, author: Ermakova M.

Actors of the Harry Potter films: where are they now?

More than twenty years have passed since the release of the first film in the film franchise. Let's find out what its participants do.

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It's hard to believe that Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released in November 2001. The franchise, based on the book series by J. Rowling, included eight films, captivating viewers with a “magical” plot and a talented cast. Two years ago, fans were able to enjoy a special episode on HBO Max called "Return to Hogwarts." Then, in honor of the 20th anniversary, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson gathered in the studio. They discussed how the films they started acting in as children influenced their careers. In this review, we’ll find out what the actors are doing now, 12 years after the release of the last film in the franchise, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II” (2011).

Daniel Radcliffe

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Since the actor played a boy wizard opposing the evil Voldemort, he has tried himself in different acting roles. He performed on Broadway in the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Doing Anything, starred in the horror film The Woman in Black (2012) and the comedy thriller Now You See Me 2 (2016). In 2022, he appeared alongside Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum in The Lost City and portrayed a musical parodist in Weird Al. In March 2023, he became a father and his longtime girlfriend Erin Drake gave birth to a son, 10 years after they starred in Kill Your Darlings (2013).

Emma Watson

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She played the smart Hermione Granger, Harry's close friend and star student at Hogwarts. After filming ended, she did not get lost in the vastness of Hollywood, but built a good acting career, appearing in the films “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (2012), “Elite Society” (2013), “Beauty and the Beast” (2017) and “Little Women” (2019) ). But after that she decided to undertake a professional reorientation - she entered Oxford for a writing course, directed a short film for Prada, joined the board of directors of the Kering luxury brand group and became a UN ambassador for gender equality.

Rupert Grint

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Well known for his role as Ron Weasley, Harry's best friend and Hermione's lover. Since then, he has starred in several independent projects, such as “In White Captivity” (2012), the adaptation of “Macbeth” - “The Human Enemy” (2014). Like Radcliffe, he tried his hand at the theater, playing in the West End in Mojo and on Broadway in It's Only a Play. Repeated success came to him after the release of M. Night Shyamalan’s series “Servant” (2019 – 2020). In May 2020, he and actress Georgia Groome had a daughter.

Tom Felton

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In the “series” he played the daring Draco Malfoy, who often competes with Harry due to different upbringings and studies in opposing Hogwarts faculties. After the franchise, he participated in independent projects - “The Phenomenon” (2012), “On the Bumps” (2013). In the third season of The Flash, he played the role of Julian, and in the Netflix horror film A Nanny's Guide: How to Catch a Monster (2020), he played the role of the villain. In October 2022, he published a book of memoirs, “Beyond the Magic Wand: The Magic and Chaos of Growing Up as a Wizard,” in which he talked about alcoholism and a special spiritual connection with Emma Watson.