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‘Harry Potter’ Actors: Where Are They Now?

It's been almost twenty years since the first 'Harry Potter' movie was released on November 16, 2001. So, where are the actors who brought the characters to life now?
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They brought our beloved characters to life for ten years, but where are the stars of the Harry Potter films now? Some have made their way to Broadway, some have gone on to more film and television roles, and some have sadly passed away. A few have even been in films and shows together since they left Hogwarts. Let’s take a look.

Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge

Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter, Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown season 5 and 6
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She may have played a character we all hated more than Voldemort, but she’s nowhere close to as evil in real life. She was an established actress for years before booking the role of Umbridge and has continued acting since.

Her most notable roles since Harry Potter are Maud Bagshaw in Downton Abbey (with Maggie Smith) and Queen Elizabeth II in upcoming seasons five and six of The Crown. She has also done plenty of theater, including in 2020 as Irene Ruddock in Talking Heads at the Bridge Theatre.

Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew

Timothy Spall as Peter Pettigrew in Harry Potter, Timothy Spall
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Spall, who played Peter Pettigrew, split his time between the franchise and other big movies. He played Nathaniel in Enchanted but won’t reprise his role in the sequel. He also voiced Bayard the Bloodhound in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

He has continued acting with his latest film being 2021’s The Last Bus as Tom, the lead who takes his wife’s ashes from John O’Groats to Land’s End, traveling only by bus. He’s also happily married to his wife Shane Spall and their three children.

Brendan Gleeson as Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody

Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody in Harry Potter, Brendan Gleeson
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Gleeson played Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody in the Harry Potter franchise, appearing alongside his son Domhnall Gleeson, who played Bill. Brendan is still married to his wife, Mary Weldon, and they have four sons together, two of which are actors.

Between his appearances in the franchise, he was busy with movies and television. He’s continued that success since we last saw Mad-Eye. In 2021, he starred as King Duncan in The Tragedy of Macbeth and guest-starred in Frank of Ireland as Liam. He’s currently filming The Banshees of Inisherin.

Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley

Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley in Harry Potter, Richard Griffiths
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Richard Griffiths, or Vernon Dursley, passed away from heart surgery complications on March 28, 2013. He had many acting jobs between the Harry Potter films, including The Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa as Santa Clause.

Shortly after his last Harry Potter appearance, he played King George II in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. His last film role was uncredited in About Time, which was released posthumously. And his last TV role was as the Duke of Burgundy in The Hollow Crown – Henry V.

Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley

Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley in Harry Potter, Fiona Shaw
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Fiona Shaw has been openly gay for years, but she tied the knot with Sri Lankan economist Sonali Deraniyagala in 2018. Since Harry Potter, she has been in Kindred as Margaret, Enola Holmes as Miss Harrison, and Killing Eve as Carolyn Martens.

She appeared in Fleabag and joined the cast for season two of Baptiste. She’s also going to be in an upcoming Star Wars Disney+ Original series, Andor, in an unknown role. We can’t wait to see what else Shaw has in the works in the next few years.

Harry Melling as Dudley Dursley

Harry Melling as Vernon Dursley in Harry Potter, Harry Melling
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“I’m not Harry.” Actually, yes, he was. Harry Melling, or Dudley Dursley as we know him best, started acting in the Philosopher’s Stone. His first project outside of Harry Potter was Friends and Crocodiles as Young Oliver in 2005.

After the franchise wrapped, he went on to play William Barclay in The Lost City of Z in 2016. His most recent TV role was as Harry Beltik in The Queen’s Gambit. He also guest-starred in HBO’s His Dark Materials. He keeps his private life away from the public eye.

Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange

Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter, Helena Bonham Carter
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It’s hard to miss Bonham Carter’s movies, but did you know she recently portrayed Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon in seasons three and four of The Crown. She also recently appeared as Eudoria Holmes in Enola Holmes.

She also announced her separation from Tim Burton in 2014, saying it was an amicable separation. Since the split, she has appeared in numerous films of his. She also played the Fairy Godmother in Disney’s live-action Cinderella adaptation.

Helen McCrory as Narcissa Malfoy

Helen McCrory as Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter, Helen McCrory
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McCrory recently passed earlier this year, on April 16, 2021, from breast cancer. She was mourned all over the world on social media after her husband let the world know on Twitter. He said she died “peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family.”

After her time as Narcissa Malfoy, she starred in Peaky Blinders as Polly Gray, Penny Dreadful as Evelyn Poole, and appeared in four episodes of HBO’s His Dark Materials. Her last role will be in Charlotte, which was released in September 2021.

Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy

Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter, Jason Isaacs
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Isaacs revealed in 2022 a decades-long battle with drugs. He asks fans to not congratulate him on his efforts and instead to help those that need it. He’s also been outspoken since 2011 against “anti-semitism, racism, sexism, homophobia, and every other shade of hatred.”

Did you know he voiced the Basilisk in Chamber of Secrets? I didn’t. Since Harry Potter, he continued acting. His roles include The Grand Inquisitor in Star Wars Rebels, Esper in Star Trek Continues, and Captain Gabriel Lorca in Star Trek: Discovery.

Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley

Mark Williams as Arthur Weasley in Harry Potter, Mark Williams
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Harry Potter may be over, but Mark Williams’s time as Arthur Weasley sure isn’t. Williams has voiced Arthur Weasley in various projects, from Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure ride in 2019 to the Lego Dimensions games and movie.

Williams is currently filming Surprised by Oxford, out next year, and Lead Heads. He is also currently starring as Father Brown in Father Brown. He is still married to Dianne Williams and keeps his private life away from the public.

Julie Walters as Molly Weasley

Julie Walters as Molly Weasley in Harry Potter, Julie Walters as Rosie in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
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Though Walters has been very active since the Harry Potter movies, she is taking a step back from significant roles. In 2018, she was diagnosed with Stage III bowel cancer and announced it in 2020. The only parts she will be taking are those she’s “really engaged” in, like Mamma Mia 3!

She is still happily married to Grant Roffey. She is a patron of domestic violence survivors’ charity, Women’s Aid. Her most recent project was narrating the For The Love of Britain documentary series, but she has done quite a few shows in recent years.

Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid

Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid in Harry Potter, Robbie Coltrane
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Coltrane has continued acting since his time as the animal-loving giant, Hagrid. Between the franchise’s movies, he appeared in The Tale of Desperaux with Emma Watson, Ocean’s Twelve as Matsui, and voiced Mr. Hyde in various Van Helsing films.

Around the time as the last film, he narrated 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments. He’s played Doctor in Effie Gray, Mr. Jaggers in Great Expectations, and voiced Lord Dingwall in Brave since Harry Potter. His most recent television role was as Orson Welles in an episode of Urban Myths.

David Thewlis as Remus Lupin

David Thewlis as Remus Lupin in Harry Potter, David Thewlis
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Thewlis played Remus Lupin, or Moony if you prefer, in the Harry Potter franchise. Since the films wrapped, he was married in 2016 to French designer Hermine Poitou. He’s also had several projects since, with even more on the way.

He appeared as Ares in Wonder Woman, reprising the role in other Justice League films. He will also be in Enola Holmes 2 in 2022, The Amazing Maurice in 2022, and Avatar 3, which is set to come out in 2024. He’ll also be in The Sandman series as John Dee and Doctor Destiny.

Gary Oldman as Sirius Black

Gary Oldman as Sirius Black in Harry Potter, Gary Oldman
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Oldman has been open about his struggle with substance abuse and has been sober since 1995. He publicly praises Alcoholics Anonymous, saying they’re the biggest reason for his success in staying sober. He also married Gisele Schmidt in 2017 after a divorce in 2015.

After Sirius died in Order of the Phoenix, he went on to play James Gordon in The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. After his cameo in the last Harry Potter movie, he’s been in several films, shows, and video games. Upcoming video game, Squadron 42, will be his next video game project.

Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort

Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter, Ralph Fiennes
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Fiennes has continued acting since Deathly Hallows – Part 2, mostly in film and stage. He voiced Alfred Pennyworth in The Lego Batman Movie and the Moon King and Raiden in Kubo and the Two Strings. Gareth Mallory in No Time to Die is one of his most recent roles.

He also has many upcoming movies out soon, including The King’s Man as the Duke of Oxford. The film serves as a prequel to the Kingsman movies. He is also a UNICEF UK ambassador and a member of the Canadian charity, Artists Against Racism.

Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore

Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore in Harry Potter, Michael Gambon
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We all know Richard Harris passed away before the second film’s premiere, and he will be missed. Michael Gambon took over the role for the next six movies. He also reprised his role to voice Dumbledore in the iOS game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.

Since Harry Potter, Gambon has continued acting, from film to television to voice acting. His most notable voice role is as The Prophet in The Elder Scrolls Online games. His most recent television role was as Henry Tyson in Fortitude from 2015 to 2019.

Alan Rickman as Professor Severus Snape

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in Harry Potter, Alan Rickman
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Beloved actor Alan Rickman passed away on January 14, 2016, from pancreatic cancer. He had kept the diagnosis from the public until his death when his family announced it on social media. Needless to say, his friends and costars were shocked and devastated.

Daniel Radcliffe said Rickman came to see every stage project he was in in both Britain and America. Eye in the Sky and Alice Through the Looking Glass, his last two films, were dedicated in his memory. The movie he was set to star in, The Limehouse Golem, was also dedicated to him.

