MYTHTERY: Are Baby Harry and Albus Severus the Same Actor?


The baby who played Harry in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone also played Albus Severus in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.



In 2011, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 brought everybody’s favorite epilogue to the big screen. Harry’s Hogwarts journey came full circle, and the trio returned to platform nine and three-quarters with their families 19 years later. Not long after the movie left theaters, rumors began to emerge online claiming that the casting had been just as cyclical as the final Potter story and that the actor who had portrayed Albus Severus Potter also played the role of baby Harry in Sorcerer’s Stone.

Let’s go over why this is straight from Umbridge’s desk.

The origin of this claim appears to have been a viral meme that weaved its way across the Internet in 2012.



With casting information readily available, it does not take long to disprove this popular myth and to find out that the characters were played by different actors. A quick search reveals that Arthur Bowen is credited with playing Albus Severus in Deathly Hallows – Part 2, whereas the Saunders triplets are credited with playing baby Harry in Sorcerer’s Stone.

The meme seeks to muddy the myth waters further, however, by using an image of baby Harry from Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and not Sorcerer’s Stone. Not only would this be impossible without a Time-Turner, but it is also further evidence that the claim is once again false. Another quick search confirms that baby Harry from the final movie was in fact portrayed by another actor, this time by Toby Papworth.

Although easily disproved, the claim that baby Harry grew up to play Albus Severus still resurfaces every now and again. The myth is not only false but can also be considered outdated since it has often been discredited, including by our friends at the HP Lexicon. The facts speak for themselves, and it can be said with certainty that baby Harry did not grow up to play Albus Severus.


– Myth Managed


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Lucy O'Shea

I was given a copy of Philosopher's Stone in 2001, and instantly, I was hooked. Since then, my passion for Potter has been equaled only by my passion for fair access to education (and watching motorsport). A spell I wish could exist in the Muggle world is the summoning charm because this Hufflepuff is not a "particularly good finder"!

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