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Harry Potter ready to cast his final spell


With the massive impact the Harry Potter movies have had over the last decade, it’s difficult to conjure up the image of an anxious David Heyman.

But the Potter producer admits he was “incredibly nervous” about the future of the franchise just before the inaugural movie, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, opened in 2001.

“I couldn’t even get a two-picture deal before the release of that first one,” he recalled while promoting Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1 in London.

He has no worries now as the much anticipated Deathly Hallows — Part 2 opens on July 15. The blockbuster is poised to set box-office records, which will likely include surpassing the North American opening weekend of The Dark Knight, a staggering US$158.4-million.

Still, Heyman confesses that he has mixed emotions just like the films’ fans — a combination of sadness, celebration and frenzy befitting the dramatic conclusion to an iconic string of movies.

The great news for all concerned is that the series seems to be going out with a bang. In the finale, wizard Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) confronts the evil Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in a momentous showdown. “Part 2 is like a big opera with huge battles,” director David Yates says.

Of course, this last instalment in the series also features the long-awaited kiss between Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint), while their burgeoning relationship offers much needed comic relief from the unrelenting tension.

“We go off on this little adventure together,” Watson says. “It’s kind of like a comedy act because it’s the first time that you see them in tune.

“I really enjoyed the experience. Rupert is a great comedic actor, and so we had a really good time bringing the humour out of everything that we could.”

There’s also a graduation at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which includes “lump-in-the-throat” nostalgic sequences.

Some ghostly apparitions recall family and friends from the past. And, an ethereal Dumbledore (Michael Gambon) presents himself to expose mind-boggling secrets from his younger days.

Still, the epic wand duel between Harry and Voldemort is the climactic set piece. It’s rejigged from the book to include a chase through the halls of Hogwarts and a mind-boggling brawl in which the “apparating” combatants appear and disappear.

Most pundits predict that Part 2 will be the best Potter picture yet. “It’s the perfect way to sign off,” says Heyman, a former studio executive who first saw film potential in J.K. Rowling’s books. Indeed, he was the optimistic filmmaker who persuaded a skeptical Rowling to do movie versions of her novels before they became a global phenomenon. He was also the stubborn movie maven who resisted studio demands to Americanize Potter, and backed Rowling when she insisted on the English setting and an English cast.

All the fretting seems moot now. Rowling has set worldwide publishing records, selling more than 450 million copies of the seven-book series. The eight films, based on the novels, will likely hit a box-office total of US$7.5-billion by the time Deathly Hallows — Part 2 runs its theatrical course this summer.

Even more amazing is the fact that multiple directors have nurtured the film versions of the books, which became darker and more threatening as they progressed.

American director Chris Columbus, who made his mark with the Home Alone movies, introduced Potter to the film world with Philosopher’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets.

Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón brought a furious flair to The Prisoner of Azkaban. Brit Mike Newell took on the fourth, The Goblet of Fire, and added foreboding to the narrative.

Former British TV director David Yates arrived to heighten the tautness, in the fifth Potter movie, The Order of the Phoenix, then The Half-Blood Prince and the two-part finale.

Radcliffe credits Yates for refining the performances in the pictures by quietly expecting more from his three lead actors.

“He was always telling us that we could do better,” says Radcliffe, currently receiving raves for his headlining role in the Broadway musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

By the time they approached the acting demands of both Deathly Hallows pictures, Yates had them ready for great challenges. “It really was a natural progression,” Radcliffe says. “It didn’t feel like we were being asked to make a massive leap. It felt like we were being allowed to do what we had been preparing to do for the last two or three years.”

Watson agrees that the director raised the acting bar from The Order of the Phoenix onward. “The thing about working with David Yates is that you always hear this word truth, and finding the truth, and being honest and real,” she says. “He wants it to be from the heart. Because of that, I think that made us better.”


Original article found here: arts.nationalpost.com| July 10th, 2011

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Harry Potter star Grint says new film ‘quite scary’

Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint has admitted that he found the idea of working on another movie set “scary” after working on the blockbuster series for so long.

The 21-year-old was talking ahead of the release of new comedy Wild Target, which he stars in with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt.

He told Newsbeat: “It was quite an intimidating prospect to be on another set really, away from a crew that I’d grown up with.

“To be out of that bubble was quite scary.”

As for the Harry Potter films: “We’re kind of approaching the end now. We’re going to have to face the real world.

“It’s quite a weird thought. I never imagined what it would feel like to finish.”

Rupert’s co-star Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter in the wizard movies, admitted on Sunday (13 June) that he was also finding the end of filming emotional.

‘Crying a lot’

He said: “It was pretty devastating to be honest. It was really, really sad.

“Me, Rupert and Emma were all just… and most of the crew, you know, crying quite a lot.”
Daniel Radcliffe Daniel admitted on Sunday that the cast cried at the end of filming

You’d think that after all those years playing Ron Weasley, Rupert might at least have been able to gather up a couple of souvenirs from the set, but he admits he’s never been that successful.

