It’s been five years since we saw the last “Harry Potter” movie, and 15 years since we saw the first movie. Some TV shows don’t last for more than five years, yet the cast and crew of the “Harry Potter” series were together for more than 10 years. We saw many of our beloved actors grow up, and we grew up with them. Some of them continued their work in the movie business, while some changed industries. So, where are they now? Let’s see.
Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley
The Irish actress was part of five “Harry Potter” movies. After her role in the Potter universe, she made only one more movie, “The Tree of Life,” after which Fiona returned to her original love: theater and opera.
David Bradley as Argus Filch
Fans of “Game of Thrones” will tell you they hate Bradley — not that he was much lovable when he was in “Harry Potter.” But at least he didn’t orchestrate one of the bloodiest weddings in the history of television. He will no longer be part of “Game of Thrones,” as his character was killed, so he continues to pursue his movie career elsewhere.
Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge
Staunton was one of the more successful actresses even before “Harry Potter,” and her success continued afterward as well. Her latest role was in Disney’s “Maleficent.”
Frances de la Tour as Olympe Maxime
De la Tour is 71 years old, and last year, at the age of 70, she was still making movies. She is even part of a new TV series, “The Collection” that should start airing this year.
Ian Hart as Quirinus Quirrell
Hart stayed in the movie business, but he made a change from movies to television shows. The English actor has had few supporting roles in many TV shows, most notably in “Agents of Shield.”
Emma Thompson as Sybill Trelawney
It seems like Thompson cannot get away from the fantasy genre. Fans will see her as Mrs. Potts in the new “Beauty and the Beast” movie by Disney. The British comedienne was one of the more successful actresses in the “Harry Potter” series, and she continued to be one of the better actresses in Hollywood.
Shirley Henderson as Moaning Myrtle
Henderson had one of the best performances in the “Harry Potter” series. She was 40 when she appeared in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” and still managed to look like a little child. She might have had a small role in the Potter universe, but she was one of the most beloved characters.
Warwick Davis as Filius Flitwick/Griphook
Davis moved from one highly successful movie franchise to another, and then back and forth. Before he joined “Harry Potter” crew, Davis played in “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” And last year, he was again part of the Star Wars universe, starring in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart
Branagh tried himself as a stage director, producer and screenwriter after “Harry Potter” finished filming. He was part of several movies as well, but none as successful as the one about the little wizard.
Helen McCrory as Narcissa Malfoy
The award-winning actress continued her successful career in the TV series “Peaky Blinders.” She won an award for supporting actress in the series. She was also part of the “James Bond” universe, playing a small part in “Skyfall.”
Brendan Gleeson as Mad-Eye Moody
Action movies suit Gleeson perfectly. Even before he joined the “Harry Potter” crew, he was part of “Braveheart,” and then he played a role in “Edge of Tomorrow.” Probably one of his best roles will be the one he will play in the highly anticipated “Assassin’s Creed” movie.
John Cleese as Nearly Headless Nick
Cleese was one of the funniest characters in the serial. He has always been a comedian and one of the best in the business. Fans mostly recognize his voice, as he lends his voice for most movies, but in “Harry Potter,” we saw him on the screen as well.
Miranda Richardson as Rita Skeeter
Richardson is another of the actresses that played small, yet significant roles in “Harry Potter.” After the series ended, she continued working in Hollywood but is more successful as a stage actress.
Julie Walters as Molly Weasley
Walters is such an amazing actress, sometimes people don’t understand why was she given just a small role as the mother of the Weasley family. She’s won a number of awards for her performances, and at the moment she is working on a TV series called “National Treasure.”
Gary Oldman as Sirius Black
People don’t understand just how many great actors were part of the “Harry Potter” universe. Oldman was sensational both as Sirius and then as Commissioner Gordon in “The Dark Knight.”
Lee Ingleby as Stan Shunpike
Ingleby was not an important character in the Potter universe, but he was looking great as the clumsy Stan.
Helena Bonham Carter as Bellatrix Lestrange
Bonham Carter is just a born villain. She might not be as evil in real life, but when she portrays evil characters, you just start rooting for them. She is that good. A perfect example is Bellatrix, but another is as the Red Queen in “Alice in Wonderland.”
