'Potter' stars set for more wizardry


Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have signed on to reprise the roles of teen wizards Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, respectively, in the last two installments of Warner Bros. Pictures' "Harry Potter" movies.

The three actors have been with the movie series since its first installment, 2001's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," and over the years questions arose whether the actors would age out of the parts of students attending wizardry school. There also were questions of whether deals could be made and whether some of the actors still even wanted to play the roles.

The final two motion picture adaptations of J.K. Rowling's best-selling book series are titled "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

David Heyman, who has produced all the "Harry Potter" films, is producing the last two as well. David Barron -- who served as an executive producer on "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and is a producer on the upcoming "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" -- also will be producing the final two installments.

"Order of the Phoenix," the fifth film in the series, is slated for release July 13 in the U.S.

"Through the years, and in each of the 'Harry Potter' films, we have watched (Radcliffe, Grint and Watson) grow into extraordinary young adults as well as remarkable actors," Warners president of production Jeff Robinov said. "It would be inconceivable to imagine anyone else in the roles with which they have become so identified, so we are thrilled and proud that Daniel, Rupert and Emma have chosen to complete the arc of their characters in the final two films."

Radcliffe, whose only film outside of the "Potter" series so far is the upcoming "December Boys," is appearing on the London stage in "Equus." Grint played Laura Linney's son in last year's "Driving Lessons."
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