Plucked from obscurity to star in the biggest franchise of all time, these young actors were barely tweenagers when they first appeared on-screen. See how they’ve changed…
Matthew Lewis - Neville Longbottom
Then: Probably the nerdiest of the Gryffindor kids, Neville actually turns out to be one of the coolest ‘Potter’ characters. Now: Oo, isn’t he handsome? Thinking back to his look in the movies, people are surprised by Lewis now, which is probably an advantage if you’re trying to put ‘Potter’ in the rearview mirror. He’s since starred in ‘Happy Valley’, ‘Ripper Street’, and ‘Me Before You’.
Stan Ianevski - Viktor Krum
Then: The young Bulgarian had no plans to become an actor but was spotted by a casting director while at school with Harry Melling who plays Dudley Dursley. Now: After appearing in ‘Hostel: Part 2′ Stan reprised his role as the Durmstrang student for ‘Deathly Hallows Part 1’, but his scene was cut. He now resides back in Bulgaria and has a film role in the upcoming ‘Xla’.
Harry Melling - Dudley Dursley
Then: The grandson of Patrick Troughton, the second Doctor Who, was a member of the National Youth Theatre when he was cast as Harry Potter’s spoilt cousin. Now: He lost so much weight during his Potter years, he had to wear a fat suit in ‘Deathly Hallows’. He’ recently received rave notices in the West End production of the Tony-winning puppet play ‘Hand of God’.
Josh Herdman - Gregory Goyle
Then: The son of an actor was destined to be a star and appeared in all of the ‘Potter’ films as Draco’s right hand man. Now: The 28-year-old is now plying his trade as a MMA fighter making his amateur debut in 2016 with a victory.
Daniel Radcliffe – Harry Potter
Then: Producer David Heyman thought Radcliffe was perfect for Harry after seeing him in ‘David Copperfield’. Now: Radcliffe has shown an impressive desire to spread his thespian wings, appearing in a musical on Broadway, naked in the West End and as a man with horns in, er, ‘Horns’. Next up – playing an undercover skinhead in ‘Imperium’ and a farting corpse in ‘Swiss Army Man’.
Emma Watson – Hermione Granger
Then: Watson was all wobbly eyebrows as a 10-year-old having been cast through her Oxford theatre teacher. Now: She flirted with quitting acting for the real world, before diving back into the spotlight as a model and UN Goodwill Ambassador. The latter has seen her take feminism by the scruff of the neck, while on-screen she’ll be playing Belle in a live-action ‘Beauty And The Beast’.
Rupert Grint - Ron Weasley
Then: Grint was the oldest of the lead trio and scored the role after making a video of himself rapping about why he should get the part. Now: Aged 27, he provided a voice for ‘Postman Pat: The Movie’, bought an ice cream van with some of his Potter earnings, but his latest film ‘Moonwalkers’ went straight-to-DVD.
Tom Felton – Draco Malfoy
Then: Felton was an experienced child actor when he auditioned to play baddie Draco at the age of 12, having starred opposite Jodie Foster in ‘Anna and the King’. Now: Felton featured in ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ and ‘Belle’, and has a busy schedule coming up including Amma Assante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ which debuts at LFF.
Bonnie Wright – Ginny Weasley
Then: It was Wright’s brother who convinced her to audition after saying that she physically resembled Rowling’s character, though Ginny’s role was reduced in the movie versions. Now: She aspired to work behind-the-scenes, with her short film premiering at the Cannes Festival. She has her own production company and balances that with appearing front-of-camera including an upcoming ‘A Christmas Carol’ with a Scottish twist.
Katie Leung - Cho Chang
Then: Leung caused a stir when she was chosen to play Harry’s love interest in 2005’s ‘Goblet Of Fire’. The Motherwell actress beat 3000 other girls for the part after her dad suggested attending an open audition. Now: The 29-year-old made her stage debut in 2012 and studied art at the University of the Arts, London. She’ll next be seen in ‘The Foreigner’ opposite Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.
Robert Pattinson – Cedric Diggory
Then: Londoner Pattinson beat out Henry Cavill for the role of Diggory in ‘Goblet Of Fire’, having previously appeared in ‘Vanity Fair’. Now: There was ‘Twilight’ of course, which turned him in one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. Since then, he’s gone full indie and can be seen in new release ‘The Childhood of a Leader’.
