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Where are the stars of Harry Pot­ter now?

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By ANGELIN YEOH en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

DID you know that it took a year for JK Rowl­ing’s agent to find a pub­lisher for Harry Pot­ter And The Philoso­pher’s Stone ?The year was 1996 and Rowl­ing re­called how she was ec­static when her agent called to say Blooms­bury had of­fered to pub­lish the book.

“I couldn’t believe my ears. Af­ter I had hung up, I screamed and jumped into the air. (Daugh­ter) Jes­sica, who was sit­ting in her high chair, en­joy­ing her tea, looked thor­oughly scared.

“And the rest, as you may guess, is his­tory,” she said in an in­ter­view with Ur­banette.

It has been 20 years since Rowl­ing’s first Harry Pot­ter book in the se­ries was re­leased. Rowl­ing went from strug­gling sin­gle par­ent to a cel­e­brated au­thor who weaved her magic into a much-loved lu­cra­tive fran­chise.

An ABC re­port es­ti­mated that the Harry Pot­ter book se­ries, movies and mer­chan­dis­ing are worth up to US$24bil (RM103­bil).

Of course, who can forget how Rowl­ing’s cre­ation also changed the lives of then-un­knowns like Daniel Rad­cliffe, Emma Wat­son and Rupert Grint who played Harry Pot­ter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley re­spec­tively in the movies?

Let’s take a look at where they are now af­ter the eight-part movie saga ended in 2011 with Harry Pot­ter And The Deathly Hal­lows – Part 2.

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