View Full Version : Young Actors Can Complete Potter Series!!!

26-05-04, 17:04
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Despite speculation that the young stars of the Harry Potter films will outgrow their roles, the director of the latest installment believes they can see the popular series through to the end.

"It would be amazing to have the whole series with the same kids," Alfonso Cuaron, whose "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" opens worldwide on June 4, said on Tuesday.

"It would be priceless. It would be something very special, for the ages."

"Azkaban" is the third of a planned seven films based on J.K. Rowling's best-selling book series about the magical students of Hogwarts Academy.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) and cinematic sidekicks Emma Watson (Hermione) and Rupert Grint (Ron) have so far maintained their enthusiasm for the work, but many wonder whether they will physically outgrow the characters.

The trio, who sign for one film at a time, have already begun work on the fourth movie, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," directed by Mike Newell ("Mona Lisa Smile" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral").

The fifth book, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," was published last year.

In the next movie, the young wizards are supposed to be 14 years old, which matches Watson's age. Radcliffe will turn 15 this summer and Grint will turn 16.

Cuaron said it would be a landmark achievement for the trio that created the roles to make it through to the end.

"Right now they're doing No. 4. There's only three more to go. I just hope they keep the same cast for the whole thing," said Cuaron, adding he would love to direct them again.

"So far, they're holding up very good, the way that they are aging. I don't think Dan is going to get way much taller or suddenly grow another eye. Same with Emma, and Rupert is OK.

"Let's hope. In the last one they're supposed to be 17. Say they're 19, I think they're going to be very good," he said. "That would be very special."

The acclaimed Mexican director of Oscar-nominated movies "Y Tu Mama Tambien" (2001) and "A Little Princess" (1995), said he was so exhausted from directing the Potter film that he could not follow on for the next one.

"I need a long siesta." sighed Cuaron. "It's two years of your life, working pretty much seven days a week from 7:30 in the morning to midnight. It's a long journey."

Yet Cuaron, 42, said he would love to return and steer the trio through their paces again.

"I would love to come back," he said. "My dream is that the cast would remain intact."