It’s hard to imagine that the first Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, hit theaters way back 2001. Eight films over some ten years meant that little kids like Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), literally grew up before our eyes. They went from nine or ten-year-olds to becoming 20-somethings. They went from children to young adults. And nowhere is that transformation more breathtaking than in those sweet little Hogwarts girls who went from cute to pretty and then to scorching hot. Some have stayed in the acting business while others haven’t. Some are household names…even until now. Some of them, you may have forgotten. But they have one thing in common. They have grown into 20-something hotties who can turn heads. So, let’s go back in time to 2001 and join Harry, Ron, Hermione, and the whole crew rolling up to Hogwarts for the first time with wonder and amazement in their young hearts. Here are 14 women and one guy (yes, one guy we had to include) who have grown into head-turning hotties.
15. Afshan Azad
Afshan Azad was Padma Patil, Pavarti’s twin sister. The actress and model broke the Internet a couple years back when some hot selfies were posted to a Buzzfeed post. OMG! the world was shouting. Look at her. She’s all grown up and gorgeous and sexy and hot and on and on. Afshan Azad was, reportedly, not at all amused. Come on guys, she said. What’s all this about my “makeover?” I didn’t look that bad back then, did I? Well, no, but look at her now. From sweet little pretty girl to one hot babe. She’s focused on modeling and breaking the Internet since wowing the red carpet at the premiere of the final film in 2011. Catch her all over social media. She loves posting those hot selfies. Who cares if she can’t act? Just look at her.
14. Julianne Hough
Yes, it’s that Julianne Hough. Twinkle toes of Dancing with the Stars fame. In 1999, when she was around 10 years old, her American parents shipped her and her brother, Derek, off to London to study dancing. And in 2001, when they were making Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, she had a small part as a Hogwarts student…a very happy Hogwarts student. She is sitting in the stands with Ron Weasley and other Gryffindor students cheering their Quidditch team on to victory. Now all grown up and hot AF, the 20-something looks back on those days with regret. Why? Well our Julianne claims she suffered abuse at the hands of her English dance coaches. They, of course, deny it. Something about her being a spoiled brat. Well, some things never change.
13. Evanna Lynch
“Don’t worry, you’re just as sane as I am,” Luna says to Harry when he sees the deathly creatures no one other than the two of them can see. Luna “Looney” Lovegood, the spacey, wacky, probably slightly deranged weirdo who befriended Harry Potter and stuck to him come what may, was a role Evanna Lynch nailed. Luna had an off-the-wall perspective on things. She probably fancied Harry like mad but it was not to be. Now all grown up and hot, Evanna has been one busy girl since Harry Potter ended. For a time, she was all loved up with Robbie Jarvis. Who, you might ask? Well, it’s kind of weird because Robbie played Harry’s dad, James, in a flashback to his student days at Hogwarts scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
12. Clemence Poesy
Remember Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire? Ah! Fleur Delacour, the student champion of French wizarding school Beaubatons in the Triwizard Tournament. Ron Weasley and just every other boy at Hogwarts, fell for Fleur big time. The ginger wizard was positively love sick. What a shame. Or quelle domage, as the French would say. She didn’t really give him a look-in but she kept it in the family by marrying his brother, Bill. Now Fleur looked good, but she pretty much flopped as a champion, leaving poor old Harry to save her sister from an underwater tomb. Clemence Poesy is, of course, French and hot in a sultry femme fatale kind of way. She’s all grown up, a busy working actress, and reportedly, still looking for Mr. Right.
11. Bonnie Wright
We loved the red-haired Weasleys. From pompous Percy to goofy Ron and pesky George and Fred and back again. Ginny Weasley was the baby of the clan. Not a great looker, but a sweet girl who loved, loved, loved Harry. Finally, he noticed. Some of us were hoping for Hermione Granger and her frizzy hair to do the love thing with Harry. But it was sweet and sensible Ginny that walked down the aisle with the Boy Who Lived. Irish actress Bonnie Wright is all grown up and rocking her sexy mane of (of course) Weasley-like red hair. The 20-something still acts and has gotten into directing her own short films. Sorry guys, this hottie is all loved up with a suave night club boss.
10. Scarlett Byrne
She was Slytherin’s Pansy Parkinson, a mean and nasty girl who loved hanging out with equally mean and nasty Draco Malfoy. She made trouble whenever she could for good old Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Scarlett Byrne has since said she loved playing the nasty Pansy. Since the films wrapped, she has continued to act and free her n*pples. WTF? She’s been in The Vampire Diaries. And the n*pples? She posed nude for Playboy. Oh boy! The mag has gone back to doing “those” pictures again. Well, it worked out well for all grown up and hot Scarlett. She got a nice fat check, great “exposure,” and ended up snagging a Hefner. No, not the old guy, but his youngest look-alike (almost hot) and very rich son, Cooper. And she got a seriously big engagement ring. No word on when and if they will actually walk down the aisle. Hef’s lawyers are probably drafting a killer prenup as we speak.
9. Emma Watson
Hermione Granger of know-it-allness, the sometimes overly serious brainiac to Harry’s daring-do and Ron’s…well…goofiness. Emma Watson was only around 10 when she and her frizzy hair and wand encountered Ron and Harry for the first time on the Hogwarts Express in 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She couldn’t really act back then. But it just didn’t matter. Since that first film, she’s become a competent actress, with impressive star turns in My Week with Marilyn and more recently, as Belle in the Disney live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. Like Hermione, our Emma is a serious student part of the time. She acts, she models, and she counts her $60-million fortune. Her hotness? It’s model svelte with a hint of bad girl. We’re still trying to figure out why Hermione went for Ron.
