All aboard the Hogwarts express! Over the course of 10 years, the stars of Harry Potter brought magic, mischief and more to millions of fans around the world.
Based on the series of seven books by J.K. Rowling, stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint captured the hearts of viewers between 2001 and 2011. The eight movies raked in more than $7.5 billion worldwide, making it the third-highest-grossing film franchise of all time behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars. Though their time at Hogwarts has come to an end, the power trio will always cherish the years they spent together.
“We are all very busy, off doing different things and rarely seem to cross [paths],” Radcliffe said during a Q&A with Heat Radio in August 2019. “But you know, there is always this thing and this experience that will forever bond us. We’ll certainly always have that.”
The Hogwarts students grew up in the spotlight, which didn’t come without its challenges. In the December 2019 cover story of British Vogue, Watson opened up about struggling to separate her time as Hermione Granger from her own identity.
“It’s so bizarre and otherworldly, what happened to me,” she told the publication at the time. “There’s been moments when everything just got so big, where I almost had vertigo on my own life and it’s got so big I felt disconnected. … There’s a whole existence and identity that I have, actually, that’s really important and weighted and solid that has nothing to do with any of that.”
Though each of the franchise’s stars has taken their careers in new directions since the final movie hit theaters, they still have plenty of love for one another. Bonnie Wright, who played Ginny Weasley throughout the series, gushed over her colleagues while speaking to Us Weekly exclusively in February 2020.
“It’s amazing,” she said of the moments she’s shared with her cast members over the years, both on and off screen. “Very powerful.”
Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood throughout several of the films, fondly recalled her first on-set memories.
“I really liked the scene in the woods with the festivals because that was one of my first ones and it was on location. So it was big and sort of an adventure. And we were all in this very peaceful, beautiful woods together. And it’s just a quiet moment between the characters,” Lynch told Us in June 2021. “And I think up until that point, Harry’s been sort of seeing her as this odd [person] to avoid. And then they have this moment and I think he sees, ‘Oh, there’s more to her. She has all this depth. And she’s actually been through some quite well, very sad things in her life.’ And that’s when their relationship and their friendship develops. I love that scene.”
The franchise’s cast reunited for a retrospective special to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which aired in January 2022, on HBO Max. The main trio of Hogwarts alums — Radcliffe, Watson and Grint — were joined by many of their former costars, including Lynch, Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, Alfred Enoch, director Chris Columbus and more familiar faces.
“It feels like no time has passed and loads of time has passed,” the Bling Ring star said via a voiceover in the reunion’s official trailer.
Scroll down to see what the cast of the Harry Potter franchise is up to now!
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Radcliffe portrayed the titular role in all eight of the franchise’s blockbuster films and later moved onto work on smaller-scale projects, including 2013’s Horns and 2016’s Swiss Army Man. He has also starred on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Lifespan of a Fact.
He made audiences laugh in several seasons of Miracle Workers, which started airing in 2019. In 2020, he appeared alongside Ellie Kemper in Netflix’s interactive special, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend, and Radcliffe joined Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in the action comedy The Lost City in 2022.
He’s been dating Erin Darke since 2012.
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
After Harry Potter came to an end in 2011, the British actress took on roles in My Week with Marilyn (2011), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) and The Bling Ring (2013). In May 2014, Watson graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in English literature.
Three years later, she became a Disney Princess when she played Belle in the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Later, she tugged at viewers’ heartstrings as Meg March in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women.
When not onscreen, Watson fights for gender equality with the He for She campaign and as a UN Womens Goodwill Ambassador. She also leads a feminist book club called Our Shared Shelf.
She’s been in a relationship with businessman Leo Robinton since 2019.
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Grint was Radcliffe’s right-hand man for a decade, playing Ron Weasley with an expert balance of emotion and comic relief. His more recent roles have been a departure from the Harry Potter universe, including World War II-inspired Into the White (2012) and biographical drama CBGB (2013). He moved to TV in 2017 with UK series Snatch and Sick Note before landing M. Night Shamalyan’s Servant in 2019.
Grint welcomed his first child with girlfriend Georgia Groome in May 2020, a baby girl named Wednesday.
