Harry Potter fans go wild as host of stars look unrecognisable

Recognize these guys? Harry Potter fans go wild as host of stars look unrecognizable during reunion in France 20 years after release of the first film

  • Stan Yanevski, who played Bulgarian Quidditch player Viktor Krum, shared a picture with a group of other actors from the franchise
  • The actor appeared on the left side of the picture, beside Hugh Mitchell, who played Gryffindor boy Colin Creevy 
  • In the centre of the shot was Devon Murray, who played Irish student Seamus Finnigan
  • Second from the right was Tolga Safer who was aide to the headmaster of wizarding school Durmstrang in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • On the right of the shot was Sean Biggerstaff, who played Gryffindor Quidditch captain Oliver Wood in two of the movies 
  • Harry Potter fans are eagerly-awaiting the franchise’s 20th Anniversary reunion, which will see the megastars of the movies meet up for a one-off special 

A host of Harry Potter stars looked unrecognisable as they reunited in France on Tuesday 20 years after the release of the first wizard movie sending fans wild. 

Stan Yanevski who played hunky Bulgarian Quidditch player and Hermione’s love interest Viktor Krum, shared a picture with a group of other actors from the franchise.

The star, now 36, – who starred in the fourth film The Goblet of Fire – posted a snap of them all together and wrote in the caption: ‘Catching up in #france!’

Here they are! A host of Harry Potter stars looked unrecognisable as they reunited in France on Tuesday 20 years after the release of the first wizard movie sending fans wild (L-R: Stan Yanevski, Hugh Mitchell, Devon Murray, Tolga Safer and Sean Biggerstaff) 

Caption: Stan Yanevski, who played hunky Bulgarian Quidditch player and Hermione’s love interest Viktor Krum, shared a picture with a group of other actors

Stan appeared on the left side of the picture, beside Hugh Mitchell, 32, who played Gryffindor boy Colin Creevy. 

In the centre of the shot was Devon Murray, 33, who played Irish student Seamus Finnigan. 

Second from the right was Tolga Safer, 39, who was aide to the headmaster of wizarding school Durmstrang in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005.. 

Back then: Stan is pictured left as Victor and Tolga right as the aide to the headmaster of wizarding school Durmstrang in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Then and now: Stan found fame for his role as Viktor and he has also appeared in films like Hostel: Part II and Resistance

On the right of the shot was Sean Biggerstaff, 38, who played Gryffindor Quidditch captain Oliver Wood in two of the movies. 

Fans of the movies went wild in the comments as they began to recognise who was who. 

One wrote: ‘The reunion we all desperately needed!’ 


Throwback! Stan appeared on the left side of the picture, beside Hugh Mitchell, who played Gryffindor boy Colin Creevy (pictured) 


Then and now: Sean Biggerstaff played Gryffindor student Oliver Wood in the films (pictured left in 202’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

Another said: ‘What a wonderful photo, you all look great! What a joy you were able to come together for that convention! You all are awesome!’

A third commented: ‘Awesome pic and all amazing actors!’

Meanwhile a fourth said: ‘Almost didn’t recognise Sean Biggerstaff. I love him as Oliver Wood!’

It comes as Harry Potter fans are eagerly-awaiting the franchise’s 20th Anniversary reunion, which will see the megastars of the movies meet up for a one-off special. 


Grown up: In the centre of the shot was Devon Murray, who played Irish student Seamus Finnigan (pictured). Behind him is Sean Biggerstaff, who played Gryffindor Quidditch captain Oliver Wood and was also at the reunion on the right of the shot 

And on Monday, excitement was set to reach fever pitch as a first look trailer for the upcoming HBO Max special was unveiled – with teasers of many of the stars. 

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are among those set to reunite for the Return To Hogwarts special on New Year’s Day, alongside other lead stars from the movie franchise, who were featured in the teasing trailer showing a select few receiving invites. 

The clip opens with an image of the vast clock at the front of Hogwarts before shooting to an image of the wizarding newspaper The Daily Prophet, with a front cover headline reading: ‘Hogwarts welcomes back alumni’.

Somebody who appears to be Emma dressed as wild-haired Hermione Granger moves the paper down to reveal the top of her head although it cannot be certain if the mystery star is definitely the brainbox.

Hagrid… is that you? The teaser features a suited Robbie Coltrane, who plays lovable giant Hagrid in the films, sitting in a London coffee shop, where he receives a letter – recognisable in paper and font as penmanship from Hogwarts

He’s back: Next to receive an invitation is Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, as he holds his letter, looking at the Hogwarts coat of armour and looking confused

Strutting her stuff: A hat clad female – seemingly Emma – is seen strutting down a bustling Platform 9 3/4, drawing the teaser to a close

The teaser then shoots to a suited Robbie Coltrane, who plays lovable giant Hagrid in the films, sitting in a London coffee shop, where he receives a letter – recognisable in paper and font as penmanship from Hogwarts.

An address on the front reads: ‘Robbie Coltrane, The Coffee Shop, Chelsea’.

Next to receive an invitation is Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, as he holds his letter, looking at the Hogwarts coat of armour and looking confused.

Mark Williams, who depicts Mr Weasley, is then seen on what looks to be the Hogwarts Express while a hat clad female – seemingly Emma – is seen strutting down a bustling Platform 9 3/4, drawing the teaser to a close.

Crew: Stanislav, Clemence Poesy, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Katie Leung and Robert Pattinson are pictured together in 2005 ahead of the release of The Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter author JK Rowling will not be joining the special amid much controversy surrounding her over the past few years after she tweeted about biological sex leading to backlash from the trans community.

News of the reunion came last month, as it was revealed the stars would come together to discuss the magic world and the eight film franchise. 

Daniel, who plays the titular role, Rupert, who plays Ron Weasley, and Emma have not made a public appearance together since the premiere of the last premiere of the franchise, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, in July 2011. 

The trio of stars will be joining filmmaker Chris Columbus, who directed the blockbuster original film of the franchise Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, to celebrate the movie which premiered 20 years ago today on November 16, 2001.

Castmembers from all eight Harry Potter films will be reuniting for the retrospective special which is set to premiere on the WarnerMedia streaming platform on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2022.

According to HBO Max – where all films from the franchise could be streamed – the project will ‘tell an enchanting making-of story through all-new, in-depth interviews and cast conversations.’

Several talented actors will be joining the main three stars including Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Bonnie Wright, Jason Isaacs, and many others.

Exciting: It comes as Harry Potter fans are eagerly-awaiting the franchise’s 20th Anniversary reunion, which will see the megastars of the movies (pictured) meet up for a one-off special 

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