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Here are the Harry Potter Stars

Aside from those who have died since appearing in the films — including Alan Rickman (Severus Snape), Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy), and John Hurt (Mr. Ollivander), among others — many prominent alums of the blockbuster film series simply did not take part.

While the Harry Potter reunion special Return to Hogwarts (now streaming on HBO Max) features a Wizarding World’s worth of cast members reuniting, plenty of familiar faces are absent.

Hermione Granger (Emma Watson)

At the age of 11, Emma Watson made her professional screen debut in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as the brainy and witty Hermione Granger. In 2002, she reprised her role in the Harry Potter sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and continued to star in the franchise up until its final installments, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, hit theaters in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Watson was 21 years old when she hung up her cape as Hermione.

In 2021, Watson opened up about how “proud” she was to be a part of the Harry Potter franchise on Instagram, where she shared a sweet throwback photo of herself and her fellow castmates. “I am proud not just of what we as a group contributed as actors to the franchise but also as the children that became young adults that walked that path,” she captioned her post.

She added, “I look at my fellow cast members now and I am just so proud of who everyone has become as people. I am proud we were kind to each other that we supported one another and that we held up something meaningful. Happy 20th Anniversary Potterheads! We hope you enjoy the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Ho.

Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe)

Daniel Radcliffe was only 12 years old when the first Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, premiered in 2001 and introduced the Wizarding World to the big screen. The young actor quickly rose to fame when he was cast in the series’ titular part of Harry Potter and went on to reprise the role in all eight Harry Potter movies. Over the course of the franchise, viewers witnessed Radcliffe grow up before their very eyes: By the time the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, premiered in 2011, Radcliffe was already 22 years old.

Two decades after the first film premiered, Radcliffe joined his castmates for HBO Max’s Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts reunion special at the age of 32. In an interview during the special, Radcliffe revealed that many of his seminal moments in life took place on the set of Harry Potter. “Every part of my life is connected to ‘[Harry] Potter,’” he shared. “My first kiss is connected to someone here. My first girlfriends were here. It all spirals out from the part of set somewhere.”

Prior to the reunion’s premiere in January 2022, Radcliffe also told Entertainment Tonight about one of his best memories from his time as Harry Potter. “I have really, really fond memories of all my scenes with Gary Oldman [who played Sirius Black] and David Thewlis [who played Remus Lupin,]” he told the site in December 2021. “They were some of the first scenes on the third and the fifth film where I started to feel like I was a young man who was just starting to figure out what acting was, and they were pretty cool people to be around.”

Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch)

Quirky wizard Luna Lovegood was played by actress Evanna Lynch. The young star landed the role of the Ravenclaw member when she was 13, beating out over 15,000 other Potter hopefuls who auditioned for the part debuting in the fifth installment of the film franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in 2007. “They called me right after school and told me,” Lynch recalled in an interview with Good Morning America. “We were on our way home from school, and my mum wanted to go get her groceries, and I was like ‘absolutely not, if I miss this phone call, they might not call back and give it to someone else.’ You kind of can’t process something that big, so I just took it a step at a time, I went home and I actually did my homework.” The Irish actress continued to star in the role until Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011, at which point she was 20 years old.

Professor Severus Snape (Alan Rickman)

The late Alan Rickman starred in the imposing role of Professor Severus Snape beginning at the age of 55. The English actor didn’t even start acting until he was in his 50s to begin with, making his role as Professor Snape a particularly poignant breakthrough. He continued to star in the role until the franchise’s final film, Deathly Hallows: Part 2, premiered in 2011. Rickman was 65 at the time.

Just four years later, however, the star tragically passed away at the age of 69 after a private battle with pancreatic cancer. Radcliffe, who starred as Harry Potter under the tutelage of Rickman’s intimidating character, remembers the actor fondly. “He was so encouraging of me both on set and in the years post-Potter,” Radcliffe said following Rickman’s passing. “I’m pretty sure he came and saw everything I ever did on stage both in London and New York. He didn’t have to do that.”

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