Chris Rankin worked in the franchise for 11 years (Photo: Cameo/ Chris Rankin)

That The Harry Potter star looks nothing like how we remember him from the movies.

Marching efficiently onto our screens for the first time in 2001 with Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chris Rankin, 40, played a pivotal role in the films alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.

If you don't recognize him, think of the prefect who loved being a prefect at school a little too much.

There's a lot of head boy energy coming from this wizard's wand throughout the films, and he even abandons his red-haired family in the later films in favor of political influence.

It's Percy Weasley, of course – Ron's third eldest brother, who revels in a career at the Ministry of Magic after leaving Hogwarts.

He first appeared on our screens at age 16 as the Gryffindor prefect who escorted nervous newcomers to Harry's year to their dormitories, and filmed his final scene 11 years later.

Harry Potter star Chris Rankin.

Chris is back making personalized video messages for fans after a hiatus (Photo: Cameo/ Chris Rankin)
He is, of course, Percy Weasley (Photo: Warner Bros)

In the later films, he appears briefly in the background, as in the books he left the Weasley family, poisoned by the quest for power in the magical world's political ranks, which were slowly turning evil.

During the Battle of Hogwarts – as portrayed in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 – the book shows Percy acknowledging his estrangement from his family and apologizing to them, but this is never addressed in the films.

Now, more than 20 years after his first appearance in Harry Potter, Chris is sending fans Christmas and birthday messages on a paid video service, Cameo.

These days, Chris is a performer, director, producer and creative, according to his website. He lives in South Wales with his partner Ness and their dogs Stanley and Boo.

Compared to his magical contemporaries, Chris isn't charging a premium for the video service – on the contrary, a personalized message will set you back just £28.

Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley in the film franchise, is charging £158, as is Jamie Waylett, who played Vincent Crabbe in six of the eight films.

Harry Potter actor Chris Rankin

He's been busy on tour (Photo: Cameo/ Chris Rankin)

His recent video featured on Cameo after a hiatus.

'Hello, fabulous magical people of Cameo. It's Chris Rankin here, Percy Weasley from the Harry Potter films, yes, head boy of Hogwarts and everyone's seventh favorite Weasley son,” he began.

'I've been off Cameo for a while because I've been a busy bee trotting around Europe on tour, but now I'm back and I'm here for all your potential video requests.

'Whether it's a video just for you, whether it's Father's Day, Mother's Day, Boxing Day, Valentine's Day, birthdays, weddings, anything and everything.

“Please let me know if you need a video message, because I'm happy to make a fool of myself on camera, just for you.”

His videos for fans are always enthusiastic and generous, and the actor – who is now also a blogger – sometimes even, if he's lucky, bursts into song.

Chris is posting regularly at the moment – ​​if you need a last-minute Christmas gift for a Potterhead, you know what to do.

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