Harry Potter fans can breath a little bit easier this week as Warner Bros. Pictures have now confirmed that Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will all return for the final films in the film franchise. While Radcliffe signed on for the final sequels some time ago there was speculation that Watson wasn’t going to return for the final two films.
“When Daniel, Rupert and Emma were first cast as Harry, Ron and Hermione,” Jeff Robinov, President of Production, Warner Bros. Pictures said, “we knew they were not only talented, but had a very special chemistry. Through the years, and in each of the Harry Potter films, we have watched them grow into extraordinary young adults, as well as remarkable actors. 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.”
In the official release from Warner Bros. Watson stated, “I could never let Hermione go–she is my hero! I love her too much and love what playing her has meant to me. I am excited and honoured to be finishing what I started and playing her in all seven of the films.”
The film version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which is the fifth book in the series, is due out this July 13, 2007, which also happens to be the same month when the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows hits stores.
J.K. Rowling‘s beloved series started off back in 1999 with the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which became a film in 2001. To date the films have reportedly taken in over $3.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales alone.