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The Transformation Of Bonnie Wright From Harry Potter To Now

As many fans know, the "Harry Potter" series follows a young, orphaned wizard as he attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and fulfills his destiny to bring down the evil Lord Voldemort. The "Harry Potter" contains an enormous cast of characters, and Bonnie Wright was known for her role as Ginny Weasley, the youngest sibling of Harry's found family. She is one of thirteen actors to appear in every film. This also includes Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), and Emma Watson (Hermione), along with many memorable people who are still fondly remembered by fans for their contribution to the series.

Wright played Ginny for 10 years. Since "Harry Potter" ended in 2011, Wright has taken on other projects, including acting, directing, and activism. Although she is mainly known as Ginny, Wright has clearly extended her reach and covered many areas in the world of film and beyond. Let's see how she has transformed since her time on the popular franchise to now. 

Bonnie Wright began as Ginny Weasley

Bonnie Wright started casting her spell on the big screen in 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," appearing as Ginny Weasley as her older brothers and  Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) board the Hogwarts Express. Ginny joins them at Hogwarts a year later in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," which finds her being controlled by Tom Riddle (Christian Coulson), later revealed to be a younger version of Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes).

A book's screen adaptation does not always mirror the source material, and Wright told the "Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum" podcast that every "Harry Potter" character had scenes that were decreased. "Sometimes that was a little disappointing because there were parts of the character that just didn't get to come through because there weren't the scenes to do that. That made me feel a bit anxious or just frustrated, I guess," she said, adding that fans wished that Ginny had more screen time. 

Ginny is briefly spotted in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." Her character becomes a steady presence as she builds her relationship with Harry. Wright also noted that her one line in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" wasn't added until they went to film the train station scene that helps catapult Harry into his first wizarding adventure. The completed scene shows Ginny wishing Harry well, a suggestion made by director Chris Columbus.

Bonnie Wright and Ginny Weasley grew up together

Bonnie Wright, like most of the cast, grew up on the "Harry Potter" set, and as she became a young woman, so did Ginny. In "The Order of the Phoenix," she joins the group at the Department of Mysteries — where Harry learns about the prophecy that sets him against Voldemort — and gets to show her tough side by using an impressive "Reducto" spell against the Death Eaters pursuing them. 

Wright's role is greatly expanded in "The Half Blood Prince," getting just as much screen time as she did in the second film. She now plays a confident young woman who has friends, a boyfriend, and a place in the Slug Club. Probably her most vital role in the film is her relationship with Daniel Radcliffe's character. After years of crushing on Harry, the chosen one finally realizes his feelings, and the two begin to date. She comforts Harry after Dumbledore's death, fights in the Battle of Hogwarts, and watches her own children head to her alma mater. 

Bonnie Wright moved on to independent films

After "Harry Potter," Bonnie Wright appeared in various independent films, including three in 2013. She played Rose in "The Sea," based on the novel by John Banville. It stars Ciaran Hinds and features a man's return to his childhood beach following the death of his wife. 

She then played Georgina, an orthopedic surgeon participating in a "what-if" scenario to gain entrance to a bunker in the case of an atomic apocalypse in the science-fiction, psychological thriller, "After the Dark." The film was nominated for "Best Motion Picture" at The Sitges Film Festival, known as the world's top fantasy film festival. 

Wright's final role in 2013 was as Phoebe in "Before I Sleep." The movie, which follows a reclusive poet on his search for peace, premiered at the Heartland Film Festival. She worked alongside James Rebhorn, whose part in the film was his final one before his death. 

Wright has become a director

In addition to being an actor, Bonnie Wright has also tried her hand at directing. In 2012, she made her directorial debut with the student film, "Separate We Come, Separate We Go," which follows a 10-year-old girl meeting and becoming friends with a widowed man (played by David Thewlis from "Harry Potter.) Premiering at the Cannes Film Festival and at the Gold Coast International Film Festival, the 12-minute film was well-received

This is not the only time Wright put her directing skills to the test. She also has directed the short films, "Know Thyself," Fade to Gold," and "Medusa's Ankles." Wright even has some music videos under her belt, the first of which being "Sea Ess" by George Schuster. She continued directing music videos in 2018 with "Taught You How to Feel" by Sophie Lowe, "Iguana Bird' by Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson, and "Fallible" by Maguire. Her latest project, "Melt," is also by Maguire and was released earlier this year. 

She's also an activist

Bonnie Wright is an active spokesperson for environmentalism, especially when it comes to plastic. She has raised awareness about the dangers of plastic pollution, encouraging fans and friends to stop relying on single-use plastic. 

She joined Greenpeace in 2017 to highlight how single-use plastic has negatively affected our oceans and wildlife and the importance of beach cleanups. She participated in the fight against the Coca-Cola Company — according to Greenpeace, it is one of the worst producers of plastic pollution — to stop the production of billions of plastic bottles. "I'm happy to stand with the more than 585,000 people who are calling on Coke to phase out its use of throwaway plastic bottles," Wright said in response. 

Wright continues to fight for a cleaner earth through social media by promoting recycled products, showing the beauty of nature, and encouraging followers to take action. There aren't many roles she hasn't taken on since she first raised a wand in "Harry Potter," and she isn't showing any signs of slowing down.

