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Meet Rupert Grint, Actor


TFK speaks with the young star of the Harry Potter films

Rupert Grint, 15, leads a magical life. He plays Ron Weasley in all three Harry Potter movies. In the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which opens nationwide on June 4, Ron plays a more significant role in the plot. But Rupert didn’t mind the extra work! TFK spoke with him about the new movie, his favorite characters at Hogwarts and the best part of playing a wizard.

TFK: What can you tell kids about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?
Rupert: It’s quite scary, but it’s funny as well. It’s really good!

TFK: What was different about filming this movie than filming the first two?
Rupert: Not much, actually. It was longer, and the director was different, but other than that, it was just as much fun.

TFK: Was it easier for you now that you’re older?
Rupert: I guess it helped. We’ve done two already. You kind of get used to the routine.

TFK: How do you think that Ron has changed?
Rupert: He’s gotten a bit more mature. Hermione gets Crookshanks, the cat, and Ron’s rat and her cat do not get on, so Ron and Hermione kind of clash in this film.

TFK: Your rat turns out to be pretty evil in this film.
Rupert: Yeah! That’s one of the reasons why the third movie is my favorite. I also like it because of all the scary things.

TFK: Are you similar to Ron in real life?
Rupert: When I was reading the books, I felt I could relate to little things. We both have ginger hair. We’ve both got quite a big family. We’re both scared of spiders.

TFK: If you could play a different character, which one would you choose?
Rupert: Malfoy’s pretty cool. I’d probably like to play him because he’s evil.

TFK: Which house do you think you would be in if you attended Hogwarts?
Rupert: That’s quite hard! I probably wouldn’t be in Gryffindor, because I’m not that brave. I wouldn’t be in Slytherin, because I’m not exactly evil. Ravenclaw seems to be a bit more of a mean house. Hufflepuff is a bit nicer. So, probably Hufflepuff.

TFK: Who is your favorite character?
Rupert: My favorite character overall is Gilderoy Lockhart. He’s funny. But in this film, I like Ron. He is one of my favorite characters. He’s just such a cool character.

TFK: How did you originally land the role?
Rupert: There is a TV program in England for kids called Newsround. They showed you how to audition. I was a really big fan of the books, and I really liked acting as well.

I found out that some other people were sending in videotapes of themselves reading bits of the book. So I made this videotape, and my mum filmed it. I made up a rap song about how much I wanted to be in the film. Then I made a speech for Ron. And then I did auditions and screen tests, and I got the part!

TFK: Do you think you would be friends with Harry and Hermione in real life?
Rupert: Yeah, I think I would!

TFK: Are you friends with Daniel and Emma off the set?
Rupert: Oh yeah, we’re really good friends.

TFK: What do you think is the best part of being a wizard?
Rupert: The magic, and all of the wizard sweets. They’re brilliant. They’re really good.

TFK: Bertie Botts’ Every Flavor Beans?
Rupert: Yeah, those are really good! And the chocolate frogs are good.

TFK: Which spell do you wish you could do?
Rupert: Hmmm…there were quite good ones in this film. Invisibility would be quite cool.

TFK: Was it harder to film this movie than the first two?
Rupert: Well, it was longer. But other than that, it wasn’t really like work at all…just fun.

TFK: Are you going to do the fourth movie?
Rupert: Yeah, because I have a really good time doing them.


Original article found here: Time For Kids | May 24th, 2004


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