There are only a few such phenomenons in the world of fiction that can compare to the Harry Potter series. Children and adults alike were all taken by the adventures of the boy with a scar on his forehead and his friends. Some of us grew up reading the books, others anxiously expected each new movie. Many enjoyed both the original work in written form, and the screen adaptations, and compared the two afterward. To whichever group you belong and in whichever corner of the world you are, the truth is -- we all loved Harry Potter. And we still do! We identified with the characters, we learned from them and with them, it even reinforced certain values in us, like friendship and loyalty.
And whether or not you think the movies did the novels justice, you still have to agree that they were still a work of art. The cast, the music, the effects - the whole atmosphere transported you to the magical world of Hogwarts and set you side-by-side with the main characters facing all the sinister forces that were headed by Voldemort.
To put it simply, the Harry Potter franchise was a one of a kind experience for its fans and now that all of the movies and books have been out for some time, we kind of wonder what happened with the actors we watched grow up, while growing up ourselves. Looking back at the eight films with a hint of nostalgia, we got curious as to where the most memorable cast members are today and this article is dedicated to them.
14 Fred and George Weasley
13 Argus Filch
12 Dudley Dursley
We hated the Dursleys every second they were on the screen, but only truly great actors could make you despise their characters that much. Therefore, we couldn't possibly miss including them in this article. Let's start with Fiona Shaw, who already was a well-established actress even before her role as Harry's cruel aunt and legal guardian. She had mainly starred in full-length feature films, but seems to have changed course after the Potter movies ended and has gotten into TV series. There are three upcoming films this year, in which she has starred, and we are excited to see her in them after this five year absence from the big screen.
Richard Griffiths, who portrayed the equally nasty uncle Vernon, was a brilliant actor with a vast acting history. Sadly, he passed away only two years after the final Harry Potter movie was released, but in that time he managed to add several more films to his legacy, including Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011).
11 Lord Voldemort
10 Professor McGonagall
The celebrated British actress has had by far the most extensive and long-lasting career of all the cast members. Maggie Smith has worked on a mind-boggling amount of movies, television shows and plays for over sixty years, winning two Oscars and over forty other different awards. She is without a doubt a brilliant actress and one of the best in the world, at that. But little does anyone know that she is also a very remarkable human being. During the filming of the fifth movie of the Harry Potter franchise, she fought a battle against breast cancer and won, and when the series had finally come to an end, Smith helped raise a whopping $4.6 million to rebuild Court Theatre in Christchurch, New Zealand, after it had been heavily damaged by an earthquake. After that she went on to become a patron of the International Glaucoma Association and donated a drawing of hers to raise money for Cats Protection.
8 Professor Snape
Undoubtedly one of the most memorable personages in the entire sequence of Potter films - Professor Snape was an absolute treat to watch on screen. Even though he was an antagonist, he managed to charm everyone with his dark mystique. The world was shook by the passing of Alan Rickman, and anyone who has ever seen a movie with him, regardless if Potter-fans or not, was utterly dismayed by the news. His charisma and great acting abilities weren't there to please film-lovers alone; Rickman was also a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed in numerous modern and classical theatre productions.
7 Neville Longbottom
6 Luna Lovegood
5 Draco Malfoy
4 Ginny Weasley
3 Ron Weasley
2 Hermione Granger
1 Harry Potter
The boy who lived. You might not know this, but Daniel Radcliffe actually made his first appearance as an actor in the mini-series David Copperfield, where he starred as the young Copperfield himself. He then performed in a feature film before finally being cast in what turned out to be his ticket to fame -- Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. Radcliffe has done quite a bit of work in stage and has acquired recognition for it too, as he aimed to prove that he was also capable of taking on mature roles. Nevertheless, he still continues to appear on the big screen and some of his most notable works were The Woman in Black (first film after the Potter movies) and Horns. Like his co-star Emma Watson, Radcliffe is also socially active and contributes to many charities, as well as campaigning against homophobia.
Sources: IMDb , Biography.com
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