Whoa! Turns out Daniel Radcliffe wasn’t the only star who almost quit the Harry Potter flicks.
Producer David Heyman, who worked on all eight Harry Potter movies, revealed that Emma Watson—who played Hermione Granger—almost left the series as well, saying that the young actress often had to be renegotiated with since the entire cast had originally signed on for only two films.
Heyman told The Hollywood Reporter:
They were initially signed up to two films, but then we had to renegotiate each time. Emma [Watson], in particular, was quite academic and was very keen in pursuit of schooling and was wrestling a little bit more than the others. So each time there was a negotiation, it was not about a financial [matter], it really was about, "Do I want to be a part of this?" We had to be sensitive to her needs and how important school was to her. And you have to listen. In our position, you're not dictating, you're listening. At the same time, it's a tipping point, and it's working within a framework. I deeply respected her, encouraged her. She's very smart, always was, and fiercely intelligent.
This news comes hot on the heels of the revelation that Daniel Radcliffe wanted to leave the Potter franchise after the third entry, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Are you glad that Emma Watson ultimately stuck around?