making his character Professor Filch seem like a sweet angel in comparison. Maybe Walder Frey is compensating for being a squib. Who knows? All we can say is this man can act, and his characters desperately need some dry shampoo, stat.
3 Get Him To The Greek - Tom Felton
Get Him To The Greek is a 2010 musical comedy starring Jonah Hill and Russel Brand. The funniest scene in the whole movie comes from Tom Felton himself, who plays none other than Tom Felton. Jonah Hill's character starts up a chat with Felton and awkwardly offers for him to bring Professor Snape to a party along with a game of late night quidditch. As one might expect, Tom gets super annoyed at the constant Potter references as he's trying to just live his life, but this little cameo points out how these Potter actors can't seem to escape their iconic HP characters no matter how hard they try to branch out into other roles. It's a shame because they are so talented in their other roles!
2 Die Hard - Alan Rickman
Before Rickman played the greasy-haired potions master and secret double agent in the Potter films, he was best known for his role in Die Hard as the deadpan villain who has stunned audiences with the brilliant boredom of his character despite the chaos of his surroundings. Die Hard was Alan Rickman's first movie role, and it left such a strong impression that he got cast in more big-time roles, Professor Snape perhaps being the most memorable. When Rickman discussed his Die Hard character, Gruber, he had this to say: "I'm not playing the villain, I'm just playing somebody who wants certain things in life, has made certain choices, and goes after them." Sounds a lot like Snape to us!
1 Grand Budapest Hotel - Ralph Fiennes
When Voldemort's not busy creating chaos in the magical world, he's working as a concierge at The Grand Budapest Hotel. Set in the early 1900s, Fiennes plays M. Gustave, an extremely precise hotel manager who takes a liking to the older ladies (including Tilda Swinton in hair and makeup that makes her look to be in her eighties). Ralph plays the role so brilliantly in this gorgeous and zany film that we can't help but actually warm up to The Dark Lord. Who would have ever thought? Does anyone else have any favorite muggle roles from Harry Potter actors