The Harry Potter movie franchise ended seven years ago, but the magic isn't over yet. Through the spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts, J.K. Rowling is exploring new stories, and making fans lose their minds over sexy young Dumbledore. Then there's The Wizarding World theme park, where you can get an incredible interactive experience, complete with a Butterbeer and wand fitting at Ollivander's. You can't even escape Pottermania on Broadway; the "eighth book," Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has expanded to New York City after years of sold-out crowds in London.
And in case that's not enough, you can follow the Harry Potter actors on social media, and witness the magic of aging! The actor who played dorky, bumbling Neville Longbottom blossomed into such a stone-cold hunk that the internet mourned when he got married. And that's just the first glow-up: The fresh-faced boy who played Dean Thomas is now a handsome young man, and the girl who played Padma Patil is a gorgeous, knock-out model. (Bet you regret treating her so badly at the Yule Ball now, Ron!)
Well, the years have been kind to another Hogwarts alum: Stan Yanevski, the actor who played Viktor Krum, the stoic, hulking Bulgarian student who appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. You probably remember him best as Hermione's date at the Yule Ball, who struggled to learn how to pronounce her name. (Herma-ninny?) On Instagram, Stan has been showing off his fitness progress, and it's pretty impressive. When we last checked in with him, he looked unrecognizable - now, he's totally ripped! (Is he preparing for another Triwizarding championship, or something?)
Modern-day Viktor Krum is slaying at the gym, with bulging biceps, while modern-day Harry Potter is rotting behind a desk at the Ministry of Magic, with a bulging beer belly. Well, that's happens when you peak in high school, Potter! Pathetic!
In real life, Stan's the opposite of his Harry Potter character, writing motivational captions like this one: "The #best is yet to come. Working hard towards your goals with passion and consistency will pay off with #greatness in the end. Nobody ever said that it would be easy, but I tell you that it #can be done! #believe in your abilities and you will reach beyond what you think is your #limit!"
Inspiring words, right? Viktor Krum would probably have just wrote, "Hello. I Viktor. #viktor."
During an interview with ILiveInDallas.com, Stan elaborated on the difference between himself and his character: "he didn't speak much and was said to be a more physical kind of being. I'm quite the opposite; I like to be amongst fans and people. I love hearing all the different stories everybody has to tell and just see how colorful the world around us really is."
Congrats on the glow-up, Stan. Now I've got to get back to writing my fan fiction: Harry Potter and the Day Ron Weasley Came Over Crying Because Hermione Left Him For Viktor. (Still working on the title).