This year has been a big one for J.K. Rowling, marking the release of her first non-Harry Potter novel, "The Casual Vacancy." The new book sold more than a million copies worldwide within three weeks of release and is now set to be adapted as a BBC miniseries.
Like Rowling, the cast of the Harry Potter films has also gone in new directions since the franchise's last movie in July 2011. Here we take stock of what they've each accomplished and what 2013 holds for Hogwarts' most noteworthy trio of teens.
Daniel Radcliffe followed up his run as the most famed boy wizard with a successful stint on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," alongside John Laroquette. Radcliffe earned much praise for his performance, while the industry noted his snub from the Tony Awards.
On the big screen, his first "adult" role came as the lead in "The Woman in Black." In the 2011 thriller, he plays a young lawyer who discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman.
The three actors, with author J.K. Rowling at the “Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone” premiere in London …Radcliffe's got three movies in the can for 2013: "Kill Your Darlings," in which he plays Allen Ginsberg alongside Jack Huston's Jack Kerouac and Ben Foster's William Burroughs; comedy-drama "The F Word"; and "Horns," in which he plays a young man who wakes up with a pair of horns after his girlfriend mysteriously dies.
It's no lightning scar, but hey, horns could bring him great fanfare too.
Rupert Grint had a fairly quiet 2012 after playing Harry Potter's second banana for years. His sole film was "Into the White," a drama about English and German pilots forced to coexist in the Norwegian wilderness when they're stranded together. Meanwhile, he also lent his voice to an episode of the FOX series "American Dad."
Next year, the ginger-haired actor will see a bit more activity, with a role in CBGB, a film that recounts New York City's punk-rock scene, and the iconic nightclub of the same name. The 24-year-old actor also has four projects in pre-production.
Emma Watson's appeared in just two films since her days playing astute Hermione Granger, but to her credit, both projects have been critically acclaimed. In 2011, she had a small role in the Golden Globe-nominated "My Week With Marilyn." And this year, she played the female lead, Sam, in the coming-of-age drama "The Perks of Being a Wallflower." "Watson, sporting a spot-on Yank accent, makes a dream girl to die for," Rolling Stone's Peter Travers wrote about her performance.
Next up, Watson appears in the celebrity-laden comedy "The End of the World," in which James Franco's party guests are faced with the apocalypse. She's also wrapped "The Bling Ring," a film by Sofia Coppola in which a group of celeb-obsessed teens cyber-stalk the famous and rob their homes. And in 2014, she's set to hit big screen alongside A-listers Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Hopkins in "Noah," based on the biblical Noah's Ark.
With projects like these lined up, she can't be a wallflower for very long.
by Chris Mejaski
Top: Actors Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, shown at a premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," have found continued success after the end of the franchise that made them famous. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Right: The three actors, with author J.K. Rowling at the "Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone" premiere in London in 2001, grew up during the film franchise's decade-long run. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images).