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clock Jul 9, 2007 5:35 pm US/Pacific

Hollywood Blvd Celebrates Potter's 'Wands Of Fame'

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(CBS) HOLLYWOOD, Calif. It's a long way from Hogwarts, but Grauman's Chinese Theatre will get some wizardly visitors on Monday when the three young stars of the "Harry Potter" films sink their hands, feet -- and, yes, wands -- into the cement in the famed theater's forecourt.

Actor Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the boy wizard in the highly successful film series, will be immortalized at the theater along with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who portray Harry's closest friends and classmates at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

The 11:30 a.m. ceremony comes in advance of Friday's North American release of the fifth film in the series, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix."

The film premiered in London July 3. A sneak preview was held Sunday at the theater, where some fans outside reportedly got woozy from the heat.

Meantime, author J.K. Rowling's seventh and final book in the series -- "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" -- is scheduled for release July 21.

The previous six books have sold more than 325 million copies worldwide.

The latest book is one of the most highly anticipated works in recent literary memory, particularly with rampant questions about whether Harry, Hermione or Ron will meet their demise at the hands of the evil Lord Voldemort.

But the answers to such deep questions will have to wait until the book's release at the stroke of midnight July 21, given the air-tight security surrounding the novel and its plot. The three young stars have said even they do not know their characters' ultimate fate, and they are waiting along with the rest of the world to find out.

So for now, the focus is on the latest film, and the stars who have helped turn the franchise into a multi-media sensation. All three have signed on to star in the film versions of the final two books in the Potter saga.

In the two-year interim since the last Potter film, Radcliffe, 17, made international headlines when he made a stark departure from his role as young Harry and appeared nude on the London stage in the psychological drama "Equus."

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