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Potter Updates to Kick Off the Week

Published March 19, 2007 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros.
Harry Potter: Emma Watson Emma Watson is Hermione Granger
When it was suggested that Emma Watson would not return to the final two installments of Harry Potter, things began to tumble. Following suit, we were told that even Daniel Radcliffe was contemplating abandoning the franchise as well. Fortunately for us, Radcliffe is definitely on board (how much more did that cost?) leaving Emma Watson and Warner Bros. confident that Half-Blood and Deathly Hallows will feature the original Hermione.

Yates Talks Order of the Phoenix, Watson Remains Hermione

Though no documents have been signed just yet, CBBC Newsround reports that Emma Watson is certain to appear in the final two Potter installments.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros., who make the films, told Newsround: "We're extremely confident that Emma will be back for films six and seven."

And while doing interviews for the fifth potter film Emma has said she's sure she will film all seven stories.

Emma, who plays Hermione in the films, is set to sign her new contract soon.

I had predicted from the beginning that the threat by Watson was brought on for a pay raise. Since Warner Bros. is making hand over fist with the franchise, it was in their best interests to do all they can to get the actress back on board.

Don't think it is over just yet, however, as NO contract has been signed.

In other Potter news, David Yates sat down with geekmonthly to discuss some of the details that will go into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The director touches on the film's darker themes.

GEEKMONTHLY.COM: What would you say are some of the themes of Order of the Phoenix?

DAVID YATES: Jo’s work is full of really interesting thematic stuff. In our story, Harry’s having to deal with the whole issue of whether or not he’s being corrupted and been made bad by this connection he has with Voldemort. It’s classical. Anyone who’s ever been through those very turbulent, difficult teenage years where you find yourself growing angry and frustrated and those years are really formative, will be able to identify. They’re the years that can sometimes define you as a person. Some people can take that and develop in a positive way, and some people start on a route that ultimately leads them to difficult years. That’s what this film and story partly looks at - the very emotional and turbulent time when you’re growing up and you’re suddenly questioning everything about the world.

Update!: Watson may in fact be done with Potter!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens to theatres on July 13th.

For the teaser trailer, stills, and the latest Potter news, go to the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Movie Page.

Stay tuned for updates.

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