Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Felton sign up for their first post-'Harry Potter' movies

potter-alumniImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; Anthony G. Moore/PR PhotosJust like their rivaling on-screen counterparts, Daniel Radcliffe and Tom Felton seem to be doing their best to keep up with each other in the real world, now that the Harry Potter films have finished filming. Over the weekend, the actors each booked a new movie role in a supernatural thriller, and it appears that their time in the hallowed halls of Hogwarts have prepared them well for their upcoming features.

Radcliffe is set to appear in Hammer Films’ The Woman in Black. The story is roughly as follows: In a remote corner of the U.K., young lawyer Arthur Kipps (Radcliffe) must work alone in an old and isolated house. As he begins to uncover its tragic secrets, he discovers that the local village is held hostage by the ghost of a scorned woman set on vengeance. Adapted from the popular book of the same name, The Woman in Black seems like a logical step for Radcliffe. He’s had loads of experience with an “old and isolated house” (the Shrieking Shack), a “local village” (Hogsmeade), and “the ghost of a scorned woman” (Moaning Myrtle). Plus, after his Broadway stint in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, playing corporate should be no sweat.

Felton, meanwhile, will be putting his Care of Magical Creatures skills to good use in Fox’s Rise of the Apes. The actor will play the son of Brian Cox’s character, who has been described as “the villainous owner of a primate sanctuary who runs the facility without compassion for the animals that live there.” Between Draco Malfoy and this, it’s beginning to look like Felton may be one of those actors who’s destined to always play the bad guy (or at least the son of a bad guy), but don’t get me wrong — that’s not a bad thing. Felton has shown that he can make evil characters a whole lot of fun to watch.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Will these roles keep Radcliffe and Felton’s careers rising faster than Harry’s inflated Aunt Marge? Will you continue to follow them once Harry Potter is over?

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  • Strepsi

    “one of those actors who’s destined to always play the bad guy” = BRIAN COX.

    • Monty

      The Captian in SuperTroopers and Principal in Rushmore would like to disagree with you (don’t say he was the bad guy in Rushmore. He wasn’t).

      • pastafarian

        he also played the B.A. uncle Argyle in Braveheart.. as brief a role as it may have been.

  • Michele

    I’m with Strepsi on that one. Poor Brian, always the bad guy.

  • Liz

    I will not follow their careers other than checking in on their stories on EW. I don’t like them as actors, I like them because they are Harry Potter and Draco Malfoy and even that is pushing it some times.

    • Stacie from Ravenclaw

      I’m afraid I have to agree on this one. And I hate to be this shallow, but neither one is really that cute in my opinion.

      • khrystyne

        And of course, that’s what it’s all about .

      • sabn

        Dan’s the best looking in my opinion.

      • Lauren

        Stacie from Ravenclaw, you are nuts lol. They are both HOT!! The eyebrow situation could use a little help, but other than that… :)

  • Celia

    It is not Daniel’s first post-Potter film. He’s also doing “All Quiet on the Western Front” and a film called “Journey” about a journalist named Dan Eldon.
    Congrats to both of them. They will always have my support. They’re such an amazing bunch of young actors. :D

    • noam

      i’m pretty sure journey’s not happening. in an interview with dan eldon’s mother, she said that there was conflict with the script and members of the other journalists’ families. that was awhile ago…it’s a shame, because dan eldon’s story is so great, and if done well, could be great inspiration to people who don’t already know of him.
      in other news-isn’t the original arthur kipps played by adrian rawlins (aka, james potter?) coincidence? or not?

      • Liz Lemon

        Yes! The original was played by Adrian. I thought that was a pretty cool twist.
        I think DanRad is such an awesome person. Plus, he’s hot. He’s got everything going for him: talent, looks, and personality; so, there’s no doubt he will be even more successful after the Harry Potter films end. The same goes for Tom, Emma, Rupert, etc. It’s unbelievable how all of them have managed to keep their sanity these past 10 years.

  • Briana

    I will support theme forever! I will support anyone who was in Harry Potter!

  • Celia

    It’s also not Tom’s first film either. He’s also doing: a horror film called, “The Apparition,” a war film called “Grace and Danger” and another film called “Evac.” Go Tom!

  • California

    The writer in this post means “post” as in after. After Harry Potter. These two movies are for these two actors their first After Harry Potter movies. The writer did not say these were the first non Harry Potter roles for these actors.

  • east28

    Is it bad that when I first glanced at the pictures of Felton and Radcliffe I momentarily wondered what movie Daniel Radcliffe was doing with Helen Mirren?

  • sabn

    definitely interested in Radcliffe’s projects. They seem to be wide and varied and this project in particular seems really interesting. Felton, not so much and may catch this on tv but haven’t seen any of the other planet of the apes stuff except for the very first. Actually am pretty much only interested in Dan’s stuff out of all the hp crowd, if I am honest.

    • Jenn


      Tom’s been picking some horrible movies to star in the last few. I wouldn’t have picked Dan for a horror thriller, but it’s based on a book, so I can see that. Daniel is incredibly literate; I imagine most of his works will consist of adapted-for-the-screen. Tom will go the way of many C actors in a few years if he keeps choosing roles with no significance. Daniel’s a B with A recognition, but has the definite potential to be an A in his own right. He takes the craft seriously.

      • Catherine

        Felton cannot act; he was clearly picked for the role of Draco Malfoy because of his looks. He’ll probably drop off the face of the earth in a few years.

      • @Catherine

        Tom Felton was brilliant in Half Blood Prince. He’s a great actor.

      • Lauren

        Actually he can act. He pulls off the evil bad boy character perfectly and is nothing like that in real life. As for being picked just for his looks… They completely change his appearence for those movies. They could have gotten a naturally blonde kid for the movies but they didn’t because Tom was soooo good for the part.

  • Michael

    I would have guessed Draco was going to be playing the part of a drug addict. Dude looks awful.

    • Lauren

      Michael, his name is Tom, not Draco. Draco isn’t real, he’s just a character.

  • great_sphinx_42

    Tom Felton actually has the longest acting history out of all the HP kids. He also recently landed a recording deal. It’d good to see they’re still in demand, and I hope they both do well. And I think they are both lovely. :)

  • pastafarian

    Felton could be the next William Zabka.

  • dizzy

    “He’s had loads of experience with an ‘old and isolated house’ (the Shrieking Shack), a ‘local village’ (Hogsmeade), and ‘the ghost of a scorned woman’ (Moaning Myrtle)”…lol.
    Anyways, good for them! I hope they do well.

  • Mary

    I hope they don’t change the ending for the woman in black.

  • Laura W

    All I care about is what Rupert Grint is doing he stole the show. But the rest hey if its good I’ll go and see it. But I think alot of us will probably forget about them in the next three years. Harry Potter will still be around but they won’t!

    • Damon

      Yeah right that’s why you are reading these news about other actors…
      Radcliffe totally stole the show in the last Harry Potter film anyway.

    • Janizzle

      I am also a huge Rupert Grint fan…I look forward to all of his upcoming works! As for Dan and Tom, I like them both and wish them well. But Rupert is the one with the most potential imo!

    • Liz Lemon

      There was no “show stealing” in the Potter films. All the actors are great. They all play their characters perfectly and their chemistry is spectacular.

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