'Harry Potter' Stars Wouldn't Return If Franchise Went On
With a week to go before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 takes over the box office, two of the franchise's young stars may already be done with their iconic big-screen roles.
Responding to J.K. Rowling's recent interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show in which she noted that she hadn't ruled out writing more Harry Potter books, Daniel Radcliffe told Sky News that it'd be "very doubtful" that he'd be a part of another film in the franchise.
"Oh God, she promised me categorically that there wouldn't be another book involving Harry. I think 10 years is a long time to spend with one character," Radcliffe said of playing the boy wizard.
Co-star Emma Watson, meanwhile, noted that she's considering abandoning acting completely.
"[Being cast as Hermione] happened when I was very young and this was one role and it has transformed the whole of my life but it doesn't necessarily mean this is what's going to make me happy," she noted. "I want to be able to explore a few other things as well."
One thing is certain: Neither Radcliffe nor Watson needs to work. A Vanity Fair salary study in March listed Radcliffe at No. 6 with earnings of $41 million in 2009 and picking up paychecks of $20 million for each film in the two-part installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with Watson (No. 14) — and co-star Rupert Grint (No. 15) — earning $15 million per film.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 opens Nov. 19 with the second half of the series' conclusion slated for a July 2011 release.