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Page in progress: updated 11/15/02
Ah, yes, it's that time again. Updated and overhauled from last year: You know you've seen these actors before... but where?

The kids
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Stats: English, 13; 8 IMDB credits
Other films: The Tailor of Panama, David Copperfield
Coming soon: Uh... Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban  (2004)
Did you know? Radcliffe was accosted this year by a teenage girl wearing nothing but a towel and a sign that said, "Nothing Comes Between Me and Harry Potter!"

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
Stats: English, 12; 4 IMDB credits
Other films: None so far
Coming soon: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Stats: English, 13; 5 IMDB credits
Other films: Thunderpants (2002)

The Hogwarts staff
Richard Harris (Professor Albus Dumbledore)
Stats: Irish, died last month at the age of 71; 80 IMDB credits
Memorable roles (deep breath): The Guns of Navarone, Mutiny on the Bounty, This Sporting Life, Camelot, Cromwell, The Molly Maguires, A Man Called Horse, Robin and Marian, The Field, Patriot Games, Unforgiven, Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
More recent roles: Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, Abraham, Cry the Beloved Country, Smilla's Sense of Snow, The Hunchback, The Count of Monte Cristo
Coming soon: My Kingdom, which looks like it may draw posthumous accolades.
Did you know? You can find the Best. Richard. Harris. Story. Ever. at the bottom of our 10/25/02 news page.

Maggie Smith (Professor Minerva McGonagall) 
Stats: English, 68; 59 IMDB credits
Memorable roles: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Travels with My Aunt, Death on the Nile, Murder by Death, California Suite, Clash of the Titans, A Room with a View, Richard III, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Gosford Park
More recent roles: Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, David Copperfield, The Last September, Tea with Mussolini, Washington Square, First Wives Club, Sister Act 1 & 2, The Secret Garden, Hook
Coming Soon: The Roman Spring of Mrs Stone (TV remake); My House in Umbria
Did you know? Earlier this year, Smith was quoted as saying of her Oscar, "If  it's a value of 'does it help you get further work?', which is what it's meant to do, it certainly hasn't done that for me. I think it depends on exactly where you are in your career when it happens to you. ... I don't think it did me any good. But then I think it goes back to the fact that I'm not a movie star. It may help some ravishing creature of 20, but I never was that."

Kenneth Branagh
(Professor Gilderoy Lockhart)
Stats: British (Northern Ireland), 42; 68 IMDB credits
As actor/director: Twelfth Night (TV), Henry V, Dead Again, Peter's Friends, Swan Song, Much Ado About Nothing, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, A Midwinter's Tale, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost
Other films: Swing Kids, Othello, Looking for Richard, The Gingerbread Man, The Theory of Flight, Celebrity, The Proposition, Wild Wild West, The Road to El Dorado, Conspiracy, Shackleton
Coming Soon: Rabbit-Proof Fence, The Tramp and the Dictator (recently on TCM), Alien Love Triangle (no, really)

Alan Rickman
(Professor Severus Snape)
Stats: English, 56; 30 IMDB credits
Other films: Die Hard, Truly Madly Deeply, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Bob Roberts, Mesmer, An Awfully Big Adventure, Sense and Sensibility, Lumière and Company, Dogma, Galaxy Quest, Blow Dry, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
As director: The Winter Guest
Coming soon: Love Actually, Standing Room Only

Robbie Coltrane (gameskeeper Rubeus Hagrid)
Stats: Scottish, 52; 63 IMDB credits
Other films: Krull, Mona Lisa, Henry V, The Pope Must Die (remember that one? They had to retitle it "The Pope Must Diet" after there was an outcry?), The Adventures of Huck Finn, the "Cracker" TV series, Goldeneye, Buddy, Alice in Wonderland (TV), The World Is Not Enough, From Hell, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Coming soon: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Did you know? Coltrane had to give up a role on "The West Wing" because of schedule conflicts with Prisoner of Azkaban.

Warwick Davis (Professor Filius Flitwick)
Stats: English, 32; 26 IMDB credits
Other films (deep breath): Return of the Jedi, Labyrinth, Willow, "Prince Caspian and the Voyage of the Dawn Treader" (TV), "The Silver Chair" (TV), Leprechaun, Leprechaun 2, Leprechaun 3, Gulliver's Travels, Leprechaun 4: In Space, Prince Valiant, A Very Unlucky Leprechaun, Episode I: The Phantom Menace, "The 10th Kingdom" (TV), Leprechaun in the Hood, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, "Snow White: The Fairest of the Them All" (TV)
Coming soon: Skinned Deep
Did you know? Davis played not only Flitwick in the first Harry Potter film, but also the "Goblin Bank Teller."

Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout)
Stats: English, 61; 74 IMDB credits
Other films: Yentl, Electric Dreams, A Little Princess (TV), Poor Little Rich Girl (TV), I Love You to Death, Pacific Heights, Dead Again, The Butcher's Wife, As You Like It, Stalin (TV), The Age of Innocence, Ed and His Dead Mother (no, really), Immortal Beloved, Cold Comfort Farm, Babe (voice of Fly the sheepdog), Balto, Romeo + Juliet, The Long Way Home, Mulan, Babe: Pig in the City, "Vanity Fair" (TV), Sunshine, End of Days
Coming soon: The Water Warriors
Did you know? Margolyes had an uncredited cameo as "Faye Barringer, mother who shot son Sydney" in P.T. Anderson's Magnolia.

