The decade-long saga comes to a close. The trio were just children when they were chosen to play Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley from JK Rowling’s best-selling wizard series. Emma Watson said she felt Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint were “like my brothers” and said they were “scheming” in an attempt to work together again.
Hundreds of fans have gathered in Trafalgar Square ahead of the premiere of the final Harry Potter film. It was an emotional evening for the cast and fans who grew up during the series.
The trio of young wizards stand silently side-by-side, their expressions revealing exhaustion, relief, triumph and anticipation. 21-year-old Daniel Radcliffe, 21-year-old Emma Watson, and 22-year-old Rupert Grint embarked on the Potter series as children not imaging what mystery tour awaited them.
They have morphed from wide-eyed, slightly gawky kids to full-fledged, graceful actors. They have come out the other end with the millions each earned for the eight films, and they could afford to take a very long sabbatical.
Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves said: “Emma was 10 and Daniel and Rupert were 11 when I started writing for them. I wrote appropriately for their age group.” He added: “But by the end, I wrote as challenging material for them as I did for Michael Gambon (who plays Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore) or anybody else. In fact, I think I gave them the most challenging material.”
Though the series are named after the bespectacled boy wizard, his two best friends have significantly promoted in keeping record-breaking numbers of fans bewitched by the Potter films, the most financially successful film franchise of all time, having earned $6.4 billion worldwide to date.
Kloves said: “Casting the three was the single most important decision in the history of these movies. At the end of the day, the series will live and die on the strength of those three children. It won’t live and die on how cool a dragon looks.” He added: “I think Jo Rowling would admit the plot is quite secondary to the characters and what they embody and represent.”
Radcliffe, who is playing the lead role in the revival of the 1952 musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, said: “Little did I know when I started that I would be watching the last film while starring in a play on Broadway. There are so many things I will miss about Harry and playing the part. There are some things I won’t miss, but I will miss playing an action hero. It’s bittersweet, absolutely.”
Grint was full of sadness on the final day of filming, particularly after Radcliffe made an emotional speech about his production “family.” He said: “The last day of filming was unexpectedly more emotional than I thought it would be.”
He continued: “It was a weird feeling when we finished. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I felt kind of lost, really, without it. But it was a relief, too. I was exhausted and looking forward to having a bit of freedom. I was also quite sad because a huge part of my life had ended.”
Emma’s years spent in the company of her two pals, Ron and Harry, left a deep imprint on Watson. “I’m going to miss it so much,” she says. “There’s a big hole to fill. Dan, Rupert and I have this amazing chemistry because we have years and years of history. David (Yates, the director) kept saying, ‘Use this bond you really have and bring it to the movie.’ And we really did try.”
The day before the premiere, the cast joined together for a final photocall. Emma Watson’s star was certainly shining bright. The 21-year-old looked simply stunning in a chic black Rafael Lopez dress with lace and ruffle detail as she joined her co-stars to pose for pictures.
The actress was mobbed by over eager fans as she left her hotel and was quickly surrounded by members of the public who were desperate for an autograph. In a recent interview Emma admitted she struggled to find a boyfriend because men find her success intimidating.
The actress greeted Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley with a warm embrace. They were missing their co-star Daniel Radcliffe from the line-up who did not attend the photo call because of other work commitments. Rupert was dressed in a black blazer a plain white T-shirt and a pair of dark jeans. But this outfit outfit which simply couldn’t compete with Miss Watson’s glamour.
It doesn’t matter that the filming is over. The three on-screen pals have remained in touch since filming their final scene, just as their characters do after leaving Hogwarts. [via USA Today, Daily Mail, The Telegraph]