He said: “I took the golden egg that was in the fourth film – a dragon egg. Apparently it was worth a few thousand dollars.

“I put it in a pillowcase, it was with James Oliver, it was a joint effort. But they tracked it down and got it off us.

“A wand I think would be nice to keep. They don’t really like things going away from the set.”
Famous fans

With the end of filming fast approaching Rupert says there are plans for a massive party for the 2,000-odd people involved with the movies.

And as the hugely successful franchise drew to a close, loads of famous faces managed to wing tours of the set – including Sarah Jessica Parker, Kate Winslet, and even US President Barack Obama’s wife Michelle.
Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe Rupert Grint with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson when it all began

Rupert said: “She was great. It was one of her daughter’s birthdays and they did this big kind of ceremony and we had loads of cupcakes.

“It was quite a surreal day.”

Kaiser Chiefs are also huge fans of the film – especially Ricky – and they earnt themselves background parts in the last film.

“At the beginning they were really excited. I think they were there for like four days in the end.

“They were literally just in the back standing by some lifts in the Ministry of Magic. They got over it pretty quickly – it wore off,” Rupert said.

With Wild Target already under his belt, Rupert might want to chill out and enjoy some of the small fortune he’s earnt.

A recent list rated him as the fourth richest actor under 30 living in the UK, which he described as “cool”, even though he says he’s never been really extravagant.

He added: “I’m never really that aware of money because I’ve never really been that involved with it because my Dad’s always dealt with it.”

So what’s next for Rupert, apart from trying to master the banjo and the accordion?

He said: “It’ll be nice to have to a bit of free time as well – a bit of freedom because it has been constant working since I was 10.

“So it’ll be nice to just stop and chill out a bit.”

Wild Target is released in UK cinemas on 18 June, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I is out in the UK on 19 November.


Original article found here: BBC Newsbeat | June 15, 2010

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Rupert Grint Makes Ice-Cold Indulgence

Jamie Portman, CanWest News Service

LONDON — Rupert Grint has bought himself an ice-cream van — and he couldn’t be happier.

He may be in the money thanks to the role of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films, but so far that van is his one big indulgence.

Costar Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, is green with envy.

“When you say ‘ice cream van’ it’s not just the shell of an ice-cream van,” she says. “It’s got like real ice cream and sweets and toppings. I can’t believe I haven’t seen it yet. I really want to see it.”

Grint assures her that she will. He used to follow ice-cream trucks as a kid, and now that he’s 19, he figures owning one is a good investment in case this acting gig doesn’t work out over the long haul.

“I haven’t given it much thought, to be honest, but I think I definitely want to continue acting,” Grint said. “But I don’t know, so I’ll just see where it goes from there, really — and if it doesn’t work out, I’ve still got the ice cream van!”

After he passed his driving test five months ago, he didn’t buy a car — he went out and found an ice-cream van which would meet every child’s expectations.

In many ways, this teenager with the engaging grin and unruly red hair is the most down-to-earth of the the three Harry Potter stars. He’s candid about his lack of acting experience when he joined forces with Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson for the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. That movie marked his professional acting debut, and at the time, Grint was unsure whether he wanted to continue playing Ron to the end of the seven-film cycle. Now it’s certain that all three will remain — in fact they start work this autumn on the sixth movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Meanwhile he had a ball working on the current instalment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, opening July 11.

“I really liked doing my scenes — they were really cool,” he remembers. “It was a really good sort of atmosphere on the set and you got to do loads of stunts which is pretty cool.”

He reveals that in one sequence Ron and Hermione fight a duel. “Yeah, and who wins?” interrupts Watson who’s sitting next to him at the press conference.

Grint thinks that it’s been good for the cast to work with a succession of different directors — Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuaron, Mike Newell and now David Yates. “It’s always been quite exciting to meet a new one.”

He tends to be recognized often on the street because of his trademark hair, but that’s never been a problem for him. “When I get recognized they always say good things about the film and I’ve always had good feedback.”

But he also finds it weird to watch the earlier films these days.

“Looking back at all the films, it just seems like one big long film,” he said. “It’s weird to look back at the early ones because of how young we were and how much we’ve changed now — but we’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been a really good part of my life.”


Original article found here: The StarPhoenix | July 9, 2007

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Rupert Grint – Driving Lessons

With only a few school plays to his credit, Rupert Grint infamously won the role of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series with an audition tape featuring a rap that extolled his suitability and desire for the part. Grint filmed a role in kid’s movie Thunderpants thereafter, but the new Driving Lessons offers him a chance to step into more adult roles. I spoke with Grint during his stop at San Francisco’s Ritz Carlton.

Groucho: Do you remember first catching the acting bug, as they say?

