The Harry Potter film franchise started in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and ended ten years later with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Between the eight movies that adapted J. K. Rowling’s seven novels of the series, hundreds of actors were given the chance to bring the Wizarding World and its inhabitants to life, composing one of the most brilliant casts in the history of cinema.
The cast of Harry Potter was notable for bringing together the “esteemed British thespians” of cinema in the U.K., and just about every big-shot British actor wanted to be part of it. The few ones there were left out, like Jude Law, complained about it at the time. Though, if only he had waited, he would have seen that in 2017 he’d be cast as Young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them 2.
But aside from Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint – who portrayed the central three characters in the Harry Potter films – there are several other actors who had to move on with their careers after the franchise ended, and some of them look significantly different nowadays.
This is What The Cast of Harry Potter Looks Like Now.
Frank Dillane was featured in the sixth installment of the Harry Potter films, which adapted the sixth book in the series, The Half-Blood Prince. He played 15-year-old Tom Riddle (who would become Lord Voldemort as an adult).
In The Half-Blood Prince, Tom Riddle was also played by another child actor – Hero Fiennes-Tiffin – who played an 11-year-old version of that character. Curiously, Hero is the nephew of Ralph Fiennes, who was actually the main face of Lord Voldemort throughout the Harry Potter movies.
Though Frank Dillane had minor roles in the Sense8 television series and In the Heart of the Sea film, the actor would only really break out as one of the protagonists in Fear The Walking Dead, the very successful The Walking Dead spin-off and companion show. It’s definitely evident that Dillane is no longer a child.
Introduced in The Prisoner of Azkaban, Remus Lupin was portrayed by actor David Thewlis, who reprised his role in The Order of the Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince, and both parts of The Deathly Hallows.
Aside from the Harry Potter franchise, David Thewlis is a celebrated actor who has worked on several projects. His breakout role was Johnny in 1993’s Naked, but Thewlis went on to star in The Theory of Everything, Anomalisa, the Fargo TV series, and even 2017’s Wonder Woman – where he had a surprisingly significant role.
Even though David Thewlis hasn’t changed that significantly since 2004 (when The Prisoner of Azkaban came out), the actor is now halfway into his fifties, whereas he was just in his early forties when he first played Remus Lupin.
Who knew that Dudley Dursley would someday look like quite the rock star! Actor Harry Melling is definitely no longer a chubby boy – he’s all grown up and still pursuing his acting career.
For the most part, Harry Melling has been dedicating himself to British theater, having been in several adaptations of King Lear. The actor was also featured in the 2017 movie The Lost City of Z and the 2016 television series The Musketeers.
Many fans don’t realize that Dudley was not present in the second part of The Deathly Hallows, which means that the last time we saw the character on screen was 2010, when Part 1 came out. Harry Melling was 12 during the time that The Sorcerer’s Stone was released, but he is now 28, and a fully grown adult.
Chris Rankin played Percy Weasley, a character that always maintained a certain level of importance in the Harry Potter saga of books and films. He was featured in the first, second, third, fifth, and eighth installments of the movie franchise, with varying degrees of screen time in each one.
Curiously, Chris Rankin did not do extensive acting work after 2011’s The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but served as a production coordinator for television shows such as Atlantis, The Bastard Executioner, and even Downton Abbey. The only time he was featured on screen after Harry Potter ended was in 2015’s Gracie, where Rankin played a nameless young man.
The actor looks definitely different nowadays, having grown a full ginger beard and looking nothing like the skinny boy he once was.
Few actors can say that they made quite as big of an impression in the Harry Potter saga of films as Evanna Lynch, who played the wonderful and unforgettable Luna Lovegood.
Thankfully, Evanna Lynch currently looks great. The actress has shared that she battled eating disorders during her younger life, and that author J. K. Rowling was instrumental in helping her to get through that phase. It is known that the two women share a very special bond.
After her work in Harry Potter, Lynch starred in films such as G.B.F. and My Name Is Emily, where she played the main character. She is also involved with the revival of the play Disco Pigs, which will open in the London theater circuit.
