How Old Are Harry Potter Characters? (Movies and Real Life)
To begin our article on how old are Harry Potter characters, we can first introduce the birthdays of our favorite cast and compare them to the birthdays of the characters they played. You can notice their ages differ quite a bit. So let’s start with a simple fact-checked overview of their birthdays.
- While Harry Potter was born on 31st July 1980, the actor Daniel Radcliffe was born on 23rd July 1989.
- Ron Weasley was born on 1st March 1980 and his real-life form of Rupert Grint on 24th August 1988.
- Hermione Granger‘s birth took place on 19th September 1979 and Emma Watson’s on 15th April 1990
- Neville Longbottom, our favorite forgetful hero was born on 30th July 1980 but Matthew Lewis was not as old and was born on 27th June 1989.
- Ginny Weasley, the little sister was born on 11th August 1981, while Bonnie Wright- 17th February 1991.
- Draco Malfoy, the egoistic father-fearing bad guy was born on 5th June 1980 and his opposite personality Tom Felton on 22nd September 1987.
- Fred & George Weasley share a birthday on 1st April and were born in 1978, while the twins who play them James & Oliver Phelps were born in the shortest month on 25th February 1986.
Now that we’ve given you a short introduction, let’s dive deeper into the article and see how old are Harry Potter characters and how their age differs from movie to movie!
How old is Harry Potter?
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Harry Potter was eleven years old. When we say this it also applies to his school colleagues from his year, since most of the first years are eleven when they start school.
In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, he and his friends are twelve. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, they are thirteen, in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire fourteen, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix fifteen, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince sixteen, and finally, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, they are seventeen years old.
Most fans know that Harry Potter and J. Rolling have the same birthday and that the famous date is July 31, but the author has also revealed the birthdays of many other characters over the years. Lord Voldemort made his first attempt to disprove the prophecy when Harry was one year and three months old.
In this attempt, he kills Harry’s parents while Harry’s parents are trying to defend him, and this attempt to kill Harry resulted in Voldemort’s first Horcrux which was the accidental one.
This event marked the end of the First Wizarding War, and Harry became known as the “The boy who lived” because he was the only survivor of this deadly curse. On his 11th birthday, Harry finds out he is a wizard because Rubeus Hagrid appears with a birthday cake and tells him about his family. This is one of our favorite scenes!
Harry first attended the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in 1991. Hat’s first decision was to put Harry in the Slytherin house, but Harry asked for “no Slytherin”, and the Hat listened to this request instead. Let’s remember how Harry’s decision influenced the rest of his life.
So he was put in the Gryffindor House. At school, Harry became close friends with Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, then the youngest Quidditch seeker of the century, and finally the Quidditch captain of Gryffindor House in his sixth year. He helped win 6 cups.
In his fourth year, Harry won the Triwizard Tournament, although the competition ended with the tragic death of Cedric Diggory and the return of Lord Voldemort. During the next school year, Harry reluctantly taught and led Dumbledore’s Army. He also fought in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries, during which he lost his godfather, Sirius Black.
How old is Hermione Granger?
Hermione Jean Granger was born on 19 September 1979. She was an English Muggle-born witch born to Mr. and Mrs. Granger. At the age of eleven, she learned about her magical nature and was accepted into the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Hermione began attending Hogwarts in 1991 and was Sorted into Gryffindor House. She possessed a superb educational mind and it was known she would be a remarkable student in virtually every subject that she studied.
During her fourth year, Hermione became an advocate for the better treatment of house-elves, forming the association S.P.E.W., and helped in Harry’s preparation for the Triwizard Tournament. In her fifth year, Hermione became one of the founders of Dumbledore’s Army and fought alongside other members in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.
In her sixth year, Hermione continued her role as Prefect and fought in the Battle of the Astronomy Tower. Hermione truly had a major role in a few other alternative battles of the Second Wizarding War, too. In 1997, she fought in the famous Battle of the Seven Potters, along with the members and friends in the Order of the Phoenix.
She continued her journey by helping Harry find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s Horcruxes, a quest in which several of her actions were essential. She destroyed Hufflepuff’s Cup, a Horcrux, with Ron using a basilisk fang found in the Chamber of Secrets. Hermione then fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, helping in the defeat of the Death Eater who tortured her, Bellatrix Lestrange.
How old is Ron Weasley?
Ronald Bilius “Ron” Weasley was born on March 1, 1980, and he was the sixth and youngest son of Arthur and Molly Weasley and an English pure-blood-born wizard. He was also Bill’s, Charlie’s, Percy’s, Fred’s, and George’s younger brother, as well as Ginny’s older brother.
