The ‘Harry Potter’ Cast – What They’ve been Up to, What They’re Doing Next
This weekend, The Perks of Being a Wallflower opens. The film is notable as Emma Watson’s first leading role since the end of Harry Potter last year. The eight-film series of magic and adolescence featured a good chunk of Britain’s most notable actors. Let’s take a look at what some of them have been up to since the Hogwarts Express pulled into Platform 9 3/4 for good. For brevity’s sake, only those who have done some high-profile work are included.
Harry Potter himself starred in The Woman in Black earlier this year. He’s been working to avoid being typecast for a while now, such as his infamous nudity-involving stint on stage in Equus. Next year, he plays Allan Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, presumably continuing these efforts. We’ll see if he’s successful.
Besides Perks, Watson also played a supporting role in last year’s awards darling My Week with Marilyn. She has some exciting prospects on the horizon, set to appear in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah.
Okay, technically Grint hasn’t been up to anything much at all, doing no more than showing up in some movie called Into the White. But it would be weird not to include part of the central trio of the series. For what it’s worth, he’s also in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman next year, as part of a pretty great cast. Who knows if he’ll go anywhere.
The veteran actor was part of HBO’s ill-fated series Luck. Besides that, he is in Quartet later this year, which also features Potter co-star Maggie Smith, and remains active in the theatre.
Everyone’s least-favorite teacher’s next big role is as the mark of a heist plot in the Coen brothers-scripted remake of Gambit. He’ll also continue the tradition of British people playing American icons in next year’s The Butler, in which he portrays Ronald Reagan. Early set photos reveal that he’s actually got the look down. We’ll see how he handles the mannerisms.
Dame Smith seems to be rapidly making pop culture forget about her being in HP, thanks to her work there being overshadowed by her role as the sharp-tongued Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey. She was also in this year’s under-the-radar hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (along with fellow HP alum Bill Nighy), and shows up alongside Gambon in Quartet later in Oscar season.
I feel bad for Tom Felton. People will find him instinctively repulsive for at least a decade, if not longer. But he’s kept busy, although his role in Rise of the Planet of the Apes won’t do any favors towards pulling him out of the “nasty character” type. He was in mega-flop The Apparition, but there are plenty more movies with him in them coming up, including In the Rough and Therese Raquin.
In the short time since Deathly Hallows, Oldman has unquestionably had the best time of it. He received his first Oscar nomination for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, reprised his role in a different mega-blockbuster film series in The Dark Knight Rises, and more recently showed up in Lawless, which has cleaned up nicely. He’s had a long and fruitful career, and will likely continue his streak of great roles… alongside more inexplicable stuff like Guns, Girls, and Gambling.
Big bad of the movies Voldemort has begun Lording it up behind the camera. Fiennes made his directorial debut with Coriolanus, the Shakespeare adaptation in which he also starred. This year, he played a god in Wrath of the Titans, will be in Great Expectations, and has some as-of-yet defined part in Skyfall, the new James Bond movie. Next year, he’s playing Charles Dickens in The Invisible Woman, which he is also directing. In other words, he is exceedingly British in absolutely everything that he works on.
Helena Bonham Carter
Bonham Carter, known for her gothy work, has continued that trend this year in Dark Shadows, and will do it again as the vicious Mme. Thénardier in Les Misérables and the witchlike Miss Havisham in Great Expectations (along with Fiennes). She’s in Lone Ranger and a new Jean-Pierre Jeunet film, The Young and Prodigious Spivet, as well, meaning that she won’t be breaking type any time soon.
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