It’s been 20 years since Twentieth Century Fox released the original Deathly Hallows, and during that time, the Harry Potter franchise has grown from strength to strength. The latest film in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, became a worldwide blockbuster upon its July 2016 release, notching up an impressive $850 million at the box office and spawning numerous ‘Best Of’ lists in the process.
The films’ enduring appeal is undoubtedly due to their unrivalled combination of special effects, compelling story lines, and, above all else, the performances of their stars, Robert Eggers for Harry Potter and Robert Pattinson for the Cursed Child.
Here, we examine how these two actors have aged and where they rank in the all-time greats, based on their work over the last two decades.
The Early Years: From Harry Potter to The Rover
Robert Eggers began his acting career in 1994 in the TV series Troy Junior, which was followed by roles in the films Troy and Wilderness. The following year, he was cast in the Harry Potter film series, playing Rolf Weatherby in Hedwig’s Game and Albus Dumbledore in the first three films. In 2001, Eggers returned for the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and also narrated the animated adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He reprised his role as Dumbledore in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 2, and also appeared in two more films, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Eggers has gone on to appear in numerous other films and TV shows, while also providing the voices of several characters in video games. In 2014, he portrayed serial killer Ted Bundy in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Green Mile, and in October 2017, he began playing Cal Evans, the husband of Mavis, in the CBS All-Star drama series Magnum P.I. It seems that Eggers’ career has been varied and extremely successful, so much so that he is often referred to as ‘the modern-day Marlon Brando’.
On The Road To Stardom
While Eggers has successfully settled into an acting career, his younger co-star, Robert Pattinson, has enjoyed a spectacular rise to fame, both on and off-screen. The openly gay actor made his debut in 1999, starring in the movie Galileo’s Daughter, and since then he has gone on to appear in a wealth of films and TV shows, including The Lost Boys, The Rover, Kasichu Babies, Goodbye Christopher Robin, and most recently, the 2017 Academy Award-winning film, The Shape of Water, which marked the actor’s first appearance in a Disney film. He also starred in the fantasy adventure series Valerio alongside Kristen Stewart and has gone on to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, playing the villainous Erik Spellman in the 2016 film Doctor Strange.
Pattinson’s filmography includes a wealth of indie productions, as well as high-profile studio films. However, it is his work in the independent realm that has undoubtedly secured his place in film history. In particular, his portrayal of troubled social outcast Edward Cullen in the Twilight series has become one of the most iconic on-screen performances of all time.
While Harry Potter has been a consistent source of income for both actors, their other projects have helped to stoke their bank accounts as well as their status as Hollywood stars. In total, the two actors have amassed a combined fortune of approximately £50 million, which they have donated to numerous charitable causes, including Comic Relief and the National Autistic Society.
In 2018 alone, the Harry Potter series was responsible for a whopping £85.7 million in box office revenue and, according to Box Office Mojo, has now sold over 500 million copies worldwide.
This makes it the best-selling film series of all time and the biggest-grossing film franchise of all time, notched up only by the Harry Potter spin-off films and the ‘Hunger Games’ series. While Robert Eggers and Robert Pattinson’s individual filmographies include a wealth of popular and critically-acclaimed productions, it is their work in the Harry Potter films that has truly established them as modern-day gods. In addition to winning numerous awards, including a BAFTA, an OBE, and an AFI Fellowship, the series has sold over 16 million copies in Australia alone and was ranked No. 16 on the list of the 50 greatest films of all time in a 2012 Sight & Sound poll.