Rupert Grint: Yeah, I always sort of—I’d done a few school plays, at school. And I’d always sort of been involved in the drama there. But yes, I’ve always had sort of an interest in it.

G: You don’t know what drew you to it?

RG: I don’t know. Not really. I mean, no one in my family ever really—my dad was once on the shopping channel, QVC, selling stuff. (Laughs.) Yeah, right.

G: In your own school plays, I take it you played a more interesting role than the eucalyptus tree.

RG: (Chuckles.) Yeah, definitely, yeah. It was really good to get into something different—even from Ron, really. It was a lot more, sort of—harder, I suppose. ‘Cause Ron’s mainly just—just looks scared all the time, and this was something really—some really good, different things to go through.

G: How would you describe the character of Ben?

RG: He’s quite sheltered. I mean, he’s from a religious family, and he’s got no friends. He’s a bit of a loner. He goes through quite a journey through the thing. And he sort of comes out of his shells, as it goes on. As he meets Julie Walters, her character, he sort of changes slightly, sort of becomes more independent and grows up a bit.

G: How is it that the Julie Walters character draws him out, do you think? What is he responding to there?

RG: I think—I dunno. I mean, I suppose the first time they met, he’s like—she’s someone he’s never sort of—the sort of character he’s never seen before: she swears, she drinks, she steals things. And she’s just—just I dunno. They just somehow really get on, have this strange friendship. Yeah. Yeah.

G: What’s the status on your own driving? I understand that you passed your test.

RG: Yeah—last week.

G: It took you a while to do that, though, right?

RG: (Laughs.) Yeah—it was my second test. And I’d been learning for too long. It was like—oh, I don’t know how many lessons I had. Just too many—I’ll enjoy driving—it’s good.

G: And it’s not a publicity stunt to delay your driving?

RG: (Laughs.) No, yeah.

G: It would suit the film, wouldn’t it?

RG: Yeah, definitely, yeah.

G: How is driving changing your life? I guess you haven’t had much of a chance to figure that out yet, huh?

RG: Sure, well, yeah, ’cause I only just passed. But yeah, I mean it is completely sort of freedom now. You can sort of go where you want. I’ve got a car, as well. I’ve got a little Mini—Mini Cooper, so, yeah.

G: I heard that you nearly wiped out the crew at one point with the car in the film.

RG: Oh, yeah. We were doing this scene. And I didn’t really get to do too much driving on it. But I mean, I did a few sort of private roads. And we were doing this scene where I had to drive down this sort of hill, park it up, and get out of the car and do something. And this hill—there’s the crew about sort of five foot away from where I’m supposed to be stopping. And, yeah, I drive up there and get out of the car, and suddenly the car starts to roll. Roll towards the crew. And I had to dive in there and pull the handbrake. It was quite close, actually.

G: How did you prepare to play this role? I know it was in part based on Jeremy Brock’s own life. Did you ply him for more details about his own experience?

RG: Uh, yeah, we had a few—the whole cast had a few rehearsals where we did read-throughs. And I went to Jeremy’s house, as well, and we did a few sort of like sessions with him. And he used to talk about stuff, and show me pictures of his—when he was a kid. No, it was really useful, that. And then on the set, as well, he was really good for like—really clear at giving advice on that. Because he wrote it as well. And he sort of, um—it was sort of his story. So he was really good at sort of giving advice on that.

G: One of the themes of the film is how Ben’s faith affects his development, really. How did you see that: in what ways does it help him? In what was does it hinder him?

RG: Yeah, erm. I’m trying to think—it does sort of keep him in this shell, really. And his mum doesn’t let him do anything. She’s really sort of overprotective and quite scary. (Laughs.) Yes, I suppose it doesn’t really help him much, really. Yeah.

G: Do you have a strategy for embarking on a career as an adult actor?

RG: Uh, not really. I mean, I’m just—I want to do the next two Harry Potter films. And just see what goes from there, really. And maybe do some other stuff like this, in between, because it was a really good experience.

G: It’s probably hard to imagine life after Harry Potter, I guess.

RG: I know, it’s going to be weird when it all ends, ’cause it has been a big part of my life, really.

G: When you travel around for films and do press like this, do you get to do touristy stuff?

RG: Yeah, a little bit. But I usually don’t get much time. I mean, this—I’ve never been here before, and I got here last night. And we’re leaving later today, for Dallas or something. So, yeah, it’s a shame we don’t get much more time.

G: I understand you didn’t get on in school. Why is that, do you think?

FG: I dunno! It was—I mean, I liked the sort of social side of it, and my mates, and that. But, um, it was just the learning thing; it was just—I just didn’t find a subject I could really—except for art. I really got on there, but—. And if I could do anything—’cause I can always go back. I mean, I did my final exams, and left when I was sixteen. I can always go back and do a course in something, but I can’t really see it. I mean, ’cause—I dunno, it just didn’t really, didn’t really—

G: And you’re pretty determined to keep at the film, right?

