As one of the most influential film series in the world, there are not many people who aren’t familiar with the lead actors and what they’ve gone on to do. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint are world-famous for their characters, but there are other prominent actors whose roles have gone more or less unnoticed.
From Radiohead band members to Game of Thrones stars, here are over 40 familiar faces you probably didn’t realize starred in the franchise. Whether you know them from other film work or they play your favorite character on television, you should know about the secret actors of Harry Potter.
Romilda Vane | Anna Shaffer
Gryffindor student Romilda Vane found herself besotted with the franchise’s leading man, Harry Potter himself. We are introduced to her character properly in Harry Potter and the Half–Blood Prince, 2009, where she attempts to slip Harry a love potion after developing an obsessive crush on him. She is also an early member of Dumbledore’s army.
The English actress might be a familiar face to you for more than Harry Potter, however. She is currently starring in Netflix’s The Witcher as Triss Merigold, where her gorgeous curls make an appearance as well. She was also Ruby Button in the popular British soap opera Hollyoaks. With such big names under her belt, we’ll likely see a lot more of her in the future.
Dean Thomas | Alfred Enoch
This half-blood wizard had been with us since the beginning, first joining the main cast Daniel Radcliffe, Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. He is best friends with fellow student Seamus Finnigan and becomes Ginny Weasley’s first boyfriend.
Actor Alfred Enoch stepped away from the world of magic and fantasy in his role as Wes Gibbins in How to Get Away with Murder. For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s a legal drama series on ABC, meaning that Alfred has moved away from his British acting roots and made it in the states. Hooray!
Pansy Parkinson | Scarlett Bryne
Belonging to a family that was of “truly pure-blood,” the young Pansy Parkinson was sorted into the Slytherin House and became good friends with Draco Malfoy. She was also one of those in favor of turning Harry over to Lord Voldemort during the Second Wizarding War and generally seemed like she was in a pretty bad mood whenever she was on-screen.
Scarlett Bruyne has appeared in various shows since her Potter days, namely in Falling Skies as Lexi and The Vampire Diaries as Nora Hildegard. If that doesn’t ring a bell, then she might be more familiar to you for her modeling, or her recent marriage to Playboy heir Cooper Hefner!
Barty Crouch Junior | David Tennant
Son to the powerful and influential Bartemius Crouch Senior, Barty Junior is a wizard and loyal follower of Lord Voldemort. He went down in history as the first-ever escapee from the prison of Azkaban, only to reenter into the Dark Lord’s service. And who could forget when he took polyjuice potion to masquerade as Mad-Eye Moody!
In contrast to his role in the Harry Potter series, David Tennant is best-known for playing The Doctor in Doctor Who, making him the 10th actor to do so. More recently than that, however, he’s appeared as DI Alec Hardy in the ITV series Broadchurch, as well as Kilgrave in Netflix’s Jessica Jones.
Nymphadora Tonks | Natalia Tena
Nymphadora Tonks AKA Tonks is a shapeshifting Metamorphmagus who entered into the Ministry of Magic upon leaving Hogwarts and trained under Mad-eye Moody. She’s an Auror (magical law enforcement official of high standing) who’s in a relationship with Remus Lupin.
You might not have noticed that as well as playing Nymphadora, she also had a lead role in Game of Thrones. She plays the wildling Osha, who becomes particularly close to Bran and Rickon Stark. Aside from her acting, she’s also a musician and the lead singer and accordionist of her band Molotov Jukebox.
Fleur Delacour | Clemence Poesy
The angelic Fleur Delacour is introduced to us in the fourth film installment Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in which she dances through the great hall alongside her fellow French pupils at Beauxbatons Academy of Magic. She competes in the Triwizard Tournament, and ends up meeting and marrying Ron’s older brother, Bill.
She wasn’t pretending – Clemence Poesy really is French! And she’s a serious actress. You might have seen her in In Bruges, 127 Hours, or as Natasha Rostova in the mini-series War and Peace. If not, then you’ve probably spotted her modeling for various fashion houses and magazines like Chloe, i-D magazine, or Nylon.
Cormac McLaggen | Freddie Stroma
He may be a Gryffindor, but Cormac McLaggen doesn’t exactly win over many fans. He comes from a family that is “big in the Ministry” and prances around campus with his nose in the air, looking down at his peers. To his testament, he makes it on to the Quidditch team as the resident jock. But that doesn’t help him curry favor with his romantic interest, Hermione.