Devon Murray – Seamus Finnigan
Then: As one of Harry’s loyal acolytes, the young Irish actor had appeared in Alan Parker’s ‘Angela’s Ashes’ before scooping the role of Seamus. Now: Murray seems to have taken a break from acting. In 2016 he lost a court case with his former agent and was ordered to pay them £210,000 in unpaid fees. He claims to have frittered his Potter fortune away on “cars, drinks, and girls”.
Evanna Lynch - Luna Lovegood
Then: Lynch was a massive Potter fan and had actually exchanged letters with JK Rowling before she was cast (without the author’s knowledge) as Luna in ‘Order of the Phoenix’ following a casting call. Now: Lynch, 25, helps promotes positive body image in young girls and has helped design fashion accessories related to the franchise. In 2015 she starred in Lenny Henry’s autobiographical TV movie ‘Danny and The Human Zoo’.
James & Oliver Phelps – Fred & George Weasley
Then: The Phelps boys grew up in Sutton Coldfield and had never acted before attending an open audition aged 14. They appeared in all eight movies. Now: The identical twins have since moved to LA to pursue acting, while James worked behind-the-scenes as a production assistant on movies like ‘The Da Vinci Code’. They’re often seen promoting Universal Studios’ Harry Potter attractions.
Alfred Enoch – Dean Thomas
Then: The privately-educated Londoner appeared in seven ‘Harry Potter’ films, as Dean, one of Dumbledore’s Army. Now: Having graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Portuguese and Spanish, he appeared in numerous stage productions before heading to Hollywood where he was cast as the lead in the hit pulpy TV drama, ‘How To Get Away With Murder’.
Whatever you do, don’t imagine Little Jason Grace coming to Camp Jupiter led by Juno and without even knowing this kid, he’s already being hailed Champion of Juno because yes he’s a toddler with a scar on his lip and watery eyes and he’s crying out “Lia!” though no one knows who that is but Juno brought him here and so he’s not just Jason anymore, he’s Jason Grace, Champion of Juno.
Don’t imagine Child Jason Grace being claimed, lightning striking the earth and thunder booming the minute he picks up a gold sword and marks being burned into his skin because he may be only a child that doesn’t know how to put on armour properly and wears baggy hand me downs but it is Jupiter who claimed him hello, King of the fucking universe, and so now he’s not just Jason, he’s Jason Grace, Champion of Juno, and son of Jupiter.
Don’t imagine Tweenage Jason Grace wondering who he belongs to, what his parents are like, if they would like him, and asking everyone what Jupiter’s like if they know anything, anything at all about his mother, but all anyone tells him is you are a Child of Rome, Jason Grace, and that is all you need to know because it doesn’t matter if he’s not done growing yet and has no idea what his place in the world is yet because he’s not just Jason, he’s Jason Grace, Champion of Juno, Son of Jupiter, and Child of Rome.
Don’t imagine Teenage Jason Grace going on a quest to save the fucking world, not to make himself seem like a hero, but to prove to himself that he is hero that everyone says he is even if he’s lost his fucking memory and when he comes back expecting a “Hey, look, he’s a person” all there is pontifex maximus, he’s the pontifex maximus, because it doesn’t matter that he’s gone through pain and heartache and blood, so much blood, he’s not just Jason, he’s Jason Grace, Champion of Juno, Son of Jupiter, Child of Rome, and Pontifex Maximus.
Don’t imagine Older Jason Grace walking down a street and hearing Hero of Olympus, he’s a Hero of Olympus whispered behind him, because it doesn’t matter that he’s tired of only a few select people really knowing him and that there’s always going to be a breaking point, he doesn’t have those, of course not, after all, he’s not just Jason, he’s Jason Grace, Champion of Juno, Son of Jupiter, Child of Rome, Pontifex Maximus, and Hero of Olympus.
Instead, just imagine a member of one of the many lares calling Jason in the streets but he’s not calling Jason, he’s calling “Jason Grace, Champion of Juno, Son of Jupiter, Child of Rome, Pontifex Maximus, Hero of Olympus” and Jason, just Jason, breaks down in the middle of the streets-
never has a childhood crush disappointed me more than david krumholtz
I have to live with the knowledge that the subject of my tweenage fantasies, the guy who is at least 50% responsible for my first boyfriend being a math genius with dark curly hair, the sole highlight of my friday nights from 2005 to 2010