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Since 2001 he embodies Ron Weasley, the everlasting (ginger) companion of Harry Potter, with humour and cheerfulness. A great adventure which includes the return of the group’s biggest troublemaker.

Rupert Grint – The (finally) free electron

What did you feel when you were reading the last novel?
That might sound weird but I read it really late. In fact, I think I was one of the last ones to read it. Hard to know why as I have always been a fan of J.K. Rowling’s novels. But I had heard about characters passing away before the end and that made me nervous. Then I was afraid Ron would not make it. In The Deathly Hallows Ron is maybe one of the characters who mature the most.

How did you deal with these multiple changes?
In the first part of The Deathly Hallows Ron lives through a very difficult period. On one hand he wants to remain the loyal friend who has always been there for Harry and, for that reason, he has to decide to leave behind his family, what is a heavy burden to take on. On the other hand, he becomes a bit paranoid and sees Hermione and Harry get closer to each other. Obviously, it doesn’t please him at all. He also questions Harry’s capacity of defeating Voldemort. The atmosphere between both becomes quite electric.

What’s your favourite scene in The Deathly Hallows?
There are many very good scenes. I really liked the one where we all change and become Harry. It was quite scary to discover my face changing into Dan’s. I had to adopt his facial expressions and to walk like him.

Are you afraid of closing the chapter of Harry Potter?
Right before we finished the last film I was ambivalent. One part of me didn’t want it all to end. The series was such a big part of my life. It was my everyday life. Similarly, I also recognized that it has been a solid experience of cinema. It lasted ten years. Although, it might be good to regain a bit of liberty I have to admit that I miss my lodge. There was a billiard table and a ping-pong table. I often played with Daniel. I keep in contact with quite a lot people I got to know there, such as the Phelps-twins who play my brothers Fred and George. We often meet for playing golf.

You are the oldest of the trio. Have you got the intention to continue being an actor?
Yes. I abandoned my studies before my 16th birthday in order to concentrate on the profession of acting. Ever since, I took on the main role of Driving Lessons by Jeremy Brock, the history of a timid adolescent who tries to escape from his overprotective mother. His world changes as soon as he gets to know a pensioned actress, played by Julie Walters. I also played in Cherrybomb that portrays the week-end rock’n’roll of three British teenagers, and in Wild Target along with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt.

What was the most important moment for you during this whole adventure?
I think above all it’s the fact that they engaged me for playing Ron. After that, all the journeys I could make thanks to the films and I definitely never could have made without them. And furthermore, I missed quite a few school lessons, I don’t regret that.

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Original article found Studio Ciné Live magazine (france) | July, 2011| Translation by: Melina

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