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Life after ‘Harry Potter’

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By Los Angeles Times Staff

Can you grow out of being Harry Potter, beloved boy wizard, hero to billions of children? Unfortunately, you can, if you’re not just a glint in J.K. Rowling’s eye, a vision of her imagination. If you’re actually flesh and blood like Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry on-screen for ten years, mortality is a given. But, as Robert Pattinson has proven with “Twilight,” there is life after “Harry Potter.” (Associated Press)
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Harry Potter: Daniel Radcliffe

To borrow a line from Flaubert, “Moi, Je suis Harry.” The saying might be Daniel Radcliffe’s rallying cry, but there’s more to Radcliffe than a wizard with a scar. Radcliffe famously bared his buns on both the West End and Broadway in a restaging of “Equus,” Peter Shaffer’s play about a stable boy’s psycho-religious fascination with horses and the psychiatrist who tries to help him. He’s also appeared in the Australian film “The December Boys” (pictured), as Rudyard Kipling‘s son in the TV movie “My Son Jack,” and as a randy version of himself in “Extras.”

In 2011, Radcliffe starred in the Broadway revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” then took on the role of a young lawyer named Arthur Kipps in the ghost story “The Woman in Black.” He then was slated for the role of Dan Eldon in “The Journey is the Destination,” and has since filmed a TV series “A Young Doctor’s Notebook.” There is much more in his future. (Lisa Tomasetti / Warner Independent Pictures)
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Hermione Granger: Emma Watson

Who plays the voice of Princess Pea in the animated movie “The Tales of Despereaux” (pictured)? It’s the brainy, balmy, dulcet tones of Hermione Granger. Watson has also appeared in the BBC TV movie “Ballet Shoes” about three girls growing up in 1930s London. Despite filming two more “Potter” films, she opted to attend college. Now, Watson is living in the United States having attended Brown University. She filmed “My Week With Marilyn” in 2011, and takes on a co-starring role in 2012’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” (The Weinstein Co.)
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Ron Weasley: Rupert Grint

Grint starred opposite Laura Linney and Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley in the Potter series) in 2006’s “Driving Lessons,” a kind of British version of “Harold and Maude” about the unlikely friendship between a shy vicar’s son and an aging actress. His role as assassin Bill Nighy’s apprentice in “Wild Target” (pictured) debuted in fall 2010, but Grint now has at least 7 films at various stages of production or distribution. (Jay Maidment / Sony Pictures Classics)
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Draco Malfoy: Tom Felton

His horror film “The Disappearance” debuted at Screamfest in Hollywood, and Felton, who perfected the villainous Malfoy’s sneer (pictured here in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”), has also raced ostriches and swam with sharks for the British reality series “Jack Osbourne Celebrity Adrenaline Junkie.” His latest project, a thriller called “The Apparition,” pairs him with “Twilight” star Ashley Greene. He also made a memorable appearance in 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
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Cedric Diggory: Robert Pattinson

There’s certainly life after death for Cedric Diggory, the comely Hogwarts champ who was so cruelly slain by Peter Pettigrew in the Little Hangleton graveyard in " “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” In fact, there’s eternal life for his screen interpreter Robert Pattinson in his new incarnation as the Adonis-like vegetarian vampire Edward Cullen in the box-office phenomenon " Twilight” (pictured). When he’s not busy making girls swoon, Pattinson is busy working. Post “Potter,” he’s appeared in movies like “How to Be,” “Little Ashes,” “Remember Me,” “Water for Elephants” and “Cosmopolis.” (Peter Sorel / Summit Entertainment)
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Fleur Delacour: Clemence Poesy

Fleur Delacour is the Beauxbatons Academy’s champion who competes in the Triwizard Tournament in " Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” The actress played Frenchwoman Posey and romanced Colin Farrell in the Golden Globe-nominated hit man comedy “In Bruges” (pictured), and portrayed Natasha Rostov in the miniseries “War and Peace.” She stars opposite Jim Sturgess in the thriller “Heartless” and has a small role in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours.” Poesy also appeared with Rupert Friend and Forest Whitaker in the 2010 drama “Lullaby for Pi” before taking on some non-recurring TV roles.

 (Focus Features)
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Colin Creevy: Hugh Mitchell

In “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” young Colin Creevy worships Harry Potter, and drives our hero nuts trying to get his picture. Hugh Mitchell went on to star as the young version of the crazed monk Silas in “The Da Vinci Code,” and the young version of Nicholas Nickleby in the film of the same name. Mitchell also appeared in the film “Waking the Dead” and the recent TV version of “Henry VIII.” He also plays drums for the alternative rock band the Craving. (Warner Bros.)
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Viktor Krum: Stanislav Ianevski

You haven’t seen the last of Viktor Krum, the Bulgarian Quidditch champion who takes Hermione to the Yule Ball in " Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (pictured). He had a small part in the gore-fest “Hostel 2,” a role in the thriller “Resistance” and recurs on the TV series “Pod prikritie.” (Murray Close / Warner Bros. Pictures)
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J.K. Rowling wrote “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” as a single mum on the dole. Seven books, 4,100 pages and a blockbuster film series later, she’s one of the wealthiest authors on the planet -- worth more than $900 million. She’s venturing into the adult world with her novel “The Casual Vacancy.” (Daiel Deme / EPA)
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