It's been about 30 seconds since I referenced Harry Potter, so let's do ourselves a favor and remedy that. It's about time that we find out where Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter is now, since she's no longer the only Weasley child without a Y chromosome. Or, rather, it's time we find out where Ginny Weasley's actress Bonnie Wright is now. Wright played Ginny Weasley for 10 years, starting in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, all the way up until the last film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part II, which came out on Jul. 15, 2011. It's safe to say we've got some catching up to do, as we remind ourselves that, just because we grew attached to someone in the Harry Potter world, doesn't mean they aren't allowed to do their own thing and be their own person in the real world. Someone please just pinch me and remind me of that if it seems like I'm forgetting.
The main thing that Bonnie Wright has been up to since 2011 is everything. She's pulling a little bit of an Emma Watson, in that she's excelling in multiple areas, not just acting, and just basically making the rest of us look like underachievers. Beginning with acting, though, she's had five films come out since she bid Ginny Weasley adieu — one of which she provided the voice for, in addition to two shorts (Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?, How (Not) to Rob a Train, My Dad Is Scrooge, Sweat, Before I Sleep, After the Dark, and The Sea). She also has three films in the works right now: Those Who Wander, which has been completed but not released, a contemporary retelling of A Christmas Carol, which is in post-production, and The Highway Is For Gamblers , which is currently filming, and also stars Nikki Reed and Nick Jonas.
And as if juggling all these projects at once wasn't enough, Wright has also tried her hand at doing some work behind the camera, directing two shorts — Separate We Come, Separate We Go and Know Thyself, starring her Harry Potter co-star Christian Coulson, who played Tom Riddle — in 2012 and 2014, respectively. She's also worked on a couple music videos, so fingers crossed that Wright is building up her confidence for a bigger project, so we can see her eye at work on a larger scale. Wright also has a screenwriting credit under her belt for each of those shorts I mentioned, and her own production company, called Bon Bon Lumiere. Basically, she's really going behind the scenes and learning how the sausage gets made, which I'm betting will be really beneficial to her acting, regardless of whether or not she pursues a career in one of these fields.
Wright has also done a bit of modeling, walking the runway in a 2011 London Fashion Week show, just to make the comparisons between herself and Watson even more real, although she doesn't seem to have any credits more recent than 2013. For now, Wright seems to be focusing on her acting career, and getting spotted by me in New York coffee shops in December 2015. No big deal. (Very big deal. I audibly squeaked.) She's also dating a London club owner named Simon Hammerstein, and has been since 2013, about a year after she and Jamie Campbell Bower ended their year-long engagement with no hard feelings.
So Bonnie Wright seems to be in a great place, as her 25th birthday approaches on Feb. 17. (Despite not being a student at Hogwarts anymore, which would have devastated lesser humans, myself very much included.) Here's to many varied projects in the future, and following your dreams wherever they take you.
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