Actor Freddie Stroma is often cast as a popular jock-type character, owing to his blonde hair, blue eyes, and muscular build. He is half German and half Swedish but grew up in the English countryside. You may recognize him for his TV work in Unreal or Time After Time. But he also starred as Brit Vayner in the 2016 film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.
Irma Pince | Sally Mortemore
Madam Irma Pince was the resident librarian at the Hogwarts’ library. She was considered unpleasant by the general student population and seen being possessive and overprotective of the school’s books. Her appearance had been described as similar to an underfed vulture.
Obviously, something about the way that she looks is appealing to the directors of big fantasy productions. English actress Sally Mortemore was also cast in Game of Thrones as a Braavosi woman, as well as other supernatural productions such as Dead Gorgeous and Gormenghast.
Tom Riddle | Frank Dillane
Frank Dillane’s portrayal of Tom Riddle came in the sixth film installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). He was Lord Voldemort as a teenage wizard at Hogwarts, before he became fully embroiled in dark magic. We got to watch him in scenes that flashed back to memories of the past.
Outside of the world of Harry Potter, Frank is known for playing Nick Clark on Fear the Walking Dead, but he also appears in other productions like the film In the Heart of the Sea or most recently the Caitlin Moran comedy How to Build a Girl. You can also catch him on Netflix in his role as Shugs on Sense8.
Mrs. Granger | Michelle Fairley
Hermione’s parents play two muggle-born characters who live ordinary lives in London. They’re dentists and are otherwise spoken of as being generally supportive of their daughter despite some odd behavior from her. They’re “very proud of her all the same,” and only briefly make an appearance in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
Only true fans will know that Mrs. Granger, Hermione’s mom, is played by Michelle Fairley. She’s only on the screen for a second, but just long enough for us to recognize her as Caitlin Stark in Game of Thrones! Yes, it appears Ned’s wife made it on to the sets of both magical worlds.
Myron Wagtail | Jarvis Cocker
If you cast your mind back to the fourth film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, you might remember the scene where everyone dances to a live rock band during the Hogwarts ball. The band’s name is The Weird Sisters, and they were the wizarding rock band booked by Dumbledore himself.
The lead singer just so happens to be Jarvis Cocker, frontman to the band Pulp. He collaborated with the film and produced three songs for them: “This Is the Night”, “Do the Hippogriff” and “Magic Works,” before jumping in front of the camera himself and demonstrating how to perform them!
Moaning Myrtle | Shirley Henderson
It will be a long time before we can forget the whimpering cries of Moaning Myrtle, the muggle-born witch who became a ghost in the second-floor girls’ bathroom. She was hilariously short-tempered and emotionally fragile and seemed to take a particular liking to the “chosen wizard” Harry Potter.
Not only was Moaning Myrtle not played by an actual adolescent, she was played by Scottish actress Shirley Henderson who was approximately three decades older than the character! She’s played roles for Trainspotting and the Bridget Jones series, and you’ll probably recognize her from the Netflix film Okja or British series The Nest.
Pike | Bronson Webb
Slytherin House student and close friend to Draco Malfoy, Vincent Crabbe, and Gregory Goyle, Pike is just as much of a trouble-maker as his friendship circle. He plays along in taunting Harry, Ron, and Hermione whenever possible, but has proven not to be all that brave himself.
British actor Bronson Webb, on the other hand, has gone one to appear in many other Hollywood films. You might recognize him from The Dark Knight, Robin Hood, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. But you’ll definitely remember seeing him in Game of Thrones – he plays the central character of Will in the first-ever episode of the HBO hit series!
Aberforth Dumbledore | Ciaran Hinds
We only meet Albus Dumbledore’s brother Aberforth in the eighth and final installment of the films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. He appears to us very similar in appearance and wizarding power to his brother, but with a very different personality. Unlike Albus, he shies away from the spotlight, opting instead for a humble and unassuming lifestyle.
