'Harry Potter' Actors Unrecognisable As Youngsters

Harry Potter was and is one of the world's most beloved book-turned-film sagas. With a magical plot and fantastic actors, the tale was brought to life in whimsical ways. Some of the older professors and characters at Hogwarts have evolved and you might not recognize them in pictures from their youth! Look out for Dumbledore and Snape to see a big transformation!

Image Credits: Getty Images / A portrait photo of the actress Helena Bonham Carter.


Ah, the good ole Harry Potter saga. Known for its stellar plot and unexpected twists and turns, this is something that certainly has taken the world by storm. Did you know that many of the cast members were well-aged acting veterans before they took on their roles in this series? While they had success before, these roles would mark a definitive peak in their careers! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / JK Rowling at an event with the cast of Harry Potter.

In fact, some of the stars are still making magic on the screen today, while others have sadly passed away. One of the lesser-known facts about the casting process is that author, JK Rowling often had a hand in picking the stars for this series. She dreamed up the entire plot so it's only fitting that she aid in this important job. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / JK Rowling at an event with the cast of Harry Potter.


If you are a fan of Harry Potter then chances are you know Alan Rickman's character well. The beloved Severus Snape was some of the fan's best or worst castmates. Either way, the Potions teacher, was a key star in the story. Alan was one of the stars that J.K. Rowling handpicked for the role personally! So, it suffices to say he was perfect for the job!

Image Credits: Getty Images / An image collage of Alan Rickman.

Sadly, Rickman passed away at the beginning of 2016. You can see him in his final performances on screen in the films,  Eye in the Sky and Alice Through the Looking Glass. He will always be remembered for him fantastic roles in the industry and of course, his powerful play as Professor Snape.

Image Credits: Getty Images / A portrait of the actor, Alan Rickman.


With a career spanning over six decades, few are not familiar with the unstoppable Maggie Smith. From her role as a teacher in Harry Potter to her amazing performance in Downton Abbey, we can't get enough of her. We wonder what project she'll take on next! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / An image collage of Maggie Smith.

It seems like the dame will return to her theatre roots if she does work again. Why? Well, being on camera did not always intrigue her as much. In 2019 she said, “I am deeply grateful for the work in ‘Potter’ and indeed ‘Downton’ but it wasn’t what you’d call satisfying. I didn’t really feel I was acting in those things.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Maggie Smith arrives at an event.


Often called Tim Burton’s "muse," the actress Helena Bonham Carter was simply flawless in her role as a deranged witch. She started out in the industry at a very young age and we have loved to see her evolve over the years. One of her most recent roles was on Netflix's The Crown. We simply can't wait to see what she will do next.  

Image Credits: Getty Images / An image of the actress Helena Bonham Carter.


Did you know this actress was approached to play her villainous role? She explained the occurrence as follows, "So they came to me. And I loved it. I love magic, I love witches, I love the whole [Harry Potter] world. I was all too happy to play a witch.” So, it seems she was indeed the perfect match for this role. 

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Known as the villain of villains on Harry Potter, you will be surprised about the man hidden behind all of the makeup and illusions of special effects. The actor, Ralph Fiennes has a distinct look and we can't imagine him in any other role than Mr. Bad Guy. Were you a fan of this eerie character or was he one of your nemeses? Have a look at him back in the day below! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Photo collage of actor Ralph Fiennes.


Remember the magic wand shopkeeper? He was none other than, Garrick Ollivander who was portrayed by John Hurt. The star was pivotal in the film as he shows us all how Harry connects to the villain, Voldemort. Sadly this legend passed away back in 2017, leaving his great skills etched into film history forever. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / An image collage of the actor John Hurt.


Michael Gambon had one of the most important roles within the entire Harry Potter series. He was to bring Albus Dumbledore to life. A fun fact about this veteran star? He never read the books, merely looked at the script, and went for it! Things went swimmingly well in the first 2 films but then, the actor, unfortunately, passed away. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / An image collage of the actor, Michael Gambon. 


When Richard Harris stepped up to the plate to playing Dumbledore 2.0, many fans wondered if he would live up to the first great actor's reputation. And of course, the veteran star did! This legendary actor gave his best and his last jobs and performances to this franchise. Sadly he died a mere month before one of the film premiers. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Actor Richard Harris.


If you bumped into Robbie Coltrane on the side of the road you might not recognize him for his fantastic role as Rubeus Hagrid in Harry Potter. The role of a loving giant shot this actor to fame and still marks a major highlight in his career. Fans around the world adored his soft and gentle nature and we can thank J. K. Rowling for personally choosing this perfect star.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Actor Robbie Coltrane from the Harry Potter series.

Robbie was also let in on a few secrets which helped him understand his role even more! Fans now want more people to be like this star's kind character, saying "May I just add that while we here at Potterwatch applaud Hagrid’s spirit, we would urge even the most devoted of Harry’s supporters against following Hagrid’s lead." We agree! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / The actor Robbie Coltrane at an event.


Brendan Gleeson was the amazing yet quirky and crazy Alastor, aka “Mad-Eye Moody.” Didn't he just perfect the role of a terrifying figure? At first, you fear him because of his visible scars but soon it becomes clear, he is an absolute gem! With all of his intense make-up, you may not even recognize this star as he looks today, let alone how it looked years ago. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Actor Brendan Gleeson.


This little lady played the role of Ron Weasley's mom and always had her hand's full thanks to her six kids. Her character was always sweet and she became a true fan-fave over the years. Not only was she a mother to Ron and his siblings but a mother figure and symbol to many of the saga's watchers and readers. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / The actress Julie Walter.


Gary Oldman was responsible for bringing us danger and entanglement. He's starred as Sirius Black and certainly did a fantastic job on the screen. You may also know him for his role in Darkest Hour. For his amazing talent, he has bagged an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Wow! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Image collage of the actor, Gary Oldman.


Ah, the legendary actress, Emma Thompson, she's been in the movie after movie and we keep wanting more. There are few genres she has not dazzled and for the Harry Potter saga, she took on the incredible character of Sybil Trelawney. As the ditsy professor of Divination, could we ever ask for a better-suited fit? We think not!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Award winning actress, Emma Thompson.

Can you believe just how much she has transformed over the years? From a young starlet to a mature veteran legend, she keeps getting better like a fine wine!  Britain can be proud of her work and numerous awards such as two Academy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, three BAFTA Awards, and two Golden Globe Awards - way to go, Emma! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Actress Emma Thompson at an event.


The original disciplinarian, Professor Umbridge, no-nonsense got past her! Very few of the wizards in this series were fans of her and the strict rules she enforced. Yet, we can't help but find the actress behind this role extremely adorable. What was your favorite Imelda movie thus far? 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Actress Imelda Staunton.


Possibly one of Hogwarts’s most endearing characters, this watchman was unforgettable. Argus Filch and his cat made us smile often thanks to his eerie role. We adored watching David Bradley in this role as he hurried along with the mischievous students such as the Weasley twins. The films would not have been the same without his finishing touch, that's for sure! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / The actor David Bradley.

You may also know him thanks to his roles as Walder Frey in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, and Abraham Setrakian in the FX horror series The Strain. However, his most memorable role will always be linked to Harry Potter and the halls of Hogwarts! He and Ron Weasley may not have gotten along on-screen but they surely did off of it! 

Image Credits: Getty Images / The actors, David Bradley and Rupert Grint.

Wow, what an incredible trip down Hogwarts memory lane! Who knew that these stars had evolved so much over their years in the limelight. Do you have a Harry Potter character fave? Leave us your comments and let us know which characters you would add to our list of incredible transformations. 

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