Pretty much everyone loves (or knows someone who loves) the Harry Potter series. We've grown up alongside the young actors and actresses from the films. Their pictures have been stamped all over the internet, and it feels like we practically possess a memory book of these kids from when they were super-young to the present moment when they’ve all grown up. The Harry Potter franchise has proven to be a memory in its own right and has given us so much to think, feel, and learn. The actors and actresses who portrayed the various characters (favourites and despised alike) from the books have captured our hearts and continue to inspire us to date.
Most readers have already seen some of these before and after collages; this article is basically going to reflect that. We therefore pen this post for all you Potter-maniacs out there who are yet to see your beloved characters in a vastly different light. Where are they today? What are they up to? A few of them may solemnly swear that they’re up to no good, but hey, that’s to be expected (wink, wink). These performers have rarely been out of the public eye, and such a setting can change a person growing up. Don’t judge them too harshly, but admire them just the same. Let’s get started on our tour of 25 Harry Potter kids who grew up, and how.
25 Evanna Lynch – Luna Lovegood
At times awkward, often bizarre, sometimes insightful, twice the star, Evanna Lynch’s portrayal of Luna Lovegood was not as easy as most fans might think. It takes real skill to get into Loony Luna’s shoes, and we are extra glad to have been part of the weird ways she’s helped Harry and friends in their adventures.
It’s interesting to learn that she was pen pals with Rowling years before her casting call.
Suffering from anorexia, she found solace in Rowling’s correspondence, and eventually went on (without any influence, mind) to land the role of Lovegood. Whatever magic was afoot to get her the part out of a talent-pool of fifteen thousand other girls, the spell has yet to wear off. Evanna Lynch has played distinct roles in movies like My Name Is Emily, G.B.F, Sinbad, and It Don’t Come Easy.
24 Clémence Poésy – Fleur Delacour
The elegant and brilliant Fleur Delacour, played by Clémence Poésy, brought to a life a whole other side of wizardry. One look at her and anyone will agree that it’s natural she turned to modeling following the closure of her role in the Harry Potter franchise. She represented brands as huge as Chloé and Gap. Notable acting accomplishments include her role in the movie Bruges, in which she worked with familiar Potter-members like Ralph Fiennes and Brendan Gleeson.
Her most recent flicks are The Ones Below, The Tunnel, and The Hollow Crown. We’re looking forward to seeing this talented actress take her career up a few notches. In addition to her heartfelt portrayal of Delacour, and the enchanting romantic interest that she represented in the movie, her fierce competitiveness was not lost on fans of the franchise. Clémence Poésy indeed has a spectrum of talents to tap into for future roles.
23 Bonnie Wright – Ginny Weasley
This clever Weasley has been hitting the books while filming Deathly Hallows Part-1 on the side. Her hard work has paid off because our Ginny Weasley (played by Bonnie Wright) graduated from the University of the Arts: London College of Communication. The fact that she’s earned a degree in Film and Television Production Management means she’s more than vested in the movie business, she’s passionate about it.
It’s brilliant going through her roster of achievements.
She’s written and directed the movie Separate We Come, Separate We Go; David Thewlis, also of Harry Potter fame, played a role in this one. Her ingenious accomplishments include the fact that she owns her own production house, namely Bon Bon Lumiere. Wright also looked forward to 2015-releases for movies like Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg, and Those Who Wonder. Slated for a future release is another flick, Highway For Gamblers. You know what they say: ‘success is 99% perspiration and 1% magic.’
22 Matthew Lewis – Neville Longbottom
One of the most unforgettable transformations of any character in the books and movies can be seen in Neville Longbottom, played by Matthew Lewis. Not only does he have a strangely memorable sounding name, the actor also proved as transformative as his character. Neville grew tall and thin, opting for courage instead of dumfounded timidity.
Lewis went on to model for Attitude magazine in what fans consider one of the most inspiring physical makeovers in years.
It was head-turning enough to earn a tweet from J.K. Rowling that went, "Not as bad as watching Dan in Equus, but close. Warn me next time, for God’s sake." Aside from the bold photoshoot, Matthew Lewis has also appeared on hit TV shows like The Brontes (as the brother), Bluestone 42 (on BBC), and The Syndicate.
