British tabloid News of the World is touting a major scoop this morning, and is printing direct quotes from Rupert Grint to back it up -- nevertheless, take it with a grain of salt. We're talking about British tabloids, here. The story, which has also been picked up by the New York Post, claims that 16-year old Emma Watson, a.k.a. Hermione Granger, has bowed out of the Harry Potter series, refusing an apparent last-ditch offer of around $4 million for each of the last two films. With the other two main players, Radcliffe and Grint, both signed for the completion of the series, the paper claims to have gotten confirmation from Warner Bros. that Watson is a holdout, meaning her part may have to be recast if this story actually holds water.
The actress has allegedly grown tired of the series and may have been moved towards a major career shift after a recent incident in which a stalker made his way to her high school and actually came in contact with her. "Emma doesn't want to do it anymore. She's tired of being known as 'that girl from Harry Potter," Grint reportedly told the paper, although the Post seems to mis-label this quote as having come from Radcliffe. Grint also adds: "Daniel and I are distant from her now. We don't text or talk to her when we are not filming." Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth film in the series, is due to start filming in a few months. Again, this is all unofficial rumor-mongering at this point, and not the first time we've heard this stuff either.