Maggie Smith as Professor Minerva McGonagall

Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall in Harry Potter, Maggie Smith
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While on set, Maggie Smith battled breast cancer. In 2009, it was reported that she had made a full recovery. She is also the third actress ever to receive the honor of being made Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for services to drama at the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

She’s also been active in charity work, most recently in April 2021 with a streaming event with Kathleen Turner for The Royal Theatrical Fund. She has several upcoming projects in the works. She also voiced McGonagall in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. She has also played Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, on Downton Abbey since 2010 and will reprise the role in Downton Abbey: A New Era, out next year.

Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood

Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter, Evanna Lynch
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Evanna has been highly active in many charities since her time as Luna Lovegood. She continues to work with organizations to fight eating disorders in young girls and promote healthy self-esteem and body image.

She hosts The Chickpeeps podcast with Robbie Jarvis, the actor who played young James Potter. The two dated from 2013 to 2017 and are still friends. Lynch still acts, but more notably started a monthly beauty box, Kinder Beauty Box, with actress Daniella Monet in 2018.

Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley

Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley in Harry Potter, Bonnie Wright's insta post
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Wright’s first acting role was as Ginny Weasley in the first Harry Potter film. The only movies she did from 2001 to 2011 were the Harry Potter films, but she did appear in four television shows. For her role in Deathly Hallows – Part 1, she won the Rodial Beauty Awards for Most Edgy Look.

She’s continued working in Harry Potter projects, from voicing her character in theme park rides and narrating a story for the Tales of Beedle the Bard audiobook. She also made her directorial debut shortly after the premiere of the last Harry Potter film.

James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and George Weasley

Phelps Twins as Fred and George Weasley in Harry Potter, Phelps Twins on instagram
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These twins are just as fun-loving as their on-screen counterparts. The Weasley twins were their first acting jobs. They still continue to act together and separately in films and television. The twins also host a podcast, Normal Not Normal.

Oliver married in 2015; James in 2016. Both are supporters of Teenage Cancer Trust, Virgin Money Giving drive, and Cancer Research UK. Their next role is in the traveling show Fantastic Friends. They also appeared in Last Night in Soho in 2021.

Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom

Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter, Matthew Lewis and wife
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Matthew Lewis went from playing clumsy, goofball Neville Longbottom to more mature roles like his character Patrick in Me Before You. He also guest-starred on Impractical Jokers in 2017. His most recent film role was Tim in Baby Done in 2020.

He is the Leeds Rugby Foundation charity vice president and hosts a podcast with former professional footballer Jermaine Beckford. Lewis also got married in 2018. He met Angela Jones at a Harry Potter convention in 2016 and have been happy together ever since.

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy

Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy in Harry Potter, Tom Felton instagram
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Felton might have played Harry’s rival, but he and his costars are still close friends. From 2008 to 2016, he also dated Jade Olivia Gordon, who played Draco’s wife in Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Since then, he was linked to Emma Watson romantically, but both denied the rumors.

He’s been busy acting and making music in recent years. He recently did a one-season stint on The Flash. In September 2021, he fell ill at the 2021 Ryder Cup celebrity golf exhibition and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger

Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Meg in Little Women
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Watson’s first acting credit may have been Hermione Granger, but it’s far from her only iconic role. The only film she did in between the franchise’s movies was The Tale of Desperaux. She’s also been very outspoken since her time with the franchise in women’s rights and education for young girls.

After her time as Hermione, she went on to star in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, Beauty and the Beast, and Little Women. Meg in Little Women is her last role as of now, but she’s far from done acting. She’s also in a relationship with Leo Robinson, an American businessman.

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley in Harry Potter, Rupert Grint
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Ron Weasley was Rupert Grint’s first acting credit. While filming the Harry Potter movies, he also starred in other movies, notably Cherrybomb in 2009. Around the same time as the last film premiere, he started a relationship with Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging actress Georgia Groome.

After the last film premiered, he appeared in Ed Sheeran’s “Lego House” music video. He made his theater debut on West End in 2013 in Mojo. His most recent role was Julian Pearce in Servant. Groome and Grint welcomed their first child in 2020. He joined Instagram shortly after.

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in Philosopher's Stone, Daniel Radcliffe
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While landing the lead role in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone wasn’t his first acting credit, it was what he’ll be known for the rest of his life. In between the Harry Potter films, he did appear in a few other films, but none that lived up to the hype of the magical franchise.

Soon after the last film wrapped up, he moved on to The Woman in Black. Fun fact: he played the same role that his on-screen father played in the original. He’s also been in many Broadway productions. His recent role in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. The Reverend gained attention on social media.