8. Katie Leung
Scottish actress Katie Leung was a great Cho Chang in five Harry Potter films. Cho Chang was all loved up with hunky Cedric Diggory (Robert Pattinson) until, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, he got zapped and killed when the Dark Lord, Voldemort, made his big comeback. Then she had the hots for Harry Potter for a time, even joining his Dumbledore’s Army to learn a bit of evil zapping herself. Harry, of course, was giving the lessons to his fellow students to prepare them for the battle they all knew was ahead. Katie still acts onstage, in movies, and on TV and has taken up photography and painting. She is a very grown-up girl-next-door kind of hottie. Pattinson, of course, went on to do Twilight and for a time, was loved up with Kristen Stewart, when she was still into guys.
7. Georgina Leonidas
Georgina Leonidas played poor old Katie Bell, zapped by a curse on a necklace wicked Malfoy had intended for Dumbledore. She is thrown way up into the air and lands in the snow with a dreadful thump. Then, Hagrid comes to the rescue and a battered and bruised Katie spends a good bit of time out of it in the hospital wing. Katie survives to tell the tale, but can’t remember exactly how she got the cursed package. Harry knows Malfoy did it, but can’t prove it. In real life, Georgina Leonidas is a super actress, who has been busy on TV and on the stage. Our little bruised and damaged Katie has grown up to be one sultry and hot beauty. Beauty, talent, and brains.
6. Anna Shaffer
Romilda Vane is a Hogwarts student who gets a bad case of the hots for Harry Potter. She leaves chocolates infused with a love potion for him to find. The only thing is, poor old Ron gets to them first and, even though he has never met Romilda, he falls head over heels in love with her. Anna Shaffer, the very young British actress, was great as the love struck Romilda. Since then? Well, as you can see, she’s all grown up and proudly flaunting her assets in selfies. Anna has stayed busy since the Potter films finished. She had been in a British Soap called Hollyoaks and in 2013, was nominated as the Hottest Female at the British Soap Awards. Her hot is scorching, with a touch of trailer park.
5. Sitara Shah
This Indian hottie is exotically gorgeous and she knows it. Sitara Shah was Parvati Patil, who, along with her twin Padma, hit Hogwarts at about the same time as Harry and his crew. The pair were cute little girls dressed in saris. Feisty Pavarti gave Malfoy and his bullies a tongue lashing a time or two, especially when he went after poor on Neville Longbottom (Matthew Lewis), calling him a lump. Well, as we will see, he is a lump no longer. And remember the two sisters in saris walking arm and arm and saying “Hello Harry” in that sing-songy voice? A very excited Pavarti even went to a Yule Ball as Harry’s date, but because Harry and Ron sat on the sidelines a lot, Pavarti had a very bad night. Sitara hasn’t really gone on with the acting thing, after she was replaced by another actress. Pity. Looks as if Bollywood could use her curves.
4. Sarah Harrison
Sarah Harrison was an ordinary-looking little school girl in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Did we say ordinary? These days, the Maltese-born singer/songwriter is beyond hot. Not just a hot bod and a pretty face, she has worked with the likes of Snoop Dogg and music icon Quincy Jones. This hottie is living in London and rocking the capital with her DJ gigs. She did the London Wireless Festival with DJ Calvin Harris. Who? The Calvin Harris who got dumped by Taylor Swift when she met Tom Hiddleston. The acting thing? Just a bit of school girl fun. You know, roll up to a film set and get hired on for a few scenes. Music is her thing.
3. Matthew Lewis
OK. Our token male. We just had to get Matthew Lewis in because this guy played the pudgy loser Neville Longbottom all through the run of the films. Neville is scared of just about everything, including his stern and bossy gran. Seems his parents got zapped into stupors by the Dark Lord way back. He hangs out with Harry, Ron, and Hermione and gets picked on by the likes of Malfoy and Pansy Parkinson. But, by the time we got to the last two Deathly Hallows films, Neville was a changed boy, getting onto a man. He’s lean and mean and ready to battle Voldemort in the epic Battle of Hogwarts. And these days? Matthew is really rocking hot and young. And he’s one very busy TV and movie actor, with regular gigs on a number of English TV shows. Take that, Malfoy and Pansy.
2. Kieri Kennedy
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, actress Kieri Kennedy is in a few scenes, mainly the ones at the zoo. You know, the one when Dudley Dursley ends up in the snake pit and Harry gets read the riot act by nasty Vernon Dursley. Kieri is just another ordinary little kid. But look what she’s grown up to be. She is another girl-next-door hottie. After Harry Potter, Kieri did a bit of TV, theater, and movies. These days, she’s doing a lot of commercials where her husky sexy voice, strawberry blonde hair, and blue/green eyes make her a standout performer. But don’t get the idea that she’s a pushover. The engaging 20-something actress has her Black Belt in kickboxing and can take care of business just fine, despite standing all of 5 feet and 4 inches tall.
1. Jessie Cave
She was Lavender Brown, the girl who got the hots for Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince after watching him perform miracles as the goalkeeper on the Quidditch pitch. Ron performing miracles? Yes. See? Harry had convinced him that he had drunk a powerful good luck potion just before the game. After the match, Lavender plants a big one on an astonished and grinning Ron. After that, she obsessively follows him around and smooches on him nonstop. Ron, being Ron, gets sick and tired of it and kind of dumps her. Cue in new love interest, Hermione. Jessie Cave is a hot blonde with a talent for acting, doing comedy, and drawing cartoons. She’s even had her own mini web series on YouTube.