David Thewlis as Remus Lupin
Thewlis is one of the few actors from the “Harry Potter” serial that had a huge role and didn’t capitalize on it following the end. His most successful role till now is Professor Lupin.
Frank Dillane as Tom Riddle
Dillane was part of just one scene in “Harry Potter,” but he was great. He played the young Lord Voldemort. Dillane has not been part of many movies following “Harry Potter,” but he is just 25 years old. There is still time for him.
Clémence Poésy as Fleur Delacour
Poésy is one of the few actors and actresses in “Harry Potter” who were not British. The former French model hasn’t had much success after Potter in the movie industry, but she is great as a stage actor.
Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid
Coltrane was one of the most beloved characters in the serial. When Potter ended, he was nearing 60 years old, so he hasn’t done much since. But, he is still one of the most successful British comedian actors who have also been part of two “James Bond” movies.
Alan Rickman as Severus Snape
Rickman left this world in January 2016, just a month before his 70th birthday. Potter fans were devastated. Despite playing a villain almost the entire serial, Rickman’s character was a fan favorite, and he saved Harry at the end. Rickman was one of the few people that knew the end of the “Harry Potter” serial from the beginning, as he was told what his role is. And he managed to keep it secret.
Maggie Smith as Minerva McGonagall
Smith was not part of the “Deathly Hallows Part 1,” but she was there to fix things in “Deathly Hallows Part 2.” And while she was filming the last movie of the “Harry Potter “saga, the 70+ actress was also shooting for “Downton Abbey,” a drama featuring British aristocratic family and their servants. She was part of all 52 episodes of the TV show, and after the end of “Downton Abbey” in 2015, Smith has retired from the movie industry. She also lent her voice for “Gnomeo and Juliet,” a cartoon parody of the love story between Romeo and Juliet.
Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy
Following the end of “Harry Potter,” Isaacs was mostly part of TV series. He lent his voice in “Star Wars Rebels.”
Domhnall Gleeson as Bill Weasley
Gleeson is just 33 years old, but he has already been part of many great movies. Aside from his role in Harry Potter, one of his memorable performances will be as Captain Andrew Henry in “The Revenant.” Di Caprio might have won an Oscar for his performance in “The Revenant,” but Gleeson was also great. Last year, he was part of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” crew.
Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore
Gambon slowly retired from television and movies after the end of “Harry Potter,” and came back to the theater. After all, he is 75 years old, and theater is better suited for his lifestyle.
Devon Murray as Seamus Finnigan
One of the reasons Murray was spectacular in the role is because he lived as Seamus in real life. After the end of “Harry Potter,” he hasn’t done any other movie. And, his mother fired his agent during the filming of the “Goblet of Fire” because Murray was caught smoking pot.
Katie Leung as Cho Chang
After Harry Potter finished, Leung made her debut as a stage actress, and she has never returned to TV since then. Even though she is a Scottish actress, because she looks like an Asian-born, she has said that she regularly experiences racism.
Jamie Yeates as Marcus Flint
Remembered mostly for his fake teeth, Yeates hasn’t been part of any movie since then. But with his hotness, he is better suited to be a model.
Freddie Stroma as Cormac McLaggen
Some of the actors who played in “Harry Potter” also made an appearance in “Game of Thrones.” Stroma is another example, even though his role in GoT was an extremely small one, playing Dickon Tarly in just one episode. But, he had a big role in “Pitch Perfect.”
Afshan Azad as Padma Patil
Azad is a perfect example how “Harry Potter” used even models in the movies. The model with Bangladesh descent played in five Potter movies, after which she continued her modeling career.
Jessica “Jessie” Cave as Lavender Brown
The “Harry Potter” universe made multiple actors and actresses extremely popular, and they were able to pursue careers in other areas. Cave is a great example, as she started publishing sketches and book of cartoons afterward.
Alfred Enoch as Dean Thomas
Enoch got his movie debut in “Harry Potter.” He reached stardom thanks to the serial, and he used his popularity to get a role in “How to Get Away With Murder”, a popular TV series in America.
Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood
Lynch made a living in the fashion world after the serial ended. During filming, she was responsible for creating several fashion accessories and pieces of jewelry in the movie. She also used her popularity and fame to raise awareness for anorexia.
