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25 Times The HP Cast Was Actually Spotted In The Muggle World

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was originally published in 1997. Four years later, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Inc. released a screen adaptation of J.K. Rowlings wildly popular books, starring three young actors that were catapulted into the hearts and minds of fans and readers around the globe. The movie starred Daniel Radcliffe as 'the Boy Who Lived', Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley. Since then, a total of eight Harry Potter movies have been released, giving fans of the Harry Potter series a fantasy world in which to escape, as well as a sense of adventure, loyalty, and even travel!

Radcliffe, Watson, and Grint are all grown up now, and although they have distinct careers, they are all still very much in the limelight. Radcliffe and Watson, in particular, have traversed the world after Harry Potter, promoting various projects and charities. We’ve put together a few behind the scenes images, reminders of the magic of movie making, as well as candid photos depicting former Harry Potter actors as they travel the globe for both business and pleasure. Alas, none of the travel methods in Harry Potter are real—portkey, enchanted cars, flying carriages, apparating, Floo Network—so they’ll have to settle for regular muggle transport.

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25 A Nature Break Between Scenes

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Though a large part of filming takes places in a studio, the on-set location is inevitable. Movie schedules can be challenging, however, which is why it’s important for actors to take a break from time to time. While filming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, who play Hermione, Harry and Ron—and still remain in touch, according to hellomagazine.com—went for a walk to relax and enjoy the background scenery while the movie crew set up the next shot.

24 Daniel Radcliffe - Arriving At Salt Lake City, Utah

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Though he will probably always be known as Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, Daniel Radcliffe has proven he’s quite the accomplished actor. In between the eight movies, but especially after, he hasn’t wasted the opportunity to try something new and different from his role in the franchise. From movies and publicity junkets, to stage productions and even a Public Service Announcements for LGBTQ youths in crisis, Radcliffe frequently travels around the world. Shown here at Salt Lake City International Airport in Utah, Radcliffe rushes through the crowd to get to the Sundance Film Festival.

23 Emma Watson Travels From Brown University

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Emma Watson—who portrayed Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie franchise—took classes at Oxford University, in England, while still filming. In 2009, Watson began her studies at Brown University, an Ivy League school in Providence, Rhode Island. She may have taken a gap year in 2011 but still graduated in 2014, with a major in English literature. Through it all, the ambitious Watson, much like her character, juggled studies, traveling back and forth between school breaks, her acting career, and personal life. Too bad she couldn’t borrow a Time-Turner from the Ministry of Magic.

22 Tom Felton With His Guitar

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In the wizarding world created by J. K. Rowling, adapted to film by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc., young actor Tom Felton played the rich and spoiled Draco Malfoy. Like his young costars, Felton became an adult over the course of 8 films. Now, in the muggle world, 31-year-old Felton has a long list of accomplishments. He has spread his creative wings and gone beyond film and television, into music. Recently, he appeared in a music video for Empty Space, a song by James Arthur. Felton jets all over the world with his trusty acoustic guitar and has even played in the streets of Prague, for unsuspecting passersby.

21 Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson Stunt Doubles - Behind The Scenes

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Every Harry Potter movie has a team of professionals. Each of them is as important to the success of overall production. Key among that team is a special breed: the stunt double. Though some of the actors perform their own stunts, there are scenes that require an expert. It was no different for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Here, the stunt doubles for Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Imelda Staunton—who portrayed Dolores Umbridge—share a laugh before a confrontational scene in the Forbidden Forest.

20 Bonnie Wright With James And Oliver Phelps

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In the Harry Potter movie franchise, Ginny Weasley, played by Bonnie Wright, may have been the youngest of the wizard family but she held her ground, especially with prankster, older twin brothers, Fred, and George, played by James and Oliver Phelps. The Phelps reunited with their move sister, Wright, for a visit to the opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida. On their mini-Weasley reunion, the Phelps and Wright toured the various attractions and with Thierry Coup and Alan Gilmore (not shown). During their visit, the Phelps brothers and Wright took a moment to enjoy the details on a replica of The Knight Bus.

19 Rupert Grint and Georgia Groome In New York City

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Rupert Grint, the lovable redhead who plays Ronald Weasley and Harry Potter’s best friend in all eight Harry Potter films, keeps a low profile. However, like his co-stars, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson, Rupert has been busy filming various television shows and movies, most recently as Daniel Glass in Sick Note, Charlie Cavendish in Snatch, and Inspector Chrome in The ABC Murders. When he’s not filming, Rupert enjoys some downtime in the company of long-term girlfriend, Georgia Groome, shown here in New York City’s trendy SoHo in the fall of last year.

