What Is the ‘Harry Potter’ Cast Up to Now?
The Harry Potter movies — at least the ones with his name in the title, based off the original book series — have been done for seven years now. While the JK Rowling train keeps rolling with the Fantastic Beasts movies and the Cursed Child show on Broadway, the cast from the original series has moved on to other entertainments.
Since Fantastic Beasts has set its next release date for November 2021, we thought it would be a great time to check in on the old gang. With a cast as large as the ones in these movies, which employed seemingly every working British actor, we can’t cover absolutely everyone, so we picked the key players among the kids and the adults.
What are Danielle Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson doing now?
Daniel Radcliffe: (Harry Potter) The boy who lived turns 30 this year, and he’s consistently kept busy. He first branched out on stage, with challenging roles in shows like How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Equus. His film roles have ranged from horror (The Woman in Black) to romcoms (What If) to unusual indie fare like Swiss Army Man, where he played a flatulent corpse.
Rupert Grint: (Ron) Grint garnered some attention when he landed a role that wasn’t a Weasley in the 2006 film Driving Lessons, opposite Julie Walters, but compared to Radcliffe and Watson, Grint has maintained a low profile. His most recent credit was as a star and executive producer of a TV version of Snatch, based on the Guy Ritchie film.
Emma Watson: (Hermione) Watson seemed to be the least convinced of the three main kids that she wanted to continue acting. Like her Harry Potter alter ego, she seemed most interested in academics, having graduated from Brown University in 2014. She has also championed feminist causes working for the United Nations. The acclaimed film The Perks of Being a Wallflower convinced her to keep acting, and she’s worked with name directors like Sofia Coppola (The Bling Ring) and Darren Aronofsky (Noah). She found the greatest post-Potter commercial success as Belle in Disney’s remake of Beauty and the Beast, and she’s currently shooting Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird).
What are other ‘Harry Potter’ actors doing?
Robbie Coltrane: (Hagrid) Coltrane has slowed down his output since Potter wrapped, with his most prominent work is the voice of Lord Dingwall in Pixar’s Brave.
Ralph Fiennes: (Voldemort) Fiennes has done many voices in animated movies, most recently as Alfred Pennyworth in The Lego Movie: The Second Part. His latest credit is as the star and director of The White Crow, about the defection of Russian ballet legend Rudolf Nureyev. He is also set to reprise the role of M in next year’s Bond 25.
Michael Gambon: (Dumbledore) Having left the role of Albus Dumbledore to Jude Law, Gambon sadly retired from stage acting due to memory loss.
Gary Oldman: (Sirius Black) Oldman won a long overdue Oscar playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. He will reunite with the director of that film, Joe Wright, for The Woman in the Window, starring alongside Amy Adams.
Maggie Smith: (Professor McGonagall) Smith reminisced about her long career with her longtime friends Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Eileen Atkins in the 2018 documentary Tea with the Dames. She will reprise the role of Violet Crawley in this year’s movie of Downton Abbey.
What are ‘Harry Potter’ support cast members doing?
Tom Felton: (Draco Malfoy) Felton continued playing villainous types. He got the “damn dirty ape” line in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and has also appeared on TV’s The Flash and stirred speculation that he’s dating Watson.
Domhnall Gleeson: (Bill Weasley) Gleeson likes franchises, having sneered his way through the new Star Wars movies as the rather easily cowed First Order villain Hux.
Matthew Lewis: (Neville Longbottom) Lewis played Jamie Bradley in the British TV drama The Syndicate and Corporal Gordon “Towerblock” House in the BBC comedy drama Bluestone 42. He also starred in the film Me Before You alongside Emilia Clarke.
Evanna Lynch: (Luna Lovegood) Lynch nabbed a lead role in the Irish film My Name is Emily, about a girl trying to free her father from a mental institution. She also appeared on Dancing with the Stars, much to the delight of her Harry Potter castmates.
Bonnie Wright: (Ginny Weasley) Wright has followed a path much like Watson’s. She made her stage debut in a production of Peter Ustinov’s The Moment of Truth to great critical acclaim. She has also directed short films and become an activist for women’s rights and environmental issues.