PotterVerse is happy to announce our fantastic line up of guests from all parts of the Wizarding World. Our guest list will be growing all the way up until our event, so visit potterversecon.com often to see the latest announcements. Unless otherwise noted guests will be at the event for all three days.



Natalia Tena – Nymphadora Tonks

Natalia Tena began her life as a busker on the London Underground, and went on to learn to play the accordion while working with theater group KneeHigh. In 2002, she made her professional acting debut as Ellie in the film About a Boy.

In 2007, Tena began playing Nymphadora Tonks in the film Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. She would go on to play Tonks four more times in the remaining movies, as well as produce and star in the featurette “Trailing Tonks.”

Tena is known to Game of Thrones fans for her role as Osha in the HBO series, and to BBC television fans for her appearance in the Black Mirror Christmas special “White Christmas.” She is also currently the lead singer and accordion player for the band Molotov Jukebox.

For more information about Natalia Tena, like her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter. And be sure to check out the Facebook page for Molotov Jukebox!


Sean Biggerstaff – Oliver Wood

Born on the ides of March under a full moon in 1983 to a fireman and a community education worker, I initially suspected that I was the reincarnation of Julius Caesar. I soon realised that this couldn’t be so as the idea of conquering Europe, or even living there, didn’t appeal to me in the slightest. With the exception of a passing infatuation with the music of Michael Jackson, the 7 years immediately following my birth were fairly uneventful. Then I decided I wanted to act. So I did.

I joined the local drama group in Maryhill which I attended for about 5 years. I got my first professional role as the son of MacDuff in Macbeth, directed by Michael Boyd at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow when I was 10. I then joined Scottish Youth Theatre and spent 6 years performing with them. I’m not ashamed. The shows were of a commendable standard and there really was very little nudity. It was at SYT that I was chosen for The Winter Guest. Alan Rickman (known to most of the kids as the bad guy from Die Hard) popped along one day looking for two boys to accompany him to the coldest place on earth, Fife, for two months to make a film. Myself and the suspicious character that is Douglas Murphy were the lucky ones.

In 1999 I asked Alan if he knew anyone in London who may be interested in representing me and he put me in touch with Paul Lyon-Maris, his own agent at ICM. We met at his flat in Edinburgh and I apparently met his standards. About a week later I successfully auditioned for Harry Potter.

And the rest is history.


Devon Murray – Seamus Finnigan

Irish actor Devon Murray made his debut at the age of six in the film This Is My Father, after which he rose to public attention in Angela’s Ashes. In 2000 he was cast as Seamus Finnigan in the Harry Potter film series, and has since appeared in all eight films.

Murray has also appeared in the TV movie Yesterday’s Children and the short film Gone Fishing, as well as providing the voice of Seamus for the Deathly Hallows video game.

For more information, follow @DevonMMurray on Twitter.



Chris Rankin – Percy Weasley

Chris Rankin began his life as an actor in Northgate High School productions after moving to the UK from New Zealand. His professional acting career began in 2000 when he landed the big-screen role of Percy Weasley, and he went on to star in six Harry Potter films during his time in the role.

Since then, Rankin has split his time amongst stage, screen, and television. His credits include television miniseries The Rotters’ Club and Victoria Cross Heroes. On the stage, he has appeared in several pantomimes, as well as productions of Wuthering Heights, Hedda Gabler, and Salomé.

Rankin has also delved into the world of online fandom, making cameos on The Hillywood Show and producing and starring in LifeHack, made with TomSka (a project they made whilst studying together at university). He founded the UK’s Painted Horse Theatre Company, and currently works in film and television production. He has worked on series such as Atlantis and Downton Abbey.

You can find more about Chris Rankin by liking his official Facebook fan page or following him on Twitter.


Afshan Azad – Padma Patil

Afshan Azad, 28 years old, is a British Bangladeshi actress who is best known for her role as Padma Patil in 5 of the world famous Harry Potter films.

We are also happy to have the following Panelists and Performers presenting at the event this year:

Oni Hartstein
Allison Kaese
Debra Gilgenast
Nikolas Gilgenast
DJ Mike Kangal
Matt Blum
Justin Timpane
Dr. Arnold Blumberg
John Peel
Cat Smith
April Walters
Ariel Vitali
John Horne
Michael O’Brien
Christina Frey
Dave Joria
David Gras
Monica Marier
Jessica Comstock
Sebastian Sprague
Sarah Clayville
Shannon Hurley
Michelle D. Sonnier


We Have Been Informed That Due to Work Commitments The Following Previously Scheduled Guests Will No Longer Be Available to Appear at PotterVerse This Year:


Miriam Margolyes – Professor Sprout

Oxford-born actress Miriam Margolyes has achieved renown in both the UK and US, on both stage and screen. Fans may recognize her from films such as Little Shop of Horrors, Yentl, Cold Comfort Farm, and The Age of Innocence, for which she won a BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993. She’s also known to fans of British television for playing Infanta Maria Escalosa, Lady Whiteadder, and Queen Victoria in Blackadder, as well as appearing in Vanity Fair, Cold Comfort Farm, and many others.

Margolyes’s stage career includes performances as Wicked‘s Madame Morrible both in London and on Broadway, London productions of She Stoops to Conquer and Orpheus Descending, and her one-woman show Dickens’ Woman, which was performed at festivals worldwide. In 2015 she premiered her one-woman musical The Importance of Being Miriam on tour across Australia.

In the world of Harry Potter, Margolyes appeared in Chamber of Secrets and Deathly Hallows Pt. II as Professor Sprout, Hogwarts’s Herbology teacher and Head of Hufflepuff House.

More information on her career and current projects can be found at her online portfolio, MiriamMargolyes.com.


Adrian Rawlins – James Potter

Actor Adrian Rawlins made himself known to many in the role of Arthur Kidd in the 1989 adaptation of The Woman in Black, and has appeared in many films and television series during the course of his career. Harry Potter fans know him best as the recurring character of James Potter in the films. (He and James Potter also happen to share a birthday!)

His television career includes recurring roles in series such as Prisoners Wives, Mayday, and Glue, as well as guest roles on Doctor Who, Spooks, Misfits, and Death in Paradise. Also in 1989, he appeared in the television adaptation of The Ginger Tree. Most recently, he starred as Bleak House‘s Edward Barbary in the 20-part BBC One series Dickensian.

Next, Rawlins can be seen in the miniseries Innocent.

Guests subject to cancellation or schedule change, due to professional commitments or other reasons.

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