‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ premiere: Which star aged the best?

Actress Emma Watson attends the "Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2" world premiere in London's Trafalgar Square on July 7.

It can’t be easy casting 10-year-olds for film roles that are meant to last the next decade of their lives. Who could predict which kids will flourish into happy, attractive and well-adjusted young adults, and which will grow into sullen, knobby-kneed disappointments? It’s all blind chance.

Which is why it’s surprising to see how well the Harry Potter stars have grown up since the bright Y2K days in which they were cast. Sure, they had the entire force of a billion-dollar global film franchise invested in keeping them on the straight-and-narrow, but still: very impressive!

Let’s run down how well the “Potter” stars have aged, with some of the cast’s adults thrown in for good measure!

Evanna “Luna Lovegood” Lynch

Lynch didn’t join the series until the fifth film, which is maybe why she looks almost exactly the same as when she started. Of all the kids, she definitely looks the most like a normal girl you’d run into at the pub some time.

Imelda “Dolores Umbridge” Staunton

She started off the series as “Vera Drake” glum, but now she’s Vera Wang glam!  (We’re sorry for that one.)

Alan “Severus Snape” Rickman

Rickman has somehow gotten friendlier-looking as he’s gotten older. Booo! Bring back the icy imperious Rickman of 10 years ago!

Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe

As was foretold by the ancient prophet Chris Columbus back 2001, Radcliffe has magically turned into Elijah Wood.

Helena “Bellatrix Lestrange” Bonham Carter

…while Bonham Carter has gone the way of couples everywhere and slowly morphed into her partner, Tim Burton.

Dame Maggie “Minerva McGonagall” Smith

Maggie Smith doesn’t look a day over 62! (That’s not a joke; she’s 76!)

David “Remus Lupin” Thewlis

Thewlis still looks almost exactly like he did in Mike Leigh’s “Naked” back in 1994, only now he resembles a feral dog less.

Rupert “Ron Weasley” Grint

Let’s be honest: When you cast a kid named “Rupert” in your film in the hopes that he’ll grow up cute, you’re playing with fire. But fortune smiled upon the “Harry Potter” producers … this time.

Bonnie “Ginny Weasley” Wright

How old is Ginny Weasley? Only 20? We’re definitely getting a “Most Beautiful Girl In The Whole Wide Room” thing from her.

Tom “Draco Malfoy” Felton

Draco went from albino greaseball to a skinny-tied mod. In the words of Mike Skinner, “Bit too much fake tan though, but yeah, you score high.”

Emma “Hermione Granger” Watson

Emma Watson. Emma Watson. For those of us born in the late ’80s, Emma Watson has been like your best friend’s younger sister: Cute but totally untouchable, and even more desirable because of it. She held the top spot on every list of this kind made since 2008, but in recent weeks, a dark horse has emerged, and overtaken her just before the finish line…

Matthew “Neville Longbottom” Lewis

There were hints — his long hippie hair in 2005′s “Goblet of Fire” film — that Lewis wasn’t going to grow up to be a chubby nerd, but they soon were squashed under a fat suit and a set of fake teeth for the fifth film. Now free of those cinematic shackles, Lewis is the clear winner of the Harry Potter aging contest. Sorry Emma Watson! If you’re even in New York and need some journalist to console you, just leave your contact information in the comments. (Foolproof plan.)



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures for August…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…