Irish actor Ciaran Hinds is known for his great versatility in Hollywood and on stage. For example, he plays the important character of wildling leader Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones – something which we never would have guessed. Aside from this, he’s appeared in many great films, such as Road to Perdition, Munich, and There Will Be Blood,
Bill Weasley | Domhnall Gleeson
Domhnall Gleeson plays Bill Weasley, Ron’s oldest and equally ginger sibling. He also goes on to marry Fleur Delacour and joins the Order of the Phoenix to bring down Lord Voldemort. He has wolf-like quirks after getting injured by the werewolf Fenrir Greyback and fights in the battle of Hogwarts.
Would you believe he’s actually the real-life son of Brendan Gleeson, the actor who plays Mad-Eye Moody! Regardless of his surprising family link, he is more well-known for his roles like Caleb Smith in Ex Machina, Captain Andrew Henry in The Revenant and for his four year run playing General Armitage Hux in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Gleeson has been nominated for Academy Awards several times and has taken home three IFTA Awards.
Scabior | Nick Moran
Nick Moran plays the comical Scabior, who’s probably a little more terrifying than he is funny. He is a wizard and Snatcher (bounty hunter for Lord Voldemort) who takes orders from his gang leader, Fenrir Greyback. We don’t know much about Scabior’s history, but we can tell from the films that he’s a tireless supporter of Lord Voldemort.
Actor Nick Moran is best known for his role as Eddie, the “card sharp” in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. But most of his acting work consists of stage work in London’s Broadway and West End. He has another showbiz passion, however – he’s the frontman of a Frank Sinatra tribute band.
Lee Jordan | Luke Youngblood
Remember this guy? It’s Lee Jordan, a Gryffindor student who’s particularly close to Fred and George Weasley. We see him playing pranks with the twins or helping build inventions for Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. He’s also a member of Dumbledore’s Army and a Quidditch commentator during matches.
Jordan is well-known in Britain for his role as Ben in The Story of Tracy Beaker, which many ’90s and early noughties kids will be familiar with. Since Harry Potter ended, he’s been focusing more on his stage work even scoring the role of young Simba in the live show of The Lion King.
Rufus Scrimgeour | Bill Nighy
Rufus Scrimgeour is a powerful man in the wizarding world as the Minister for Magic. He is disciplined and strict and appeared to take a strong stance against dark magic and the influence of Lord Voldemort. But he mainly created a false sense of security in times when there wasn’t any.
With his impressive film backlog as complicated characters, the filmmakers opted for British actor Bill Nighy to step into the role of an important wizarding figure. You’ll recognize him as Billy Mack in Love Actually or Captain Davy Jones in the Pirates of the Caribbean, among other high-performing films.
Narcissa Malfoy | Helen McCrory
The Morticia Addams of the wizarding world, Narcissa Malfoy is a pure-blood witch married to Lucius. Draco is her only son, and the fanatic Bellatrix Lestrange is her sister. Despite her support of Lord Voldemort and pure bloodlines throughout, she wavers in her support of dark magic when it threatens the life of her son.
Helen McCrory plays the role of Narcissa as a disciplined but cautious mother and wife. But she’s played distinguished female figures in many other high-profile films. You’ll recognize her as Cherie Blair in both The Queen and The Special Relationship, Clair Dowar in Skyfall, or as Polly Gray in Peaky Blinders.
Cedric Diggory | Robert Pattinson
Who can forget the handsome Cedric Diggory, a popular Hufflepuff Quidditch team captain, and Triwizard Champion? He won the heart of Cho Chang, Harry’s romantic interest, but ultimately met his end when he met Lord Voldemort in the fourth film installment.
Today, actor Robert Pattinson is known for a lot more than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. When he starred as vampire-heartthrob Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies he gained a huge teenage fanbase that saw him make Time magazines’ list of the 100 most influential people in the world. He’s also been cast as the new Batman which will hit our screens in 2021.
Bob | Nicholas Blane
Nicholas Blane played the role of Bob, a wizard working in the Ministry of Magic alongside Arthur Weasley. He makes a brief appearance in the elevator with Arthur and Harry when the pair were traveling down to Courtroom Ten for a hearing. He is another one of the many actors that went from Harry Potter to Game of Thrones.
Nicholas will be more recognizable to you as the Spice King in Game of Thrones, debuting in the second seasons’ episode, “Garden of Bones.” Blane then went on to appear in two more episodes until Pyat Pree got the better of him. Aside from his TV and film work, he is a decorated theatre artist.