RG: Definitely, yeah, I mean, I really enjoy it. It is good fun. Yeah, it’s good.

G: Do you have aspirations to branch out into ever writing or directing?

RG: Erm, I haven’t thought about it, really. It’s always sort of an option, I suppose, in the future, but I can’t really see it. (Chuckles.) Right at the moment.

G: I know you can’t talk about specifics, but could you describe what your latest director, David Yates, is bringing to the series?

RG: Yeah, he’s really different, actually, to the other ones. He’s much more sort of laid-back, and much more calm—than the other ones we’ve had. I think, he’s really good at sort of giving us—he’s given us a lot more freedom this time around. And sort of lets us do a bit of our own thing—which is quite good. No, it’s really good, actually. We’ve got a new writer, as well [Ed. Michael Goldenberg], who gives it sort of a different feel. So, no, it’s going to be interesting, this one.

G: I’m very curious what the culture is like on a Harry Potter set. I know it might change based on the director. Do the actors set the mood? Does it chnage with each director?

RG: Yeah, it’s quite amazing how each director brings their own atmosphere to the set. Mike Newell was quite funny, because he’s crazy. He did the fourth one, and he didn’t care what he said; he was really—would swear at us if we got it wrong, sort of shout at us. He was really funny. And obviously Chris Columbus was great for the first two, and Alfonso’s crazy—we’ve had some really good ones, actually. Yeah, so it was good.

G: When the cameras aren’t rolling, do you have much time to hang out with the other actors, or do you find yourself retreating to your trailer? What’s that like?

RG: Yeah, well, I’ve got, um—yeah, but, um…now I’ve finished school, I’ve got much more time off-set. And I’ve got a really good dressing room up there. I’ve got table tennis, pool, and TV and—yes, they know where I am, in my room, so it’s good.

G: What’s the greatest length you’ve gone to to avoid being recognized in public?

RG: (Chuckles.) I dunno, it’s um—it’s quite hard, really, having so much hair, in this color. It sort of does stand out. So it’s quite hard to—no, I mean, I try caps and that. I mean, they’re always really nice. And it never gets crazy, so. It’s never really been sort of too much of a problem.

G: The film is about lessons, and you learn your lessons from Julie Walters, who plays your mother in the Harry Potter films. What sort of acting lessons have you learned from working with folks like Julie Walters or Robbie Coltrane or the great British actors you’ve worked with?

RG: Yeah, yeah. I don’t know really. I mean, you don’t really—they don’t teach you anything particularly. It’s just really good just to sort of work with them, really. It’s pretty amazing, the sort of people who worked on the Harry Potter films. Erm. But no, it’s just really good to work with them. Working with Julie again is wicked ’cause she’s so funny. She’s really cool.

G: Do you ever observe methods that they’re using, or do you work with an acting coach? What’s your kind of acting method?

RG: I dunno, really. I suppose you do in a way, yeah. You’re always sort of watching what they’re doing, and that. No, it’s quite interesting. No, but in the early ones, we had, like, a voice coach, on One and Two and Three. Yeah, so that sort of helped us a little bit then…

G: And do you plan to ever trod the boards again?

RG: Erm, I dunno. I mean, I only ever experienced it on a really small scale, so it’d be a whole different experience, I think, on a big sort of stage. But I dunno. Yeah, I mean, definitely—it is quite a sort of a thrill about doing it; it does give you quite a buzz. But, yeah, maybe that’s something in the future. I know Dan [Radcliffe] is just about to do a big play in London, yeah.

G: Equus.

RG: Yeah.

G: Alright, well, thank you very much.

RG: Cool, yeah.


Original article found here: Groucho Reviews | October 18th, 2006


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All Stars December 2004

What did you feel seeing yourself on the big screen for the first time?
Rupert: “It was a strange feeling! It scared me a little+ But then I sort of got accustomed to it, so now it’s even cool.”

What it’s like to work with Alfonso Cuaron and Mike Newell after Chris Columbus?
Rupert:”We were taken aback actually when we found out that there’ll be a new director in the POA. We had got accustomed to Chris, made friends with him+ But Alfonso turned out so cheeky, that we had a good time on the set. It’s also interesting to work with Mike.”

In the POA your characters changed school uniform with jeans. Did you feel relief taking off uniform?
Rupert: “It’s all right for you, but Ron has to wear these awful stretched sweaters. So then on the filming I hadn’t got a chance to wear normal clothes.”

If you could have an influence on the destiny of your characters, what would you invent for them?
Rupert: “I’d like Ron going across to the evil. It’d be cool: I want badly to play the negative character.”

Was there something that you didn’t like on the filming of POA?
Rupert: “I didn’t like my rat. When we were in Scotland she tinkled on me.”

What does it mean for you to grow up?
Rupert:”My voice has become deeper. And the height, on the contrary, has become higher. For now it’s all what I can say about growing up.”


