On June 26, 1997, J.K. Rowling released the first book in her Harry Potter series, forever changing the world.
20 years later, after six sequels, which were turned into eight movies, as well as a prequel movie with a sequel in the works, and a Broadway-bound show, let's take a look back at the stars of the films and what they're up to now.
First up, Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe:
Radcliffe was just 11 years old when he starred in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Since the end of the series, he's gone on to shock audiences on stage, in the play Equus, where he appeared nude, and the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, in which he got to show off his singing and dancing chops, as well as movies like The Woman in Black and the upcoming Jungle, as a man struggling to survive after getting lost in a Bolivian jungle.
Next is Emma Watson:
Watson played the strong-headed bookworm Hermione Grainger in the Harry Potter films starting at age 11. Besides huge roles in films like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Noah, and 2017's smash hit remake of Beauty and the Beast, Watson also went to Brown University to get a degree in English Literature, and is currently a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador.
We can't forget Rupert Grint:
Grint was 11 when he scored the role of Harry Potter's lovable best friend, Ron Weasley. Although Grint took a bit of a break from acting after the end of the series, he has had some recent credits, including the movie Mojo, as well as appearances on the television series Snatch and Sick Note. Like Radcliffe, he also appeared on the Broadway stage in It's Only a Play.
Next up is Matthew Lewis:
Lewis went a huge transformation, from playing dorky Neville Longbottom to certified hunk. Recently seen in the big screen drama Me Before You, Lewis has mostly been seen on the small screen in a variety of shows, including The Syndicate, as a man who won the lottery, and Ripper Street, a period drama.
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