Kirley Duke | Johnny Greenwood
You’re probably not familiar with the name Kirley Duke, but you’ll remember seeing the lead guitarist for the rock band The Weird Sisters in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He stands next to Myron Wagtail, the lead singer, played by Jarvis Cocker.
You probably won’t have realized it was Johnny Greenwood, the lead guitarist, and keyboardist for the rock band Radiohead! As a classically trained musician who plays more than ten instruments, who better to make up part of the star-studded ensemble that plays music at the Hogwarts Yule Ball?
Amycus Carrow | Ralph Ineson
Deatheater and loyal Voldemort follower Amycus Carrow is the dark arts wizard who fought in the first wizarding war. He didn’t go looking for Voldemort after the final battle – a sin in Voldemort’s books – but was forgiven by the dark lord after he regained his strength.
Ineson appeared in the last three Harry Potter films, but you might recognize him from somewhere else. He also plays the character of Dagmer Cleftjaw in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He’s an ironborn raider who happens to be a skillful swordsman, making him a worthwhile ally.
Nearly Headless Nick | John Cleese
Known as Nearly Headless Nick after he passed away, Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington was a Gryffindor wizard who found himself improperly executed. He haunts Gryffindor Tower at Hogwarts Castle as a live-in ghost and mainly provides some comic relief or witty commentary.
Seasoned comedic actor John Cleese has achieved huge success as an actor, writer, and producer. He was one of the co-founders of Monty Python in the ’60s and co-wrote the timeless sitcom Fawlty Towers in the ’70s. He’s considered one of the greats in British comedy history for both his character development and acting.
Gryffindor Boy | Derek Hough
American Latin ballroom dancer Derek Hough has spoken about his role in Harry Potter: “There’s a specific scene where Hermione is leaving for Christmas while carrying her suitcase. We pass in the hallway. I was holding an owl. That’s my big moment. I’m right in the camera’s viewpoint, so every time you look at Hermione, you can see me, clear as day.”
Of course, Derek is far more familiar to us as the dancer, choreographer, and singer on Dancing with the Stars, where he holds the record for having won six seasons. He generally created a name for himself in the dance world, also joining the judges in the dance competition series World of Dance.
Aragog | Julian Glover
Aragog is the giant arachnid that Rubeus Hagrid had cared for since he was very young. He has developed a taste of human flesh and unlike others in his species, can communicate with people through speech. We discover his huge colony of sons and daughter in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
In the film, the giant spider is voiced by actor Julian Glover. Having trained as a classical actor and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company on numerous occasions, Glober is known for many major roles. You’ll recognize him as General Maximilian Veers in The Empire Strikes Back, Aristotle Kristatos in For Your Eyes Only, as well as Walter Donovan in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Griphook | Verne Troyer
In the very first film adaptation, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the character of Griphook is played by Verne Troyer. He is a goblin, and works at the Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Diagon Alley. He proves himself to be rather mistrustful for Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the later films.
Interestingly, actor Warwick Davis was the voice of Verne’s character. Warwick even ended up replacing him for the subsequent films! But he’s far more famous for his acting and stunt work as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers film series.
Gilderoy Lockhart | Kenneth Branagh
We’re introduced to Professor Gilderoy Lockhart as a wizard celebrity in the magical world who had written many books on his encounters with the dark arts. It landed him the position of Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher at Hogwarts before we understand his acts of heroism and supposed expertise was all made up.
British actor Sir Kenneth Branagh is a classically trained actor from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, eventually becoming its president. He has starred in several Shakespeare film adaptations, among a great deal more movies, and in 2012 received a knighting from the Queen herself. He’s gotten so many accolades, he’s basically a real-life Professor Lockhart!
Rita Skeeter | Miranda Richardson
Witch Rita Skeeter is the manipulative journalist who will do anything to get the juiciest scoop – even making things up! Dumbledore noted that her writing was “enchantingly nasty” after she would publish unfavorable articles on him. She was a sensationalist journalist with an eccentric character and a flirty personality.
Actress Miranda Richardson is actually a seven-time BAFTA Award nominee, a seven-time Golden Globe Award nominee, and a two-time Golden Globe Award winner. She was even nominated for the 1987 Olivier Award for Best Actress. Richardson is best known for her roles in Blackadder, Damage, and Sleepy Hollow, among others.
