Young stars struggle with life after "Harry Potter"

Wed Jul 6, 2011 5:12pm EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - The young actors who have worked on the "Harry Potter" movies for half their lives said on Wednesday they were struggling to come to grips with the series ending.

Their journey began with "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (Sorcerer's Stone in the U.S.), which was released by Warner Bros in 2001, and it ends 10 years later with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" which has its world premiere in London on Thursday.

The central cast members, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, were between 9 and 11 years-old when they were chosen for the parts of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, respectively, meaning they grew up in a bubble of global movie stardom and personal wealth.

At their final press conference before the movie's launch, the stars were asked to reflect on how well they will cope with no longer being on the job.

"I don't think I still have really come to terms with that," said Grint, now 22. "After we finished (filming) a year ago now I have felt a little bit lost without it, really, and not really knowing what to do with myself.

"It's been such a constant part of my life and to suddenly have that come down to this one film, it is quite sad and I'm really genuinely going to miss it and miss everyone."

Watson, 21, described how she believed playing Hermione pushed her to become a better person in real life.

"I will actually just miss being her, getting to come into work every day and be this girl that lives in this magical amazing world and get to go on all the adventures that she goes on. That part's quite devastating."   Continued...