Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was released ten years ago, closing the final chapter in the magical franchise that had enchanted millions of people around the world. Of course, we’re not counting the Cursed Child and The Fantastic Beasts movies, because as flirty as they are, it wasn’t quite the same as the original series.
With its star cast which included veteran actors like Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, David Thewlis, Gary Oldman, Robbie Coltrane, the films are considered one of the best adaptations of a great literary franchise. He has seen the transition of child actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton and Emma Watson to Hollywood stars – or indeed, some of them, while others have had an uphill struggle to carve out an image for themselves, regardless of their Harry Potter avatars.
So here is what the main protagonists have done since the release of the last film.
Daniel Radcliffe, who played the role of Harry, made a conscious effort to step away from his towering shadow of Harry Potter. He has explored a variety of genres, from horror (Woman In Black, Horns), romantic comedies (What-If) to period dramas (A Young Doctor’s Notebook). He tried his hand at biopics. He returned to fantasy as Igor in Frankenstein and made his mark on Broadway with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and The Cripple Of Inishmaan.
After playing Harry’s sidekick and best friend for ten years, Rupert Grint chose to explore independent films, proving his courage with projects such as Into The White and Moonwalkers. After starring in The ABC Murders, he is now in the Apple TV production of The Servant.
Breaking away from her image of Hermione Granger, Emma Watson has starred in films such as The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, The Bling Ring and Noah. In 2017, she starred as Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty And The Beast, which ranks among the highest-grossing movies of all time. Apart from that, she was also in Little Women. Emma is a role model because she was appointed United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and launched the HeForShe campaign, which advocates for gender equality.
After playing the sarcastic Malfoy in Harry Potter, Tom Felton experimented with many genres, including the historical miniseries Labyrinth, the period drama Belle, and Doctor Alchemy in the DC series The Flash. Apart from that, he was also a regular on the sci-fi series Origin and the horror film A Babysitter’s Guide To Monster Hunting.