After Harry Potterwhat's next?
July 13, 2011 at 2:13 a.m.
"Harry Potter" is more than a movie series. To fans, it is a way of life.
Millions of fans witnessed the budding actors - Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson - come into full bloom as megastars.
Over the past 10 years, "Harry Potter" movies have stretched our imaginations, fulfilled our childhood fantasies and touched our hearts.
Each of the actors has grown up before our eyes. I will venture to say these stars would never have to work again in their lives - if they didn't want to.
The blockbuster film success grossed close to $6.3 billion, making it one of the most profitable series of all-time.
At this point in their careers, they have a serious choice to make, whether they should continue with similar roles or take some risks.
Fans, like myself, are interested in their personal, as well as professional lives. So, I've done some research to see what's next for this dynamic trio.
Daniel Radcliffe will probably always be remembered and adored for his Harry Potter role. It may be the most challenging for him to not be typecasted because of his iconic character.
In 2008, he tried to test boundaries when he appeared nude in the Broadway play, "Equus."
I don't think too many Potter parents were pleased with that role.
The Huffington Post reported he will star in "The Woman in Black," as lawyer Arthur Kipps.
Even if this next film is a bust, he won't have any financial woes. Forbes magazine listed him as the Most Valuable Young Star of Hollywood when he was 19 years old.
Radcliffe's co-star, Rupert Grint, managed to squeeze in other roles during his run as Ron Weasley. But he said in an interview with the "Guardian," in the UK, his departure from his beloved character is like grieving.
He has several films lined up post-Potter, including "Wartime Wanderers," "Cross Country," "Eddie the Eagle" and "Comrade."
Last, but certainly not least, Emma Watson, has become a female powerhouse. She has graced the cover of Vogue magazine and Burberry ads.
She is scheduled to star in "My Week with Marilyn," in November. Next year, she will be in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."