Harry Potter Cast Announcement Anniversary

I can hardly believe that it's been twelve years since the kids to portray Harry, Ron and Hermione in the first film of the Harry Potter series were chosen. Can you believe it? When I look back on the year 2ooo, and where I was at the time, just a normal kid in the world having a semi-normal childhood, the Harry Potter child actors would become on-screen megastars.

"The process was very intense," admitted Columbus, "There were times when we felt we would never find an individual who embodied the complex spirit and depth of Harry Potter."  - director Christopher Columbus

As the fourth book of the series had just been released in July 2000, Warner Bros and producers were  on the hunt for their ideal child actors for the first film installment of the series. In late August 2000, the cast for Harry Potter would finally come together.

After an arduous search of thousands and thousands of kids auditioning to play the boy with the lightning scar, and his two loyal friends, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint would become the chosen ones. Daniel had a brief experience as an actor and was spotted by producer David Heyman at a play with his parents. Emma was picked out following a round of auditions being held at her school. And young Rupert, sent the producers a rap video of why he was the perfect Ron.

And, it wasn't too long after that the rest of the cast would begin to shape up: Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid and Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall, and Alan Rickman as Severus Snape. As each year would result in a following movie to be released, the world press would begin their ten years of interviews and promos. We'd watch the young kids grow into young adults. And, most recently, in the last year, come to see their tenure as our favorite characters end.

Thank you, Daniel, Emma and Rupert, you were the chosen ones!

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