Josh Herdman as Gregory Goyle
“Harry Potter” had fashion models, singers, and even MMA fighters on the list of cast members. Following the end of the serial, Herdman, for example, started an amateur career in MMA fighting, and he was quite successful in it.
Jamie Waylett as Vincent Crabbe
It is funny how you can go from the set on “Harry Potter” to prison. Waylett was arrested in 2011 for participation in England riots. He was sentenced to two years prison time, and that was the end of his movie career.
Scarlett Byrne as Pansy Parkinson
The beautiful 25-year-old actress has continued her career in television, starring in “The Vampire Diaries” and “Falling Skies,” two great TV series.
Stanislav Ianevski as Viktor Krum
Ianevski was selected out of 650 actors who auditioned in Sofia for the role. But, he hasn’t done a single project since the end of “Harry Potter.” To make matters worse, his sequence was deleted in production from “Deathly Hallows Part 1.”
Sean Biggerstaff as Oliver Wood
Biggerstaff played just a small part in “Deathly Hallows Part 2.” The 30-something actor hasn’t done much since, at least not on television. Biggerstaff returned to his first love — theater. Before starting as an actor in movies, Sean was part of the theater for six years.
Luke Youngblood as Lee Jordan
Youngblood is also a stage actor who joined the “Harry Potter” universe. Not many people know this, but he played young Simba in Disney’s “The Lion King” musical in London venues before starring in “Harry Potter.”
Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom
Truth be told, Lewis’ performance in “Harry Potter” is one of the most underrated ones. He was brilliant. But not many people like a chubby kid, and that was the reason he wasn’t as popular as the other wizards. Following the end of “Harry Potter,” he started a career as a stage actor.
Chris Rankin as Percy Weasley
Rankin represents New Zealand in the Potter serial. He is more known as a stage actor. After the end of “Harry Potter,” he continued his career in the movie industry, but as a production coordinator.
Harry Melling as Dudley Dursley
The “Harry Potter” crew consisted of many stage actors. Melling is another example. After the end of the serial, he performed as a stage actor in several English theaters, including the Royal National Theatre.
Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory
Not many people remember that Pattison was actually part of “Harry Potter” before he becomes a vampire. Aside from the main actors, Pattinson is one of the most successful outside the Potter universe. He was a star of the “Twilight” serial and is now considered one of the most beautiful and sexy actors in Hollywood.
James and Oliver Phelps as Fred and George Weasley
The twins had to dye their hair red for 10 years. Now, in their 30s, they do not look as identical as they once were. Both have done some movie work after the end of Potter, but nothing as successful as the jokes-cracking Weasley twins.
Tom Felton as Draco Malfoy
Felton was brilliant as a villain, and he will have a chance to show how good he can be as an evil badass in the third season of “The Flash” TV series. It seems villains suit him well, as he was also a villain in the “Murder in the First” TV series.
Bonnie Wright as Ginny Weasley
Wright was a successful model before and during the filming of “Harry Potter.” Following the end of the serial, she joined the movie industry from a different aspect, being a screenwriter. She has also done some directing and production work.
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
The most popular ginger hasn’t done much since the end of “Harry Potter,” but one needs a time off after such a demanding serial. In 2013, he debuted as a stage actor. He also used his fame to promote health campaigns. He joined a Drink Milk Daily campaign in 2011, and cancer research in the UK in 2012.
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger
Watson is probably one of the most successful actresses that made a career after “Harry Potter.” Even during the filming of the serial, it was evident that the female wizard would be one of the best. Watson is one of the most vocal actresses for women and animal rights. She is constantly supporting various campaigns. And it doesn’t hurt to be as beautiful as Watson, and use the fame for modeling and photoshoot jobs.
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
No matter what Radcliffe does, until the end of his career, he will always be remembered as “Harry Potter.” It’s as simple as that. He has tried to be part of more serious movies in Hollywood, but it just doesn’t work. A wizard stays a wizard for life.
Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort
Fiennes is the most successful actor of the bunch, period. You cannot deny that. Being part of “James Bond” movies, “Harry Potter” movies, and “Hannibal Lector” does speak volumes for your talent. He has been nominated for an Oscar twice, and we are sure he will win one by the end of his career.