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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Post-Harry Potter: What J.K. Rowling, Daniel, Emma, and Rupert are Doing Now

I loved the Harry Potter series. I read all seven books twice, and I've seen all the movies (except part two of Deathly Hallows) more than once. I wouldn't call myself an extreme fanatic, but I was and am still a fan.

I haven't made a concerted effort to keep up with J.K. Rowling and the three main actors, but I read a lot of articles, and lately there have been many separate articles about what they're doing now.

So, I thought, "What the hell? Might as well put all of what I've learned from different articles into one article here at Reader's Den."

J.K. Rowling

I started to use a picture of J.K. Rowling holding up the last book in the Harry Potter series, but then I realized something...

J.K. Rowling is more than just Harry Potter. She could have easily decided to live off of the fame and success of the Harry Potter series and stop writing, but instead she wrote a completely different book in a completely different genre. It's called "The Casual Vacancy" and it's an adult book that will involve black comedy, rivalries, and lots of 'wars' between the townspeople in the small English town.

The 480-page novel will be released worldwide as an ebook, audio download and hardback book on September 27, 2012. Concerning the release date, I think it's best to qoute Tee Tate, creator of LitStack.

"Dear Everyone who is launching a book this September. Sorry! Mrs. Rowling will out sell you."

I know, as a reviewer and fan of J.K. Rowling, that I can't wait to get my hands on this one. When I review it, I'm going to make sure I don't compare it to Harry Potter in any way. I know people will do that, and it bothers me. This is NOT Harry Potter. I expect it to be well-written and popular, but I don't expect it to be as popular as Harry Potter or have similar plot elements.

I remember the first time I learned J.K. Rowling was seriously pursuing a new publisher and a new book. For a while, there was a controversy about her dismissing her agent, Christopher Little. Most articles took a harsh angle (this article, for instance), but I don't know how to feel about it. I know J.K. Rowling is NOT a cruel, ungrateful person, but at the same time I can't quite understand why she fired him.

So, how do you feel about the new directions J.K. Rowling is taking?

Daniel Radcliffe

The guy to the right is poet Allen Ginsberg

I've seen Daniel Radcliffe here and there. By that, I mean I watched Saturday Night Live on January 14th for the first time (and so far only time) when he was a guest. I giggled here and there. The joke segment about Harry Potter was my favorite.

Though I didn't go see the movie because I can never find a way to get to a theater and I don't really care for ghosts, I watched the trailer for  "The Woman in Black," the horror movie Daniel starred in.

Now he's acting as poet Allen Ginsberg for "Kill Your Darlings," a movie slated for release in 2013. I don't know much about the movie or the poet, but I am interested in learning more.

On a random note, just because it amused me, here's an article full of pictures that basically focuses on Daniel bringing sexy back.

Emma Watson

This is a picture from the set of "Bling Ring," a movie that will be released next year about about the five-person Los Angeles gang that burgled the homes of celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and Orlando Bloom in 2008 and 2009.

The web can't seem to get enough of Emma Watson's temporary tramp stamp and skimpy clothing. I understand! It's hard not to think about how the cute, intelligent Hermione (hell, Emma Watson herself) would never be caught alive in an outfit like that.

I know for certain that I will definitely watch this movie when it comes out. I admire that Emma is not allowing herself to be typecast by trying a completely different role.

In fact, that's what I admire most about what J.K. Rowling, Daniel, Emma, and Rupert are doing post-Harry Potter. So far, none of them are afraid to try new things.


Rupert Grint 

What the hell is Rupert Grint doing these days?

That's the first thing that came to my mind when I started his part of the article. I had the most unfathomable crush on him for about two or three of my pre-teen years, so it's pretty sad that, of all the Harry Potter actors, I had no idea what he was doing up to until now.

I'm constantly hearing about J.K. Rowling, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe, but I haven't really heard much about Rupert Grint (beside the fact that he and Daniel aren't close friends like Daniel and Emma Watson are). Still, I know he has to be doing something...

...So I went over to and learned a couple of cool things. In March 2012, Rupert Grint starred in "Into the White," a movie about an unlikely friendship that grew between a German and English pilot when they were forced to survive a tough winter in the Norwegian wilderness together. I wondered, "How did I miss that?" It's understandable, though, since the movie was released in Norway.

Other cool things about Rupert Grint? He has a monthly magazine called RALG (Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint) dedicated entirely to him and his filmography.  There's an animated movie called "Postman Pat: The Movie - You Know You're the One" coming out May 24, 2013 and Rupert will be voicing one of the contestants in the talent show.

Well, that's all I have to say about the whole post-Harry Potter thing! Hope that brings you up-to-date.


Stepping Out of the Page

Such a great, detailed post - thanks for sharing. :)

New to your blog,
Steph @ Stepping Out of the Page


Thanks for reading and commenting! I really appreciate it. I had a great time putting this post together.