Check Out the Harry Potter Stars 20 Years Later.
The boy who lived has matured into a young actor.
Can you believe it’s been 20 years since we were transported to Hogwarts in Chris Columbus’s adaptation of JK Rowling’s magical novel about a young wizard who lived in a cupboard beneath the stairs? The main trio—Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)—made their acting debuts in the Chris Columbus-directed adaptation of JK Rowling’s magical novel about
While expectations were as high as a quidditch broom, the first film in the eight-part series shattered them, grossing more than (dollar)1 billion worldwide and launching one of the most successful and beloved franchises of all time.
We’re checking in on all of the original movie’s child stars, including Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), in honor of the 20th anniversary.
Oh, and there’s Cedric Diggory’s actor, Robert Pattinson.
Have you heard of him before?
Accio, nostalgia! Here’s what Harry Potter’s wizards are up to these days:
The boy who played Harry Potter is eternally grateful for the role that opened all the doors for him, but he’s also been hard at work scrubbing any child-star residue from his acting image, beginning with his raw, nudity-required Broadway debut in Equus in 2007. He followed that up with the more upbeat How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 2011.
He’s been alternating between theater (The Cripple of Inishmaan, Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead) and film (The Woman in Black, Victor Frankenstein) for years, leaning heavily on the dramatic and/or absurd.
To be sure, if there’s some dark humor to be found, Radcliffe is into it, whether on TV as a morphine-addicted physician in A Young Doctor’s Notebook or a low-level angel attempting to prevent God from destroying the world in Miracle Workers—or in 2016’s Swiss Army Man as a flatulent corpse.
When the coronavirus pandemic struck, he was performing in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame at London’s Old Vic.
Sober since 2010, Radcliffe has also been open about drinking to excess when the Harry Potter franchise was nearing its conclusion and he was worried about his next step in life, despite being more famous than he ever imagined.
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