'Harry Potter's' Done... What Will They Do Now?
After eight films, our favorite wizards are bracing for a move away from "Potter" – here’s what’s in store for them, from Hagrid to Bellatrix Lestrange to Broadway Harry.
Now singing and dancing on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” Daniel Radcliffe will be retiring the lightning forehead scar for something more ghostly as young lawyer Arthur Kipps in the upcoming horror thriller “The Woman in Black.” Also on tap: a remake of the 1930 Best Picture winner “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Both films are due in 2012.
Emma Watson stars alongside Michelle Williams in the upcoming “My Week With Marilyn” (as in “Monroe”), then plays a high school student introducing an introverted freshman to the world of sex and drugs in Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” In real life, with two years of Brown University under her belt, she plans on spending her third at Oxford University’s Worcester College. And she’ll be the new face of Lancome International.
Rupert Grint will be plenty busy without “Potter.” He’s playing an English fighter who forms an unlikely friendship with a German pilot in “Comrade” and an English ski-jumper in “Eddie the Eagle.” He also goes on a camping trip gone terribly wrong in the violent thriller “Cross Country,” and hits the football field -– in 1939 -- for “Wartime Wanderers.”
The British Director of the last four Harry Potter films has thrown himself into the much smaller-budget 1942 war drama “St. Nazaire,” set for release in 2012.
Tom Felton has a stint alongside James Franco in the upcoming “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” directed by Rupert Wyatt. He also has four more films in pre- and post-production, including golf film “From the Rough,” supernatural thriller “The Apparition,” WWII drama “Grace and Danger” and horror thriller “Evac.” Recent reports that he plans a new career as an English rapper are “as bizarre as me saying that I'm becoming an astronaut,” he told Access Hollywood.
British comedian Robbie Coltrane will retire the robes of Potter’s lovable giant comrade to take up the role of Lord Dingwall in Pixar’s upcoming “Brave,” alongside Potter co-star Emma Thompson (Prof. Sybil Trelawney, the seemingly absent-minded Divinations professor).
Harry Potter’s beau Bonnie Wright will be breaking from the Weasley family and hitting the books with the upcoming film “The Philosophers,” about a Jakarta international high school philosophy experiment. Wright is moving into her third year studying film and television in London.
James and Oliver Phelps may have some trouble breaking the perception that they come as a pair. "We've had a few meetings with casting agents in the States but there is a perception that we come as two,” James told the Guardian. “I said I want to do individual stuff and one guy just said 'Oh no, I don't see that happening.’” They do, however, guest star as troublesome twins in an episode of the British series “Kingdom.”
The delightfully wicked Helena Bonham Carter will continue her string of twisted gothic characters as Dr. Julia Hoffman in husband Tim Burton’s remake of “Dark Shadows.” Also on tap: yet another adaptation of Dickens’ “Great Expectations” with Michelle Pfeiffer and “Potter” co-star Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) – and some modeling for designer Marc Jacobs' upcoming fall campaign.
"I'm writing, and I've done quite a lot since finishing Harry Potter," she said at the "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" premiere to MTV News. "I think I always felt I didn't want to publish again until the last film was out because Potter has been such a huge thing in my life,” she told BBC News. “I've been writing hard ever since I finished writing Hallows, so I've got a lot of stuff and I suppose it's a question of deciding which one comes out first. But I will publish again. In a sense it's a beginning for me as well as an end."
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