Harry Potter fans can rest easy: Despite a rumor that Emma Watson was close to quitting the film series, Warner Bros. confirmed on Friday that all is well at Hogwarts.
“Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will reprise the roles they have made their own: teen wizards Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger,” Warners production president Jeff Robinov said in a statement.
The trouble had started brewing at the beginning of this week, when British papers reported that Watson, 16, had grown tired of playing Hermione Granger, despite being offered more than $8 million to star in the series’ final two films.
Like Daniel Radcliffe, 17, who plays Harry but is now appearing onstage in a London revival of the play Equus, Watson felt the need to stretch into new projects, it was reported.
(Radcliffe, however, confirmed earlier this month that he would be back as Harry for the remainder of the screen saga.)
But any hesitation on anybody’s part about keeping things as they were looks to have disappeared – possibly by magic.
“We are thrilled and proud that Daniel, Rupert and Emma have chosen to complete the arc of their characters in the final two films,” added Robinov.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the seventh and final book in the series by J.K. Rowling, will arrive in July, as will the fifth movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
The sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, should open in 2008. There is no release date yet for the final installment.