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Transcript Of HP On G4TechTV

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Rupert Grint participated in a G4TechTV show about the Prisoner of Azkaban video game and movie.
Courtesy of TLC

* Opening sequence from PoA trailer, mixed in with many new shots of the video game*

Dan Radcliffe: “It’s very weird kinda, when I do something, and then end up dying, cause kinda, seeing myself die, it’s really very strange and slightly twisted and disturbing. But it’s fun! I quite like it, although I’m not very good at video games, but I try. Rupert is very good at video games actually.”

Rupert Grint: “Yeah, I played the second one quite alot, that was cool. And World Cup Quidditch; that’s cool. ”

Alfonso Cuaron: ” I have to say, when you do this film, it is so time consuming, you don’t have time to do anything but the movie. ”

Emma Watson: “No, my brother does[play the video games] though; he loves them. ”

Rupert Grint: “….I like shooting games, they’re quite cool .”
Alfonso Cuaron: ” I don’t even know how to turn a computer on.”

Dan Radcliffe : ” We don’t have a playstation or x-box or whatever at the studio. Though Rupert just got one in there , so I might just go in there one day. ”

Rupert Grint : ” The [HP games] are usually quite good.”

* more behind the scenes shots of Dan running up to camera giving two thumbs up, Cuaron in divination set with all the students, shots of snowy hogesmeade *

Alfonso Cuaron: ” Working with those three kids is just, ah, first of all, it’s so much fun. But also, from a creative standpoint, they are probably bigger collaborators in this film. They know so much. They put so much on the table. It’s great between “Action!” and “Cut!”, but then between “Cut!” and “Action!” it is so much fun hanging out with them. ”

Emma Watson : ” I really was excited about working with someone new, seeing new stars and new techniques. ”

Dan Radcliffe: ” It was different from Chris, as you’d expect working with a different director. It was great. He [Alfonso Cuaron] did a really great job on the film; really fantastic film I think he’s made. I think the magic is much more evident in the third film than maybe in the first two. In the film, I think Alfonso was really quite keene to get a more in your face kind of magic.”

* Clip from film of Harry flying Buckbeak out of Care of Magical Creatures class and over Hogwarts*

Emma Watson : “The atmosphere is so fun. Alot of the crew has been working on these films since film one, and so we know each other really well. Me, Dan, and Rupert work together really well. We have a really good time. ”

Daniel Radcliffe: ” It’s like a really big family on the set you know. Pretty much everyone has been there from the first film and we’ve know each other for 4 1/2 years now. Um, so you know its great to be seeing everyone again. ”

Rupert Grint: ” We’re all sort of growing up alot.”

Robbie Coltrane : ” The children are changing. I’m not sadly (chuckles), but they are. You know they’re growing up.”

Rupert Grint: “Me & Dan’s voice have broken and we’re a bit taller too.”

Emma Watson: ” I think she[Hermione] has taken two films with being teased, horrible things being said about her and always pretended she didn’t hear or saying forget it,it’s cool. But in this one she’s like ‘NO! That’s it! I’m not having anymore of this and I’m fighting back.’ she’s feisty. She punches Malfoy. She storms out on teachers. She’s rock and roll. She’s good. ”

Dan Radcliffe : “If the character is growing and your performance isn’t changing, then it is not going to happen, it’s not going to work, couldn’t possibly work, and so that’s what’s exciting about doing the fourth film.”

Rupert Grint: ” I was a big fan of the books, before I played them on fim, I really enjoyed it(the book).”

Dan Radcliffe:” At the end of the day the people I’m working to satisfy is obviously all of the fans. But the people I’m working directly with, Alfonso Cuaron, and J.K. Rowling, because she wrote the books, she discovered the character; she’s happy with what I’ve done with the character, then that’s great! That’s just amazing.”

Alfonso Cuaron: ” She’s [JKR] been. in one hand, completely respectful of the process. In the other hand, making herself available for to clarify things . sometimes there were the little things,through the process, I was adding to the table. and it was great to have the feedback, saying ‘Yea it makes perfect sense in the universe’ , or ‘Um that better not’ . She’s so elequent about her universe. She has this amazing knowledge of that universe. She knows every corner of that castle.”

* behind the scenes shots of choir singing*

Robbie Coltrane: ” A muggle or a wizard? Ah, I never really thought about it.”

Rupert Grint: ” Well, I can’t do magic, so I guess I’m a muggle (laughs).”

Alfonso Cuaron: ” I’m a banal muggle I guess, but that has wizard aspirations.”

Robbie Coltrane: ” I think I’m a muggle sadly, I’m sorta rather bound on the earth.”

Rupert Grint: “I guess we’re all muggles in real life. ”

Alfonso Cuaron: “(laughing) So far, I keep on moving the magic wand and not much is happening.”

