Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint "ready to move on"
By Douglas MacLaurin
LONDON (Reuters) - After a decade of juggling childhood with being a major movie star, Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint is ready to move on as shooting of the eight-film franchise finally comes to an end.
Grint, who plays red-haired Ron Weasley in the movies based on J.K. Rowling's bestselling wizard stories, has already appeared in several smaller, independent productions while continuing to make the Potter pictures.
Filming of the final installment has just ended, 10 years after the young cast cut their acting teeth on the set of "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone," which came out in 2001. Its U.S. title was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
"It's been a long time," Grint told Reuters in an interview for his latest movie "Wild Target," also starring Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt in a remake of a 199Os French film.
"We started this last one (Harry Potter) this February and it's been fun, it's going to be a great way to end the series. Yeah, I'm looking forward to it, but I think I'm kind of ready to move on now," he added.
The Harry Potter series has made household names of its three central characters -- Grint, Daniel Radcliffe (who plays the boy wizard Potter) and Emma Watson (Hermione) -- as well as multi-millionaires.
The six movies to date have amassed $5.4 billion at the international box office, and far more if DVD and merchandise sales are added.
The final of the seven books penned by Rowling -- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" -- has been divided into two movies, the first of which is released in November and the second in July, 2011. Continued...