Comparing Harry Potter Cast Salaries At The Beginning & End of Series
The main actors had substantial raises throughout the franchise.
As the last film of the Wizarding World franchise premiered back in 2011, Harry Potter has long been considered a thing of the past until recently it resurfaced in the public sphere with HBO announcing a reboot show based on J. K. Rowling's best-selling books. So today, Harry Potter is the talk of the town once again, and many fans are revisiting the classic movies produced by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Debuting in 2001, the Harry Potter franchise was destined to become a huge hit just like the original fantasy novels. Spanning a total of eight movies, the franchise grossed a staggering $7.7 billion at the box office and, of course, made its main cast really rich and famous along the way.
The main character of his namesake film series, Harry Potter had the most screen time throughout the eight parts, meaning that the actor who played him had the most lines to learn. However, this experience was very rewarding for Daniel Radcliffe who received an impressive $1 million for the role in the first film, even though he was a largely unknown 11-year-old back then.
Reportedly, the franchise's two-part finale brought the already-acclaimed actor a whopping $50 million.
Hermione was an integral part of the main trio, simultaneously being the smartest and most reasonable character among them (albeit a bit annoying). Aged 10 at the time of the first movie, Emma Watson was paid less than a million dollars for her first performance as Hermione.
Her salary increased significantly over time, reaching $30 million for the two-part finale.
Harry's other best friend, Ron was also an indispensable member of the wizarding trio, appearing in all eight movies in the franchise. Rupert Grint's earnings history was similar to Watson's as he also received around $1 million for his first portrayal of Ron and $30 million for the two Deathly Hallows installments.