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Harry Potter stars: Then and Now

The first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone for non UK-readers), was released 15 years ago on 16th November 2001. It’s hard to believe that the record-smashing and world-dominating magical franchise is older than Harry was when he first entered Hogwarts but … time really does fly. But 15 years is a long time and a lot can and has happened in those years. So let’s take a look at the stars of the past and see what they look like now. 


Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)

Richard Harris RIP (1st Dumbledore)

Michael Gambon (2nd Dumbledore)

Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall)

Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid)

Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petuna Dursley)

Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley)

Richard Griffiths RIP (Uncle Vernon Dursley)

Ian Hart (Professor Quirrell)

Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick)

John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander)

Julie Walters (Molly Weasley)

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)

Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley)

James Phelps (Fred Weasley)

Oliver Phelps (George Weasley)

Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)

Jamie Waylett (Vincent Crabbe)

Josh Herdman (Gregory Goyle)

Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan)

Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas)

John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick)

David Bradley (Argus Filch)

Alan Rickman RIP (Severus Snape)

Zoe Wanamaker (Madame Hooch)

Luke Youngblood (Lee Jordan)

Toby Jones (Dobby)

Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley)

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy)

Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart)

Miriam Margolyes (Professor Pomona Sprout)

Hugh Mitchell (Colin Creevey)

Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle)

Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge)

Gary Oldman (Sirius Black)

David Thewlis (Professor Lupin)

Emma Thompson (Professor Sybil Trelawney)

Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew)

Roger Lloyd Pack RIP (Barty Crouch)

David Tennant (Barty Crouch Junior)

Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory)

Stanislav Ianevski (Victor Krum)

Katie Leung (Cho Chang)

Afshan Azad (Padma Patil)

Clemence Poesy (Fleur Delacour)

Brendan Gleeson (MadEye Moody)

Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle)

Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort)

Natalia Tena (Tonks)

Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge)

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)

Rhys Ifans (Xenofillius Lovegood)

Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix)

Jim Broadbent (Professor Slughorn)

Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy)

Bill Nighy (Minister Rufus Scrimgeour)

Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter)

Domhnall Gleeson (Bill Weasley)

Ciaran Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore)


I’m sure it isn’t actually the case but crafting this post – finding all the names and the images and fact-checking – took about as long as it did for J.K. Rowling to write one of them books. People have grown up, people have passed away and others have simply matured and become veterans in the past 15 years. 

Happy 15th Anniversary Harry Potter 🙂

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