Harry Potter Stars Reflect on 10 Years of Magic
For the past 10 years, millions of viewers have been enchanted by the heroic Harry Potter trio played by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. In honor of the eighth and final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (in theaters Friday), Us Weekly looks back on their biggest milestones.
"The bond between me and Rupert and Emma is pretty unbreakable," Radcliffe, now 21, says. "I don't think anybody knows what it's like to go through this craziness."
Indeed. Taking a break from Potter in 2007, Radcliffe got naked in the Broadway show Equus. "It was never really an issue," he said of his full-frontal scene. What was a problem, however, was his drinking. "I became so reliant on [alcohol] to enjoy stuff," he recently admitted, adding that he's been sober since August 2010. "There's no shame in enjoying the quiet life."
No one knows that better than Watson, 21. In the fall of 2009, she had Muggle coeds buzzing when she began classes at Brown University. But after 18 months, Watson took leave. "Being a student and fulfilling my commitments has become a little impossible," she explained in March.
Across the pond, Watson's costar Grint, 22, kept busy scoping out new real estate. The actor has spent more than $14 million on pricey properties, including two country mansions he purchased in 2006 and 2009 in Hertfordshire, England.
With their Potter days behind them, Watson tells Us she'll "miss Rupert and Dan," though they'll always remain close friends. "I'll miss being Hermione, too!"