Midnight Thursday (Nov. 18) marks the beginning of the end for the “Harry Potter” movie series with the opening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.” So if you’re one of the series’ three stars, were do you go from here? We have some thoughts.
]]>Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint don’t really need our advice. They seem remarkably well-adjusted for three young people who have been the center of the most successful movie franchise ever for basically half of their lives. Kudos to their parents, their handlers, the rest of the “Potter” cast and crew, and especially to the three of them for coming through the past decade as likable, sane, scandal-free young adults. But the end of “Harry Potter” series is a big milestone for all three actors. They all have work lined up for after “Deathly Hallows,” and we wish them long and fruitful careers as adults. We also think the following advice might help them get there. Daniel Radcliffe: Stay the course. You’ve already shown quite a bit of versatility — there was your hilarious “Extras” cameo a few years back and your dark on-stage performance in “Equus,” and soon you’ll star in a thriller (“The Woman in Black”) and a musical (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” on Broadway). “Harry Potter” will probably always be the first line in your bio, but you’ve done a great job so far of not letting that be the only thing you’re known for. Keep it up. Emma Watson: Study Keira Knightley — or just study. Like you, Knightley started acting young and became famous before she was out of her teens. She’s also managed to balance starring in a huge franchise (the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films) with more serious roles. Granted, she was already well-known before her “Pirates” turn, but it’s worth noting that she’s made “Pride and Prejudice,” “Atonement” and “Never Let Me Go” (among others) since the first “Pirates” movie. Also? All that can wait till you’re finished at Brown. We love how you’re embracing college life — and if you happen to find something at Brown that you’d rather do than acting, then good luck. Rupert Grint: Find the funny. Per IMDB, your first post-“Deathly Hallows” movie will be a biopic of Michael Edwards, aka Eddie the Eagle, the tremendously bad ski jumper from Great Britain whose futility in the 1988 Olympics made him something of a folk hero. It’s a brilliant choice, and we hope the movie makes it to the States as well. To us, you’re the most natural comic actor of the “Potter” principals, and we hope you continue to cultivate those skills. Keep working with good people, maybe do some writing of your own, and you’ll be good to go.