Drink Stirrer | Ian Brown
Who remembers the man stirring his coffee just by circulating his finger in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban? It’s one of the many times we see a witch or wizard use their index finger to move an object in a show of wandless magic. He’s seen reading the famous physics book A Brief History of Time by Stephen W. Hawking.
This was actually a brief celebrity cameo by Ian Brown, the lead singer of the rock band, The Stone Roses. Speaking about why he’s there, he said: “Yeah, I was a movie star for a day. I had my own trailer, was taken around in a golf cart – I loved it! The director is a friend of my girl and he said, ‘I’ve got a part if you want it.’ I asked my sons, and they were like, ‘Do it!’ I did it for my sons. My brief was to be a romantic, bohemian wizard. I was into that.”
Xenophillius Lovegood | Rhys Ifans
Father to loopy Luna Lovegood, Xenophillius is just as eccentric and odd as his daughter. After all, she had to get it from somewhere! He the editor for The Quibbler magazine and described as “The most eccentric-looking wizard… Slightly cross-eyed, with shoulder-length white hair the texture of candyfloss.”
Who better to play such a colorful character than Rhys Ifans, the Welsh actor, and musician. He often plays the part of an oddball character, such as Spike in Notting Hill, Jed Parry in Enduring Love, and Dr. Curt Connors AKA The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man. You might also recognize him for his reoccurring role as Mycroft Holmes in the CBS series Elementary.
Helena Ravenclaw | Kelly Macdonald
Helena Ravenclaw AKA the Grey Lady was the daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw. one of the four founders of Hogwarts. In the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, she is revealed to know the whereabouts of her mother’s diadem, one of Voldemort’s Horcrux’s.
Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald assumed the role of the also Scottish Helena. But she’s a familiar face for much more than her role in Potter, having acted in Gosford Park, Intermission, and Disney’s Brave. Not to mention her role as the young Diane Coulston in Trainspotting in which she was only 19 years of age.
Lavender Brown | Jessie Cave
Lavender Brown started Hogwarts the same year as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. She was a member of Dumbledore’s Army in her fifth-year, but we’ll remember her more for her engulfing relationship with Ron. She was definitely in Hermione’s bad books for engaging in such an “exhibitionist” relationship.
Jessica Cave, who plays Lavender, is often seen on the comedy circuit performing in London and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She’s also continued acting in more independent films, usually bizarre fantasy pictures like Tale of Tales. Aside from performing, she’s a skilled cartoonist who’s published a book and illustrated greeting cards.
Garrick Ollivander | John Hurt
Many young wizards have passed through Ollivander’s wand shop in Diagon Alley. He was considered to be the best wandmaker in the world, and his knowledge of Lord Voldemort’s wand helped Harry in understanding how to finally defeat the Dark Lord.
The wand specialist was none other than British actor John Hurt, whose career has spanned more than 50 years. Hurt has won numerous awards for his roles in some of the most iconic films in cinematic history. You’ll remember him as John Merrick in The Elephant Man, Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four, and Kane in Alien. Who could forget that moment an alien burst out from his chest?
Madam Rosmerta | Julie Christie
While we don’t get to spend a lot of screen time with her, Madam Rosmerta is certainly one of the more colorful characters we come to know around town. She’s the landlady of Three Broomsticks pub in Hogsmeade that aided Malfoy in smuggling cursed items into Hogwarts. She was under a curse, however, and she would later fight in the Battle of Hogwarts as her true self.
They had an icon of the swinging sixties play the part of Rosmerta. Julie Christie became an international sensation after her performances in Darling and Doctor Zhivago (both 1965) and has since been on the receiving end of an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
Rolanda Hooch | Zoë Wanamaker
Tough Madam Rolanda Hooch was the Flying instructor, Quidditch referee, and coach at Hogwarts, known for her strict and serious attitude. She was the one who taught Harry and Ron how to ride a broom in their first year and, despite the many changes in Headmaster throughout Harry’s years, remained in her position.
American-born British actress Zoë Wanamaker has an impressive acting history, having been nominated for an Olivier Award a total of nine-times, having won twice. But we suspect you’ll better remember her as Marilyn Monroe’s acting coach and confidante Paula, in My Week with Marilyn.