The twins delighted in teasing Ron, as did his younger sister Ginny, though they were all close. Ron was terribly protective of Ginny, which we can notice clearly when she was seeing Dean who made her cry very often. So Ron had the right to intervene, or at least he thought so.
How old is Albus Dumbledore?
Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore was born in 1881, according to Rowling’s website, making him either 115 or 116 at the time of his death. Even though in an interview, she said Dumbledore was about 150 years old.
How old is Luna Lovegood?
Luna Lovegood was born on 13 February 1981. She was a British witch who was the only child of Xenophilius and Pandora Lovegood. Luna was raised by her father, the editor of the magazine The Quibbler, near the village of Ottery St Catchpole in Devon, where her mother died accidentally while playing with spells when she was nine years old.
Luna attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as a student and made friends with the famous trio. She was a Ravenclaw House student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from 1992 to 1999. Luna joined Dumbledore’s Army, a Harry Potter-led organization, in her fourth year, and quickly rose through the ranks.
She took part in the Department of Mysteries War in 1996 when she was only 15 years old.
How old are the other Harry Potter characters?
When James and Lily were 20 years old, they just had Harry, and when Sirius was just 21 years old when he entered Azkaban. These facts are not the easiest to grasp since we believed Sirius was much older.
When Harry first arrived at Hogwarts, Hagrid was 63 years old, while Snape was just 31. According to the Harry Potter fandom Wiki, Lupin and Tonks married in 1997, making Lupin 37 years old and Tonks 24 years old. Tonks attended the same school as Charlie Weasley, but she graduated only a few months before Harry.
James and Lily probably married and had Harry at a young age because of the first war against Voldemort, which is not that strange at all. Of course, it was only because of their deaths and Lily’s sacrifice for Harry that their story ended so suddenly.
Tonks most likely decided to marry Remus as soon as possible during the second Voldemort war for the same reasons. Remus’s condition had kept him from finding a partner, let alone having a wife and child.
Students are not sent a letter on their birthdays, however. They typically get their letters/notifications in the summer before school starts. By coincidence, Harry’s birthday is in the summer, so it is about the same time, and technically Harry got his first letter a week before his birthday.
We hope this clarified some questions and concerns about the ages and the brutality of life these young individuals had to go through. Still, their stories never age, much like the characters in them!
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – real-life ages
The events of Philosopher’s Stone take place between 1991 and 1992. Filming began on September 29, 2000, and continued until March 23, 2001. Its release was scheduled for November 4, 2001.
The main character, Harry Potter, was 11 years old during the events of the first book/movie. Since the ages of characters did not differ in the books and movies, it is safe to say how old a certain character was at what time.
However, the actors were sometimes a bit older or younger. So, for example, Daniel Radcliffe was 11 years old during the filming of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Many influenced the young British actors from the “Potter” films influenced Radcliffe, maybe none more so than Gary Oldman, who played Sirius Black in many of the films, most notably the last, 2004’s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” Surprisingly, Radcliffe considers the film to be the time he learned he liked acting.
He claims that his parents (who sat patiently in a room next door during the interview) constantly reminded him that he was “not obligated to just keep doing this.”
But as he grew in confidence, Radcliffe started to see his active creativity (which he credits to becoming an only child) as his most valuable quality as an actor.
Ron Weasley, Harry’s best friend often seems less mature than Harry or Hermione. However, he was 11, going on 12 at the time. His actor was a bit older and was exactly a year older than his character. So, Rupert Grint was 12 at the time of filming.
The cast members were mostly peers, and have all celebrated birthdays when the release date finally came. Hermione Granger was 11-12 years old during the first movie, but Emma Watson was only 10 and just turned 11 when the movie was released.
She wished to continue acting but says college was the easy choice. She intended to major in literature and painting, but she was also interested in design. So at some point, she even signed with a modeling agency.
Neville Longbottom was 11 years old and so was the actor Matthew Lewis. But Draco Malfoy was 11 and was played by Tom Felton who was filming at the age of 13. he eventually turned 14 by the time the movie was in the cinemas.
Fred & George Weasley were 13-14 years old, while their partners in crime James & Oliver Phelps were older, being 14-15 years old during filming.
Ginny Weasley was 10 years old, not much younger than her brother Ron, and Bonnie Wright was only 9 while playing Ginny.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – real-life ages
The activities of the Chamber of Secrets take place between 1992 and 1993. Filming began on November 19, 2001, and concluded in July 2002. It was released on November 3, 2002.
It is the second installment in the Harry Potter film series and the sequel to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001).
Daniel Radcliffe plays Harry Potter, Rupert Grint plays Ron Weasley, and Emma Watson plays Hermione Granger in the film.
Its plot revolves around Harry Potter’s second year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, when the Heir of Salazar Slytherin opens the Chamber of Secrets, unleashing a monster that terrorizes the students.