18 Emma Watson - At Wimbledon

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When she’s not traveling the globe, Emma Watson enjoys reading a good book then leaving them for others to discover. Sometimes in the most unexpected of places! Watson also enjoys attending local events while in London, and much like Hermione Granger—the role she plays in the Harry Potter movie franchise—she enjoys spectator sports. Hermione might enjoy cheering on the Gryffindor team in Quidditch matches but Watson is an avid tennis fan. Shown here at the Ladies’ Singles Finals at Wimbledon this past summer, the ever-fashionable Watson is a perfect example of life imitating art.

17 Rupert Grint and Oliver Phelps - At Wimbledon

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After wrapping up the final installment of the Harry Potter movie franchise in 2011—Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2—the Daily Mail reports that for Grint, saying goodbye to his co-stars “was a huge wrench.” Playing Ron Weasley was a huge part of Grint’s life and always will be. But he didn’t go it alone. Along the way, Grint gained millions of fans and established solid friendships. One of these was Oliver Phelps, who played Ron’s brother, George. Seated together at Wimbledon, Grint and Phelps enjoyed a watching Andy Roddick and Feliciano Lopez. It might not have been the Quidditch World Cup but it was reputed to be an intense match nonetheless.

16 Cast Of Harry Potter At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter

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Just before Universal Orlando Resort opened The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in 2010, costars Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, James and Oliver Phelps and Matthew Lewis toured the exciting theme park with Thierry Coup, Senior Vice President of Universal Creative, and Alan Gilmore, Art Director of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Harry Potter films. They immersed themselves in the interactive environment and delighted in the detailed iconic replicas of the magical world. One can only hope the actors were as full of wonder and adventure as the rest of us muggles when we first watched Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom and Fred and George Weasley, upon enter the Hogwarts castle for the first time.

15 Daniel Radcliffe - Heathrow Airport, London

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Travel always becomes a part of an actor’s life, especially if that actor is Daniel Radcliffe, a man with a busy life and an even busier schedule. Though he might travel with a friend or companion, he just as frequently is witnessed traveling alone. Shown here at London’s Heathrow Airport, Radcliffe appears to be a bit harried. Then again, London traffic is among the most congested in the world. Too bad there’s no such thing as a Floo Network or an enchanted vehicle to jet Radcliffe around the world!

14 Order Of The Phoenix - Behind The Scenes

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In Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, Lord Voldemort and his most loyal supporter, Bellatrix Lestrange, battle Harry Potter and Professor Dumbledore at the Ministry of Magic. And while the camera is rolling, you see one of the most excitement duels in the movie franchise. Behind the scenes, however, it’s an entirely different story. Shown here out of character, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon, and Daniel Radcliffe allow us to get a rare glimpse at what is clearly a strong sense of camaraderie while on set.

13 Emma Watson - Paris

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After starring as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise, Emma Watson understands people will no doubt recognize her, regardless of where she goes. It’s never an issue, but every once in a while, Watson likes to kick back and relax. And who can blame her? No one wants to be on stage, or in front of the cameras all the time. So, what’s a star to do without an assist from Harry’s invisibility cloak to hide behind, or a swig of polyjuice potion to disguise herself? Dress down. Wear a cap. Put on some shades and stroll the streets of Paris, where she was born. Watson probably thought she covered her bases but there's no way to disguise that amazing smile.

12 Daniel Radcliffe - Time For Fans

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Daniel Radcliffe, the only child actor with movie experience prior to getting the part of the iconic role in the Harry Potter franchise, is highly critical of his performances. During an appearance on NBC’s The Tonight Show, Starring Jimmy Fallon, the actor confessed he was insecure playing the Boy Who Lived and never really felt “cool.” Still, he’s grateful for the opportunity, just as he appreciates his loyal fans. Here, Radcliffe stops long enough to sign autographs while appearing at the Deauville American Film Festival, in France.

11 Gryffindor First Years

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Almost like magic, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint have grown up before our very eyes. The child actors appear in this photo shortly after being cast to play the lead roles of Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, and Ron Weasley in the first of eight fantasy films, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Based on author J.K. Rowling’s novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the movie franchise is distributed by Warner Brothers, with much of the movie filmed on location through the United Kingdom and at the Warner Brothers Studios in London.

10 Emma Watson Candid

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Emma Watson knows that filming can be hectic. She also knows travel can be just as intense. But that doesn’t mean the Harry Potter star can’t look chic and stylish while rushing through a bustling airport. Spotted by a quick-thinking paparazzi who snapped this candid photo of Watson, one can only imagine that she probably wished wizard travel were real. A quick wave of the wand and…CRACK! She’s apparated where she needs to be. Of course, a bit of Floo Powder would work just as well, or perhaps even a portkey. Alas, she must rely on muggle airplanes.

9 Clearly, Fame Isn't Everything, But Fun Is - Behind The Scenes

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From the very start of the Harry Potter movie franchise, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, it was obvious Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe, and Ron, played by Rupert Grint, would be the best of friends. Just as obvious was the antagonistic relationship between Harry and his potions teacher, Professor Severus Snape, played by Alan Rickman. In this behind-the-scenes moment with Grint and Radcliffe, filmed in the Great Hall, we’re shown another rare moment of camaraderie between the actors and director of The Goblet of Fire. Clear, fame isn't everything but fun is!