Bonnie Wright is bringing her own book to the small screen

In April 2022, Bonnie Wright added author to her list of job titles, releasing "Go Gently: Actionable Steps to Nurture Yourself and the Planet." Wright shares sustainable practices that readers can regularly practice at home, and those tips and tricks have now become the inspiration for her television series. Wright shared the news that she would be creating a new show on the "Go Gently" website in May 2019. She wrote that production wrapped in April 2023. "It was such an incredible adventure through California and Oregon traversing so many different landscapes meeting up with so many incredible humans doing powerful work to protect our planet," she wrote while sharing photos of her team surrounded by nature. At the time of this writing, a premiere date has not been announced. For those who can't wait for Wright's episodic documentary to premiere, she does share ways to practice sustainability via the Instagram account @gogently.earth and the @gogently2333 YouTube channel.

Wright has also been sharing her love for the planet through her work with Greenpeace, becoming an ambassador for the organization and appearing at events calling for the discontinuation of single-use plastics, according to Greenpeace USA.

Bonnie Wright has added theater to her acting credits

In 2013, Bonnie Wright made her theater debut, sharing her acting talents in the play "The Moment of Truth," which focuses on a government that is facing doom as war is on the horizon, according to Playbill. The 2013 production marked the first time that the play had been performed in London since 1951. Wright played the role of The Girl during the show's four-week summer run at the Southwark Playhouse in London. She told WhatsOnStage that she in no way resembles her character, which is why she enjoyed playing the part. As for theater, it is something that she has always wanted to explore, adding that she felt like she was trying to navigate an ocean during the first few days of rehearsals. "But I am loving every moment of the challenge, every day I feel like I am evolving in some way," she said.

In 2022, Wright was spotted supporting fellow "Harry Potter" cast member Tom Felton during his debut on the West End in a production of "2:22 A Ghost Story" at the Criterion Theatre, according to Edinburgh Live.

Bonnie Wright is growing her family

Amid her successful acting career and push to protect the planet, Bonnie Wright is growing her family. In April 2023, she and her husband Andrew Lococo announced that they were expecting their first child by posting a photo of the couple on Wright's Instagram, @thisisbwright. "What a wild and humbling journey pregnancy is, transforming to make space for new life," she wrote in the post. She has since been chronicling parts of her pregnancy on the social media site and posted videos to her @gogently2333 YouTube channel, discussing nesting and how to keep Earth in mind when it comes to newborn essentials.

In an interview with Brides, Wright explained that she and Lococo met at a New Year's Eve party in 2018 and were engaged in September 2021 with a ring designed by her parents, Gary Wright and Sheila Teague, who created the jewelry company, Wright & Teague. Wright and Lococo tied the knot on March 19, 2022, at a California farm owned by friends. "We loved the idea of being surrounded by bountiful growing nourishing plants as we said, 'We do,'" she said, adding that they focused on using sustainable materials for the wedding and made a lot of items themselves.

Bonnie Wright hopes to return to Harry Potter

Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson left the big-screen portion of the Wizarding World in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which poignantly ends with Ginny, Harry, Ron, and Hermione waving goodbye to their children as they board the Hogwarts Express, ready to start a new school year and go on their own magical adventures. While this is the last scene in the original book series for this legendary crew, their story has since continued on stage in the play "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child," which follows the Potter and Weasley children as they navigate schoolwork and evil that is very close by, leading Harry and his friends to band together to protect their families.

The play first premiered on London's West End in 2016 and headed to Broadway's Lyric Theatre in April 2018. Many have wondered if the play will ever get the big-screen treatment. Wright told the "Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum" podcast that she is interested in reprising her role in a film adaptation, if the opportunity ever presents itself, noting that she is currently unaware of such a project being in the works. "It's not about our characters. So it wouldn't be a massive role ... So it would be fun, but I have no idea if they'll do it," she said.

Bonnie Wright still finds ways to connect with Harry Potter fans

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" premiered in 2011, and Bonnie Wright continues to connect with fans of the franchise. In 2022, she appeared on the Max TV special "Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts," taking a walk down memory lane with other cast members. She told This Morning, "To actually get us all in one place was a feat."

She also stopped by the updated Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood during a pre-opening visit in 2021, exploring the Wizarding World, which now includes a section entitled "Action and Magic Made Here." "I was like, 'We were small, we were tiny, we were babies!' It was a big revelation," she said while walking through the magical attraction.

Wright has also taken to social media to share her perspective on "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling amid the controversy surrounding Rowling's comments against the transgender community. In 2020, @thisisbwright wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, "If 'Harry Potter' was a source of love and belonging for you, that love is infinite and there to take without judgment or question. Transwomen are women. I see and love you, Bonnie." She told The Times in 2022, "I made that comment then and I still stand with that same feeling, but it's got to the point where I prefer not to comment more. It's a subject outside of my input."

Bonnie Wright continues to appear in the Wizarding World

While the movies may be over, Bonnie Wright is still writing this chapter of her career, continuing to work on different Wizarding World projects. According to the Wizarding World website, Wright is just one of several big names who lent their voices to the audiobook version of "The Tales of Beedle the Bard," which is a book made up of five fairy tales. Wright is joined on the recording by fellow "Harry Potter" cast member Evanna Lynch as well as Jude Law, who plays a younger version of Albus Dumbledore in the "Fantastic Beasts" film series. The audiobook was released on Audible in March 2020.

While working on the films, Wright also voiced her character in the video game adaptations of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Fans can also spot her at the "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" attraction at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida. In 2014, she took a tour of the park's Diagon Alley with James and Oliver Phelps, who played Fred and George Weasley. The trio were given a look at all of the magic that fans can explore in a video posted to the Universal Orlando Resort YouTube channel.