Catching Up With 20 Harry Potter Actors on the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary

On Monday, Harry Potter fans celebrated the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the book that launched a bestselling young adult fantasy series and a stream of films to boot. The franchise exploded into eight films between 2001 and 2011, launching acting careers and inspiring a generation of kids — and adults.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the books, PJ Media tracked down the current work of 20 major actors in the film series. The actors show up in many big franchises, from “Game of Thrones” to The Hunger Games to the Batman Dark Knight trilogy.

Here’s the list of Harry Potter actors, and what they’re up to now.

20. Dudley Dursley

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Harry Melling, best known for portraying Harry Potter’s cousin, appeared in The Lost City of Z (2016), and made an appearance on the TV series “Merlin” in 2010.

19. Dean Thomas


Alfred Enoch has played Edgar in King Lear (2014), Titus Lartius in Coriolanus (2014), Bainbridge in Sherlock (2014-), and Wes Gibbins in “How to Get Away With Murder” (2014-2017).

18. Remus Lupin


David Thewlis had a major role in Wonder Woman (2017), played V.M. Vargas in the TV show “Fargo” (2017), embodied Dennis Sciama in The Theory of Everything (2014), and played Nick Davies in The Fifth Estate (2013).

17. Voldemort

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Ralph Fiennes played Alfred Pennyworth in the LEGO Batman Movie (2017), Moon King in Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), Laurence Laurentz in Hail Caesar! (2016), and M in Spectre (2015).

16. Nymphadora Tonks


Natalia Tena plays Kat in the upcoming comedy
As We Like It (2017). She played Osha in “Game of Thrones” (2011-2018), Emma in the TV series “The Refugees” (2014-2015), and Rachel the Prostitute in Bel Ami (2012).

15. Professor McGonagall

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Maggie Smith was an established actress long before Harry Potter and has done a great deal of work since. She played Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in “Downton Abbey” (2010-2015), Miss Shepherd in The Lady in the Van (2015), and Jean Horton in Quartet (2012).

14. Albus Dumbledore

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While Richard Harris has passed away, Michael Gambon was the narrator of Hail Caesar! (2016), played Winston Churchill in a TV movie, Churchill’s Secret (2014), and The Prophet in Elder Scrolls Online (2014). He’ll play Lord Salisbury in the upcoming Victoria and Abdul (2017).

13. Severus Snape

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Alan Rickman voiced Absolem in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), played King Louis XIV in — and directed — A Little Chaos (2014), a film about secret love in the Sun King’s Versailles palace. He also played Ronald Reagan in Lee Daniels’ The Butler (2013), a film about a black long-serving White House butler. Rickman passed away last January.

12. Lucius Malfoy

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Jason Isaacs was also an established actor long before Harry Potter. Just before the series, he played Col. William Tavington in The Patriot (2000). He will play Captain Lorca in the upcoming TV series “Star Trek: Discovery” (2017-2018), and previous credits include Prophet Josiah in Sweetwater (2013), The Inquisitor/Sentinel in “Star Wars Rebels” (2014-2016), and Dr. Hunter Aloysius “Hap” Percy in “The OA” (2016).

11. Argus Filch

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David Bradley played the tower keeper in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), but his main roles have been in television. He played Charlie in “Mount Pleasant” (2012-2014), Walder Frey in “Game of Thrones” (2011-2018), Bardi in “Medici: Masters of Florence” (2016), and Abraham Setrakian in “The Strain” (2014-2017).

10. Rubeus Hagrid

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Robbie Coltrane played Lord Dingwall in Brave (2014), and Paul in the TV series “National Treasure” (2016).

9. Sirius Black

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Gary Oldman is a well-established actor, most famous for his role as Commissioner Gordon in Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). He also plays Winston Churchill in the upcoming film The Darkest Hour (2017). Recent credits include Nathaniel Shepherd in The Space Between Us (2017), Quaker Wells in Criminal (2016), and Dreyfus in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014).

8. Bill Weasley


Domhnall Gleeson will play the evil General Hux in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017), Pooh author A.A. Milne in Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017) and Dr. Faraday in a ghost movie The Little Stranger (2018). Recent credits include his role as Captain Andrew Henry in
The Revenant (2015), General Hux in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), and Caleb in Ex Machina (2014).

7. Bellatrix Lestrange

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Helena Bonham Carter was already a huge starlet before her role in the Harry Potter films. She will play Rose in Oceans Eight (2018), and recent credits include Iracebeth in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016), the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella (2015), Edith Ellyn in Suffragette (2015), and Madame Thénardier in Les Misérables (2012).

6. Dobby


This is the voice actor behind the house elf. Toby Jones will appear in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018). The actor also appeared in “Sherlock” in 2017, played Uncle Hajský in the Czech Nazi resistance film Anthropoid (2016), and he played Claudius Templesmith in The Hunger Games (2012), Catching Fire (2013), and Mockingjay Part 2 (2015). He is perhaps best known, after Dobby of course, for the role of Dr. Arnim Zola in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

5. Draco Malfoy

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Tom Felton also has done well post-Harry Potter. Felton plays Matt in the upcoming twin-themed film Feed (2018). Previous credits include his role as Rufus Lancaster in A United Kingdom (2016), Lucius in Risen (2016), Julian Albert in “The Flash” (2015), and Dodge Landon in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011).

4. Luna Lovegood

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Evanna Lynch played Emily, a girl trying to break her father out of a psychiatric institution, in My Name is Emily (2015), and she played Theresa Bornstein, the wife of the troubled main character, in Addiction: A 60’s Love Story (2015).

3. Ron Weasley

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Rupert Grint plays Charlie Cavendish in the crime TV series “Snatch” (2017), Jonny (a struggling band promoter in a movie about faking the moon landing) in Moonwalkers (2015) and Daniel Glass in the TV series “Sick Note” (2017-), about him getting misdiagnosed with cancer and faking his way through it.

2. Hermione Granger

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Emma Watson is arguably the biggest star to come out of Harry Potter. She played Mae in The Circle (2017), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (2017), Lena in The Colony (2015), and Ila in Noah (2014). She has also spoken about women’s rights at the United Nations.

1. Harry Potter

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Daniel Radcliffe has three films in post-production: Beast of Burden (2018) about dodging feds and drug cartels, Jungle (2017) about journeyers in a Bolivian jungle, and Escape from Pretoria about two white South Africans trying to escape the Robben Island prison. He played Walter Mabry in Now You See Me 2 (2016), Nate Foster in Imperium (2016), where he played an FBI agent undercover as a white supremacist. He also played Igor in Victor Frankenstein (2015).

For some extra nostalgia, click “Load More” to see some Harry Potter trailers.

The Chamber of Secrets

The Prisoner of Azkaban

The Order of the Phoenix

Deathly Hallows, Part 2