Spanning eight films released over a decade, we were all spellbound with the Harry Potter saga on the big screen. The movies made Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint household names, and featured an enormous cast of characters portrayed by some of the most renowned actors in the business. Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Emma Thompson, Gary Oldman, Helena Bonham Carter and Kenneth Branagh are just some of the award winners to have graced the set throughout the years. It’s nearly impossible to remember all the people who made an appearance in the franchise, but there are quite a few who you maybe didn’t recognize or who went on to become big stars down the road. Now there’s a prequel and sequel on the horizon, so there will be new actors added to the mix. Let’s comb through the archives and take a look back at some of the names and faces you forgot were in Harry Potter films – unless, of course, you’re a serious Potterhead. Accio!
1. Robert Pattinson
We’ll start with an easy one. Springboarding from Harry Potter to the Twilight franchise brought a lot of attention to this young actor, so this one might not be so under-the-radar. Pattison played the dashing Cedric Diggory, Hufflepuff’s star Quidditch Seeker and Hogwart’s co-Triwizard Champion. He was the first big character to die at Voldemort’s behest. Appearing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), he then was cast as the immortal Edward, high school vampire heartthrob to millions of teenage girls (and middle-aged moms) worldwide.
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