More than 15 years ago today, the cast of Harry Potter was first introduced to us. Soon after that, they made a mark on the world that could never be forgotten. Much like Star Wars or Stephen Spielberg, Harry Potter has affected everyone's life in a unique way. For me, it is my creative muse. It was these stories that unlocked my imagination, and set me on a path to share that imagination with others. We will always remember those young wizards and witches and what they did for us. But what have they been doing since Harry Potter? Here's a quick look at the activity of the actors post-Harry Potter.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Daniel Radcliffe has kept himself fairly busy after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. He starred as J. Pierrepont Finch in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which got him a Drama Desk Award, Drama League Award and a Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. His first movie after Harry Potter was The Woman in Black, and he then went on to star as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. He'll be playing Igor in Victor Frankenstein this November.
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
Of all the actors, Emma Watson is most likely the closest to escaping the shadow of her character. She's starred in multiple films since the saga, such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, and This is the End as herself. She'll be bringing the character of Belle to life next year in Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.
But besides that, Emma Watson has been a very strong figure for feminism. She's been in active support of gender equality for a long time now, speaking for all kinds of organizations and protests. She's really embraced her Harry Potter character in amazing ways.
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Rupert Grint has played it suprisingly low-key since he left Harry Potter. He carried the London Olympic Torch during the Olympic Torch Relay as part of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games. He thought of it as an "overwhelming" experience, and one he hopes he never forgets. He also made an appearance in the music video for Ed Sheeran's song "Lego House".
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
While Tom has only starred in a few projects like Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Murder in the First, he's found some success in the music industry. He started out performing fragments of original songs on YouTube, but now many of those songs have been released on iTunes. Now he's released his own song called Hawaii on Six String Productions, an independent record label run by him, David Proffit, and Philip Haydn-Slater.
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
Bonnie has starred in films such as After Dark and The Philosophers. But she's also taken up a career in modeling. She won the Most Edgey Look Award in the 2011 Rodial Beautiful Awards. She was on a fashion spread for The Financial Times, and she appeared as a catwalk model during London Fashion Week.
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
Like Rupert Grint, Matthew Lewis hasn't been up to much since portraying Neville Longbottom. He played a reporter in the indie film The Sweet Shop, and he starred in a five-part series The Syndicate as Jamie Bradley. On stage, he performed on Agatha Christie's Verdict, and he made his West End debut as Mick in the production of Our Boys.
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
Evanna Lynch seems to be the only one of the cast who really wants a Harry Potter spin-off. On Twitter, she said "Maybe 'Fantastic Beasts' will turn into a long [thing] like HP did & I can play Luna as an old lady?" I for one would be interested to see her character return in any form.
Even though most of these actors haven't been seen much after Harry Potter, it seems that they've kept themselves busy in some way. While we will always remember them as their characters, it's good to know that they're creating new names for themselves.