Image Credit: Stephen Lovekin/Getty ImagesGet out your time-turners, folks, because we’ve reached the end of an era. On Saturday, filming of the Harry Potter series came to a close. Warwick Davis, who plays Professor Flitwick, tweeted out the news: “Today is officially the last day of principal photography on ‘Harry Potter’ – ever. I feel honoured to be here as the director shouts cut for the very last time. Farewell Harry & Hogwarts, it’s been magic!”
It must have been a sad day for all the actors involved, especially the trio of young stars who have charmed audiences around the world since Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone was released back in 2001. (Fun fact: Considering the first movie started filming in October 2000, the Harry Potter films were in production for exactly nine and three-fourths years.) We’ve gotten the chance to watch Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint literally grow up before our eyes, and although so many child stars find themselves forever stuck in a proverbial Azkaban of type-casting, these three seem to have bright futures ahead of them, as people actually take them seriously.
So, I’m wondering: where do they go from here? Sure, they still have another year of promotional appearances for the two Deathly Hallows movies before they’re through with the Harry Potter universe, but once their time as part of the most successful franchise in film history wraps up, what avenues will they pursue? Allow me to put my divination skills to use as I predict the future for the magical trio:
Radcliffe has already stated that he’s going back to Broadway to star in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Following that, I’d expect a slew of very serious roles for the actor. In the same way that fellow former-mega-franchise-stars Tobey Maguire and Elijah Wood have sought out heavy roles in smaller productions like Brothers and Green Street Hooligans, Radcliffe may gravitate to darker fare.
Grint will probably keep doing what he’s been doing for the past few years: starring in cool, quirky British movies that don’t make much of an impact in the U.S. After roles in Driving Lessons and Cherrybomb, the star will open his latest film, a comedy called Wild Target, which is released Friday in the U.K. If I had to guess, I’d say Grint’s career will resemble Hot Fuzz star Simon Pegg’s. He’ll be a strong comedic draw in Britain, and while people in America will always like him, he won’t feel the need to be an A-List leading man.
Watson’s future is a little less clear. She’s repeatedly said that she’s not in love with acting. My guess is that if she does pursue the art, she’ll display a surprising range, along the lines of Keira Knightley’s — and she’ll always look great on the red carpet.
What do you think, PopWatchers? Now that they’ve graduated from Hogwarts, what’s next for the Harry Potter stars?
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