Dolores Umbridge | Imelda Staunton
Dolores Umbridge didn’t strike us as one of the worst villains at first but reveals herself to be one of the most unscrupulous characters in all of the wizarding world when she makes her way into Hogwarts. A bureaucrat of the Ministry of Magic, we all remember her for her love of the color pink, cats, and a cup of English tea.
Imelda Staunton is another classically trained stage actress and recipient of four Olivier Awards. Remember Dolores’ squeaky signature voice? It takes a trained voice artist to sound like that, and that’s exactly what she is. You’ll probably recognize Staunton’s voice as Mrs. Pots in the 1991 animated Disney classic, Beauty and The Beast. You might also know her for her recent performances in Marry Poppins Returns and Nanny McPhee.
Molly Weasley | Julie Walters
As the matriarch of the large Weasley family, Molly Weasley has seven children with her husband Arthur, six of whom are boys. She’s a busy housewife and acts as a mother figure towards Harry. But don’t underestimate her fighting skills – she managed to defeat the great Bellatrix Lestrange.
Dame Julie Walters plays the role of the overprotective mother, but she’s also a well-seasoned comedienne. Perhaps you’ll remember her performances in classic films like Educating Rita, Mamma Mia! and it’s sequel or the voice of the master woodcarving witch in Disney’s Brave.
Peter Pettigrew | Timothy Spall
Peter Pettigrew AKA Wormtail or Scabbers is the wizard who spent 12 years in his Animagus form and lived as a pet rat in the Weasley household. He was best friends with Sirius Black, James Potter, and Remus Lupin, who he ended up creating the Marauder’s Map with. He turned out not to be a good friend in the end, having betrayed James for Lord Voldemort.
You might not have guessed that the rat-actor was actually a serious classical performer. If you’re a fan of period dramas or historical adaptations, chances are you’ve seen Timothy Spall countless times. Hamlet, Nicholas Nickleby, and The King’s Speech are some of his well-known productions, as is Disney’s Enchanted in which he plays the servant to Queen Narissa, Nathaniel.
Professor Sprout | Miriam Margolyes
The stout Professor Pomona Sprout was the head of the Hufflepuff House and the Herbology department at Hogwarts. She comes across as a strong but kind witch who opposed Dolores Umbridge’s influence over the school. Her fondness for mandrakes came in handy when she used them to cure petrified victims of the Slytherin monster.
It might surprise people to learn that Australian-Brit Miriam Margolyes was in the Potter films. She known for her raunchy sense of humor back in the UK but internationally recognized for her BAFTA Award-winning role in Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence. She’s also a voice-artist, which makes sense considering Professor Sprout’s loud and booming tone!
Petunia Dursley | Fiona Shaw
The hilarious and tragic character of Petunia Dursley or aunt Petunia is revealed to us in the brief minutes we get to see of the muggle world. She lives with her husband Vernon and son Dudley in Privet Drive and is the closest living relative by blood to Harry Potter. But you wouldn’t know it from the way she treats him.
Irish actress Fiona Shaw is certainly convincing in her role as Petunia. But these days she’s equally as recognized for her role as Marnie Stonebrook in HBO’s series True Blood. But her acting training comes from the theatre, which she has extensive experience working in. Catch her on Broadway or in London’s West End if you ever get a chance.
Luna Lovegood | Evanna Lynch
Born an only child whose mother passed away when she was nine, Luna was raised by her eccentric father Xenophillius Lovegood. She was a Hogwarts student who was sorted into Ravenclaw House and joined Dumbledore’s army in her fourth year. She is thought by most to be strange and aloof.
Evanna Lynch was cast in the extremely coveted role after having already been a huge Harry Potter fan that had written to the author J. K. Rowling. She’s since been making a name for herself as an activist for veganism and animal rights. She hosts a vegan-themed podcast these days and co-founded a vegan and cruelty-free makeup subscription box called Kinder Beauty Box with actress Daniella Monet.
Severus Snape | Alan Rickman
Severus Snape was the secretly half-muggle wizard who worked in Hogwarts, first as the Potions Master and then the Defence Against the Dark Arts professor, and eventually the headmaster of the school for a year. He led a double life as both a member of the Order of the Phoenix and a Death Eater and is an essential character in the war against Lord Voldemort.
