Potterless: Radcliffe, Watson and Grint on life without Harry

How do the stars of the world’s biggest movie franchise feel now it’s over?

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“Can I imagine life without Harry? I think it would have been a bit rubbish, to be honest,” Daniel Radcliffe tells Radio Times, in the latest edition of the magazine.

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Aged between 10 and 12 when the first Harry Potter movie started filming, Radcliffe and his co-stars, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, have grown up working on the films.

With the final instalment in the saga, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, about to hit cinemas, they ponder life without Potter.

“What’s nice,” says Radcliffe, “is that… it’s only going to get easier. I’m never going to be as famous as I am today. Or as I was a few years ago. That’s all going to go away, and I’ll be able to just get on with being an actor.”

But the end of Potter is not just about the fame and the films. It’s about a whole way of life and the ties between the three people who have shared it.

“The Harry Potter set has been like my home, my school, my family,” says Watson. “I’m sad to leave everything behind. Although I have a funny feeling the three of us will become closer when this is all over, because we’ve shared this experience. I think we’ll spend more time together than we did during filming.”

“I felt a little lost when we finished filming a year ago,” admits Grint. “It took a while to get used to Harry Potter not being in my life any more… The last day was quite emotional. To be honest, I don’t think it will properly sink in until the film is out in the cinema.”

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Read more from Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint – plus interviews with 17 more key Harry Potter stars, including Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, Robert Pattinson and Helena Bonham Carter – in the latest issue of Radio Times, on sale now.