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
Following her time at Hogwarts, Wright transitioned from screen to stage and made her London debut in The Moment of Truth in 2013. The next year, she participated in a celebrity charity spinoff of The Great British Bake Off. While taking small acting roles, she also steeped behind the camera, making her directorial and screenwriting debut with the 2012 short Separate We Come, Separate We Go, and has made several shorts and music videos since.
The England native, who relocated to San Diego in 2022, is an environmental activist. She is a Greenpeace ambassador and founded her online platform Go Gently to help others looking to stop climate change. She will release her first book, Go Gently: Actionable Steps to Nurture Yourself and the Planet, in April 2022.
Wright was previously engaged to Harry Potter costar Jamie Campbell Bower, but the pair called it quits in 2011 after six months. She went Instagram official with Andrew Lococo in late 2020, and they married in March 2022 shortly after Wright relocated to San Diego to live with her love.
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
Besides his work in the Harry Potter series, Felton is best known for 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes and 2017’s Feed, written and produced by Troian Bellisario. He also appeared as Julian Albert on the CW’s The Flash in 2016 and 2017. He went on to star in the sci-fi series Origin in 2018 and lent his voice to Netflix’s A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting in 2020.
Felton previously dated stunt assistant Jade Olivia Gordon, whom he met while filming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, from 2008 to 2016.
The Flash alum released his debut memoir, Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard, in October 2022. Among the many revelations in the book, the actor revealed his battle with substance abuse, sharing that he has been to rehab three times. Felton also recalled two instances with the law while filming the Harry Potter franchise: one being caught stealing a DVD of “adult content” from a CD/DVD store when he was 14, and the other being arrested for weed possession, though Warner Bros. were kept in the dark about the drama.
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
The Brit portrayed unexpected hero Neville Longbottom in each of the Harry Potter films, making a triumphant final appearance in the Battle of Hogwarts in the eighth movie. He later played Jamie Bradley in BBC One’s The Syndicate and Corporal Gordon “Towerblock” House in the BBC Three comedy drama Bluestone 42. In May 2018, he married Angela Jones.
Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort)
Already an established name before joining the Harry Potter cast, Fiennes starred in 1993’s Schindler’s List, 2002’s Maid in Manhattan and 2008’s In Bruges. When Harry Potter came to an end, he moved onto another major franchise, playing Gareth Mallory / M opposite Daniel Craig in the James Bond series. He also appeared in 2014’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and 2021’s The King’s Man.
Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall)
The dame has had an impressive career in theater, film and television — and is one of the most recognizable stars in the U.K. From 2010 to 2015, she starred as Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey. The role earned her three Emmys and the third Golden Globe of her career. She reprised her role for the 2019 film and the 2022 sequel, Downton Abbey: A New Era.
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
The Irish actress rose to prominence after playing quirky outcast Luna Lovegood and later lent her voice to a number of Harry Potter tie-in video games. In 2012, she appeared in the final popular web musical from StarKid Productions, A Very Potter Senior Year. Lynch joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars for season 27 in 2018, finishing in third place with partner Keo Motsepe. In 2019, Lynch and Daniella Monet co-founded Kinder Beauty Box, a monthly subscription for vegan and cruelty-free makeup. The animal activist released her memoir, The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting, in October 2021.
Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange)
The Oscar nominee has starred in independent movies and major blockbusters alike and was cast to play Princess Margaret in Netflix’s The Crown in 2018. Before splitting from longtime partner Tim Burton in 2014, she appeared in several of his films, including Big Fish (2003), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) and Alice in Wonderland (2010). The exes share son Billy Raymond Burton and daughter Nell Burton.
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy)
Other than playing Draco Malfoy’s father, Isaacs is best known for roles in The Patriot (2000), Peter Pan (2003) and Fury (2014). In 2018, he starred in a film adaptation of A. S. Byatt’s Medusa’s Ankles directed by Harry Potter costar Bonnie Wright. He joined the cast of the CBS medical drama Good Sam in 2022.
Isaacs has been married to Emma Hewitt since 2001. They share two children: daughters Lily and Ruby.
