Let’s face it, Harry Potter was full of teenage boys for teenage girls to drool over. There was Daniel Radcliffe as Potter himself, naturally. Then there was Rupert Grint as Ron, Tom Felton as Malfoy, Robert Pattinson as Cedric Diggory… the list goes on. But, don’t forget, there were plenty of girls (Hermione included!) who lusted after a slightly more mature gentleman. That would be Quidditch player Viktor Krum, a.k.a actor Stan Yanevski. And just wait ’til you see what he looks like now.
Stan Yanevski, whose full name is Stanislav Yanevski, was born in the capital city of Sofia in Bulgaria. Growing up, he actually had no interest whatsoever in acting. And, unlike most of his co-stars, he fell into the Harry Potter world almost completely by accident.
Yanevski was living in the U.K. at the time, a pupil at London’s Mill Hill School, where fellow Potter actor Harry Melling also studied. It was here a chance encounter changed Yanevski’s life forever. In fact, the film’s casting directors had come to the school to audition kids, but only drama students were allowed to try out.
However, that day Yanevski had been late for classes due to going to register for his college. He was explaining his absence when casting director Fiona Weir happened to notice him. Luckily, she decided it didn’t matter whether or not he was a drama student: she asked him to audition.
Indeed, that one little thing put Yanevski on the path to appear in one of the biggest movie franchises in the world, but he still almost didn’t get the job. For example, his exams (Hermione would be proud!) got in the way a few times, making things look uncertain for him. But, eventually, director Mike Newell gave him the role.
In fact, Yanevski was actually in class when he was told he had the part. Talking to BBC’s Newsround in November 2005 he said, “The house mistress came one day and got me out of my lesson. I was in a business lesson and she got me out and said: ‘Guess what, you got the part!’”
“After I came back, everyone was like: ‘What’s happened, what’s happened?’” he continued. “And I was like, ‘I got the part in Harry Potter.’ And there was no more business lesson!” Yanevski then immediately went to read the Harry Potter books and learn about his character.
Filming on the movie started just two months after he learned he had the role. On set Yanevski found all the famous actors like Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Gambon and Alan Rickman very easy to get along with. However, it was Emma Watson who he would have to share his important scenes with.
Luckily, Yanevski and Watson got along very well. While there was no kissing for either of them in the movie (Hermione’s first kiss would be with Ron in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two) they would have to dance together. So, a friendly relationship was of paramount importance.
“We had a choreographer who was teaching us how to dance for about two weeks. I felt quite nervous with Emma because she is just so light,” Yanevski explained to Newsround about the film’s extravagant Yule Ball scene. “I could literally move her around anywhere I want, so I didn’t want to step on her!”
Diehard Harry Potter fans will know that the Goblet of Fire Yule Ball wasn’t actually the only time Viktor Krum and Hermione Granger danced together. In fact, Yanevski was asked back for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, but his only scene was cut. In it, he would have briefly stolen Hermione from Ron on the dance floor.
There’s no doubt that the Hermione/Krum romance was pretty adorable. In fact, Yanevski said to Entertainment Weekly in 2016 that he figured Hermione should really have ended up with Krum in the end. And, seeing what he looks like now, perhaps she would actually agree…
Yanevski was certainly never bad looking, but he’s definitely gotten better with age. He’s grown his hair, gotten some tattoos, and bulked up spectacularly. Some have suggested, in fact, that he looks quite a bit like Game of Thrones sex symbol Khal Drogo now.
Indeed, his Instagram is pure candy for the eyes. Not only does he frequently appear without a shirt (he didn’t do that in Harry Potter!) he can also often be seen cuddling up to adorable dogs. No wonder the internet went completely nuts at the discovery.
However, Yanevski’s been doing more with his time than just getting tattooed and ripped. In fact, he continued to act after the success of Goblet of Fire. Some of his most notable work includes the horror film Hostel: Part II and the Bulgarian shows Undercover and Stolichani v Poveche.
Not bad for someone who never planned to get into acting in the first place! But he might never have caught the acting bug without Potter. “After having tasted the movie world, I would like to continue and build a career in the field,” he told the Sofia News Agency in 2005, the same year Goblet came out.
And it’s clear that Yanevski is still very grateful indeed for what Harry Potter brought him. He’s often photographing Potter merchandise, posing with fans of the film, or posting stills from the movies on his Instagram. His kindhearted nature just makes him even more adorable.
And, yep, he’s even posted some pictures of himself with Emma Watson’s Hermione. One throwback image was tagged, “#tbt #harrypotter #hp #movie #film #dance #magic #love.” “Emma is so lucky!” one commenter said. Absolutely!
In fact, some of his other great loves are motorcycles, art, and, unsurprisingly, working out. Moreover, he often posts the details of his fitness regimes on social media, encouraging his fans and followers to share their own tips as well. Despite sustaining an injury in late 2016, he kept at it.
Indeed, it’s obvious the world wants to see more of Stan Yanevski and his new, improved bod. And, good news! Countless more Potterverse stories are planned out, including a possible movie adaption of the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Hmm… could it be time for Hermione to run into her old flame again?