There's a lot of talk about Disney Channel season finales going on lately: news recently broke that the network has decided not to renew two of our favorite shows, Girl Meets World and Gamer's Guide To Pretty Much Everything. We're all heartbroken that we won't be getting any more episodes, but we know that these series will live on in our hearts and memories forever. Case and point? Today commemorates the five-year anniversary of the finale episode Wizards of Waverly Place airing on Disney back on January 6, 2012, and we still love the show now as we did then.
Every time we see throwback pics from the series, we're shocked by just how much the cast has grown up and changed since the show was on our TVs every week. Keep in mind, stars like Selena Gomez, David Henrie, and Jake T. Austin were kids when the show first started. But sometimes, their photos remind us of something even more surprising: the cast hasn't actually changed as much as you may think.
There's still a little wizarding magic in all of them, and to celebrate our dedication to them 5 years after their final episode, we're taking a look back on some of our favorite examples.
Check out the gallery to see fun then-and-now pics that compare these actors' Wizards days to more recent post-show snaps. Then, make sure to share our favorite memories from the series with us in the comments section below.
The glo-up is evident, but the signature pose is real.
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