21 Scarlett Byrne – Pansy Parkinson
There’s nothing wrong with exploring your wild side, a saying that this next Potter kid seems to have taken to heart. Fans will remember the girl who played Nora on Vampire Diaries as Scarlett Byrne, who previously played Pansy Parkinson in select Harry Potter movies. It looks like Scarlett is putting a blush on many a cheek, owing to the fact that she’s modeled for Playboy since her closure with Potter.
She seems to be doing it for a cause, though, almost like stating that it’s normal and far from shame-worthy to take one’s clothes off for empowerment purposes. Whatever the real cause may be, we believe it has more to do with love than anything monetary or fame-oriented; but hey, we could be wrong. She’s gotten herself engaged to eligible-bachelor Cooper Hefner. It looks like the founder of Playboy’s son has found himself in rather enchanting company.
20 James & Oliver Phelps – Fred & George Weasley
One of the most notorious names in the Potter franchise is the Weasleys, particularly the twins Fred and George. Their penchant for mischief is loved by many. Played by James and Oliver Phelps, the talented brothers (the former is older by thirteen minutes) have proven their appeal time and again, in the books as well as the movies. Their going into business together led to Diagon Alley gaining a rather popular enterprise, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.
James Phelps has kept a foot in the movie industry.
He’s appeared in movies like Own Worst Enemy, Ward 3, Silent Witness, and is rumoured to be in Jabberwocky Rise. With Oliver, however, his projects have primarily focused on the Potter movies, and we have no complaints whatsoever about that. Both of them worked on the philosophical documentary The Mind’s Eye. Go, Weasleys!
19 Jessie Cave – Lavender Brown
Some fans might have really adored what Lavender Brown, played by Jessica Cave, brought to the Harry Potter franchise; specifically, Half-Blood Prince. Off-screen, she spends time working as an illustrator. If you haven’t read the comic Lovesick, it’s worth taking a gander at. Aside from maintaining a strong social media presence, she also runs a website called Pindippy.com where she regularly posts most things Harry Potter, including cast interviews.
These videos have included herself as well as Potter actors like Alfred Enoch, Katie Leung, and Evanna Lynch. This enterprising girl has also made it huge on TV, via shows like BBC Comedy Feeds, Pramface, The Job Lot, Coming Up, and most recently, Glue. That she’s a mother of one makes us admire Jessie Cave even more for being as blessed and multi-talented as she is.
18 Alfred Enoch – Dean Thomas
He’s been in all the Harry Potter movies (except Deathly Hallows Part 1), playing the role of Dean Thomas. This is one of our more shocking grown-up variants, because the grown-up version of little Alfie looks remarkably different, even by aging standards. Not that the girls are complaining. Anyway, the actor has gone on to make it big in movie and television circuits.
You probably have seen him in How To Get Away With Murder.
The Hogwarts student has grown up to make a name for himself in shows like Sherlock (where he played one of the ceremonial guards at Buckingham Palace) and Broadchuch. If you’ve seen National Theatre Live, then you’ll know that it’s the biggest show on ABC in recent months. “Alfie” plays Titus/Philotus on there. As talented as he is tall, Enoch is making waves.
17 Shirley Henderson – Moaning Myrtle
From her distinctive voice to an even more memorable performance as Moaning Myrtle, Shirley Henderson has certainly earned a place in our hearts, and on the roster of curious movie/book characters. She’s one of a handful of people who make us laugh when she cries. We aren’t being crass or heartless about this, after all, Moaning Myrtle has been known to turn on the waterworks at every opportunity.
Henderson has been busy making a name for herself by playing important roles in large ensemble casts. This includes distinctive and/or popular movies like Marie Antoinette, Trainspotting, and Bridget Jones’ Diary. She’s also made inroads in television, via shows like Southcliffe. Another of her acclaimed movie accomplishments is The Caravan. As versatile as she is passionate, this actress is going places. We do sincerely wish she’ll land better roles, ones that promise to showcase the full extent of her skills.
16 Joshua Herdman – Gregory Goyle
In a surprising twist of fate, we see the deplorable bully Gregory Goyle, played by Joshua Herdman, going on to become a family man after the Potter franchise came to a close. He has a baby with his partner, Jessica, but has not settled down completely. The call of movies has brought him back into acting, as evidenced by 2013’s Common People. Where shows are concerned, he’s received a stint in Coming Up.