To make it more simple, now that you know how old the cast was when they first started – just add a year! Take a look at our table below to be sure of the actors’ ages.
|Harry Potter – 12 years old||Daniel Radcliffe – 12 years old|
|Ron Weasley – 12 years old||Rupert Grint – 13 years old|
|Hermione Granger – 12-13 years old||Emma Watson – 11-12 years old|
|Neville Longbottom – 12 years old||Matthew Lewis – 12-13 years old|
|Draco Malfoy – 12-13 years old||Tom Felton – 14 years old|
|Fred and George Weasley – 14-15 years old||James and Oliver Phelps – 15-16 years old|
|Ginny Weasley – 11 years old||Bonnie Wright – 10-11 years old|
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – real-life ages
The activities of Prisoner of Azkaban take place between 1993 and 1994. Filming began on February 24, 2003, and concluded in October 2003. and it was released on May 23, 2004.
Its plot revolves around Harry Potter’s third year at Hogwarts, where he learns that an inmate named Sirius Black has escaped from Azkaban and plans to kill him.
With the release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the output of the Harry Potter films was moved to an eighteen-month schedule.
Cuarón was chosen from a shortlist that featured Callie Khouri and Kenneth Branagh as directors.
The cast of previous installments returned for the film, with Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, and Emma Thompson joining the cast. Due to Richard Harris’s death in 2002, it was Michael Gambon’s first performance as Professor Albus Dumbledore.
Here are the characters’ ages from the third book and movie compared to the actors’ ages!
|Harry Potter – 13 years old||Daniel Radcliffe – 13-14 years old|
|Ron Weasley – 13-14 years old||Rupert Grint – 14-15 years old|
|Hermione Granger – 13 years old||Emma Watson – 12-13 years old|
|Neville Longbottom – 13 years old||Matthew Lewis – 13-14 years old|
|Draco Malfoy – 13-14 years old||Tom Felton – 15-16 years old|
|Fred and George Weasley – 15-16 years old||James and Oliver Phelps – 16-17 years old|
|Ginny Weasley – 12 years old||Bonnie Wright – 12 years old|
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – real-life ages
The activities of Goblet of Fire took place between 1994 and 1995. Filming took place between June 25th, 2004, and a date I cannot recall, but it was a very long film.
We can estimate that post-production took 6 months because that is how long the last one took, so shooting finished in May 2005. On November 6, 2005, it was finally released. This is the first movie in which we see the darker theme. After all, our characters are now in puberty and are showing angst.
The film is the first in the series to be rated PG-13 in the United States and 12A in the United Kingdom. The production began in early 2004. Leavesden Film Studios was used to film the Hogwarts scenes.
Five days after its debut, the film had earned more than US$102 million at the North American box office, making it the third-highest first-weekend haul for a Harry Potter film, behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Parts 1 and 2.
Goblet of Fire had an enormously profitable box office run, grossing $896 million worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2005 and the sixth-highest-grossing film in the Harry Potter franchise.
|Harry Potter – 14 years old||Daniel Radcliffe – 14-15 years old|
|Ron Weasley – 14-15 years old||Rupert Grint – 15-16 years old|
|Hermione Granger – 14 years old||Emma Watson – 14 years old|
|Neville Longbottom – 14 years old||Matthew Lewis – 14-15 years old|
|Draco Malfoy – 14-15 years old||Tom Felton – 16-17 years old|
|Fred and George Weasley – 16-17 years old||James and Oliver Phelps – 18-19 years old|
|Ginny Weasley – 13 years old||Bonnie Wright – 13-14 years old|
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – real-life ages
The events of Order of the Phoenix take place between 1995 and 1996. Filming began on February 7, 2006, and continued until December 31, 2006. It was released on June 28th, 2007.
From February to November 2006, live-action shooting took place in England and Scotland for outdoor locations, and at Leavesden Film Studios in Watford for interior locations, with a one-month break in June.
Post-production on the film lasted several months after it was finished in order to incorporate special effects. According to reports, the film’s budget ranged between £75 and £100 million ($150–200 million).
The film was released in the United Kingdom on July 12, 2007, and in North America on July 11, 2007, in both traditional and IMAX theaters; it is the first Potter film to be released in IMAX 3D.
Order of the Phoenix is the longest novel in the Harry Potter series, with 766 pages in the British edition and 870 in the American edition, but the film is the second shortest.
The inclusion or exclusion of certain characters sparked fan speculation about the significance of the characters in the final book of the series, which was released only ten days after the film.
