Well, we can officially scratch those rumors that suggested Emma Watson was not going to reprise the role of Hermione in the final two Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. According to a press release, Jeff Robinov, President of Production for Warner Bros. Pictures, made the announcement today. He says, "It would be inconceivable to imagine anyone else in the roles with which they have become so identified, so we are thrilled and proud that Daniel, Rupert and Emma have chosen to complete the arc of their characters in the final two films."
Reports circulated last week that claimed Watson had refused a last-ditch offer of around $4 million to appear in the final two films. Of course, Potter fans were not too happy about the news. However, it now appears none of it was true. With regards to her signing on, Watson states: "I could never let Hermione go-she is my hero! I love her too much and love what playing her has meant to me. I am excited and honoured to be finishing what I started and playing her in all seven of the films." In this day and age, it's pretty remarkable to retain the central part of a cast for a total of seven films. Kudos to Warner Bros. for pulling it off. This is shaping up to be a huge summer for Potter and his clan; the final book in J.K. Rowling's series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, hits shelves on July 21, one week after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hits theaters (July 13). Can you fans handle the excitement?