He’s no stranger to the stage either.
After all that trouble with Polyjuice Potions, it seems apt to see Herdman ‘transfiguring’ himself into different life-roles. In an exceedingly noteworthy turn, he acted alongside his real-life father, Martin Herdman, in Wasted (2015). Looks like Goyle has lost several pounds as well, but certainly not compared to Matthew Lewis (aka Neville Longbottom).
15 Katie Leung – Cho Chang
The Ravenclaw heartbreaker brought to life one of the most anticipated coming-of-age moments in the Harry Potter franchise. The talented Katie Leung, who played Potter’s love-interest Cho Chang, seems to have taken a page out of Hermione’s book. She’s been busy studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and the University of Arts in London. As far as acting is concerned, she debuted on stage with Wild Swans (by Jung Chang; 2011).
Katie Leung has gone on to play memorable roles in television miniseries like Father Brown (2014) and Run (2013). Production has already begun on the series One Child, and Katie is looking to take her career forward from there. The adorable Cho Chang has grown into a spectacular young woman, and we can see why Harry Potter felt drawn to her brilliance and charm.
14 Jamie Waylett – Vincent Crabbe
Crabbe, on the other hand, seems to have retained his ‘bad boy’ streak from his time at Hogwarts. Jamie Waylett, who played the notorious bully Vincent Crabbe, to Gregory Goyle and Draco Malfoy, was busy seeing the inside of a courtroom in 2009 when he was busted for growing a recreation substance at his London residence; technically, his mother’s place. Reasons why he couldn’t appear on Deathly Hallows Part 2 aside, our dratted Crabbe went on to do it again.
In 2011, he was arrested for being part of the London riots, and he was in possession of a petrol bomb, witness-testified.
Guess when you’re famous, such things are hard to ignore. Aside from his previous six-week incarceration, he did two years for a bust involving champagne and ‘violent disorder’. No offense to Waylett, but it seems like he took his role a little too seriously. That, or he’s been drinking all the wrong potions.
13 Shefali Chowdhury – Parvati Patil
One of the Indian girls in the Harry Potter movie franchise played a twin. Parvati Patil, portrayed by Shefali Chowdury, is not actually Padam Patil’s twin sister as you’ve seen in the movie. She went on to play a curiously ambitious role, that of Frieda in I Am The Doorway (a short film). Other than that, we’re afraid we have found little to nothing to showcase her talents in the industry.
She’s most probably been busy with her studies at Birmingham City University, because we find Shefali has earned herself a degree from the prestigious institution. We do hope she gets back in the acting game, purely because she has untapped talent waiting to be realized. For what it’s worth, her performance as Parvati Patel brought meaning to the storyline, in its own subtle way.
12 Luke Youngblood – Lee Jordan
We barely saw much of Lee Jordan (played by Luke Youngblood) after Chamber Of Secrets. The African-American Quidditch student-commentator and his voice defined the game and set a swift pace and thrill to each jaw-dropping moment. In yet another noteworthy physical transformation, we see Youngblood looking so unlike the kid he played in the movies. He’s kept a foot in acting, though, mainly via the show The Story of Tracey Beaker (2002-2003).
Aside from that, he’s also made small inroads in other popular shows like Lie To Me and Glee.
After playing support in Community (2011-2014), he’s currently juggling a busy schedule. He was on Galavant, a musical-comedy on ABC. We’re just glad he’s still using his especially enthusiastic and head-turning voice to leave a lasting impression on other media projects.
11 Devon Murray – Seamus Finnigan
His performance, especially in the more tension-filled scenes in later Harry Potter movies, was laudable. Which is why it’s strange that Devon Murray, who played the Gryffindor student Seamus Finnigan, has stepped out of the acting circuit altogether since completing Potter. He does have a steady presence on Twitter, though, where he’s been known to share his thoughts on various Netflix shows that he binge-watches.
The magic of his time on the sets of Harry Potter still hasn’t left him, and he has proven to enjoy recollecting those moments. Every now and again, Murray is known to refer to himself as "The silly Irish guy who kept blowing himself up." Whatever the future holds for him, we do hope to see him use his expressive skills to give us something more to laugh at in future. He’s been battling depression for a while now. But thanks to #worldmentalhealthday, he’s been receiving plenty of support to keep on keeping on.
