Cast finds it easy to move beyond Potter

Jul 11 2011 - 9:21am

After 11 years of filming, one might think it will be difficult for the magical cast of "Harry Potter" to move on with their lives.

Not so. The actors are ecstatic to hang up their robes and show that they are more than what the "Harry Potter" films have made them. Many of the actors have been fighting the world's view of them as wand wavers for years and now are taking giant leaps to show that they can do more than levitate feathers.

Whether it's birthday-suiting up and waving another type of wand in "Equus," or hacking off trademark bushy hair, these actors are desperate to show that they are not in Hogwarts anymore.

Daniel Radcliff

The star of the "Harry Potter" films is now on stage in Broadway's hit musical "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying," where he plays the main character J. Pierrepont Finch. He shows definite talent in both singing and dancing. Radcliff, who admitted to a British magazine recently that he has battled an alcohol problem, says he does want to get back into film, eventually.

Rupert Grint

Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, has just finished portraying Gunner Robert Smith in the movie "Comrade." He is currently working in three films: "Eddie the Eagle," "Cross Country" and "Wartime Wanderers." Harry's sidekick is expected to go far, especially with the aid of director Martin Scorsese, who believes Grint can become as great as Leonardo diCaprio.

Emma Watson

The actress who plays Hermione Granger is definitely the busiest of the film series' top stars. She is the model for LancAY=me's newest fragrance, Midnight Rose, is creating her own fashion line with People Tree and was voted the best dressed woman of 2011 by Glamour magazine. Watson is a student at Brown University but took a semester off to work on the films "My Week with Marilyn" and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." She is also interested in working on the stage and has taken a few classes to prepare for that.

Bonnie Wright

Wedding bells are going to ring for this 19-year-old actress who plays Ginny Weasley. Wright is engaged to Jamie Campbell Bower, known for his roles in "Sweeney Todd" and "New Moon." She plans to continue her career in films and is currently working on two movies: "Geography of the Hapless Heart" and "The Philosophers."

James and Oliver Phelps

It appears that the Weasley twins, James and Oliver Phelps, are taking a vacation from their 10-year Potter commitment and are doing all the things they could not do before, like skydiving. The identical twins both plan on continuing their acting careers.

Ralph Fiennes

Lord Voldemort's alter ego will continue with his acting career and is already working on three films: "Clash of the Titans 2," "Bond 23" and "Great Expectations."

Alan Rickman

Rickman, who plays Severus Snape, is giving up one disliked character for another. It turns out he'll be in a new Broadway play called "Seminar," playing a writer named Leonard, who teaches four young writers, some of whom he finds more promising than others.

Matthew Lewis

This actor is more than excited to give up his bumbling character, Neville Longbottom, and move on with his life. He wants to continue his acting career either in movies or on television.

Tom Felton

Also known as Draco Malfoy, Felton is now working in one film called "Evac," after which he will go on to work in "Grace and Danger." He is also in "The Apparition (a horror film)," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "From the Rough." One can expect to see a lot more of Tom Felton.

Harry Melling

Some of us will not remember, let alone recognize, Harry Melling, who played Dudley Dursley, due to the fact that he has lost a lot of weight and, if one may say so, is looking pretty gooood. Melling is now on the stage in "Mother Courage and Her Children," where he plays the son to his mother from the "Harry Potter" movies, Petunia.

J.K. Rowling

What will happen to the woman who started it all? Good question. She is the richest woman in England and has sold more than 400 million copies of her books worldwide. She is currently involved in the website Pottermore, which will allow people to get more involved with the "Harry Potter" books. There are also rumors that she is working on a new mystery novel, however, this has not been confirmed.

In the end, although "Harry Potter" was a great experience for all involved, it seems like everyone is ready to move on and try something new.

Madison Ostberg will be a junior at Bonneville High School this fall. E-mail her at jdojdobob@msn.com.

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