British actor Alan Rickman certainly made Snape his own with his trademark nasal voice and steely stare. Outside of Potter, he was a highy-trained Shakespearean actor and receiver of several awards. You’ll remember him as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, Colonel Brandon in Sense and Sensibility, and as the married man Harry in Love Actually.
Dudley Dursley | Harry Melling
Dudley Dursley is the muggle cousin to Harry and a prime example of an over-spoilt child. He appears in five of the Harry Potter films, tormenting his cousin or picking on other local children. He has some experience with the magical world having faced dementors, after which he became nicer towards Harry.
Aside from being a bully, Harry Melling wowed audiences with his performance as a young thespian who has no arms or legs in the Coen brothers’ film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. He played opposite Liam Neeson, and since it’s release in 2018 has proven himself to be a serious actor with some serious range.
Argus Filch | David Bradley
Argus Filch was the caretaker of Hogwarts school who took his job seriously. He was known for his disdain of the students, and would often spend his time trying to catch them breaking rules. He was a magical-born person who didn’t possess fully developed magical abilities and had a strong fondness for his cat Mrs. Norris.
English actor David Bradley plays the disgruntled caretaker, but he’s actually an established Shakespearean actor who’s won a Laurence Olivier Award. You might recognize from his recent appearances in Broadchurch, or as the reproachable Walder Frey in HBO’s fantasy series Game of Thrones.
Albus Severus Potter | Arthur Bowen
Albus Severus Potter is the future son of Harry and Ginny when we get a flash into their future. We see him only briefly at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, feeling anxious about getting on the train to Hogwarts for the first time. He is meant to be the one that most resembles Harry out of his siblings, and inherits his grandmother’s eyes.
British actor Arthur Bowen was barely a teenager when he was cast in Harry Potter. Agents came to the school he attended looking for a child who strongly resembled Daniel Radcliffe. Luckily, they hit a pot of gold when they found him. But now at 22 years old, he appears to have dropped his acting career. His Twitter biography reads: “Used to act in Harry Potter. I party now.”
Blaise Zabini | Louis Cordice
Blaise Zabini is a student at Hogwarts who’s in the same year as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. But he’s no friend of theirs; he’s in the Slytherin House and is friends with Draco Malfoy, Draco’s loyal gang, and Pansy Parkinson. He’s also a Quidditch player, holding the position of a Chaser.
British actor Louis Cordice appeared in the final three Harry Potter films, Half-Blood Prince, Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Deathly Hallows: Part 2. His career post-Potter saw him act in a couple of small independent productions, and appear on a two British TV shows. On one of them, he played a contestant on BBC’s Pointless Celebrities.
Arabella Figg | Kathryn Hunter
Arabella Doreen Figg was a neighbor of the Dursley family that was sent by Professor Dumbledore to keep an eye on Harry. She was magical-born but could not perform magic herself, and appeared to be a caring if naive person. For most of Harry’s childhood, she kept her real identity and purpose for living close to him a secret.
British actress Kathryn Hunter is highly esteemed in the theatrical world. She was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, where she now holds an associate position. She is especially talented at physical performance and is possibly most famous for her film roles in Rome and Tale of Tales.
Colin Creevey | Hugh Mitchell
Colin Creevey was the kid in the year below Harry, Ron, and Hermione, who was a big fan of the boy who lived. Sorted into Gryffindor House, he was known for running around with his camera, taking pictures of students and Harry, especially. He is portrayed as keen and naive but ultimately has a good heart.
English actor Hugh Mitchell plays the part of young Colin in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Hugh has actually continued to develop his acting skills in the years that followed, appearing in several British films and TV shows. He is especially popular in British period dramas, such as Nicholas Nickleby and Henry VIII. And he’s certainly grown into his looks over the years.
Igor Karkaroff | Predrag Bjelac
Professor Igor Karkaroff was the intimidating Headmaster of Durmstrang Institute, introduced to us in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. He coached their school champion, Viktor Krum, for the Triwizard Tournament, but proved not able to handle the pressure of the Dark Lord returning. He was a former Death Eater who was killed by the Death Eaters that still remained faithful to Lord Voldemort.
