It’s been over a year since we bid adieu to Harry Potter on the big screen. When the doors of Hogwarts closed for the last time, we waved a fond farewell at Harry, Ron, Hermione and the rest of the gang.
Having watched Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson grow up before our eyes, we figured it’s a good time to catch up with our favourite former students now that Mr. Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton is back in Cineplex theatres this week in the horrifyingly haunted movie The Apparition.
So just what are the Hogwarts class of 2011 up to this year? We check in on teachers, students, and He Who Shall Not Be Named to get the low-down on their upcoming projects below.
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
Having survived the rise of apes in last summer’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Felton is ditching his Slytherin robes and getting spooky as a college student whose ghostly experiment goes ghastly awry in The Apparition. The blond Brit will be spending some time in the trenches in two upcoming WWII-set films and will also appear in a UK mini-series alongside former magic wand expert Ollivander (John Hurt).
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
Did Emma Watson borrow Hermione’s Time-Turner? The girl has been busy. Post-Potter she’s attended a few semesters at Brown University in Rhode Island, modeled s the face of design house Burberry, popped up as a mousy wardrobe assistant in My Week with Marilyn, and filmed The Perks of Being a Wallflower which premieres at The Toronto International Film Festival before bowing into theatres at the end of September.
Up next, she perfects her American accent in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring about a celeb-obsessed gang of teen burglars, hops on a boat in Darren Aranofsky’s Noah, and parties at James Franco’s house in the comedy The End of the World.
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Redheaded Rupert hasn’t been seen on the silver screen since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2, but there’ll be no shortage of him in the coming months. The actor has signed on to some high-profile projects including CBGB, a look at the infamous New York City nightclub and punk scene also starring former Slytherin leader Severus Snape (Alan Rickman).
Last month, Grint carried the Olympic torch for a leg of the relay through northwest London leading up to the Summer Games.
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Radcliffe got us spooked earlier this year as a young lawyer in the atmospheric thriller The Woman in Black, but he won’t be back on the big screen until 2013 in Kill Your Darlings. He’ll play Beat poet Allan Ginsberg in the film which also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Michael C. Hall, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Earlier this year he proved his comic timing while guest-hosting "Saturday Night Live," poking fun at both himself and the famous Boy Wizard.
No word on whether Radcliffe will return to Broadway after a recent successful run in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."
Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort)
What hasn’t the former Dark Lord been up to since Harry Potter? He directed and starred in the Shakespearean adaptation Coriolanus, returned to the Underworld as Hades in Wrath of the Titans, appears in the Charles Dickens' adaptation Great Expectations along with former Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter). Finally, Fiennes directs himself as Charles Dickens in The Invisible Woman. And he did it all without the help of wormy Peter Pettigrew.
- photo credit: Getty Images
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