When J.K. Rowling’s wildly-popular and bestselling Harry Potter book series was adapted for the screen, fans finally got to see their favorite characters in the flesh. The Harry Potter universe practically had a meltdown as fans lined up for hours outside of theaters – just as they had outside book stores – to see the movies based on the books they had come to love. The Harry Potter movies made stars out of their younger cast members and introduced all kinds of notable British actors to a new generation. So what's the Harry Potter cast up to today?
The eight-picture Harry Potter run has seen the likes of BAFTA, Oscar, and Golden Globe winners, screen and stage legends, knights, and even a grand dame. You probably heard about Emma Watson's new duties as a UN Ambassador, but how about Luna Lovegood? What has she been in since Potter? And what about Neville Longbottom? Is he still a mousy looking, timid boy? (Hint: the answer is NO.)
Since the book and film series have come to a close, what are the Harry Potter actors doing now? Let’s see if the Sorting Hat has been kind in real life.
Everyone’s favorite boy wizard grew up right in front of our eyes. Viewers watched orphaned Harry endure the Dursleys, the grueling academia of Hogwarts, intense competition on the Quidditch field, heartbreak over losing his parents, girls, and, oh yeah, that noseless He Who Shall Not Be Named guy trying to end him all the time.
Radcliffe was 11 when he first played Harry Potter and he instantly became an icon to children and adults pretty much all over the planet. Although Radcliffe seems grateful for the fame Potter-mania brought him, he’s been trying to break his chains (by speaking Parseltongue to them and pranking on his own image in Extras) in the post-Harry era.
Since Harry Potter, Radcliffe has proven that he has solid acting chops with fine performances in A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Kill Your Darlings, and Horns. He's also done plays, most recently the 2018 production of The Lifespan of Fact.
Radcliffe appeared on an episode of the comedy special 2 Dope Queens, as well as the critically acclaimed BoJack Horseman. Though none of his other films can meet the magnitude of Harry Potter, the young star seems to be enjoying his time taking roles for Now You See Me 2, Beast of Burden, and the 2019 animated feature Playmobil: The Movie.
The Smarty McSmarterton, teenage witch - with shades of a younger Minerva McGonagall - might not have ever let her hair down had she not met Harry and Ron. Also, if she hadn’t seen the light and realized that Ron was the bomb diggity, Hermione could have easily ended up as prime minister or surrounded by 29 feral (albeit enchanted) cats, writing complaint letters to Hoarders.
Watching the big-brained, big-hearted Hermione bend and break the rules to take on Voldemort’s evil forces and defend her friends felt, in many ways, more entertaining than anyone else's storyline.
The Harry Potter franchise saw Watson blossom from a little girl to a wildly popular and in-demand actress. Watson is a smarty pants in real life too, attending both Brown and Oxford University between Potter projects. While appearing in non-Potter films , The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Ballet Shoes, and The Bling Ring, she has been a fashion consultant and advocate for gender equality. She also serves as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.
As of 2019, Watson was cast as Meg March in the up and coming film, Little Women. She is still the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, and used her platform to launch HeForShe, a global movement dedicated to gender equality.