If you want to talk about a franchise that is practically the textbook definition of the term “pop culture phenomenon,” look no further than Harry Potter
. Starting with the first book in 1997, these characters that were the brainchild of J.K. Rowling spawned seven books and created a legion of millions of fans all over the world almost instantly – and that’s before they started making movies, which grossed billions of dollars at the box office over the course of eight installments.
Fans know that September 1, 2017 marks the date of the “19 years later” epilogue featured as the finale to both the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book and films. In celebration of this Potter milestone, as well as the 20th anniversary of the books and the continuous pop culture impact of the series, we’re looking at how the actors in the film series have evolved in the near 16 years since the first movie premiered.