The Harry Potter cast today

Over two decades on from the first film’s release


It’s been – believe it or not – more than 20 years since the first of the eight Harry Potter films hit cinemas, way back in November 2001. And with Emma Watson, who immortalised the character of Hermione Granger, one third of the iconic trio, turning 33 next month, here are some updates on the whereabouts of our favourite characters from JK Rowling’s world of wizardry. 

Emma Watson 

Her portrayal of Hermione in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was the British star's breakthrough role, and she has since become a familiar face in Hollywood. Notable performances include The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), Beauty and the Beast (2017), where she played Belle, and Little Women (2019). Like the intelligent Hermoine,  Emma is a brainbox in real life too. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in English literature in May 2014, juggling film commitments alongside her studies, and was that same year appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. In 2015 she was even named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine!

Daniel Radcliffe 

It’s no surprise that the eponymous character of the series has had great success since filming wrapped up in 2011, following the release of the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Alongside various successful on-screen performances, Daniel has appeared in both West End and Broadway theatre productions. 

Rupert Grint 

The third member of the Golden Trio also continued acting after finishing the saga, but has also been up to some more surprising activities! He carried the Olympic torch for a leg of its relay when London hosted the games in 2012. Although notoriously private about his personal life, he posted a picture in November 2020 holding the daughter that he shares with fellow thespian Georgia Groome. Cute! 

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Ralph Fiennes 

The English actor, film producer and director was already famous before he was cast as the series’ terrifying villain, Voldemort, for the fourth film in the saga, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. After playing “He Who Must Not Be Named”, Ralph has gone from strength to strength, starring in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and three James Bond films. 

Alan Rickman 

Fans were devastated after the much-loved actor who brought the character Severus Snape to life, sadly passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2016. Grieving fans left flowers underneath the “Platform 9 ¾” sign at King’s Cross railway station in London, while tributes from those he had worked with flooded in. Before Alan's death he starred in popular films such as Eye in the Sky (2015) and Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016). 

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