When the lead children's roles in the 'Harry Potter' franchise were handed to four acting naifs between the ages of 10 and 13 after a massive casting call, it was not remotely clear whether Rupert Grint, Tom Felton, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe would grow to be compelling adult actors, let alone prove themselves capable of handling the increasing complexities of their characters. Yet somehow they've made it through six movies, collecting almost nothing but acclaim.

With 'The Deathly Hallows Part 1' arriving in theaters next week and its 2011 conclusion already filmed, the 'Harry Potter' kids have effectively graduated -- financially secure but with an uncertain future in the business. Crafting a successful career is notoriously difficult for any former child star, but it just might happen with the right mix of hard work, good fortune and reliable counsel. Moviefone can't help the Quidditch-loving quartet with those first two, but here's our free advice for each of them.
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