Yes, you read that right, the cast of Harry Potter are due to meet-up for a reunion.
A special Harry Potter cast reunion will be broadcast on January 1, 2022, through the American channel HBO Max.
The actors who portrayed Harry, Ron, Hermione, Malfoy, Luna Lovegood, and more, will all be present, as they celebrate 20 years since the first Harry Potter film was released.
J.K Rowling’s creations were first committed to the big screen back in 2001, kicking off one of the biggest movie franchises of all time.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, complete with three headed dog, became the highest-grossing film of the year and, at one point, peaked as the second highest-grossing film of all time.
It was reported that the Warner Bros picture made more than $1bn worldwide.
Seven films, $7.7bn of box office profits, and the construction of a Harry Potter studio tour later, and the film series has established a titanic legacy that has made J.K Rowling a billionaire.
A large portion of the Harry Potter cast will be present at the new year reunion.
This is what they have all been up to since 2011, when the film franchise came to a close with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part two.
Whatever Daniel Radcliffe does in his acting career he will forever be the boy who lived with the lightning scar on his head.
But that hasn’t stopped him expanding into a series of successful roles in both film and theatre with notable performances in The Woman in Black, Horns, and Victor Frankenstein.
He recently starred as the lead in Escape from Praetoria, based on the true story of a prison break by political inmates in apartheid South Africa.
Radcliffe met his current girlfriend Erin Darke in 2012, just after the Harry Potter series ended, when he was on the set of Kill Your Darlings.
Despite nine years together the couple have told Vulture magazine that they have no immediate wedding plans.
Last year, amid controversy surrounding J. K. Rowling’s remarks on gender identity, Radcliffe penned his own essay in which he backed the transgender community and stated that Rowling’s comments had harmed fans’ adoration of the Harry Potter books.
Everyone’s ginger hero, Rupert Grint played the part of Harry’s best friend and loyal companion, Ronald Weasley.
Grint seems to have taken a rather more laid back approach to taking on acting roles since Harry Potter ended, appearing in only a handful of films since 2011.
His last big screen appearance was in 2015 when he starred in the crime comedy Moonwalkers, although he made headlines when he voiced the character of Josh in the 2014 Postman Pat film.
Grint has made waves in television, winning a Hollywood Critics award for his performance in the American horror series Servant.
In 2020, Grint’s long-term girlfriend, Georgia Groome, gave birth to a little girl, Wednesday G. Grint.
Grint subsequently uploaded a picture of him and his daughter to a new Instagram account, breaking the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to reach one million followers on the platform after he hit the target in just four hours.
Everyone’s favourite know-it-all try-hard, Emma Watson portrayed the smartest witch of her age, Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films.
While taking on a myriad of roles in Hollywood blockbusters, including the Perks of Being a Wallflower and This Is the End, Watson has established herself as a feminist activist and role model since the Harry Potter franchise came to a close.
She has addressed the UN on several occasions, having been appointed a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, and also assisted in the creation of UK-wide industry guidelines on bullying and harassment.
In 2018, she donated £1m to Time’s Up UK and later helped set up the organisation’s Justice and Equality Fund in which she donated to women’s groups across the country.
A year later, the actor helped launch a legal helpline for people who have suffered sexual harassment in the workplace.
At the recent COP26 conference in Glasgow, Watson hosted a panel on climate change with guests including climate activist Greta Thunberg.
Helena Bonham Carter
The queen of spooky, gothic, and altogether witchy roles was hardly going to miss out on a Harry Potter appearance.
Helena Bonham Carter first appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, playing the role of infamous Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange.
Carter has continued to star in a string of Hollywood movies, including Alice in Wonderland, Les Misérables and Ocean’s 8, since the final Harry Potter film.
She has also committed herself to the small screen with several notable TV roles, including her portrayal of Princess Margaret in Netflix’s the Crown.
In 2014, Carter and Tim Burton announced their divorce after 13 years of marriage.
Earlier this year, Carter was made the face of British furniture retailer, Sofology.
Robbie Coltrane played the role of loveable gamekeeper, and care of magical creatures teacher, Rubeus Hagrid.
Half-giant, half-man but fully wholesome, Hagrid grew to become one of the most iconic characters in the franchise.
The Scot has taken a notable step back from acting since Harry Potter ended, starring in just three films including the Disney hit Brave, in which he voiced Lord Dingwell.
Coltrane did win three acting award for his stellar performance in the TV mini-series National Treasure, in which he portrayed a comedian accused of historic sexual misconduct.
He last appeared in an episode of Urban Myths in 2020, playing the role of Orson Welles.
Lord Voldemort (or ‘he who must not be named’ if you’re squeamish or Tom Riddle if you’re brave) the most feared dark wizard who ever lived, was portrayed by Ralph Fiennes.
Already an established thespian before appearing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Fiennes has continued making waves in the acting world post-Potter.
He won a Best Actor Golden Globe Award in 2014 for his work in Grand Budapest Hotel and was also made the new M in the James Bond Films.
A UNICEF ambassador, Fiennes was granted Serbian citizenship in 2017 due to his considerable work in the country.
This year, Fiennes has been touring the T.S Elliot one-man production of Four Quartets throughout the country for which he has received rave reviews.
