Welcome to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Please take off your cloaks and put away your wands and brooms! One of the bestselling series of novels in the world with over 450 million copies sold, the Harry Potter books quickly overshadowed popular series like Goosebumps, the Berenstein Bears and Sweet Valley High by at least 100 million copies despite each of them having at least five dozen books. Talk about incredible!
Naturally, the success of J.K. Rowling’s books set the stage for a film adaptation where the ten novels were transformed into a series of eight movies released between 2001 and 2011 that grossed nearly $8 billion at the box office. To put its incredible success into perspective, Harry Potter became the highest grossing series until Star Wars: The Force Awakens brought the intergalactic tale back to the top of the list four years later in 2015.
With Harry Potter fans around the world taking sides when it comes to Hogwarts’ famed Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff houses, the pop culture success of the series is absolutely groundbreaking not only for Rowling but for the actors as well. But, outside of Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, which other actors joined the world of Hogwarts for a little magic? From small roles and cameos to uncredited appearances, take a look at 24 stars you never noticed were in the Harry Potter movies. Will you recognize them? Let’s find out!