In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Ron Weasley, aka Rupert Grint, finds love … and fellow wizard Hermione Granger isn’t ecstatic over the prospect. We spoke with Rupert during a break in filming the final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow.
How do you think Ron has changed over the course of the six films and as an actor, how have you changed?
I don’t’ know really, When I look back on the first two films it does seem strange, it feels like a different person. We’ve all grown up a lot throughout the films and Ron does a lot of growing up in this one, he gets a girlfriend, there’s all that going on. In the next one we see him grow up a little more because the wizard world is becoming quite a scary place, and he’s feeling, that and protecting his sister. There’s a lot of brotherly stuff he does in the sixth one.
Have you grown more confident as a actor doing all these films?
Yeah, I suppose so. When I first came into it I had never done anything like it, it was a whole new world. It’s been 10 years now, almost half my life, and you do pick up things especially from the actors that we work with. I suppose we’ve all grown quite a bit.
Was shooting the romantic scenes uncomfortable and what was it like to watch those scenes?
Watching them is worse I think. It was actually okay, because Jessie Cave, who plays Lavender, was over the top and quite intense and scary so that was easy to play. But it was an awkward scene to do because I think we’d only known each other for about two days and one of the first scenes we did was the kiss in the common room. At first I was quite self-conscious, the fact that we were filming it in front of people was quite embarrassing, but we got through it
When you look back on the making of this film, what will you remember the most?
Getting a bum cast, they were making a chair for the broomstick to make it more comfortable and to be my kind of shape.
Did you have to do that naked?
No, I was wearing these skinny tights and I had to sit on this gelatin and it made the exact shape of my bum, and they turned it into quite a comfy little chair for my broom.
I know the Quidditch scenes are you favorite – were there any accidents?
The Quidditch scenes aren’t actually that long in the film, I remember there was one shot when I was saving a series of quaffles and there’s one shot where I’m throwing fifty of these rubber quaffles, they were just pelting me, and I did actually fall off the broom, I was hanging by a wire off the broom, it was a bit embarrassing.
There was a surprised response when JK Rowling came out and said that Dumbledore was gay – I hear Michael Gambon started camping it up on the set.
I don’t have many scenes with Michael in this one. I was quite shocked at first when I heard that, but it kind of made sense when you thought about it. It’s quite funny.
This is the first film that was shot following the end of the book series, did that change your perspective on your character or any of the other characters in the story?
Yeah, we knew what was going to happen in the end, and all through the other films we didn’t know where it was going. There was a different atmosphere on the set I guess, especially when we knew the future 20 years on, what was going to happen. I really liked the seventh book, and I’m enjoying shooting it now.
What was your reaction when you read Deathly Hallows in terms of Ron and the overall story, and do you want to play the older Ron?
I really enjoyed the seventh book. I was quite surprised, a lot of people were going about saying that Daniel, Emma and me, one of us was going to die, I kind of expected it for some reason, so I was pleasantly surprised and I really loved the way it ended, the whole 20 years later thing was quite cool. I think we will get to play the older [version of our characters]. It’s going to be weird, I don’t know how they’re going to do it, I guess with make up or stuff. We’ll see, it’s going to be cool.
Which film has been your favorite to make so far?
I don’t know really. They’ve all been quite different. The first two were quite exciting, because it was all new. The first one particularly was such an amazing experience, every day was really exciting, we had a really good time. It’s still good now.
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?
It’s going to be weird I think. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that this is going to be the last one. It will have been 10 years when we finish, and I think I’m going to miss it. I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s just been great. But I think seven is enough. I’m looking forward to the freedom really, because they do take up most of your year, but it’s been a great experience.
What are your plans and hopes for your future?
I want to continue doing films because I do enjoy doing them. It’s fun to be different characters.