The Harry Potter films came to an end with the release of The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 on July 7, 2011. Now, 20 years on from the release of J. K. Rowling’s first Potter book, we’re taking a look at what the cast of the films did next, including stand-up comedy, cage-fighting and UN Ambassadorships…
1. Josh Herdman (Gregory Goyle)
Has Herdman channelled Gregory Goyle’s aggressive nature into his new career? After not acting much since the last Potter film, he announced in April of this year that he was turning his hand to MMA as a cage fighter.
2. Stanislav Yanevski (Viktor Krum):
The Bulgarian actor has bulked up, grown a massive beard and got loads of tattoos since playing the straight-talking Viktor Krum, but hasn’t done much more acting. He was recalled to play Krum in Part 1 of The Deathly Hallows, but his scenes – him dancing with Hermione at Bill and Fleur’s wedding – were omitted from the final cut.
3. Emma Watson (Hermione Granger):
Since Deathly Hallows Part 2, Watson has studied at Oxford and Brown Universities, but also become one of the series’ most successful stars, appearing in teen drama The Perks of Being A Wallflower and celeb-bashing The Bling Ring. She will play Belle in the huge 2017 reboot of Beauty And The Beast – and became a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, since which she has set up the HeForShe campaign.
4. Katie Leung (Cho Chang):
Since performing as Cho Chang in the franchise, Katie Leung has appeared on the stage and TV as well as on film. She starred in TV drama Run and won the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits award in 2014. She's set to appear in 2016 action-thriller The Foreigner, alongside Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.
5. Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour):
Poésy gave a standout turn in the black comedy In Bruges in 2008 – and since 2013 she has played the lead in Sky Atlantic’s The Tunnel. Like Yanevski, after appearing in The Goblet Of Fire she returned for the final two Potter films – but she’s also made music since then, featuring as a singer on Miles Kane track ‘Happenstance’ from his 2011 solo debut ‘Colour of the Trap’.
6. Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy):
Felton has made music under the name Feltbeats but acting remains his forte – he’s currently on set for a number of different films for 2016, including action thriller Stratton: First into Action, in which he stars opposite Preacher’s Dominic Cooper and Humans’ Gemma Chan. Tom also played the role of Lucius in the biblical drama film Risen earlier this year.
7. Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter):
Famously bared all in the stage show Equus alongside fellow Potter actor Richard Griffiths. Since then he has starred in a number of films and productions – many of them pretty unusual. His character grew horns in the 2013 fantasy horror Horns, and in this year’s Swiss Army Man he plays a farting corpse whose flatulence someone uses to jetski over the sea. He’s doing fine though – read our recent interview with Radcliffe here.
8. Hugh Mitchell (Colin Creevey):
No longer the tiny eager Colin Creevey from the Chamber of Secrets back in 2002, Mitchell has kept a low radar and bitten into darker parts: he popped up in crime drama Wallander alongside Kenneth Branagh (known to Potter fans as Gilderoy Lockhart) and BBC’s Thrones rival The White Queen.
9. Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory):
After his appearance in 2005's Goblet of Fire, Robert Pattinson’s film career started to lift off as he was named that years ‘British Star of Tomorrow’ by The Times. He went on to take the lead role in the Twilight films and is set to appear in an upcoming American crime-drama film Good Time.
10. Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley):
After playing the infamous role of class clown Ron Weasley, Grint has tended to favour light-hearted roles since the Potter films ended. Recently, those have included 2015 comedy Moonwalkers and 2014’s kids film Postman Pat: The Movie. He’s currently working on a dark comedy for 2017 – Sick Note.
11. Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown):
Cave has carved out a successful career as a comedian since appearing in the later Harry Potter films, and as an illustrator she has also released a funny book about relationships called Love Sick. She has also kept up the acting, appearing most recently in 2014’s Pride, Sky comedy Trollied and Call the Midwife.
12. Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan):
The Irish actor has not appeared in films since his last Potter appearance in 2011. Earlier this year the 27-year-old was ordered to pay his agent £210,000 in unpaid fees. He told reporters he was “gutted” by the court’s decision, adding, “There was an awful lot of things I put money into, I bought a lot of horses at the time… I bought property and the arse fell out of that. It wasn’t all just women, cars and drink. It wasn’t all that.”