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Looking Back: Three Young Actors’ ‘Harry Potter’ Years

July 05, 2011

When the first “Harry Potter” book was tapped to became a movie, author J.K. Rowling infamously insisted — demanded? — that the stars be British, true to the story itself.

And that’s how the world came to know three little-known child actors: Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley). How the lads and lass became global icons, famous and wealthy, without all of the Hollywood hissy fits, arrests and rehab stints, is a bit of magic in itself.

“They all know exactly what they’re worth, but they have not become impossible,” said Mike Newell, director of 2005’s “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

Little-known is hardly the way to describe them today. With the last movie in the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” set to debut in just 10 days, let us take a few Muggle minutes to recall some of the highlights on their paths to global celebrity.  Read More