With the lead actors now in their late teens, critics were increasingly willing to review them on the same level as the rest of the film's all-star cast, which the Los Angeles Times described as "a comprehensive guide to contemporary UK acting".
The film set records for a Harry Potter opening weekend, a non-May opening weekend in the US, and an opening weekend in the UK.
Critics praised the increasing maturity of Watson and her teenage co-stars; The New York Times called her performance "touchingly earnest". I think it's much more realistic that they would argue and that there would be problems." The fifth film in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was released in 2007.
With Watson’s enjoyed, it’s fascinating to consider just how different Watson and Radcliffe’s approaches have been to forging a career after Potter — and how those approaches essentially represent the two different avenues available to actors post-franchise.
(Grint works mostly in TV now.) When , neither of which made an impact critically or commercially.
His future as a serious leading man seems rich, though the question remains whether he’ll return to mainstream studio movies, particularly considering that so many of them rely on actors playing only minor variations on their most familiar roles. As an actor, she hasn’t faced the same problem Radcliffe did: While she’s recognizable to much of the world as Hermione, she isn’t as fundamentally identifiable as the character, and has grown only further apart from her as she’s gotten older.
Where the Hermione of the novels is a frizzy-haired bookworm, Watson was the face of Burberry; hell, she just played a character the film’s title literally called a “Beauty.” While an actress like Watson will always face more bias and judgment regarding her looks than her male co-stars ever will, she never had the dilemma of looking too much like one character, and not enough like the accepted standard of beauty.
From 2011 to 2014, Watson split her time between working on film projects and continuing her education, studying at Brown University and Worcester College, Oxford and graduating from Brown with a bachelor's degree in English literature in May 2014. Her parents separated when she was young; following their divorce, Watson moved back to England to live with her mother in Oxfordshire while spending weekends at her father's house in London. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher, and producers were impressed by her confidence.
In 1999, casting began for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States), the film adaptation of British author J. After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Watson and fellow applicants Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint that they had been cast for the roles of the school friends Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, respectively.
Radcliffe was more or less the perfect leading man for the Harry Potter franchise, the platonic ideal of what most people saw when they read the books.