Original 'Harry Potter' Cast will finish films
After rumors surfaced about new actors playing some of the roles of the lead characters in the Harry Potter movies, the original cast signed to return for the remaineder of the Harry Potter films. There are 3 films left to be released; one of which is coming out this summer, two have yet to be filmed.
The first article I looked at is from the Los Angeles Times and can be found here: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/movies/la-et-potter27mar27,1,5883652.story?coll=la-headlines-entnews&track=crosspromo
This article does not clarify when this news was released about the actors signing on to the rest of the 'Harry Potter' films; the audience does not know when the information was available to the public, which in turn doesn't give the event timeliness or currency in regards to news values. The article shows the impact playing the roles has had on the actors:
**Watson, for one, was rumored to be considering other alternatives, rather than continue with the role of Hermione Granger. (Grint confirmed as much when he told the media recently that Emma wanted out: "Emma doesn't want to do it any more. She's tired of being known as 'that girl from Harry Potter.' ")**
This quote actually shows conflict as well, with the rumors going around about whether Watson was going to sign or not.
**While the movies have made gobs of money world-wide and made household names of the cast, their back-to-back filming has consumed much of the lives of the young actors.**
This quote also shows the impact on the actors, and mentions the international impact as well. However, it is a general statement. This article definitely has prominence because of the famous people invovled, the actors. This article has entertainment value, most of all, and some helpfulness for those who want to know about the films - who will be in them and when they are coming out:
**The latest Harry Potter entry, David Yates' "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," opens July 13.**
The second article is from the Houston Chronical and can be found here: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent/4661376.html
This article makes note that the news was released on Friday:
**Actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson will return as teen wizards Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in the final Harry Potter films, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Friday.**
This starts off the article in a good way, making sure that the audience knows when this information was released and when the decision was made. This makes the article have timeliness and currency. This article also shows the impact that the movies have made on the actors, as well:
**"I could never let Hermione go," she said. "I love her too much and love what playing her has meant to me. I'm excited and honored to be finishing what I started and playing her in all seven of the films."**
**Grint, 18, added: "I've been so proud to play (Ron) and loved every second of being part of this world."**
This gives the article impact, however it doesn't show much impact on the viewer, except for the comment about the 'Harry Potter' books being best-sellers. The article has prominence for the same reasons as the first - the famous actors. The article has entertainment value and helpfulness, including a statment at the end of the article that is very similar to the last one:
**The fifth film in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is slated for release in the U.S. on July 13.**
This could be considered helpful information for those who would like to see the movie.
I think that these articles are a bit boring, personally. They don't have a lot of color in them; I think the reporters could have had more fun with them and make them more interesting to read. The second article was a little more fun to read because of the quotes; however, I don't think they were incoporated into the story very well. It seems like they were just put in there. It's an exciting event, especially for 'Harry Potter' lovers; therefore, I think the reporters should have geared the article toward them, giving facts about the ticket sales, book sales, etc. This article could even go into the phenomenon of 'Harry Potter' and possibly encourage those who haven't seen the movies or read the books, to do so.