Serbian actor Predrag Bjelac is the one who portrays the wizard, keeping his naturally long hair for the character role. While he is best known for Potter, he went on to star in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian a few years later as Lord Donnon. Most recently, he played the part of Grigoriy this year on Killing Eve.
Georgina Leonidas | Katie Bell
Katie Bell is a Gryfindor witch in the year above Harry, Ron, and Hermione who is especially close friends with older Gryffindors Angelina Johnson and Alicia Spinnet. She was also the Chaser for Gryffindor’s Quidditch team, who was tricked into delivering a cursed opal necklace to Professor Dumbeldore. Luckily, she didn’t succeed.
British actress Georgina Leonidas is more famous in the UK for playing the part of Molly in The Basil Brush Show, a children’s television series starring a glove puppet fox. Lately, she’s been focusing on stage theatre instead and has been carving out a successful career in London’s West End. Her latest play was Awful Auntie, in which she played the part of Lady Stella Saxby.
Viktor Krum | Stanislav Ianevski
Viktor Krum was the 18-year-old Bulgarian wizard who had acquired fame for his position as Seeker in the Bulgarian National Quidditch team. Selected by the Goblet of Fire to compete in the Triwizard Tournament at Hogwarts, he stepped up to the challenge confidently. Hermione had a crush on him throughout Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Bulgarian actor Stanislav Ianevski got the part of Viktor after being spotted by the casting director Fiona Weir. She encouraged him to attend an acting workshop, before giving him the role. While he hasn’t done an awful lot of acting since Harry Potter, he has appeared in some independent films and TV shows, almost always as a representative of Bulgaria.
Stan Shunpike | Lee Ingleby
Stan Shunpike was the conductor of the Knight Bus which we’re introduced to in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. He’s a British wizard who had served time at as a Prisoner of Azkaban, having been a Death Eater to Lord Voldemort. But he only joined the ranks of the Dark Lord due to having been under an Imperius Curse.
English stage actor Lee Ingleby is best known in the States for his role in Harry Potter, but in the UK he is well-known for playing Detective Sergeant John Bacchus in the BBC’s Inspector George Gently. While still appearing on stage, he has definitely dedicated the most recent years to his TV work in Britain.
Oliver Wood | Sean Biggerstaff
Oliver Wood was older than Harry, Ron, and Hermione and took his roles as Keeper and Captain of Gryffindor’s Quidditch team, as well as eventual prefect, very seriously. He was determined and skillful, managing to lead the team to victory in his final year at the school.
Actor and musician Sean Biggerstaff is Scottish like Oliver Wood was. His most famous role to date continues to be from Harry Potter, but at 37 years old he still performs in smaller production films and at the theatre. While he used to take television roles, he’s all but completely stopped appearing on the box since 2009.
Seamus Finnigan | Devon Murray
Seamus Finnigan is the Irish half-blood wizard who was a fellow Gryffindor to Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Best friend to Dean Thomas, he is portrayed as hot-headed and doubtful of Harry’s claims about Lord Voldemort’s return. But eventually comes around and joins him in Dumbledore’s Army.
Irish actor Devon Murray appeared throughout the Harry Potter films consistently. Throughout the years he continued to develop his acting portfolio, taking on both TV and film roles. In July 2020, he revealed that he and his girlfriend are expecting their first child together, but we can’t stop seeing him as a dormbuddy to Harry and Ron!
Amelia Bones | Sian Thomas
Madam Amelia Susan Bones was the well-supported Head of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement who presided over Harry’s discipline hearing. She is portrayed as being just, voting in favor of Harry to be cleared of charges.
Welsh actress Sian Thomas is the one who took on the part, and she’s a well-established actress both before and after her appearance in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She’s a professionally trained stage actress who most recently appeared in the film War Machine opposite Brad Pitt. Along with her husband, she also writes and publishes poems.
Hogwarts Schoolgirl | Julianne Hough
American dancer, actress, songwriter, and singer Julianne Hough has appeared in the first movie installment, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. She played the part of a fellow pupil to Harry, Ron, and Hermione as a young witch in Hogwarts’ school.
As a two-time professional champion of Dancing with the Stars, Hough has created a considerable name for herself. She’s been nominated for a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Choreography and starred in the lead role for the 2011 film Footloose. Today, we know her best as a 2019 judge for America’s Got Talent. She’s definitely proving that to be the case.