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The Harry Potter Stars: From Kids to Celebrities

The latest and sixth installment of the Harry Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is out in theaters this month. The highly-anticipated fantasy-adventure film, based on the novels of the same name by British author J.K. Rowling, was originally planned for theatrical release in November 2008.
The three main stars of the Harry Potter movies-Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson-are now international celebrities. As the filming of the final two Harry Potter movies is underway, these young actors are currently transitioning from child actors to adult actors.

Daniel Radcliffe Radcliffe, the son of a literary agent and a casting agent, hails from West London. In December 1999, he made his acting debut in the BBC's televised two-part adaptation the novel David Copperfield. In August of that same year, after several auditions, he was selected to play the role of Harry Potter in the big-budget adaptation of the Harry Potter book series. The movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, was released in 2001 to phenomenal commercial success.

Radcliffe has also starred in the four subsequent Harry Potter film adaptations and is signed on for the remaining seventh and eighth films. In 2002, Daniel Radcliffe appeared as a guest in "The Play What I Wrote" directed by Kenneth Branagh, who appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets as Professor Lockhart. In 2006, Daniel Radcliffe began to make the transition from child to adult actor, appearing in the television series "Extras" as a parody of himself and the independent Australian drama December Boys.

In 2007 Daniel Radcliffe made celebrity magazine headlines for his portrayal of Alan Strang in the play Equus. The role generated significant pre-opening media interest because Daniel Radcliffe appeared nude in one scene in the play; he later received critical acclaim from many entertainment magazine writers. Aside from the two remaining Harry Potter films, Daniel Radcliffe is said to be starring in the upcoming movie, The Journey is the Destination. So far, Daniel Radcliffe has appeared on the covers of Entertainment Weekly and Details magazine.

Twenty-year-old Rupert Grint, from Hertfordshire, had not acted professionally before being cast as "Ron Weasley," in the Harry Potter movies. Since the Harry Potter movies, has appeared in a handful of movies including Driving Lessons with Laura Linney and has done voiceover work. In 2007, Forbes magazine ranked Rupert Grint #16 on a list of 20 earners under the age of 25; he reportedly had annual earnings of $4 million. In 2009, People magazine reported the Harry Potter star had contracted a mild case of H1N1 flu, also known as swine flu, but had recovered.

Emma Watson, from Oxfordshire, also spent time growing up in Paris. Before landing the part of know-it-all Hermione Granger, Emma Watson, like her co-star Rupert Grint, had only acted in school plays. Emma Watson has since participated in two non-Harry Potter movies: the made-for-television Ballet Shoes, also based on a popular children's book series and an animated film, The Tale of Despereaux. She has appeared on the covers of Teen Vogue, Interview and a Girls' Life magazine.

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