Life after Hogwarts: What happened to the 'Harry Potter' actors who played Draco Malfoy, Ginny Weasley and more?
Directing, ‘Dancing with the Stars’, glow-ups and bailiffs at the door – inside the post-'Harry Potter' lives of Daniel Radcliffe's co-stars
With Voldemort defeated and the three main stars of the Harry Potter films banking between $70 million to $90m each for their roles in his downfall, it’s well known what Daniel Radcliffe, 31; Emma Watson, 30; and Rupert Grint, 32, got up to post-Hogwarts.
With Radcliffe moving between treading the boards in theatre and making off-beat films; Watson, a major force in Hollywood with roles in Beauty and the Beast and Little Women, and Grint taking on occasional roles in between building his property empire, we couldn’t help but wonder what the rest of the Hogwarts alumni were up to.
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
Putting those Dark Arts he learnt at the world’s most neglectful boarding school to use, Felton, 33, is currently winning rave reviews as the extravagantly named Grand Guignol in new Netflix film, A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting.
Showing off his theatrical chops, with plenty of scenery chewing too, Felton plays the monster hiding in your closet, looking to kidnap sleeping children to create his own nightmare world.
Felton is pleased to be working steadily, after famously blowing through his £3 million ($3.9m) fortune.
“My parents did what they could, but when money is thrust upon you so are a load of other things: tax, VAT, mortgages – things a 16-year-old really doesn’t know anything about. I got myself into a bit of trouble,” he told the Daily Mail.
“There was a scary two years where it was madness, because I was really in trouble with the taxman. I had been working for eight years and all I had to show for it was this horrible debt. At one point we had the bailiffs at the door.”
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
After ending her run as Ron Weasley’s little sister, Wright, 29, went back to school and completed a degree at the London College of Communication.
Having founded her own production company, Bon Bon Lumiere, Wright also turned her hand to directing with her debut, Separate We Come, Separate We Go, followed by two music videos, a documentary short and a short film.
“Film is a very empowering tool. [Its] main draw, for me, is that basic concept of storytelling,” she told The Telegraph. “I’ve gone back to basics. Making my films with a small crew was the way I brought it back down to earth.”
In February this year, she visited Guatemala with the Rainforest Alliance, for whom she is an ambassador, to meet communities that practice sustainable forest management.
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
After becoming an internet sensation thanks to those shirtless pics which showed his famous "glow-up" – the term for when someone ages well after those awkward teenage years – the Leeds-born actor, 33, married his American partner, Angela Jones in 2018, and has worked steadily since graduating from Hogwarts.
Speaking to Attitude about those photos, Lewis said: “I was 21, I was like: ‘Yeah, this’ll be cool!’. It was never meant to be: ‘Hey everyone, look at me! ... I’ve never considered myself to be good-looking at all. Just average.”
Starring alongside Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin in 2016’s Me Before You, Lewis, who first started acting at the age of 5, has appeared in recurring roles in UK shows, Happy Valley and Ripper Street, and recently won the role of Hugh Hulton in the BBC’s acclaimed All Creatures Great and Small remake.
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
Beating 15,000 other actresses to land the role of the otherworldly Luna Lovegood, Evanna Lynch, 29, admitted that life post-Hogwarts was an uncertain time for her.
“I had no strong sense of who I was or what my worth was outside of being Luna, and yet I no longer felt like Luna,” she told Schon! magazine. “It was a very strange, lonely, unknowable time and I felt nothing was anchoring me to the world.”
Swapping her native Ireland for a move to Los Angeles, as well as appearing in an a number of of indie movies, Lynch also trod the boards in the play, Disco Pigs. In 2018, she joined the 27th season of US show, Dancing with the Stars, partnering with professional dancer Keo Motsepe to come in third place.
“It’s a dream job,” she told E! of competing on the show. “I like being pushed. I said that to Keo, I said: ‘Be hard on me.’ When you have that kind of pressure, that's when the most growth happens.”
Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas)
London-born Alfred Enoch, 31, parlayed his turn as Gryffindor's Dean Thomas into quite the impressive post-Potter career. Landing the role of Wes Gibbons in the hit US TV show, How To Get Away With Murder, in which he appeared for three seasons and additional guest appearances. Although the six-foot-four actor has three movie roles lined up, it seems theatre is his first love.
Having won accolades for his role of Edgar in King Lear, as well as in Red at London’s Wyndham Theatre, he’s also appeared onstage at London’s National Theatre opposite Tom Hiddleston in Coriolanus, in which he played Titus Lartius.
It wasn’t the first time Enoch appeared on that venerable stage, having previously landed the role of Philotus in their 2012 production of Timon of Athens.
James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley)
The Phelps brothers, 34, won the roles of the Weasley twins, Fred and George, at the age of 14, after skipping school to attend an open audition. Having made $1m each from the films, the twins split their time between the UK and US and take on bit-part roles.
Currently starring as Charles and Ben in Netflix’s The Worst Witch, the pair are still very much involved in Potter world, appearing in short videos, Harry Potter and the Forbidden World, and Hogwarts Express.
And it seems like the brotherly bond the Weasleys forged on set has continued into real life, with Wright, who played their sister, Ginny, telling Insider, “James, Oliver and Rupert [Grint] are [all close] because they had all their Weasley stuff so they're all kind of like brothers too.”
Updated: October 19, 2020 07:12 PM