Dan Radcliffe: ” I’d like to think a wizard, probably.”

* Various clips of video game and film- end of segment*


Original article no longer available online: G4TechTV| June 2nd, 2004

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“Harry Potter” continues to rule at N.America box office

Rupert Grint Press: “Harry Potter” continues to rule at N.America box office

BEIJING, May 28 (Xinhuanet) — It may not be the ending Harry Potter fans are hoping for, but the film’s teenage stars predict Harry will die at the end of the series, Ron will turn evil and Hermione may end up with him.

“People are going to hate me for saying this but I’ve always had the suspicion that Harry might die,” Daniel Radcliffe (Harry) told a news conference on Thursday ahead of the British release next week of the third film in the series.

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The young wizard’s fate in the promised seventh and final book is a closely guarded secret but the author has included more and more intriguing connections between Harry and his arch-enemy, the evil Voldemort.

“Harry and Voldemort have got the same core in them, which you see in the fourth book. The only way Voldemort could die is if Harry dies as well,” Radcliffe said.

Rupert Grint, who plays Harry’s friend Ron Weasley, has equally dark expectations of his character.

“I’d like him to turn a bit evil. I’ve always wanted to play an evil person,” he said.

The only positive note came from Emma Watson who plays Hermione Granger.

“I hope she ends up doing something she loves, maybe with Ron if that makes her happy,” she said playfully.

“Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” opened in the United States at the weekend to rave reviews that described it as deeper and darker than the previous two as the child actors have matured.

The actors could be well into their 20s by the time the high-school adventure’s final film is made, but they all said they hoped to continue playing their parts.

“People do play younger characters than themselves,” said Radcliffe. “I’m going to be 15 in a couple of months but Harry’s 14. It doesn’t matter.”

Watson said she hoped to continue acting but would have difficulty choosing between the fifth Harry Potter film and starring alongside Brad Pitt. “It would depend what it was,” she laughed.

“These are big projects and I think it’s hard for anyone to look beyond that.”

Grint said he was still hoping to stay in the series although it would mean giving up his childhood dream of being an ice-cream man.


Original article found here: Xinhuant |May 28th, 2004

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I had to hold hands and hug Hermione… I’m awkward with romance

THE third Harry Potter movie, The Prisoner Of Azkaban, opens in Britain next Monday. To celebrate, The Sun is bringing you a week of world exclusive photographs and interviews with the young stars. Today Rupert Grint reveals the unusual tactic he used to win his role as Harry’s best friend.

Written by Grant Rollings

RUPERT GRINT has told for the first time how he won the part of Ron Weasley ? he wore a skirt.

The young actor loved JK Rowling’s best-selling books and was desperate for the role.

So to conjure up something really wizard, Rupert did an impression of one of his female teachers.

Talking exclusively to The Sun in his first major interview, Rupert said: “I dressed up as my drama teacher in my video audition tape and did a rap.

“Unfortunately she was a girl so it involved wearing a skirt. I know Ron isn’t a girl but I wanted to get noticed and show I was versatile.”

Rupert, who was 11 at the time, found out about the auditions from the BBC website for kids’ show Newsround.

He had to do half a dozen auditions after sending in his tape ? which he didn’t enjoy.

Rupert admitted: “At the auditions you had to learn your lines and do a screen test. I had to do six or seven of them. I didn’t enjoy it because that’s a lot of nerves.”

Now 15, Rupert had only appeared in school plays before winning the key role as Harry’s best friend.

Overnight he went from ordinary schoolboy to film star. Slowly he is getting used to fame ? and the attention of female fans.

Rupert said: “I get quite a lot fan mail from girls and a lot of them come up to me in the street.”

The ginger-haired star is not keen to take on romantic roles.

But in the movie Ron starts to fall for his friend Hermione so Rupert has had to deal with some “awkward” acting moments.

He reveals they have recorded scenes where the couple hug and hold hands ? which shows new director Alfonso Cuaron has added spice to the film.


Rupert said: “There were some awkward scenes. There was a lot of hand-holding between me and Hermione. There were hugs as well but they got cut out.”

In the books Ron and Hermione do not hold hands until the fourth novel, The Goblet Of Fire.

Rupert said: “It’s weird doing romance. I’ve never been attracted to playing a romantic lead.”

He’s happier playing comedy. And Ron has plenty of witty lines ? which Rupert delivers perfectly.

He said: “I don’t really take things seriously. Ron is a funny character and that is why I like playing him.

“I have always liked comedy films. I like Lee Evans. He’s cool. I would like to do a bit of comedy acting after Harry Potter.”

The fun does not stop when the cameras cease rolling, either. Rupert and Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, have become great friends and enjoy causing mischief.

Rupert smiled and said: “Me and Dan made a crazy golf course out of stuff we found around thestudios. We made a windmill too, which we were going to power with an electric fan, but it was a bit dangerous.”

