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To begin, 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.
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 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 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.