It's hard to believe that it's been five years since the last Harry Potter film, The Deathly Hallows, was released. The movies were a huge part of many people's childhoods, and legions of adults also loved the complex, thrilling, and magical series.
And while true Potterheads will always love the books more, there's definitely a soft spot for the movies, too. They got better and better as the franchise went on, and the actors who played the book's beloved characters will always be remembered for their roles.
That being said, that doesn't mean that the massive cast of the movies has sat around on its laurels since the franchise ended. Most of the key players in the films have moved onto bigger, better, and sometimes, totally different things. Find out what your favorite Potter characters have been up to since the series ended -- you'll be surprised to learn what some of them are doing.
First and foremost, she took some time off to attend Worcester College in Oxford and Brown University. That doesn't mean that this brainiac is done with acting, though: She’s also been in a large number of different films since then, from “My Week with Marilyn” to “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and more. And last but certainly not least, she's become quite an activist, attending many conferences on feminism and equality across the globe.
Afshan Azad is another “Potter” actor who has a story without a happy ending. She hasn’t acted since the final “Harry Potter” film and actually was the subject of a high profile assault case in the United Kingdom. This Harry Potter star is not so on the grid these days. Afshan Azad, who played Padma Patil, pressed charges against her father and brother in 2011 for threatening to kill her. Both men were charged with assault.
Since Harry Potter concluded, she’s starred in films like “After the Dark,” “Before I Sleep” and more, she also has a number of different projects on the horizon. Rumor has it that she'll also be starring in an update of the classic, "The Christmas Carol."
Harry Potter's love interest and competitor in Goblet of Fire, Katie Leung has actually enjoyed quite the prominent theater career since “Harry Potter” ended. She made her stage debut in “Wild Swans” in 2012 and has been working on the stage ever since.
Chris Rankin left a legacy as Percy, and has since performed in shows with both the Youth Theatre Company in the UK and the Dereham Operatic Society.
He might be almost unrecognizable without his boyish chub, but Lewis has been busy. He played Jamie Bradley in the TV series The Syndicate and more recently appeared in the BBC Three comedy Bluestone 42.
After “Harry Potter” ended, he almost immediately starred in the hugely successful “Pitch Perfect” in the United States -- from one franchise to another, this actor is killing it.
He was the hilarious, tough announcer at all of Harry's Quidditch matches, and now he's moved on to something even cooler. Luke Youngblood guest starred in no less than 15 episodes of the hit NBC series “Community” before it made the shift to internet distribution with Yahoo! in 2015.
After “Harry Potter,” Jamie Waylett actually has a story that features a not-quite-so-happy ending. In 2012, he actually went to jail after he participated in the England riots in 2011 -- perhaps he calls himself an activist?
You'd think that a role like this would be virtually inescapable, but Radcliffe's talent means that he gets to rise above his signature role. Since the end of the franchise, he's worked on the stage and in several movies, proving that he's not just a one-trick pony.
Everyone's favorite BFF and partner-in-crime is making his money invoice work these days, lending his golden pipes to projects like “The Unbeatabls” and “Postman Pat.” He also has two movies that are about to be released – “Enemy of Man” and “Moonwalkers.”
Barely recognizable as a grownup, Harry Melling has appeared in a handful a number of TV shows since the end of the franchise. His two most famous post-Potter roles came on the shows “Just William” and “Garrow’s Law,” where he starred as Robert Brown and George Pinnock, respectively.
Sean Biggerstaff has made a career in independent cinema over the last few years, most notably starring in both the short film and the eventual feature film adaptation of a movie called “Cashback.”
One of the most understated Harry Potter faves, she has since starred in the popular Sky1 television series “Sinbad,” for example. She has also starred in a number of different movies, from the independent teen comedy “GBF” to the independent crime drama “Monster Butler” over the course of the last few years.
Since he kicked butt in the Goblet of Fire movie, Ianevski has had roles as Miroslav in “Hostel: Part II” in 2007 and on the television series “Undercover” in 2011, where he starred as Angel Yakimov for twelve full episodes.
Draco was easy to hate in the movies, but all reports say that Tom Felton is actually a super nice guy. He’s had two roles in incredibly successful Hollywood films since the last “Harry Potter” movie. First, he made a cameo appearance as an exaggerated version of himself in “Get Him to the Greek." He also starred as one of the human villains in the continuation of the “Planet of the Apes” film series.
After Harry Potter, Jessica Cave has starred in numerous television series like “Trollied,” “Glue Online” and more. Still, our favorite role of hers is from Potter, playing the lovelorn girl vying for Ron's affection.
Curiously, Devon Murray hasn’t acted since the end of the “Harry Potter” film franchise. Not sure what he's up to now, but here's hopping he's enjoying those plentiful Harry Potter dollars.
James and Oliver Phelps have both managed to extend their careers beyond Harry Potter, starring in films like “Own Worst Enemy,” “Jabberwocky Rise,” “Danny and the Human Zoo” and more.
He basically went from one extremely successful franchise to another, starring in the “Twilight” series, which is perhaps one of the few franchises in the last few years that's actually competed with Harry Potter in terms of fans and box office dollars.
French actress Clémence Poésy has gone on to star opposite Colin Firth in the Academy Award-nominated film "In Bruges" and "127 Hours." She continues to star in respected films and even took to Broadway as Roxane in "Cyrano de Bergerac," and has solidified herself as a huge French movie star.l