‘Potter’ actors to finish series

HOLLYWOOD, Los Angeles Times

“Harry Potter” fans can breathe a sigh of relief: Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have agreed to finish out the money-making franchise.

According to Variety, the young actors, who have grown up in the wildly successful “Harry Potter” films, have signed deals to reprise their roles in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” the final two pictures in the Warner Bros. franchise based upon J.K. Rowling’s best-selling book series.

“It would be inconceivable to imagine anyone else in the roles with which they have become so identified,” said Jeff Robinov, Warner Bros. Pictures’ head of production, to Variety.

While the movies have made money worldwide and household names of the cast, their back-to back filming has consumed much of the lives of the young actors.

Watson, for one, was rumored to be considering other alternatives, rather than continue with the role of Hermione Granger. Radcliffe and Grint have begun branching out into other roles. Radcliffe — Harry Potter himself — is appearing on stage in London in the classic “Equus.” Grint, who plays Harry’s best friend, Ron Weasley, is appearing in last year’s “Driving Lessons,” a coming-of-age drama starring Laura Linney and Julie Walters.

The latest Harry Potter entry, David Yates’ “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” opens July 13.