Julie Walters, who played the lovable Molly Weasley, is still a very celebrated British actress at the age of 67. She played Rosie in Mamma Mia!, the Witch in Pixar’s Brave, Mrs. Bird in Paddington, and is set to play the character of Ellen in Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. She’s also an author, having published the novels Maggie’s Tree and That’s Another Story: The Autobiography.
The actress was present in every single Harry Potter film with the exception of The Goblet of Fire, the fourth installment in the series. For being a so-called “secondary” non-Hogwarts character, Molly Weasley was certainly present the whole way through, making Julie Walters one of the most important and remembered faces in the Harry Potter saga of movies. Who didn't love Mrs. Weasley?
It is pretty well known that Matthew Lewis became a very attractive man as he grew into an adult. As a child, the actor played Neville Longbottom, who was an extremely lovable boy, but not quite the cutest kid, one could say.
Along with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Bonnie Wright, and Evanna Lynch, Matthew Lewis was part of the so-called “Big Seven” children, a title that was created by author J. K. Rowling to identify the most important kids of her series.
Besides becoming extremely attractive and making Harry Potter fans very happy all over the globe, the actor went on to secure many different acting roles – in TV shows such as Happy Valley, Bluestone 42, and The Syndicate, and films like Wasteland and Me Before You.
It is fair to say that Brendan Gleeson looks completely different from his Alastor Moody days in the Harry Potter franchise. He aged significantly, grew a beard, and gained some weight. He looks nearly unrecognizable at first sight, which is actually quite a positive thing for an actor who doesn’t want to just be remembered for his most prominent role.
After Harry Potter, the actor went on to be featured in Edge of Tomorrow, Live By Night, Suffragette, and even the cinematic adaptation of Assassin’s Creed. He was also awarded an Emmy for his performance as Winston Churchill in the TV movie Into The Storm.
Stanislav Ianevski was only featured as the competitor Viktor Krum in one movie – The Goblet of Fire – but the actor will most likely forever be remembered for that single role.
The Bulgarian actor is now 32 years old and, since Harry Potter, has done very little acting work. He was featured in the movies Hostel: Part II (2007) and Resistance (2011), as well as in the Bulgarian television series Undercover and Sofia Residents in Excess.
Ianevski has grown a beard and a long hair – quite a difference from his bald Viktor Krum days! – but remained looking just as fit as he was during The Goblet of Fire. The actor actually shot a cameo reprising his Harry Potter role for The Deathly Hallows: Part 1, but his appearance did not make the film’s final cut.
The French actress and model Clemence Poesy starred in the Harry Potter saga as Fleur Delacour, being seen in the fourth, seventh, and eighth installments of the franchise.
After this breakout role, Poesy starred in films such as 127 Hours, In Bruges, and War and Peace. She was also the star of the television series The Tunnel, which aired between 2013 and 2016 in France and the United Kingdom. As a model, she was the face of Chloé’s “Love Story” fragrance.
Clemence Poesy has aged very beautifully, and though she still resembles her Fleur Delacour days, she is definitely now a grown woman in her thirties. The Goblet of Fire was her very first English-language full-length project, having previously starred in the German movie Olgas Sommer and the French comedy Welcome To The Roses.
The hilarious Gilderoy Lockhart was brilliantly brought to life by Sir Kenneth Branagh – a performance that Harry Potter fans have certainly never forgotten.
Branagh is a celebrated actor with or without the Harry Potter saga, having been in movies such as Valkyrie, 1994’s Frankenstein, 1989’s Henry V. As of late, he also starred in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 war movie Dunkirk.
As a director, Sir Kenneth Branagh was responsible for 2011’s Thor, 2014’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and the 2015 live-action adaptation of Disney’s Cinderella. He will also direct (and star in) 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express, an adaptation of the Agatha Christie novel of the same name.
A prolific and exceptional artist, Sir Kenneth Branagh looks very different now in comparison to his Gilderoy Lockhart days, which shows what a transformative actor he can be.