Rupert also draws cheeky cartoons of friends and fellow actors.

He said: “I do caricatures. I did Alan Rickman (Professor Snape) with a big nose. I wasn’t planning to show it to him but he crept up behind me and saw it.

“He asked to keep it, which was a relief. It was like being caught by my teacher. It was scary.”

Rupert, who will be 16 in August, does not enjoy school. He confesses he “forgets” to do his homework and will be happy to leave after his GCSEs next month.

He said: “I still get told off. I got a detention when I went back after filming because I didn’t do my homework.

“When the director set an exercise to help us get to know our characters, I was supposed to describe Ron but I forgot to do it.

“But Alfonso thought it was like Ron, so he was OK about it.”

Rupert has not yet finished JK Rowling’s fifth Harry Potter book, The Order Of The Phoenix which was released last summer.

He admitted: “I have read the beginning and it looks really cool.”

Perhaps it is Rupert’s busy social life which is holding him up.

He said: “I have started playing golf. I love go-karting too.” The young actor has treated himself with his wages from the three films.

He said: “I bought my own go-kart and golf clubs. I buy stuff I can enjoy. Some of my money is held in trust.”


But there is nothing Rupert enjoys more than being on set. He talks enthusiastically about stunts for the new movie.

Rupert said: “I get dragged along grass by a guy dressed in an all-in-one suit. In the film he is edited out and a computer-generated dog is put in his place.

“I really enjoyed the film. It’s really wicked.”

Rupert lives with his parents, Jo and Nigel, his four younger siblings and dog Ruby in Hertfordshire.

He said: “I still have to tidy my room. I have tried to stay really normal. I have a big family and that brings you down to earth.”

His youngest sister Charlotte used to believe he had magic powers.

Rupert said: “Charlotte was three when The Philosopher’s Stone came out and she thought it was real.

“When I fell off the horse she got really worried. Fortunately she hasn’t asked me to do any magic.”


Original article found here: The Sun | May 25th, 2004

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Harry’s Shape-Shifters

SUMMER SNEAKS
‘Harry’s’ shape-shifters
Hermione and Ron move to the fore in the third “Harry Potter” film, ready to make magic.


By David Gritten, Special to The Times

It’s been almost three years since J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” characters moved beyond the literary phenomenon and became part of a hugely successful movie franchise. In that time, the primary image associated with the films has been Daniel Radcliffe, playing the wholesome teen wizard Harry, with his trademark round glasses and his perpetual expression of faint surprise.

Well, things are about to change. Now it’s time for Harry’s sidekicks to grab a piece of the action. The third film in the series, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (it opens June 4), spreads the story much more evenly among Harry and his Hogwarts school pals Hermione Granger, played by Emma Watson, and Ron Weasley, portrayed by Rupert Grint.

Alfonso Cuarón, the Mexican director of “Prisoner of Azkaban” (he succeeded Chris Columbus, who directed the first two), notes: “Ron and Hermione are companions in adventure in this film, and they effectively drive the third act. It’s pretty amazing to see.”

There’s no question Watson is pleased with her contribution to “Prison of Azkaban,” even before she has seen it. She strolls into a room near the production offices, sits upright on a sofa with three embroidered cushions with a likeness of Harry Potter and an owl, and starts chatting.

“The third book is definitely my favorite, and it’s a good script for Hermione,” she says. “She has some great scenes.” There’s a split second in the trailer for the new film when Watson as Hermione apparently punches someone, then says: “That felt good!” And did it? “You’re very right about that,” she giggles. “Yes, I loved it. My first screen punch! It was fantastic!”

So who was on the receiving end? Wouldn’t you know, it was Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton), the rather odious Hogwarts pupil who is a constant thorn in the sides of Harry and his two friends.

“It’s been building up for ages through the first three films,” Watson says, flailing her arms wildly. “He’s been insulting, rude and really hateful. Harry’s going, ‘Ignore him, don’t say anything,’ and suddenly Hermione gets so angry she ends up punching the guts out of him. It’s fantastic! Very girl power!”

Even apart from this scene, Watson thinks Hermione is finally coming into her own: “She’s had two films of being put down by teachers and rudely insulted by Malfoy. In this film, she thinks, ‘Right, that’s it, I’m not having any more of this.’ She storms out on a teacher, punches Malfoy, fights with Ron. She’s really fired up. She’s not taking nonsense from anyone.”

Watson is disarmingly articulate in explaining this. Slim, petite, with a sparkle in her eyes, she wears a pale green cable knit sweater over a T-shirt, flared jeans and cream sneakers with a gold trim. She looks like many English girls of 14 and reveals a bristling intelligence when she speaks. She also has a finely tuned sense of humor. Since landing the role of Hermione, she has constantly stressed how little she has in common with her character. Now she feels less sure.

