Here's the last interviews with the main "Potter" characters and what they intend to do now that the saga is over -- minus Daniel Radcliffe, who was refused time off from his starring role on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

The screen version of the “Harry Potter” saga has come to an end with a satisfying feeling of finality.


Most of the main players got together in New York before the U.S. public openings for a fond farewell to journalists, most of who have been surprisingly supportive of the massive eight-part series.


Notably missing from the gathering was Harry himself, Daniel Radcliffe, who was refused time off from his starring role on Broadway in “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” But his fellow young wizards carried on without him, taking turns at answering questions and sharing thoughts.


Hermione Grainger


Emma Watson (Hermione Grainger) was as poised as her brave and crafty character. She found over the years that Emma and Hermione had become more and more alike.


“There’s an earnestness, an eagerness to please and do the right thing, and being terrified of ever getting into trouble,” she said. “I’m very heady, in the same way that she is, kind of thinking three, four moves ahead. I try to intellectualize a lot, which she does, as well. I like to think that I’m very loyal, in the same way that she is. I’m a bit of a feminist, the same way she is. I will speak my mind in the same way she does. I feel as though so much of me went into her, and so much of her went into me, I can’t really differentiate anymore (laughs). It’s a bit of a blur,” said Watson.


She also went on the record about her local ties to Brown University, where she completed two years of schooling, then opted for time off.


“I’ll be traveling this summer, and going back to school,” she said. “I’ve got two years left until I can get my degree. I’m going to Oxford in the fall, and I’ll study English for a year. But I haven’t left Brown. I’m still involved there. So after my third year, I’ll go back to the States to do my last year.”


Draco Malfoy


Diminutive Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) is rather proud of the fact that he made his character so creepy and dislikable onscreen that feelings for him by certain audience members have crossed over into real life. Many thought he was actually a bad guy.


“We had hundreds of people, adults and minors, on tours every day on the ‘Harry Potter’ set,” he said. “And, naturally, no one 7 and under wanted anything to do with me. At first, that was a little worrying. They always got very excited when they met Daniel, Rupe and Emma. Then, suddenly, they would hide behind their parents’ legs when it came to me. But I love to take it as a compliment that they were terrified of me. Fortunately, no one’s shouted out any abuse at me in supermarkets … yet.”


Neville Longbottom


Mild-mannered Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) knew for a while that, though his character spent most of his time in the background in previous Potter films, this last entry had something special in store for him.


“J.K. Rowling had told me a few years earlier that she’d just finished (the books), and that she’d written a rather exciting bit for Neville. I didn’t really know what to expect, but then I read the book, and I remember just suddenly sitting bolt upright in bed and thinking, ‘Wow! That’s gonna be cool!’ But as soon as the excitement calmed down, the immense amount of pressure started to build. I’m a huge fan of the books, and I know what these stories mean to a lot of people around the world, and I wanted to make sure we got it right. I was very nervous, and when it came to the day when we had to do that scene, I was terrified,” said Lewis.


Lewis pointed to a nearby poster of Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort, which showed his face contorted into a purely evil grimace, and he said, “I mean Ralph is a very, very frightening man, especially when he looks like that.”


Ron Weasley


Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) morphed his character across the series from a cute little kid into a sort of surly young man. He was eager to talk about the “toys” he was now able to afford.


“I wanted to be an ice cream man when I was a kid,” he said. “It was kind of a childhood dream. So I bought my own ice cream truck.”


He became quiet for a moment, then added, “It’s kind of a very weird time, accepting the end. We actually finished filming a year ago, but back then, there wasn’t this kind of empty feeling. It was very emotional at the London premiere, and I’m not usually affected by stuff like this in that way. It’s gonna take a while for me to really let go of this because it really has been my childhood. So it feels weird, but I’m starting to get used to it.”