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Rupert Grint discusses Half-Blood Prince

Ron Weasley actor Grint talks about the upcoming ‘Potter’ flick

How would you say that Ron has evolved over the course of these films? And how would you say you yourself have you changed as an actor?
GRINT: It just sort of happens. The first three films really do feel like a different person. I think Ron is more grown up throughout the films. The next one we see him grow up a lot more because the wizard world is becoming quite a scary place. And we see him protect his sister, and we see brotherly stuff that he does in the sixth one.

When everything started the book was this cute story with these cute kids, and obviously the maturity level has changed. What, for you, have been the biggest developments over the course of the books?
GRINT: I suppose it was the last film when Dumbledore’s army starts to form and we have to stand up to Voldemort. That’s when things turned a bit nasty. This sixth one is quite intense and they definitely get darker.

Ron receives quite a bit of attention from girls in this film. I know you’ve mentioned in the past that shooting some of the more romantic scenes can get a bit uncomfortable. What’s it like to watch those on the big screen?
GRINT: It’s worse actually. This one was actually okay because my relationship with Jessie [Cave, who plays Ron’s love interest] was quite fun and she was really over the top and quite intense. But it was an awkward scene to do because we’d only met each other two days before. One of the first scenes we did was the kissing one.

In the future when you look back on the making of this film, what are some funny or strange moments that you’ll remember about the making of it?
GRINT: Getting my bum cast. They were making a chair for the broomstick to make it more comfortable and have my shape. I was wearing these skinny trousers and I had to sit on this chair and they managed the exact shape of my bum. They turned it into a really comfortable chair.

Also The Weasley house when we burned that down. That was an exciting part. We were standing quite close to it, a burning building, and it was quite scary and I think it got a bit out of control. That was a lot of fun.

How does it feel being so close to the end of Harry Potter, a thing that’s been such a part of your life for so long?
GRINT: It’s going to be weird, I think. It hasn’t sunk in yet that this is the last one and that we’ll never come back to do this. It’ll be ten years by the time we finish. It’s going to be quite sad I think. I’ll miss it because I have really enjoyed it and the people I’ve met and it’s just been great. But I think seven’s enough, really.

After the film’s finished, what are you plans for the future?
GRINT: I guess I’ll pursue doing films for camera because I do really enjoy doing them, and I want to do something different. I did a couple of things after doing six and it was really fun doing a different character and seeing how other films are made.

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