The world first met Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint 10 years ago in 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. It was the first in a series of hit films based on British author J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books about a boy wizard. The young actors playing the in-demand roles of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley were Hollywood newcomers and still kids themselves. Now, a string of hit films later, the three stars are all grown up, and they’re acting pros.
In July, the eighth and final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, opened in theaters. The film flew straight to Number 1, raking in $169.2 million in its opening weekend. At the end of its movie-theater run, the film made $381 million in ticket sales worldwide—much more than any of the other Potter movies. The movie series as a whole has made more than $2 billion worldwide at the box office.
Part of the success of the series can be credited to Radcliffe, Watson and Grint. They made audiences believe that they really were best friends Harry, Hermione and Ron. With the last film’s release this summer, Potter fans bid farewell to the wizarding world. But one thing’s for sure: We won’t be saying goodbye to Radcliffe, Watson and Grint. Since filming ended on Deathly Hallows: Part 2, Radcliffe has already had a successful turn on the Broadway stage, in New York City, and Watson and Grint are working on other movies. Still, they will always be remembered for their magical roles in the Potter films.
For bringing J.K. Rowling’s characters to life, and for casting a spell over moviegoers for the past decade, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint are nominees for TFK’s 2011 Person of the Year.