Jessie Cave took on the role of Lavender Brown in 2009 and portrayed the character during the three final installments in the Harry Potter saga. She succeeded actresses Kathleen Cauley and Jennifer Smith, who had played Lavender in previous films.
Though Cave was featured in movies like Great Expectations, Pride, and Tale of Tales, the actress had a bigger career on British television and even on YouTube after her Harry Potter days.
On her YouTube channel, the actress vlogs and shares comedy sketches that she seemingly works on and edits herself (along with ex-boyfriend Alfie Brown, who is also the father of Cave’s two children).
Besides acting and vlogging, Jessie Cave also published a book – titled Love Sick – that collected various of her cartoon doodles.
The original Tom Riddle, as seen in The Chamber of Secrets, was played by Christian Coulson.
2002 was a huge year for Coulson, as he not only landed this very significant role in the Harry Potter franchise, but he also starred in The Hours. He was later seen in films such as Gayby and Love Is Strange, as well as TV shows like Gossip Girl, Nashville, Mozart in the Jungle, and Nurse Jackie.
Christian Coulson has definitely matured and, like Matthew Lewis, became quite an attractive man with very little resemblance to the time he was featured in Harry Potter. As seen in the picture seen above, the actor’s adult physique was on full display during a shirtless scene for his character Damien George, a recurring role in Nashville.
Guy Henry was brought on to the Harry Potter saga as a late addition. He portrayed the character Pius Thicknesse, which was only seen in the two parts of The Deathly Hallows – the franchise’s final two installments.
The actor had a very long career before Harry Potter, mostly known for his role in the TV series Holby City, but also recognized from V For Vendetta. After being featured in The Deathly Hallows, however, Guy Henry became even more well known, and even served as the actor whose job was to recreate Governor Tarkin in Rogue One.
Of course, a CG version of deceased actor Peter Cushing was applied on top of Guy Henry’s face, but it was Henry’s body that was present on the set and his performance that served as a canvas for the film’s special effects team.
It was a very big responsibility to play Harry Potter’s deceased father, James Potter – a challenge that actor Adrian Rawlins had no problem facing.
Throughout the eight films of the franchise, Adrian Rawlins’ James Potter was present in seven. He was absent in the sixth installment, The Half-Blood Prince. In The Order of Phoenix, actor Robbie Jarvis portrayed a younger version of James. In The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, it was actor Alfie McIlwain who took on the role of young James Potter.
Curiously, Adrian Rawlins played the protagonist (Arthur) in 1989’s The Woman in Black film. Then, as that story was rebooted in 2012, Daniel Radcliffe was given the protagonist role of Arthur. Later, for The Woman in Black 2, Adrian Rawlins was given a role once again – though, this time, it was not Arthur.
Genevieve Gaunt played the original Pansy Parkinson, a Slytherin girl first seen in The Prisoner of Azkaban. For the last three installments of the Harry Potter saga, the actress was replaced by Scarlett Byrne.
Pansy Parkinson was Gaunt’s first ever acting job, which is quite something. Since then, the actress has grown up and changed a lot, having starred in The Last Dragonslayer, Dusty and Me, and even the E! original TV series The Royals. She is now 26 years old, but was only 13 when The Prisoner of Azkaban premiered.
In 2017, Genevieve Gaunt will be seen in the British biographical drama The Mercy, which will tell the story of how Donald Crowhurst attempted to win the Golden Globe Race in 1968 and set out to travel the entire world by sea and alone.
If you shipped Seamus Finnegan and Dean Thomas during the Harry Potter franchise, it was quite glorious to see actor Devon Murray celebrating the fact that gay marriage became legal in Ireland in 2015, and posting a picture where he proposed to fellow actor Alfred Enoch – validating the desire of lots of fans who saw them as a couple.
While Murray seems to be done with acting (or at least taking a break from his career), Enoch has enjoyed major post-Harry Potter success with his role as Wes Gibbins, one of the protagonists of the ABC television series How To Get Away With Murder. Both actors matured and grown beards, but to be honest, they still look a lot like their younger selves.
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