A lot has happened since Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint in the three years the trio officially left Hogwarts. With each actor racking up their own impressive list of projects, we thought it was about time to take a look at how far those three have come since the inception of Harry Potter, and where they’re going next.
If you grew up with Harry Potter, this post will make you feel super old. You’re welcome!
Sometimes it’s really hard for the main actor of a major franchise to escape a huge role like the boy-wizard. Examples: Orlando Bloom, Elijah Wood, Robert Pattinson (sorry, Twi-hards). The general public can trap them; they refuse to see you as anything else but that titular character and it’s hard for them to move on. Radcliffe has, surprisingly, been able to break free of this. Since Harry Potter ended, he’s gone on to star in a handful of films – each as different as the next, and none baring any resemblance to the Harry Potter franchise.
Immediately following Deathly Hallows Part 2, Radcliffe stared in the horror flick, The Woman In Black, which got solid reviews and did well at the box office (win!). After that, he followed it up with Kill Your Darlings in which he starred in as poet Allen Ginsberg. While it didn’t really do much or go anywhere, it received good reviews with critics praising his performance. In between filming, he has appeared in various productions on Broadway and London’s West End, including Equus (where he appeared on stage naked night after night), How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (he sings and dances!), and his latest, The Cripple of Inishmaan.
What’s next: The F Word (titled What If in the States), the rom-com out in Canada in August. [Click here to see an exclusive clip from the film.] It premiered at TIFF last year and managed to win audiences over. Plus, it’s based and set in Toronto! Represent!
While Radcliffe hasn’t exploded as a leading man, he’s taking his time, picking important and smart projects and doing some really interesting things.
We all loved Ron Weasley. The world identified with Ron Weasley. Unfortunately, Rupert Grint hasn’t realllllllly done a whole lot since Harry Potter finished. Since then, he has had some supporting film roles, like the anti-war film Into the White, Charlie Countryman and CBGB. He also lent his singing voice to the British kids film, Postman Pat: The Movie. He sings a song called “Lightning” and you can listen to it here.
What’s next: his television pilot Super Clyde, about a meek, unassuming fast food worker who decides to become a superhero, was picked up by CBS. TV might be a smart move for Grint and hopefully this works out.
Of the three, Watson has had the most mainstream success post-Potter. She’s played it smart and has picked supporting roles essential to the plot over lead roles. She managed to do all this while attending then graduating from Brown University (this is a reminder that her graduation selfie is better than yours).
Post-Hogwarts, she started with a small but memorable role in My Week With Marilyn and after that, of course, came the film adaptation of the YA classic, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. While it wasn’t a huge box office success, it received rave reviews from critics and fans of the book. Last year, she played against her type in Sophia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. Reviews were solid and most critics noted how nice it was to see Watson become the bad girl. In the same summer, she had a very memorable cameo in the hit comedy, This Is The End (“Hermoine stole all of our shit!”) — a very smart move on her part, even though there were rumors she wasn’t all that comfortable with the role. Earlier this year, she starred in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah as Noah’s adopted daughter Ila. Emma was also recently named the UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador where she will “dedicate her efforts towards the empowerment of young women and will serve as an advocate for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign in promoting gender equality.”
Sheesh, she’s been busy (she is probably wishing she had kept that time-turner from Prizoner of Azkaban).
What’s next: Emma has a bit of break until 2015, when she returns with Regression with Ethan Hawke (with acclaimed director Alejandro Amenbar at the helm).