THE HARRY POTTER STARS
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?
Of the 400,000 children who responded to the casting call to play Harry, it was London schoolboy Daniel Radcliffe who was chosen. He broke away from the franchise by starring in the play Equus at 17, involving a nude scene, and since has focused on indie films and plays.
Of his post-potter fame, he said he felt like he ‘had a lot to prove’. Today his fortune stands at £75m, making him significantly richer than his two co-stars.
In a move you might expect from Hermione Granger, Emma Watson not only learnt her own lines, but the lines of all her co-stars. While filming the final two Harry Potter films, she also studied for an English Literature degree at Brown University in New York.
Now 26, she is an outspoken UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Most recently, she played Belle in the film adaptation of the Disney classic Beauty And The Beast.
With his first pay cheque, Rupert Grint, who played Harry’s best friend Ron Weasley, bought a Mr Whippy van. He admitted to feeling lost when work on the franchise ended. Though he has had some notable roles, including West End performances, his career has tapered off somewhat compared with the careers of his co-stars. He has made same savvy financial decisions, though, and has a multi-million pound housing empire.
Then and now: Daniel, Emma and Rupert grew up with their Harry Potter characters