In April 2006, Jim McManus’ representatives announced that he would be playing Aberforth Dumbledore, Albus’ brother and the bartender at the Hog’s Head, where Harry and his friends discovered Dumbledore’s Army.
|Harry Potter – 15 years old||Daniel Radcliffe – 16-17 years old|
|Ron Weasley – 15-16 years old||Rupert Grint – 17-18 years old|
|Hermione Granger – 15-16 years old||Emma Watson – 16 years old|
|Neville Longbottom – 15 years old||Matthew Lewis – 16-17 years old|
|Draco Malfoy – 15-16 years old||Tom Felton – 18-19 years old|
|Fred and George Weasley – 18 years old||James and Oliver Phelps – 19-20 years old|
|Ginny Weasley – 14-15 years old||Bonnie Wright – 14-15 years old|
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince – real-life ages
Helen McCrory plays Narcissa Malfoy, Draco’s mother and Bellatrix’s younger sister. McCrory was supposed to play Bellatrix in Order of the Phoenix, but she had to drop out due to pregnancy. Naomi Watts was previously reported to have accepted the role, only for her agency to deny it.
Clémence Poésy, who played Fleur Delacour, and Chris Rankin, who played Percy Weasley, both showed interest in reprising their roles but did not feature in the film. After Bill Nighy expressed interest in playing Minister for Magic Rufus Scrimgeour, Yates confirmed that Nighy would be his first choice. Scrimgeour’s character was eventually dropped.
Further Tom Riddle’s background was removed, such as the Gaunts, because they felt it was more important to focus on Riddle as a young boy (issues covered in the story were influenced by the ages of the characters), and an additional action scene at the Burrow was added to keep with the franchise’s tone.
|Harry Potter – 16 years old||Daniel Radcliffe – 18 years old|
|Ron Weasley – 17 years old||Rupert Grint – 19 years old|
|Hermione Granger – 17 years old||Emma Watson – 18 years old|
|Neville Longbottom – 16 years old||Matthew Lewis – 18 years old|
|Draco Malfoy – 16-17 years old||Tom Felton – 20 years old|
|Fred and George Weasley – 19 years old||James and Oliver Phelps – 21-22 years old|
|Ginny Weasley – 15 years old||Bonnie Wright – 16-17 years old|
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – real-life ages
Deathly Hallows broke sales records upon its publication, outperforming previous games in the Harry Potter franchise. This is the darkest movie, well, movies. Death, growing up, being alone, and being isolated are motifs that perfectly capture the ages of the characters.
The novel was mostly well-received by reviewers, and it won the Colorado Blue Spruce Book Award in 2008, as well as the American Library Association’s “Best Book for Young Adults” award due to the fact it being more popular among teenagers because of the ages of the characters.
The book was adapted into a film in two installments, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 in November 2010 and Part 2 in July 2011.
Many other analyses of concepts in the books have been established by academics and writers, some more nuanced than others and some having political subtexts.
Normalcy, tyranny, survival, and overcoming imposing odds have all been identified as themes that run throughout the series.
The events of Deathly Hallows took place between 1997 and 1998. This did not affect the ages of characters as much as the real-life ages of actors.
Parts 1 and 2 were shot back-to-back, beginning on the 19th of February 2009 and ending on the 12th of June 2010. Part 1 was released on November 11, 2010, and Part 2 was released on July 7, 2011. Still, the real-life ages of the actors tell a story of the period in which the movies were shot.
|Harry Potter – 17 years old||Daniel Radcliffe – 20 years old|
|Ron Weasley – 17-18 years old||Rupert Grint – 20-21 years old|
|Hermione Granger – 18 years old||Emma Watson – 19-20 years old|
|Neville Longbottom – 17 years old||Matthew Lewis – 19-20 years old|
|Draco Malfoy – 18 years old||Tom Felton – 22 years old|
|Fred and George Weasley – 20 years old||James and Oliver Phelps – 23-24 years old|
|Ginny Weasley – 16 years old||Bonnie Wright – 19 years old|
But how did the actors’ ages influence them after the biggest franchise?
About the fact that Radcliffe did not need to continue performing after playing the one and only Harry Potter, the actor went on to have a very good post-Potter career.
Radcliffe had unforgettable roles in films such as The Lady in Purple, Horns, What If, and Now You See Me 2. Outside of movies, the actor has had a successful Broadway career, having appeared in Equus (Broadway), How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying (Broadway), The Cripple of Inishmann (Broadway and West End), and The Lifespan of Reality (Broadway).
Rupert also starred in a variety of TV shows, including the pilot Super Clyde, The ABC Murders, Snatch, and Sick Notice.
In his film career, he appeared in Postman Pat and CBGB. He hasn’t yet abandoned the HP universe; he’s lent his voice to a couple of Wizarding World theme park ventures at Universal.
Most of the actors did achieve popularity after Harry Potter, however, their first role is the most memorable to the Potter generation.