Harry Potter Ends Filming. What's Next for its Stars? (Plus a Cute Daniel Radcliffe Story!)


The last Harry Potter has been split in two and the first, Deathly Hallows Part 1, doesn’t come out until November 19. But the stars Daniel Radcliffe, 21, Emma Watson, 20, and Rupert Grint, 21, have finished filming and are having to deal with the end of a franchise that has cradled them since they were young.

Believe it or not, the Potter flicks have been running for more than a decade (more than half of the young stars lives). It’s a big adjustment and there are some mixed emotions about saying goodbye to Hogwarts. But all of them seem to have big things on the horizon.

“I’m ready to kind of move on now, I think,” Rupert tells EW. “This film is a great way to finish the whole era, and it’s going to be sad, because obviously all my friends are here, but 10 years is enough.”

Rupert isn’t going to have to worry about movie roles in the future. He has a new film called Eddie the Eagle in pre-production and plenty of directors are eyeing him. Martin Scorsese was recently quoted saying, “I thought he was a great actor in the Harry Potter movies. In a lot of scenes, the boy stole the show.”

Emma Watson also seems ready to move on and is not short on opportunities. The actress just made waves in the news by chopping her hair into a pixie cut. She posted a pic on Facebook calling it a liberating move and it surely defined a new mature version of herself. Some have speculated it’s for an audition for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Other projects include being the face of Burberry and staring in a new video “Say You Don’t Want It” from her boyfriend George Craig’s band One Night Only.

Daniel is also looking forward to new projects, though he called ending filming “devastating.” While some actors may find it hard to break out of a character they are so well known for, he managed to break public perception previously with his full frontal performance in Equus. Daniel will be heading back to Broadway again to star in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and is already attached to do a film remake of the World War I picture All’s Quiet on the Western Front. He will also be starring in a horror called The Woman in Black.

We wish all of them the best. Unlike most child stars they seem to have their heads on their shoulders. A cute story about Daniel that proves this: I was lucky enough to meet him at the Tony Awards and he was ultra-polite and very well spoken. But what really struck me was that while most celebs did not walk the red carpet due to a down pour, he not only walked, but stood in the rain umbrella-less to shake hands with fans who were lined up outside of Radio City just hoping to get a glimpse of the A-listers. He made plenty of people’s year that day.