Gary Oldman (Sirius Black)
Oldman made his first appearance in the Harry Potter series in its third film, the Prisoner of Azkaban, playing Harry’s godfather Sirius Black. Throughout his storied career, the actor has won an Academy Award, three BAFTAs, two Critics’ Choice Awards, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award. He has been married five times: to Lesley Manville from 1987 to 1990, Uma Thurman from 1990 to 1992, Donya Fiorentino from 1997 to 2001, Alexandra Edenborough from 2008 to 2015 and to Gisele Schmidt in 2017.
Alan Rickman (Severus Snape)
A former member of the U.K.’s Royal Shakespeare Company, Rickman made a name for himself both on the big screen and on the stage. Before portraying Hogwarts’ potions professor Severus Snape, he starred in Die Hard (1988), Love Actually (2003) and countless iconic films. Rickman died in London in January 2016, shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid)
Not only did Coltrane have a recurring role in the Harry Potter series, but he also became a fixture of the Bond series, starring in GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). In 2006, the Scottish actor was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his work in entertainment. In 2021, he reunited with Mrs. Weasley actress Julie Walters for Hulu’s National Treasure miniseries. In October 2022, Coltrane’s rep told Us Weekly that the actor died at age 72. “He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice and their mother Rhona Gemmell,” the publicist shared in the statement.
Oliver and James Phelps (Fred and George Weasley)
For a decade, the twin actors stole scenes as Fred and George Weasley, Ron’s trouble-making older brothers. Since the final installment of the Harry Potter series hit theaters, the brothers have split time between California and the U.K. The twins appeared in 2021’s Last Night in Soho.
David Thewlis (Remus Lupin)
Thewlis originally auditioned for the role of Quirinus Quirrell in the first Harry Potter film, but later made his Hogwarts debut in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Other notable credits include The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008) and Wonder Woman (2017). In 2018, he voiced the Shame Wizard on Netflix’s animated series Big Mouth, and he reprised the role in 2022’s Human Resources.
Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore)
Knighted in 1998, the Irish-British actor is a legend of stage and screen. Gambon took over the role of Hogwarts headmaster from Richard Harris, who died after the second film was released in 2002. He has also starred in The King’s Speech (2010), Churchill’s Secret (2016) and Little Women (2017).
Katie Leung (Cho Chang)
Leung made her Harry Potter debut in the fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, as Harry’s love interest. She went on to appear in the British TV miniseries One Child and made her stage debut in Wild Swans in February 2012. Five years later, she costarred with Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan in The Foreigner. In 2021 she lent her voice to Netflix’s Arcane and appeared on PBS’ crime drama Annika.
Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan)
The Irish actor is best known for his turn as Gryffindor’s goofiest student Seamus Finnigan, a role he held through all eight movies. In 2018, he began dating Shannon McCaffrey Quinn, and the duo confirmed that they were expecting their first child together two years later. The couple welcomed their son, Cooper, in January 2021.
Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas)
After the Harry Potter series wrapped, the Brit was cast as Wes Gibbins in ABC’s acclaimed drama How to Get Away With Murder. He starred alongside Viola Davis, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King and more for six seasons of the Shonda Rhimes hit, which earned several Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations. He joined Apple TV+’s Foundation in 2021.
Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley)
A graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Melling appeared in five of the eight Harry Potter films as Harry’s spoiled cousin, Dudley. In 2009, Melling was almost recast after losing so much weight that he looked “unrecognizable” in the role. More recently, he worked alongside Liam Neeson in the 2018 Coen brothers’ film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and he starred opposite Anya Taylor-Joy in the 2020 Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit.
Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley)
After Harry Potter, Shaw appeared in season four of HBO’s True Blood, which aired in 2011. She later starred in the BBC’s Killing Eve, which earned her a 2019 BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She was also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the 2019 Emmys for her work on Fleabag.
Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley)
Before his death in 2013, Griffiths was an acclaimed British entertainer, having won a Tony Award, a Laurence Olivier Award, the Drama Desk Award and the Outer Critics Circle Award throughout his career.
Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge)
Her turn as pesky Defense Against the Darks Arts professor Dolores Umbridge in 2007’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix earned her nominations for British Supporting Actress of the Year at the London Film Critics Circle Awards and for Best Supporting Actress at the Saturn Awards. Since then, she’s starred in Paddington (2014) and Paddington 2 (2017) and was cast to play Queen Elizabeth II in season 5 and 6 of The Crown.