Potter, Harry Potter...

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One for All and All for One...

Just as the character's in J.K. Rowlings' Harry Potter books matured along with the young audience who read them, we've watched the cast of the film series -- and the characters they play -- move through their teenage years and into young adulthood.

And over the years, we feel that we've gotten to know these 21st Century Three Musketeers.

Wikipedia reports that Alfonso Cuaron, director of The Prisoner of Azkaban says Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) is "the likely future star out of the Hogwarts trio."

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) has grown from a promising child actress and pretty girl to a very talented artist and a lovely young woman.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) will be ready to step into the 007 role when his countryman Daniel Craig is ready to step down.

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Quidditch Quickfacts:

The first five films of the Harry Potter series became the highest grossing film series of all time ($4.5 billion) until Daniel Craig's efforts pushed the James Bond series ahead. The Half Blood Prince may indeed give Harry the top spot again. Game on, Mr. Bond.

Steven Spielberg was involved in discussions early on with the idea of directing an animated movie with Haley Joel Osment (Sixth Sense) voicing Harry. (J.K. Rowlings' choice for director was Monty Python's Terry Gilliam. He didn't get the job and apparently is still not happy about it.).

The first film in the series is, for most of the world, titled as is the book it's based on -- The Philosopher's Stone. It was released in the US as The Sorcerer's Stone.

The Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone premiered on November 16, 2001, just two months after the 9/11 attacks, to a world ready for something positive and uplifting.

At least two more films are scheduled for the series. The final book (The Deathly Hallows) will be split into two movies, currently titled Part 1 and Part 2.

Daniel Radcliffe was 11 years old when he starred in the first film of the series and will celebrate his 20th birthday the week following the release of The Half Blood Prince.

In 2007, Emma Watson successfully negotiated a doubling of her salary for the final films of the franchise.

Rupert Grint won the role of Ron Weasley by making a rap video for his audition.

The filming of The Deathly Hallows movie(s) began in February 2009.

J.K. Rowling is actually a pen name. The publishers of The Philosopher's Stone believed that young boys might be reluctant to read a book written by a female author. So Joanne Rowling -- called Jo by everyone who knows her -- concocted the non de plume J.K.

Jo's net worth is currently estimated at about $800 million.