When Cuarón (who’s noted for his work on 2002’s “Y Tu Mamá También”) met the three young actors, he asked them to write an essay about their characters — what they felt, what drove them, what they believed. The way the three responded fit their characters perfectly: Radcliffe wrote one page and felt he had done rather well. Grint, in true Ron Weasley style, somehow avoided doing it at all. Watson, reacting like Hermione to a set task, wrote some 16 pages — which prompted much on-set teasing.

“Was it 16?” she says now, covering her face and blushing slightly. “Might it have been 12 … or a little less? All right, I enjoyed writing it. But my handwriting’s big! I leave big spaces between words.” In retrospect, she found it a useful exercise. “It made me see Hermione in a completely different way. Alfonso made me think: Why does she do the things she does? Why is she such an annoying bookworm? I thought maybe it’s her mask, her front, so she doesn’t have to show any emotions or feelings. I’d never thought about that before, so for me she became a much deeper person.”

At this point, Grint enters, having completed a tutoring session. (There is an unofficial Harry Potter school at this studio, and all the young actors and their doubles have lessons for up to five hours a day.) His red hair is worn longer than in the films, almost falling into his eyes. He is ultra-casual in T-shirt and baggy pants.

There’s a telling teenage moment between him and Watson; he moves toward a chair next to the sofa but is then persuaded to sit beside her. After much eye-rolling from them both, with Watson complaining he has forced her to move from a warm spot on the sofa, they finally settle down.

Grint agrees that the new film offers more scope. “There’s a story line developing between Ron and Hermione,” he reflects.

“It’s like a little thing going on between them, and there’s a lot of awkward moments in this third one. A few hugs. And we fall out a lot as well. Alfonso thought that was a replacement for our relationship.”

What he enjoys most is being involved in stunt work. In one scene, Ron is pulled along the ground and through a hole in a tree. “That was fun,” he says with a smile. “I did swallow a lot of grass, though.”

Grint, who will be 16 in August, admitted it was hard to adjust to another director after two films with Columbus. “But Alfonso was great. He was into us having a say about things. He wanted us to customize our school uniforms. He thought it would look different, for instance, if we all wore differently knotted ties.

“So I did mine a bit scruffy. I had my shirt half untucked, the top button of my shirt undone.” He pauses for effect. “A bit like I wear my real school uniform, actually. Dan was a bit tidier than me, but Emma being Hermione, everything was perfectly done up.”

He’s an engaging young man, with sleepy eyes, a slow smile and an ability to stay quiet in conversation, then deliver a funny line almost sotto voce. Grint is an intriguing contrast to Watson, who talks fast and energetically, in perfectly formed, complete sentences.

Both want to continue acting. “I’d be up for doing all seven Harry Potter films,” Grint says. “I really enjoy acting. You meet new people, go to different locations.” Another trademark pause. “It’s quite easy as well.”

Watson has learned she likes performing and expressing herself: “I love art. I love being on stage, singing, dancing. So even if I don’t end up acting, maybe I’ll try screenwriting, whatever gets thrown at me.” She wrinkles her nose. “I can’t really see myself in an office.”

The adults around them think they can fulfill these ambitions. Cuarón says of Watson: “If she decided, she could have a big career. She’s growing up so beautifully. I’d love to work with her again, away from ‘Harry Potter.’ She listens intensely, and there’s an intelligence and warmth about her.” As for Grint, he enthuses, “I’ve never seen a young actor with such a brilliant timing for comedy. But that’s Rupert in real life as well. Definitely there’s a career there for both of them if they want it.”

An important neutral voice is also pushing Watson’s claims. Jina Jay, one of Britain’s leading casting agents, specializes in finding child actors, including Jamie Bell for “Billy Elliot.” “I feel Emma has enormous potential as a future leading actress,” she says. “I’d expect her to explore her abilities carefully beyond ‘Harry Potter.’ I also feel she’s clever and focused enough to only choose material and directors for whom she feels passionate.”

It’s striking how unspoiled and natural Watson and Grint seem. “They’re not like stage kids at all,” says David Heyman, producer of the “Harry Potter” films. “They don’t behave like stars, and we don’t treat them as such. A lot of the cast and crew are like family here. They’ve been on all three films. So the kids get gently teased, and treated like everyone else. There’s a mischievous air on set.”

It helps that these unlovely studios, situated in the middle of nowhere about 20 miles north of London, lack glamour. And they are hard to find. In the three years since filming started on the first “Harry Potter” film, only a handful of fans have even made it as far as the security gates.

Watson and Grint are determined to remain levelheaded. “I still do normal things,” Watson insists. “There’s nothing I can’t do now which I could before the films. I hope I’m exactly the same person.”

Grint echoes her sentiment: “My friends don’t think I’ve changed. I’ve tried to stay pretty normal throughout all the films, and my friends and family have helped in that. I’ve just kept living the same way.”


Original article found here: Harry’s Shape-Shifters | May 9th, 2004

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