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Was Albus Severus Played by the Same Actor Who Played Baby Harry Potter?

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While J.K. Rowling has been busy with the recent controversy around her transphobic comments (and novel), many have still found themselves unable to let go of their love for the Harry Potter franchise.

In the opening scene of the first movie, a baby Harry Potter is seen dropped off on his aunt and uncle's doorstep. This moment is one of the most-remembered scenes from the franchise's first film. But who played baby Harry, and where are they now?

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Did the same actor who played baby Harry also play Albus Severus?

For a while, there was a rumor that the actor who played baby Harry in movies like Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets also portrayed Harry and Ginny's son, Albus Severus, in the final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. 

Having things come full circle like this is common in the Harry Potter franchise. Author J.K. Rowling was known for paying attention to the little details, making them reappear when readers least expected them.

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But while the rumor quickly swirled across the fandom, thanks to a meme shared by fans, it was later found to be false. According to IMDb, the two characters were played by entirely different actors.

In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, baby Harry is played by the Saunders Triplets, while Albus Severus was played by Arthur Bowen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Both of these child actors did not make many recurring appearances in the franchise, according to their IMDb pages.

Where is the actor who played baby Harry now?

The Saunders Triplets were three infants, two boys and one girl, who were chosen to play baby Harry in the movies. Often in the film industry, when a baby is needed to play a character, there are multiple infants that will be used to fill the role instead of just one. Since all three of the Saunders Triplets were indistinguishable as infants, it's likely they were switched out periodically for the role, which is why they're never identified by name in the credits.

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According to the triplets' IMDb page, their cameos in the Harry Potter movies were their only movie roles. The triplets are credited in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and are listed as uncredited actors in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Since we don't have any of the triplets' first names, it's impossible to know where they are now. Considering their IMDb page does not list other roles, it's likely that was their only acting venture.

While it's possible any of the triplets have pursued acting on their own since then, it's currently not known what they did after the Harry Potter franchise ended.

It also seems that Arthur similarly did not pursue acting after his one appearance in the franchise, according to his IMDb page. He has no other acting roles and has only appeared in behind-the-scenes shorts about the movie since the series' conclusion.

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