The guy who played Viktor Krum in 'Harry Potter' is totally unrecognizable now
The first Harry Potter film came out in 2001... let that sink in. It's been 17 years since Daniel Radcliffe and co adorned our screens and brought JK Rowling's vision of a world of witches and wizards to life. Of course, a lot has changed in those 17 years, but Harry Potter still maintains an obsessive, verging on rabid fanbase.
It would be safe to say that if you have starred in any of the HP movies, you're a certified legend in the eyes of many. Even Crabbe and Goyle, the two henchmen for Draco Malfoy, maintain a strong following online. No matter what role you played, no matter if you were in the film for 20 seconds or 20 hours (is that how long they would all run for? I don't know), if you were in that Harry Potter franchise, you have cemented your place in the hearts of millions.
Of course, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint will be the ones that we all remember. The trio, who played Harry, Hermione and Ron, have gone on to achieve international recognition and becomes successful actors in their own right. But, for many, it was the smaller characters who made the franchise so successful. For example, have you ever met somebody who didn't adore Neville Longbottom?
The hapless hero, played by Matthew Lewis, was an unlikely favorite. Despite his many blunders, Neville solidified himself as a central character in the franchise - of course, for those who read all the books, it's clear as to why Neville lasted the test of time. Naturally, this could be attributed to J.K. Rowling's incredible character development, or it could be solely accredited to Matthew Lewis' ability to bring the character to life.
Whilst Matthew Lewis' portrayal of Neville Longbottom may have changed the lives of Harry Potter fans, nobody has been more affected by the role than Matthew Lewis himself. Now 29-years-old, he looks dramatically different to his days in Hogwarts robes.
I mean, you honestly won't recognize him in this video...
And, what about the evil Draco Malfoy played by Tom Felton? He's also changed a lot...
Then there is Dean Thomas who has recently cooked up a storm online after fans saw his dramatic new look...
I mean, when you see Alfred Enoch's impressive muscles it's difficult to remember him as the round-faced Gryfindor boy he became famous as...
Another person who has dramatically changed is Stanislav Yanevski, who had a memorable cameo as Viktor Krum in the Goblet of Fire. Krum, of course, was the Bulgarian Quidditch player and Durmstrang competitor in the Triwizard Tournament who stole the heart of Hermione and several other female students.
The character left the series after one book, however, according to Yanevski, he was set to make a sensational return in the final film. Yanevski claims that the production team behind the movie had "invented a new story that wasn’t in the books, a love triangle between Viktor Krum, Hermione, and Ron. But that was cut out of the film because it obviously didn’t fit with all the horrible things that happen in the last book."
Despite the fact that the story never made the cut, Ianevski went on to explain what could’ve been: “We did a new dance scene, I sort of stole [Hermione] from Ron,” he recalls. “She remembered our old times, Viktor was acting like a gentleman again, happy to see her, she was happy to see him. Ron was sitting on the side, was jealous, and then Viktor took her to the dance floor.” The 33-year-old believes that tension could have continued from there, and that Viktor might have won over Hermione in the end.
It has been confirmed by a few of the characters that there was often romance in the air while on set. In fact, Emma Watson even admitted to having a crush on co-star, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy).
"For the first two movies, I had a huge crush on Tom Felton. He was my first crush," she said. "He totally knows. We talked about it – we still laugh about it. We are really good friends now, and that's cool."
Ianevski seemed to confirm Watson's claims, revealing that romance found its way off camera too, mainly due to the environment fostered on the fourth film’s set. “It was like three different schools coming together for real,” Ianevski explains. “We were filming for like 11 months, plus. It was bound to happen. We were like the strong Durmstrang … we had the Durmstrang boys trying to hook up with the Beauxbaton girls.”
But, 13 years have passed since Ianevski made his Potter bow and, boy, has he changed.
Now rocking a serious amount of tattoos and a stylish beard, Ianevski looks a world away from the Quidditch player that he once portrayed.
He is now more muscular than ever, with a body full of tattoos. Take a look...
Now 33-years-old, Stanislav is sporting a whole new look. No longer is he the clean-cut kid from Dumstrang. Instead, now flaunts his bulging muscles which ripple underneath several striking tattoos.
The Bulgarian born actor has remained under the radar since his stint in the Harry Potter franchise. However, he is still a huge supporter of the world which propelled him to fame.
He has even reunited with Hermione...well, kind of...
I mean, aging and growing-up are inevitable. But, there is no denying that Stanislav looks like a totally different person! Man, now I feel old!