ByAlisha Grauso, writer at Creators.co
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Alisha Grauso

Oh, nostalgia. Sometimes, you're a warm embrace, like looking back upon a happy memory fondly. And sometimes, well, sometimes you remind me that I ain't gettin' any younger. Like finding this original screen test of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint all reading together for the first time for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and realizing that it was released thirteen years ago. It's kind of mind-blowing to remember how young they all were, isn't it?

It's rare that movie franchises span that much time and manage to keep the same cast intact for the whole thing. The Harry Potter movie franchise kept the gang together (with the notable exception of Michael Gambon replacing Richard Harris in the third film upon Harris' death) for an entire decade, which is pretty remarkable. Pretty cool that we can look back at the passage of time just by comparing the three main stars throughout the years...

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HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE (2001)

Look at that. Adorable. Fresh-faced. Kind of hilarious to watch them act because they had no idea what they were doing back then. Who knew it would take them to where they are now?

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HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS (2002)

A little older. A little wiser. And finally starting to lose the baby fat they still sported in the first film...emphasis on "starting to."

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HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN (2004)

Two years have passed since the last film and you can finally see them starting to age, especially Rupert Grint. Talk about a growth spurt!

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HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE (2005)

I guess getting a haircut is way down on your priority list when you're wondering how to survive a deadly competition and a quasi-immortal Dark Wizard.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX (2007)

Amazing what a difference two years can make! You can start to see the hints of the adults they'll become. Weird.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (2009)

The biggest difference here is definitely Emma Watson, who is finally starting to catch up to the boys in terms of looking her age.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 (2010)

Look at this! The trio of kids are looking like, well...not kids anymore. Full-blown adulthood is upon us, and the baby faces they once had are completely gone.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 (2010)

End of the line! We've pulled into Adulthood Station, and the Harry Potter crew is all grown up. Check out that sweet ginger stubble on Rupert. Damn, son.

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And in just in case you forgot, this is what the filmmakers envisioned the three looking like in middle age at the end of the last film:

But we'll have to wait a few years, 'cause the gang is all grown up and looking great in their 20s:

Look. Ing. Good, guys. Way to grow up.

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