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Grint Takes Serious Approach To ‘Deathly Hallows’

Actor Ventures Into Darkest Territory Yet In 7th ‘Potter’ Film

While his impeccable sense of timing and indelible facial expressions have helped make Ron Weasley a memorable comedic foil throughout the first six “Harry Potter” films, there are big changes ahead for Rupert Grint.

In “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1,” Ron has to finally get serious.

The reason there’s no turning back is because the saga has at last reached its darkest depths in “Part 1,” the long awaited first film in a two-part finale that opens in theaters Friday.

In it, Ron joins his closets friends Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Hermione (Emma Watson) as they set out on their own to find and destroy Lord Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) Horcruxes — a set of objects that hold the key to his immortality. But, as the trio discovers, being alone in an isolated environment with no real sense of direction conjures up the sort of ingredients that could tear their friendship apart.

“There are hardly any lighter moments in this one,” Grint said in a recent @ The Movies interview. “It’s probably because of the nature of the new environment they’re in and that Voldemort’s back to get Harry. It’s a really dangerous world now and characters are dying. It makes you realize that our characters are not kids anymore.”

Complicating matters for Ron in this first chapter of “The Deathly Hallows” is that he finally starts to realize that he has feelings for Hermione. And while the story doesn’t quite make it to the “first kiss” stage yet, there’s no mistaking that something is brewing between the two.

“Ron starts to get quite jealous in this one, but it’s really not until ‘Part 2’ that we see things really bloom between them,” Grint said. “It’s quite a weird thing for me and Emma, since I’ve known her since she was 9. It just seemed weird to think of kissing her and it took awhile to get my head around that.”

Since the actors are already done with their work on “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” Grint has cherished the opportunity to get back together with Radcliffe, Watson and his other close friends on the film in events surrounding the first release.

Grint said the magic, for the lack of a better word, is that the fans of the film saga are like friends to him, too — and he’s reminded of that warm feeling during the film’s premiere dates.

“Events like the premiere in London make you realize how big of a deal this really is and makes you see how much people really do care about the films,” Grint enthused. “It’s nice to see that the interest is still there after 10 years.”

But as seasoned a professional as he’s become after working on the film series for a decade, Grint finds himself at times looking at premieres much in the same way he did as that 11-year-old boy who got his start in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” all those years ago.

“It’s quite an overwhelming experience and you can’t really take in everything that’s happening,” Grint said. “I’m trying to make the most this, really, because I’m not going to have it much longer. I’m really going to miss it.”

But most of all, Grint added, there’s going to be a void in the guise of certain character that’s going to be tough to fill.

“I’ve always a connection to Ron, and I think over the years we’ve somewhat merged into the same person,” Grint said. “I’m going to miss him. There’s always going to be a part of me in him. It’s going to be strange to never play him again.”

Original article found here: The Boston Channel | November 16th, 2010

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