8 Matthew Lewis And British Airways Dreamflight

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Matthew Lewis, a native of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England portrayed Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, a loyal and brave but forgetful Gryffindor. Like his co-stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, Lewis has pursued his own career in acting, as well as producing. Aside from his role as Neville, Lewis has appeared on stage and television, most recently in the recurring role of Tom, in Girlfriends. Funnily enough, the show also stars Miranda Richardson, another Harry Potter alum. Lewis, who married Angela Jones in the spring of 2018, is no stranger to charity events. Shown here with the British Airways Dreamflight crew, Lewis met with nearly 200 seriously ill and disabled children, bound for Harry Potter World in Orlando, Florida, for ten days of magical fun.

7 Deathly Hallows Part 1 - Behind The Scenes

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Behind the scenes photos are always fun because, thanks to movie magic, a scene hardly ever appears like a set when we’re watching a film! Shown here with the crew of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, Harry, played by Daniel Radcliffe, and Professor Albus Dumbledore, played by Michael Gambon, apparate in the village of Budleigh Babberton. There, Dumbledore finds Professor Horace Slughorn and attempts to persuade him to come out of retirement in order to teach Defense Against the Dark Arts to the students of Hogwarts.

6 Tom Felton - Selfie With Fans

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Born in Epsom, Surrey, Tom Felton played Draco Malfoy—the spoiled child of a wealthy and prominent, anti-muggle wizard family—in the Harry Potter movie franchise. Sorted into Slytherin House, Malfoy blossoms into a character you love to hate from the very start of the series. In real life, however, Felton is nothing like Malfoy. And just like his former co-stars, this Harry Potter alum still makes time to meet with fans, shake hands, and take selfies, like this picture, taken at the Toronto International Film Festival. Which only proves just how much magic the former child actor still has after wrapping up Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

5 The Malfoys - Behind The Scenes

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As Lucius Malfoy, a key supporter of Lord Voldemort and an influential Ministry of Magic player, actor Jason Isaacs trades in his wand for a mobile phone while on the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In this behind the scenes photo with on-screen wife and son, Narcissa and Draco Malfoy, portrayed by Helen McCrory and Tom Felton, Isaacs seems to be reading or sending a text before filming a battle scene that will take place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

4 Robbie Coltrane - A Break With Rubeus Hagrid

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Filming movies is a lot of work for both, those in front of the camera, and behind. For actors, it can be individually challenging, especially between scenes. Jumping in and out of character isn’t always easy but some, like Robbie Coltrane, at least make it look like fun! Here, the actor who plays Rubeus Hagrid, the groundskeeper at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, takes a coffee break while crew members prep for a scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. And where better to a break than beside a Hagrid mannequin on the set of the Forbidden Forest?

3 Tom Felton And Rupert Grint

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The role of Ronald Weasley will always be a huge part of Rupert Grint’s life, but so will the friends he made while filming the entire series. And no matter how many films, television or stage work Weasley is a part of, the quirky ginger will always find time to support his friends, the way he did for Tom Felton at the premiere of his first movie after Harry Potter. Grint, shown here with Felton—who played the sinister Slytherin, Draco Malfoy—expresses his feelings for the former co-star with a “bromantic” message that will have you gushing.

2 Matthew Lewis and Tom Felton

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As the lovable but forgetful Gryffindor, Neville Longbottom and the spoiled rich kid, Draco Malfoy, you’d think Matthew Lewis and Tom Felton would be enemies, or at the very least conflicted, but nothing could be further from the truth, as this photo proves. Lewis, who played Longbottom, and Felton, who played Malfoy, had a thumping good time at the after party for their last movie together, at the American Museum of Natural History. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 might have been the final chapter of their HP lives but Lewis and Felton still keep in touch. In fact, Teen Vogue reports that the two recently had a mini-reunion in Venice Beach, California. Guess neither of them is going to use the disarming charm, “Expelliarmus!”

1 Helena Bonham Carter - Even Movie Stars Do Their Own Shopping

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Helena Bonham Carter is perhaps one of the UK’s most versatile actors. With a career that spans more than 30 years, Carter landed the role of Bellatrix Lestrange, a slightly deranged witch in the Harry Potter movies. As Narcissa Malfoy’s sister and Draco’s aunt, Lestrange is a staunch supporter of Lord Voldemort and loyal to his every whim. But in the muggle world, the actress balances her career as mother, wife, and actor. It’s times like these Carter probably wishes she had a real working wand to magic up some grub instead of having to do her own shopping at Bristol Farms in West Hollywood. Accio groceries!

Sources: teenvogue.com; imdb.com

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