For those who have been living under a rock for the last few years, Robert Pattinson is a British actor, musician, and film director who rose to fame for his role as Cedric Diggory in the Harry Potter films, but he has also had minor roles in films like Animal Kingdom and Waterworld, as well as played the lead in the comedy series The Good Die Young.
While he is most recognizable for his work in Harry Potter, Pattinson has been busy working on other projects too. Aside from directing the upcoming horror film THE WALRUS, he has also had bit parts in the Hunger Games series and the Divergent series, both of which he plays the young adult versions of their core characters. So let’s take a look at all the characters that Pattinson played before he became too famous to pass as an extra:
In the Harry Potter books, Fred is described as a chubby wizard who is the best in his class and one of the top students at Hogwarts. While it is true that Pattinson is a chubby wizard who is one of the best in his class, he is not necessarily the “chubby” Fred Weasley. He was born in 1982, which makes him 23 years old in the movies. If you compare his weight in real life to his weight as a teen, you’ll see that he actually became pretty slim as he got older. But for the most part, he remained a happy, chubby schoolboy.
While he’s most famous for playing Harry Potter, the role that launched his acting career, Pattinson actually started out playing Fred in the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In that play, he performed alongside his co-stars (and real-life wife) Rebecca Ferguson and Alan Rickman. The role made him a household name in the UK, and ultimately, landed him a role in the eponymous Harry Potter franchise. The Cursed Child premiered in London in 2016, and due to its critical and commercial success, it was decided that the trio would reunite for another play. So far, there’s no word on whether or not the fourth installment will include a role for Pattinson.
The headmaster of Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films is Albus Dumbledore, played to perfection by Michael Caine. Caine died in late 2018, which was a major blow to the Harry Potter fandom, as he was the last remaining actor from the original Harry Potter series. However, because Caine died before the release of the final Harry Potter film, his role was portrayed by other actors: Kevin Guthrie in the unfinished film, and by Robert Pattinson in the televised special, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. While Caine was an amazing Dumbledore, his portrayal was not representative of the headmaster as written by the author J.K. Rowling. In the books, Dumbledore describes himself as being overweight, but he’s actually a very slim man.
The character of Dumbledore was always one of my favorite literary characters, especially after seeing how he aged in the films. It was such a joy to see Michael Caine play such a wise and interesting character. And not just Caine: the entire ensemble cast did an amazing job portraying this iconic character. It is definitely one of the highlights of the Harry Potter series.
Another character who went on to have a successful acting career is Remus Lupin, played by James Callis. Callis is a British actor who has played various roles in TV series, as well as in several Harry Potter films. Lupin is one of the founders of the Magical Congress of the United States of America, or the MACUSA for short. While the role of Lupin is not stated in the books, he is presented as a very loving and supportive father figure to Harry, who he looks up to and respects as a mentor. He is a brilliant wizard and a renowned bookworm. Much like Dumbledore, Callis’ portrayal of Lupin was not very representative of what was described in the books. Lupin was described in the first book as having ginger hair and a full and bushy beard, and he is often shown with a neatly trimmed mustache. While he does have ginger hair and a full and bushy beard in the films, he does not have a mustache.
Another character who has had a very successful acting career is Draco Malfoy, played by Tom Hardy. Unlike most of the other characters on this list, Malfoy is actually described in the books as being a skinny little runt. He doesn’t particularly like children, and he’s certainly not the sweet schoolboy type. But he does respect authority, and he’s pretty bright. It’s clear from his dialogue in the films that he aspires to be more like Dumbledore than like the other boys in his family. Unfortunately, Hardy’s portrayal of Draco Malfoy is the exact opposite of what I just described him as being: he is a chubby, obnoxious child who only respects his own family and is exceptionally cruel and arrogant.
Draco’s father, Lucius Malfoy, is played by Richard Griffiths. Like Hardy’s Draco, Richard Griffiths is another incredibly capable actor who has had a successful career in films. However, his portrayal of Lucius is different from Hardy’s in that it is much closer to the real-life description that Rowling gave of the character in the books. In the Harry Potter films, Lucius is described as a portly man who is very fond of his wine and cigar. While he is shown in the films with a full head of hair, Griffiths has mostly gray hair, and he does have a paunch. It is clear that he wants to be more like Hardy’s character than like how he is described in the books. I suppose it is fitting that the two most recognized actors for their parts as Harry’s greatest enemies are also closely resembling each other. While they are both talented actors, I’m certain that their parts in Harry Potter will be hard to top.
Nymphadora “Nadie” Winslow
Like most girls in school, Harry’s love interest Nadie is best friends with Fleur Delacour. In the books, this friendship is presented as a bit of an unequal partnership; Nadie is described as being “very pretty” and an “only child”, while Fleur is “charming and popular” and has “eight elder sisters”. But in the films, their friendship is portrayed as a more equal one, at least on Nadie’s side. While she is still described as being “very pretty” in the film’s adaptation, she is played by non-binary actress Alexandra Debicki, who is neither male nor female. As someone who does not identify as a typical boy or girl, Debicki’s performance as Nadie is truly spectacular, and it is clear that she has put much thought and effort into her character.
Finally, let’s not forget about the excellent performance of Mark Addy in the role of Sergeant Kettleblack. Most of you know who he is, as he plays the father of River and Holly in the Harry Potter films. But beyond River and Holly, Addy has played various other roles in other films and TV shows, including Prisoner of Zenda, the Lord of the Rings, and Black Sails. While he does not necessarily fit the typical mold of what a sergeant should look like, his performance as Kettleblack is nothing short of superb, and he has truly earned his stripes.
I can’t think of a single other character that has been as well-rounded and as successful as these four actors. It’s clear that with each new installment of the franchise, the filmmakers have found ways to improve upon their acting abilities, but they have never really strayed too far from what made them famous in the first place: the four Harry Potter films are amazing piece of cinema, and it’s an honor to have been able to discuss these four cinematic achievements with you all.