10 Sean Biggerstaff – Oliver Wood
Another disappearee following Chamber Of Secrets, Oliver Wood (played by Sean Biggerstaff) only ever came back to the Harry Potter movie franchise to partake of the Battle of Hogwarts. But the Gryffindor Quidditch team leader has not been idle in the interim. He’s been actively performing in movies like Mary Queen of Scots, Hippie Hippe Shake, and Cashback. 2015 has seen him playing a prominent role in the short film Enora. As for Hector & Himself, he’s confirmed that he’s returning to play Hector.
The talented performer seems vested in the movie-life, and we’re so looking forward to seeing him play bigger/better roles.
Biggerstaff did bring a certain intensity to the character of Oliver Wood, and we’d hate to see such skill lost over time.
9 Robert Pattinson – Cedric Diggory
The future of Robert Pattinson after Harry Potter barely needs mentioning. He played Cedric Diggory in the films, and quite charmingly so. However, fans are divided about whether he won recognition due to his talent or looks, or both. His work in the Twilight saga, another adapted series, has only enhanced his fame-ratings. Wizard or vampire, it’s no secret that Robert Pattinson has been trying to un-typecast himself from the role of ‘teen heartthrob’ and portray more serious roles.
Movies like Bel Ami (2012) and Water For Elephants (2011) has given him much-needed breaks in that regard. He’s done interesting roles aside from those: Lost City Of Z, Life, Maps To The Stars, Childhood of a Leader, Good Time, and others. Suffice to say, he’s got an enchanting career ahead of him, if he manages to get past that whole messy love-phase with Kristen Stewart.
8 Hugh Mitchell – Colin Creevey
We last saw geeky-Creevey and his endearing awkwardness in Order Of The Phoenix. Played by Hugh Mitchell, the helpless Colin Creevey with his photograph-happy fingers left fans chuckling in their seats. After Harry Potter, Mitchell has enjoyed time in British television series.
His roster includes The White Queen, Parade’s End, Whitechapel, and The Last Weekend.
It’s interesting to see Mitchell going up in the world, especially considering that his role in Parade’s End had him working with the brilliantly talented Benedict Cumberbatch. Hugh seems to have relinquished cameras and taken up music. He’s created some wonderful titles, which have been featured in Sonnet 59; a short film. It looks like there’s more to our timid Creevey than meets the eye because he’s not looking to stop acting anytime soon.
7 Afshan Azad – Padma Patil
The other twin, Padma Patil (played by Afshan Azad), has garnered a lot more interest than her on-screen sister. Whatever happened since her closure with the Harry Potter franchise has led to her undergoing a stunning physical transformation, of Kardashian proportions. Her ‘look’ in Goblet Of Fire (where she debuted) through to Deathly Hallows Part 2 is certainly worlds apart from her current online portfolio. She's as naturally gorgeous as you can get.
Afshan Azad is right in starting her own YouTube channel to provide tutorials on hair and makeup.
It seems to be working marvels for her, at any rate. One look at her Instagram photos and we believe Ron Weasley is probably regretting not holding on to her after the Yule Ball. She has stayed out of the acting circuit as well, though we feel her new ‘bombshell’ look might land her the part of a Bond girl; you never know.
6 Freddie Stroma – Cormac McLaggen
Counting himself one among the vast supporting cast in the Harry Potter franchise, the smirkingly ingenious Gryffindor player has been actively participating in the television circuit. He’s made an appearance on Un-Real, and gave his talented voice to A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song. His roster of movies includes After Dark (in which you’ll also find another Potter cast-member, Bonnie Wright), Pitch Perfect, and The Inbetweeners 2.
Freddie Stroma does not seem to be backing down from the biz, and we’re happy to see him fill varied roles.
His screen-time in Harry Potter may have been sparse, and his lines even less so. But the determined performer seems ready to showcase his talents, much like he did chasing a Snitch in a thrilling game of Quidditch.
