USA Today Profiles “Harry Potter” Trio’s Transition into Adulthood


Dec 01, 2010

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USA Today has a new article about the Harry Potter trio and their future plans now that they are transitioning into adulthood.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), and Emma Watson (Hermione) filmed their final scene together over the summer. Grint commented on how anticlimactic it felt filming the final scene of the franchise.

“It’s been such a long time,” Grint says. “And it was such a random little scene. I was soaking wet. The three of us jump through a fireplace on a crash land, and that was it. It felt like it should be ending on something a bit more meaningful, but that’s how it was.”

Radcliffe talks about his next two projects: a film, the Woman in Black, which he’s currently shooting, and the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business (Without Really Trying). The play will open in February.

“I’m the first person to play the role this young,” he says. Previously, Finch has been played by Robert Morse and Matthew Broderick. “I think it adds a dimension when someone who’s playing it is actually as young as the character,” says Radcliffe, who has put in hours of singing and dance training. (In his spare time, Radcliffe is a music aficionado and plays the bass.)

The actor relishes playing someone as “manipulative and conniving and almost Falstaffian” as the ambitious Finch, a character who is light-years away from the idealistic and heroic Harry Potter.

“Everything Finch does is morally reprehensible,” he says. “But you kind of back him. How to Succeed in Business is about somebody who never lets his morals get in the way of his ambition.”

Watson will continue her studies at Brown University in Rhode Island, but she is also eager to dabble in different activities, including theatre.

“I haven’t been a stage actress. It really is a different ballgame. People kind of expect that I should be incredibly confident, but no, this is not what I’m trained in.

“If I’m in front of a camera, I’m very comfortable, but to be on a stage, you can’t do a second take. You can’t go back. It’s frightening, but still, I like the adrenaline of knowing you get one shot. And the energy you get from a good audience, if they’re really into it, is like nothing else.”

Meanwhile, Grint is taking things slowly, “reading scripts and happily working on his golf.”

“I’m just being a bit patient and waiting for the right thing,” he says. “I’m not in a real rush. This last shoot was more than a year and a half and I’m pretty exhausted, really. Now that I’m finished, there’s a real sense of freedom.”