Jason Isaacs played the role of Lucius Malfoy, Death Eater, school governor, and father to Harry’s arch-nemesis Draco Malfoy.
Isaacs has starred in dozens of movies since 2011, most notably playing the role of General Zhukov in the historic black comedy Death of Stalin in 2017.
He also played the role of Peter Groff in the latest series of the Netflix hit Sex Education and is due to star in the 2022 war film Operation Mincemeat alongside Colin Firth.
In August 2020, Isaacs admitted that he had been suffering from a “decades-long love affair with drugs” but had now achieved sobriety.
Gary Oldman played Harry Potter’s handsome, hot-tempered, but good-natured, godfather, Sirius Black.
Despite a flurry of starring roles in blockbuster films, Oldman’s biggest and best performance to date came in 2018, when he portrayed the wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Leonard Churchill in Darkest Hour.
Oldham won four best actor awards for his portrayal including a BAFTA and an Academy Award.
The actor got divorced from his then wife Alexandra Edenborough in 2015, before marrying the writer and art curator Gisele Schmidt two years later.
Bet you forgot about this one didn’t you?
Imelda Staunton played the role of Professor Dolores Umbridge in the fifth and seventh Harry Potter films, accurately portraying one of the most hated characters in the franchise.
Since the film series ended in 2011, Staunton has starred in Pride, the Paddington films, and the Downtown Abbey feature film.
She is due to star as Elizabeth II in Netflix’s the Crown, taking over from Olivia Coleman. Staunton was given a CBE in 2016.
Harry’s blond nemeses and famed Slytherin brat, Tom Felton played the role of Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films.
Post-Potter, Felton has only managed to find supporting roles in a number of unsuccessful films including the 2020 flop A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting.
Felton split from his long-term partner, Potter stunt assistant, Jade Gordon, in 2016.
Felton fell ill while participating in a celebrity golf exhibition as part of the 2021 Ryder Cup and was removed from the golf course on a stretcher before being taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. He has since recovered.
Felton made headlines in October when he dressed up as Harry Potter for Halloween.
Matt Lewis played the role of Neville Longbottom, the forgetful, dopey, yet loveable and kind, friend of Harry Potter.
Lewis has made only five feature film appearances since Potter ended, the most notable coming in 2016, when he starred opposite Charles Dance and Emilia Clarke, in Me Before You.
He is better known for his role in the UK war comedy Bluestone 42 which follows a British Army bomb squad in Afghanistan.
Lewis married his girlfriend, Angela Jones, in 2018, after the couple became engaged in 2016.
Lewis is now the vice-president of the Leeds Rugby Foundation charity and hosts the Leeds United podcast “Doing a Leeds” with former professional footballer Jermaine Beckford.
James Phelps and Oliver Phelps
Ok, one of them played George and one of them Fred, don’t ask me to discern the two, you know how hard that is.
The Phelps twins portrayed everyone’s favourite loveable rogues, Fred and George Weasley, in the Harry Potter franchise.
The duo continue to things as a pair, starring in four films together since Harry Potter ended.
James and Oliver are now both married, and host a popular podcast together, with the latest season premiering in 2021.
The Weasley patriarch, Arthur Weasley, was portrayed by Mark Williams, who starred in five of the eight Harry Potter films.
He has appeared in just two films post-Potter, Albert Nobbs and Golden Years, although two more films are currently in the pipeline with 2022 release dates.
Williams has mainly stuck to sporadic roles in TV shows, starring in episodes of Doctor Who, Midsomer Murders, and The Dumping Ground.
He is due to make a hometown return to Bromsgrove this Christmas, narrating the Carols by Candlelight show at the Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Harry Potter love interest, and Ron’s sister, Ginny Weasley was played by Bonnie Wright.
Following the Harry Potter series, Wright appeared in a string of independent films, including Before I Sleep and After the Dark, all of which received mixed reviews.
In 2012, Wright graduated from the University of the Arts London with a degree in filmmaking, and subsequently founded her own production company, BonBonLumiere, which produces short films.
Wright has gained recognition for her environmental activism and is also an ambassador for the charities Greenpeace and Lumos.
She has also made forays into directing, having work on a several music videos including the single Melt by the Indie band Maguire, released earlier this year.
Seamus Finnigan’s bestie Dean Smith was played by Alfred Enoch.
A background character throughout the film series, Potter Heads no doubt enjoyed seeing him on the big screen given his prevalence in the books.
Enoch has only starred in two films since Potter ended but has notably featured in the Netflix hit, How To Get Away With Murder.
He has also become a stage regular, starring in a production of Romeo and Juliet in the summer of 2021.
Looney, sorry, Luna Lovegood, the loveable hippy witch of Harry Potter, was portrayed by Evanna Lynch.
As well as her stage and film appearances she has become well known for her activism and speaking out about anorexia.
Lynch has continued to work to promote healthy self-esteem and body image in young girls because of her previous experiences with eating disorders.
In October 2021, her book The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting: The Tragedy and Glory of Growing Up – A Memoir was published, exposing further details of her battle with anorexia.
We want to hear your favourite Harry Potter memories, did you go and see the first film? Who is your favourite character? Are the book better than the films? Let us know in the comments.
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