5 Harry Melling – Dudley Dursley
The genius of Harry Melling’s performance rests in how much he made us all hate him. In this regard, he’s a lot like Ramsay Bolton or Joffrey Baratheon; both of Game of Thrones fame. In real life, however, Melling is rather mellow. The tantrumy-spoiled Dudley Dursley is vastly different, on several levels, to the young man who portrayed him on-screen. Viewers are also sure to have noticed just how much weight he’d lost by the time he did Deathly Hallows Part-1 (nearly five stone, thanks to good diet and exercise). For his role there, the filmmakers had to CG-play with his facial features just to ‘chubby’ him up a little.
He’s carved a niche for himself in the theatre and has given us interesting performances in Angry Brigade and King Lear.
He’s appeared in movies like Lost City of Z (in which Robert Pattinson also gave a captivating performance). As far as shows are concerned he’s played good roles in Garrow’s Law, Merlin, The Musketeers, and Just William. And don’t get us started on his short-film work. We can honestly say that Dudley Dursley is on a roll.
4 Tom Felton – Draco Malfoy
In light of new lore-vidence, we have discovered that the dastardly and cunning Draco Malfoy (played by Tom Felton) is in truth a Gryffindor, not a Slytherin. In real life, he’s head over heels in love with Jade Olivia, who also happens to have played his character’s wife, Astoria Malfoy, in Deathly Hallows Part 2. They’ve been together for years.
Not only has he been active in the movie and television circuit, he’s also doing it in style.
Films like Against The Sun, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, and Clavius, have showcased his versatility as an actor. Shows like Murder In The First and Meet The Superfans (BBC3 documentary) have done just as much for his career. He plays interviewer in the latter and has conversed with arch-nemesis Harry Potter himself.
3 Rupert Grint – Ron Weasley
The sixth Weasley in the line-up is as endearing and hilarious as he is awkward and silly. Ron Weasley, played by Rupert Grint, is one of the few most valuable characters of the Harry Potter franchise, owing in large part to how beautifully he balances the friendship shared by him, Harry, and Hermione. Everything to do with him had fans either in stitches or tears. Grint is no stranger to big families, in fact, he’s the oldest of five in the ‘Muggle’ world. He’s gone on to do memorable movies like CBGB, Wild Target, Driving Lessons, Charlie Countryman, Into The White, and the rather bold Cherrybomb.
Notorious for holding fast to his personal space, Rupert Grint has somehow managed to balance his famous life with his romantic one. You will also find this red-headed busy-bee in Ed Sheeran’s Lego House (music video; 2011) and in the Guy Ritchie spin-off of Snatch (movie; 2000), spearheaded by Crackle. Most of his work has made it into top-anticipated lists.
2 Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter
The Boy Who Lived was eleven when destiny chose him to play the role of Harry Potter. Daniel Radcliffe has made some of the boldest decisions in a young performer’s acting career. Aside from being thankful for his blessings, he’s one of a handful of icons who represent progressive values and the importance of open-minded thinking.
One of his most prominent performances is actually on stage, particularly the scandalous Equus on Broadway.
He’s also been a social-media favorite, and there have of course been instances of online criticism; unavoidable, for someone as famous as ‘Potter’. Several amazing film performances adorn Daniel Radcliffe’s artistic mantle, including titles like Horns, Kill Your Darlings, A Young Doctor’s Notebook, Trainwreck, Imperium, Woman In Black, What If, Victor Frankenstein, and others. His TV inclinations have taken him to the sets of Robot Chicken and Miracle Workers. He’s got a couple of 2018 releases slated, namely Escape From Pretoria and Beast Of Burden.
1 Emma Watson – Hermione Granger
The beautiful, witty, talented, ingenious, and ambitious Emma Watson began her rise to stardom in the wizardly shoes of Hermione Granger. Who’d have the thought that the great ‘spelling corrector’ will go on to accomplish not just an impressive (by which we mean natural) physical makeover but also immense popularity? Her acting prowess is sure to take her places that few wizards have gone before. She’s Granger even in real life, apparently, because this British bombshell completed her studies at both Oxford and Brown University while still shooting the later installments of the Harry Potter movie franchise.
Her acclaimed roster includes The Bling Ring, Beauty And The Beast, Ballet Shoes, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, The Circle (in which she starred opposite Tom Hanks), My Week With Marilyn, The Colony, Noah, and Regression. With so much to do in the film sector, it’s not surprising that her TV presence is meager; she’s made an appearance in Vicar Of Dibley.