Harry Potter fans were abuzz at the start of September after JK Rowling turned to Twitter to send her well wishing for Harry and Ginny's oldest son, tweeting, "I'm in Edinburgh, so could somebody at King's Cross wish James S Potter good luck for me? He's starting at Hogwarts today.
#BackToHogwarts." In keeping with the narrative established at the end of the final book, September 1st would have, indeed, been James' first day at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
This continued attention to the goings-on of the characters that we got to know during Rowling's masterpiece book series and the belief in a still-relevant existence for these characters highlights the passion that still exists within the Harry Potter universe, even eight years after the last book was released. This passion has spawned a theme park ("The Wizarding World of Harry Potter"), an upcoming stage production ("Harry Potter and the Cursed Child") and even a connected book series soon to be adapted for film ("Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"). The fervent nature of HP fans is a testament to the real connection that people had to Rowling's novels and the fleshed out, complex characters that exist within them.
It only stands to reason, then, that HP fans are also checking in with the actors that stepped into the roles of their beloved characters. While it is tough to separate Daniel Radcliffe from the titular boy wizard and Emma Watson from know-it-all Hermione Granger, the main actors involved in the film series have actually gone on to some pretty considerable success in the years since the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 in 2011.
Now, because the emphasis here is on the Harry Potter canon, we decided to rule out minor characters who went on to make a splash elsewhere, such as Robert Pattinson and Alfred Enoch. That brought the list down to ten key actors who have managed to carry the momentum of the hugely popular franchise into a successful post-Potter existence.
10 Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
9 Oliver and James Phelps (Fred and George Weasley)
8 Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
7 Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
6 Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid)
5 Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
4 Alan Rickman (Severus Snape)
3 Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
2 Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
1 Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
The Boy Who Lived not only survived his Hogwarts days and encounters with Lord Voldemort, but Daniel Radcliffe used his star turn as Harry Potter to propel him into stardom. Since the release of the last Deathly Hallows movie, Radcliffe has seemed to delight in taking risks such as going bare in London's West End in Equus, delving into horror with The Woman in Black and the upcoming Victor Frankenstein and showing a twisted side with Kill Your Darlings and Horns. Yet, people still don't always know who he is.
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