John Cleese (Nearly Headless Nick)
Stats: English, 63; 130 IMDB credits
Memorable films and TV work: "Monty Python's Flying Circus," And Now for Something Completely Different, "Fawlty Towers," Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, The Great Muppet Caper, Time Bandits, Monty Python's the Meaning of Life, Silverado, A Fish Called Wanda, The Big Picture
More recent films: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, The Jungle Book, The Wind in the Willows, Fierce Creatures, George of the Jungle, The Out-of-Towners, The World Is Not Enough, Isn't She Great, Rat Race, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Coming soon: Die Another Day, Scorched, Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle, Shrek 2
Did you know? Cleese is sometimes credited as "John Otto Cleese," "Kim Bread," and "Nigel Farquhar-Bennett."

Gemma Jones (Madam Poppy Pomfrey)
Stats: English, 60; 38 IMDB credits
Other films: The Return of the Borrowers, Feast of July, Sense and Sensibility (with Alan Rickman), Jane Eyre (TV), Wilde, The Theory of Flight (with Kenneth Branagh), The Winslow Boy, Longitude (TV), Bridget Jones' Diary (with Shirley Henderson), Sin noticias de Dios (No News from God)
Coming soon: Shanghai Knights, as Queen Victoria

David Bradley (Argus Filch)
Stats: 26 IMDB credits
Other films: "Vanity Fair" (TV; with Miriam Margolyes), The King Is Alive, Blow Dry (with Alan Rickman), Gabriel and Me, Crossings, Pas de Trois, The Intended

The classmates and their families
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
Stats: British (?), 15; 6 IMDB credits
Other films: The Borrowers, Second Sight, Anna and the King, Second Sight 2, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy, Draco's father)
Stats: English, 39; 35 IMDB credits
Other films: The Tall Guy, Shopping, Dragonheart, Event Horizon, Armageddon, Soldier, End of the Affair, Resident Evil, Windtalkers, The Tuxedo
Coming soon: Resident Evil: Nemesis (cameo), Peter Pan (Mr. Darling/Captain Hook)
Did you know? Despite rumors to the contrary, Isaacs has said he is not, in fact, in the upcoming movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Also: He says that his Peter Pan commitments would prevent him from playing Malfoy in Prisoner of Azkaban, but that he would be happy to play him in Goblet of Fire. Nothing is official yet, though (so pay no attention to the IMDB on those two).

Oliver Phelps (George Weasley)
Stats: English, 16; 2 IMDB credits (the Harry Potter films)

James Phelps (Fred Weasley)
Stats: English, 16; 2 IMDB credits (the Harry Potter films)

Did you know?
The Phelps brothers are twins; Oliver is the elder by by about 15 minutes.

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
Stats: 3 IMDB credits
Other films: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Stranded (TV)

Julie Walters (Mrs. Weasley)
Stats: English, 52; 65 IMDB credits
Other films: Educating Rita, Dreamchild, Prick Up Your Ears, Buster, Mack the Knife (with Richard Harris), Sister My Sister, Billy Elliot, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Murder (TV), Before You Go
Did you know? Julie Walters and Emma Thompson joined the Baby Milk Action boycott campaign against Nestle, which was trying to convince Third-World mothers to stop breastfeeding and start using its powdered formulas.

Mark Williams (Mr. Weasley)

Stats: English, 43; 33 IMDB credits
Other films: Sommersby, 101 Dalmatians, The Borrowers, Shakespeare in Love, "Gormenghast" (TV), High Heels and Low Lifes, Shackleton (with Kenneth Branagh), Anita and Me

Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle)
Stats: Scottish, 36; 21 IMDB credits
Other films: Clarissa (TV), Rob Roy, Trainspotting, Wonderland, Topsy-Turvy, The Claim, Bridget Jones' Diary (with Gemma Jones), 24 Hour Party People, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
Coming soon: The Girl in the Red Dress, American Cousins

Sean Biggerstaff (Gryffindor captain Oliver Wood)
Stats: Scottish, 19; 4 IMDB credits
Other films: "The Crow Road" (TV), The Winter Guest (with Alan Rickman), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Hugh Mitchell (Colin Creevey)
Stats: 2 IMDB credits
Coming soon: Nicholas Nickleby

Christian Coulson (Tom Marvolo Riddle)
Stats: English, 24; 5 IMDB credits
TV work: "Love in a Cold Climate," "Weirdsister College," "The Forsyte Saga"
Coming soon: Hornblower and the Hotspur (Horatio Hornblower 3)

Fiona Shaw (Aunt Petunia Dursley)
Stats: Irish, 44; 29 IMDB credits
Other films: My Left Foot, Mountains of the Moon, Three Men and a Little Lady, London Kills Me, Hedda Gabler, Super Mario Bros. (no, really), Undercover Blues, Persuasion, Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, The Butcher Boy, The Avengers, The Last September, RKO 281, "Gormenghast" (TV), The Triumph of Love

Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon Dursley)
Stats: English, 55; 46 IMDB credits
Other films: Superman II, Breaking Glass, Chariots of Fire, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Gandhi, Gorky Park, Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Shanghai Surprise, Withnail and I, King Ralph (no, really; with Julian Glover), Naked Gun 2-1/2, Blame It on the Bellboy, Guarding Tess, Sleepy Hollow, Gormenghast, Vatel (with Julian Glover)

Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley)
Stats: English, 13; 2 IMDB credits (the Harry Potter films)

Other characters

Toby Jones (voice of Dobby the house elf)
Stats: English, 35; 16 IMDB credits
Other films: Orlando, Naked, Les Misérables, Cousin Bette, Ever After, Simon Magus, "Aristocrats" (TV), Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Hotel Splendide

Julian Glover (voice of Aragog)
Stats: English, 67; 77 IMDB credits
Other films: Tom Jones, The Empire Strikes Back, For Your Eyes Only, "Ivanhoe" (TV), Heat and Dust, "The Secret Garden" (TV), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, King Ralph (no, really; with Richard Griffiths), Vatel (with Richard Griffiths)
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