Will Hermione and Ron finally get together in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince? Emma Watson talked about the eagerly-awaited movie, which opens on July 15, during a break in shooting the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
What is Hermione’s big moment in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince?
Hermione’s part in the next film is very much to do with Harry, Ron and a meek girl called Lavender, who has a bit of a crush on Ron. And Hermione and Ron finally get it together, and she confesses, and Ron as usual is completely insensitive and quite mean really. So it’s very much about how much she despises Lavender, not only because she’s taken Ron away, but she’s the opposite of Hermione. So it’s very comic, also quite a bit sad for her. Her part is very Ron-based, if that makes sense.
How would you say that Hermione has evolved during the course of these films?
Well, at the beginning Hermione was much more shy and much more insecure, and much more bossy, hardworking, nerdy, and the boys kind of softened her up, made her a bit more of a tomboy, probably relaxed her a bit. She’s one of the boys really.
When he was making the first movie, Chris Columbus said he looked for kids who could handle the acting and the fame that would come with it. How confident were you that you could handle that?
The funny thing is that I didn’t realized that I’d be famous, that bit never really occurred to me. It honestly never did, I was just auditioning for a part, and as far as playing Hermione was concerned I loved her character so much, I felt that I knew how to play her and that I could be her, and so with that part I was pretty confident, but the fame thing never really hit home. When you’re filming a movie you’re kind of in a little bubble and you don’t really realize the impact that it’s having on the rest of the world, and then you have some surreal moments like a premiere and you realize that you’re famous, most of the time I forget.
Looking back knowing what you know now, would you have said yes to doing the whole franchise?
I think I would have been very overwhelmed, but it’s been my life so I can’t really imagine it any other way. It’s made me who I am so it’s impossible to imagine what my life would have been like without Harry Potter.
Hermione is pretty upset and jealous with Ron in this one, how did shooting those scenes affect your relationship with Rupert when the camera turned off?
Rupert, if you’ve ever met him, is the most laid back, relaxed kind of person you’ll ever meet. He could not be more chilled out if he tried. So it had absolutely no affect whatsoever really. None at all.
How does it feel to be so close to the end of Harry Potter as it’s been such a big part of your life for so long?
I think it will be sad, I think it will be hard, but I think we’re ready to let it go now. But it will be tough definitely
In the future, when you look back at the making of this film what do you think you’ll remember about it?
Watching it, what really stuck out for me was Ron’s Quidditch scene that was so funny, I was in stitches, Rupert’s comic timing is just brilliant and he’s so funny. Making it, Jessie Cave, who plays Lavender Brown, we had a lot of fun together, and there’s a great scene where Hermione and Lavender are fighting over Ron and we had good fun doing that.
With Rupert having his first kissing scene, did any of you have fun poking fun at him?
Not really, he’s so laid back, he didn’t seem that embarrassed about it. Maybe he was. He’s just such a lovely guy. I certainly didn’t tease him about it.
For the first two films you had Christopher Columbus, but then you started having new directors come in for 3,4, and 5 – what is the difference from having different directors on the film, and now having David Yates, who is directing four films in a row?
It was always great to have a new director because they gave you something new every time. But David is a very great director and I think he’s done a really great job with it and when you get to know someone you can trust them, and it gives you more of a chance to try things out and experiment. I think the material is what gives me the challenge, there’s something different in every film.
What was your reaction when you read Deathly Hallows?
I was thrilled to be honest. I don’t think she could have done a better job. I think she ended it perfectly. It made me cry three times. I think she tied everything up perfectly.
How JK ended the whole story? In the final film do you want to play Hermione as the older character?
I would love to do it. I would love to play old Hermione. I think it might feel strange to play myself.
Do you think Jo will write another Harry Potter book?
I honestly couldn’t tell you, I don’t know how she feels about it. I think she won’t for awhile, I think she probably needs a break, but maybe, who knows, never say never.
Do you think fans of the book will be happy with the way it turned out?
I hope so, I think that we’ve kept as close as we possible can without making a 10 hour movie.
Once Harry Potter’s finish, what are you plans and your hopes for your future?
At the moment I’m very excited about going to University, and I’m very young so anything is possible for me, I’m keeping my options open.