Just when Harry, Ron and Hermione agreed to finish out their school term at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the steam train that takes them there, the Hogwarts Express, was wrecked by vandals. The train was attacked at a depot in Carnforth, northwest England, and had more than 230 of its windows smashed with hammers. This is the second attack on the tourist train loaned to Warner Bros. for the Harry Potter films; in 2003, graffiti was sprayed on a carriage. But Warner Bros. giddily announced Friday that the teen trio who started the Harry Potter films as tykes — Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson — have officially signed deals to reprise their roles beyond this summer’s Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (release date July 13th). The additional films based on J.K. Rowlings’ blockbuster books are Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Producer David Heyman will remain on board. The British tabloid press had been claiming that Watson didn’t want to complete the series. Nice to see these kids know a good thing when they act in it.
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