31 Responses to USA Today Profiles “Harry Potter” Trio’s Transition into Adulthood

Avatar Imagerettophantom says: Strange to read about them all in different places...Avatar ImageGinnyPotter88 says: I is sort of weird to read about them in non-Harry Potter related things =]Avatar ImageBless_the_children says: I like the fact that Rupert went on a crazy road trip with the Phelps twins to Barcelona - Fred lives after all!!! Sounds like they're all genuinely happy, and that is a rarity with child stars.Avatar ImageSindi says: i dont think its that strange, they've been doing so many different things, and they are amazing people, that you kind of expect them to be doing so many great things :D its good to know that everything is going great for them :D Avatar Imageiamnotworriedharry says: I really hope the Broadway role works out for Daniel. I know he got rave reviews in his first play, but I have to say it worries me a bit that he has to dance in this one! He is not a dancer. I really hope it goes well. I would hate to see any of them get bad reviews, they all seem so sweet and have represented the roles so well. Avatar Imagechikitcorpuzvesterbaek says: Daniel is so hard-working, I bet he's working overtime on his dancing classes. Harry is not a good dancer - but hope Daniel is!Avatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: A nice article. The three have all grown into fine young people. The studio also deserves credit for taking good care of them when they were younger, and making sure they got a proper education.Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Its really funny how it feels to read about the trio in non HP thingsAvatar ImageStarlysh says: They're so grown up :,)Avatar Imagerettophantom says: It's not just that it's non-HP, because yeah they've all done other stuff before, but this is now what's happening next. It's like their epilogue.Avatar Imagebrujahqueen says: IT's good to see them moving forward and not beign cast typed.Avatar ImageMissHermione says: The three seem to be going different ways; daniel to broadway, emma to college and maybe more screen, and rupert to...well, lounging:) I think thats pretty cool!Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: They’re so grown up Avatar Imageashim_gryffindor says: It's awesome to see them moving on and taking up new and fresh things, I will be following their future programs with interest!Avatar Imagekb1073 says: It makes it more real that the movies at an end. It has always been nice to see them with clear goals and how well rounded they are. I'm going to miss the "trio" but can't wait to see them doing their individual projects.Avatar ImageMistic Willow says: Totally AWESOME!!! I can't wait to see The Woman in Black!!! I think Dan will be AWESOME in it!!!!! I don't know if I will even have the opportunity to see How to suceed in Business, I don't think those of us who live here will have an opportunity to do so!! It would be nice if we could!!! I know that the trio Dan, Rupert, & Emma will remain close friends, because the three of them have a special bond, one that will last throughout time itself!!!!!Avatar ImageBeazle says: Has Rupert ever -I mean EVER -in ten years ONCE said something even slightly memorable ?Avatar ImageFirnantok says: I'm really looking forward to see them in other movies. Or maybe some guest roles on TV :)Avatar Imagekbicprez says: Finally saw DH. I LOVED IT. After OOTP and especially HBP, I had been skeptical about Yates, but I really enjoyed it. Even though I knew the story, it kept me on the edge of my seat. There were so many sad moments, particularly Dobby’s death and Hermione obliterating her parents’ memories. Both very touching. I especially loved seeing Rupert & Emma get such meaty roles in this film. I thought they both knocked it out of the park. IMO, Rupert has always been a very good actor but was basically stuck with “scraps” for the most part in HP. And although I thought Emma was great in POA, she really came into her own in DH. Her torture scene really gave me chills! I also thought Tom Felton, Rhys Ifans, and Helena Bonham Carter were great and Dobby and Kreacher were simply perfect. GREAT JOB all around!!! @Beazle, I think Rupert’s best performances are on screen and not in interviews, but that’s true of more than a few actors. Your constant trashing of the guy is sounding a bit obsessive. Avatar Imagesueml says: I'd love to see Dan on Broadway. How can I get my husband to go with me to NY to do this? He know my obsession with Harry Potter, but now he'll just think I'm nuts. By the way, am I the only one that wasn't that sad when Dobby died? I certainly didn't cry. Even in the book I didn't feel very sad - I felt for Harry as it was another death he had to suffer through, but as far as the character itself - eh. (I did almost cry when Hermione wiped her parent's memories however)Avatar Imagebooks_r_my_friends says: I'm so happy for them, but its strange to hear of them going their separate ways(as i knew they eventually would). I will also be following their next projects with interest :) Avatar ImageMaryMalfoy says: I'm hoping to see Dan on Broadway this summer! Hoping it'll be good :)Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: All three of them are really great role models! I am sure whatever they do will be awesome! It would be cool to hear Dan sing!Avatar ImagePHONELADY says: YES THEY ALL GROWN UP NOW BEST TO THEM ALL.Avatar Imageksddancer says: It's great that they are getting to try new things. I wish them much luck! Good luck in golf Rupert! Don't get a boogey!!! :)Avatar ImageBeckster235 says: I loved watching them all grow up, and grow up with all of us! So glad the entire cast stayed throughout the years!! weird to see them all separated in different prjs, but im soo excited to see them all go off and do well! Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: I hope and I think hey will always be friends and stay in touch no matter what they are doing or where they are - hope they all do well and are there for each otherAvatar Imageultraviolet says: long live the radcliffe! emma was great in balletshoes and rupert in driving lessons. i hope they are in many more things to come!Avatar Imagehewy says: Good for all of them. May they have continued success in all that they do. Emma will conquer the stage at some point and be just great. Rupert will continue to go his own way and it will be amazing. Dan will always be a star and they will all be wonderfully down to earth forever. At least we hope they will.Avatar Imagejacket says: I've never really had the patience for golf...the one time I played I ended up crashing my cart into a giant bolder...Avatar ImageFresca says: I wish all three of the young stars all the best in the world. They should do well with the great attittudes and skills they have developed.

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