Written by Clare Youell
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton…you name ‘em, and they were there.
The young stars of Harry Potter were out in full force for the launch of the Chamber of Secrets DVD at Leavesden Studios.
Rupert Grint couldn’t be happier.
No, not because it’s finally dawned on him that he’s one of the Big Three actors in one of the most successful films of all time.
Or because he’s got an army of girl fans following his every move.
But because, simply, he doesn’t have to go to school.
The Ron Weasley actor is back on the set of Harry Potter 3, where he belongs.
“I’m having so much fun,” he told Newsround. “Filming is sooo much better than school, it’s so good to get back to it.
“We’ve been doing it for six weeks now and we’re having such a laugh. It’s weird – me, Daniel and Emma get on really, really well now. They’re cool.
“I had to go back to school for a bit. My friends were great – it’s the teachers who are the problem. They suck up a bit. I’m sorry!”
Rupert may be in the thick of filming the Prisoner of Azkaban right now, but that doesn’t give him any privileges with a certain JK Rowling. He said he “couldn’t wait” for book five, but he’d have to go out and buy it like the rest of us.
No sneak previews for the stars then!
Rupert’s on-screen brothers, Chris Rankin (Percy) and Oliver and James Phelps (the twins), were almost as happy to be back filming. But they were quick to put young Rupert in his place.
“Rupert’s a little brat!” Chris joked. “Filming’s awful ‘cos he’s such a horrible child. Only joking Rupert!”
The twins added: “Being on set is just like going back to school. Everyone’s like, ‘hi, did you have a nice summer?’ It’s such a laugh.”
Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, said she was ecstatic to be back on the set of Potter 3, even though filming is pretty time consuming.
“It does take up a lot of your life,” she told Newsround. “But it’s worth it. It’s a fantastic experience.
“I completely understand that I’ve been handed this on a silver plate. But it’s really cool.”
All of the young cast have had to cope with massive attention since the Philosopher’s Stone came out in 2001. And some cope with it differently to others.
Sean Biggerstaff, who plays Quidditch heartthrob Oliver Wood, reckons he has a sneaky way of hiding from fans.
He told Newsround: “I avoid it by going out in disguise. I wear a beard and long hair, so it’s not a problem for me!”
But Sean’s cool about not being in Potter 3, even tough his dedicated fans started a petition to keep him in it.
“It’s a huge book, something has to go. It’s fair enough. I wish them all well, but I might be back!” he said.
Hints about book five
One person who’s definitely back for more is his mate, Tom Felton, who plays the malicious Malfoy.
Tom said filming was going well, but he’s got no idea about his future in the movies.
“I’ve heard I might die in book five,” he gulped. “But there’s rumours that everyone’s going to die. It will be the end!”
One of Malfoy’s enemies is Hagridwho’s also one of the people rumoured for the chop in the long-awaited Order of the Phoenix.
But actor Robbe Coltrane, who plays him, was cagey. “There’s rumours that I know what’s going to happen in book five,” he told Newsound. “I’m glad I don’t! “Yes, she (JK Rolwing) has given me hints. But if I told you about them you’d have to die!” he joked.
Now filming has started on the Prisoner of Azkaban, Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, will be dead busy.
But that didn’t stop him coming on our message boards for a chat on 21 February!
Rupert calls himself Permlessboy whenever he comes on the boards.
He chatted to loads of people, mostly, for some reason, about ham.
We haven’t included all the messages. That’s because many of them are just Rupert telling people who don’t believe him he really is Rupert!
Here’s what he wrote and what people said to him:
It’s great to be back, I’ve had a great week off, except for my brother breaking his arm and me falling out of a canoe and almost drowning (lucky the river was only a foot deep!!!). My cat’s pregnant and really acting weird, maybe because we’ve just got a puppy called Sergeant Montgomery. My Unicycling is not improving and I can still only manage 4!!! But I’ve now taken up yoyoing, but I’ve just hit my brothers bad arm while attempting a new trick!!!! So I’m on here now because I’m hiding from him in case he hits me on the head with his cast!!!!!!! I’m going now to have some ham. Rupert
My brother fell down some steps running out of school, and he’s really in a mood because he can’t ride his bike, play rugby or skate, so he’s had the worst half term ever!!!!! My puppy’s a basset hound, my yoyo is a turbo bumble bee and I’ve just learnt how to split the atom and hurt broken arms ha ha!!!!!! Luv Rupert
Hello, Rupert! OH MY GOD!!! It’s you! I can’t believe it! Don’t get offended by my name cos I still luv ya! What year are you in? I’m in Yr 8. Can I ask you a question? Do you know who is playing Cho Chang in the POA movie? Cos I want to be Cho Chang ! And have you started filming yet? Please reply!!!! Luv ya loads!!!! Oh yeah! HAM RULES!!!!
I’m in year 10, I’m doing my GCSEs (groan). I don’t know who’s playing Cho Chang but I’m sure she’ll be Cho-charming ha ha!!!! I’m in a bit of a state because I think my cat is about to have babies!!!!!!!!
I’ve had a hundred replies. Help!!!!!!!!
*TOM ORLI M+P 4EVA*
WILL EVERY1 PLZ CALM DOWN I’m very sorry but will you plz just calm down YES it’s Rupert YES I’m very happy/excited that he’s cum back on the boards and YES he’s probably flattered by all the screaming mental fans but for a minute just step back and breathe in and out in and out kay luv4now p.s I hope I haven’t offended u plz don’t h8 me kay p.p.s ham is gross cheese rox, ok.
I am petrified of snakes and my mum found a dead snake and i had to find out what type it was for some reason and god, I hate them. I don’t know why but it makes me feel all faint and sweaty. See you all later. LUV RaPchIc
Spiders do the same thing to me , it feels horrible doesn’t it !!!!
Hey Rupert, are you really on right now?
Guess who ?????
im_in_tha_house – 1st post
Hey Rupert, how’s filming going? This is sooo class I can’t believe u came back. My name’s Olivia by the way – would you like to be my ebud? lol ham_sandwitch hee hee
Ham rules !!! Ha ha!
Hun, you’re great and everything but HAM?? Don’t you mean eggs??
Are you still veggie??
Sorry, but can I just say he can’t be a veggie if he loves ham!!! My fave sandwiches are peanut butter! Ha – with cheese and jam! I have weird taste!
Yes you do have weird taste ha!!!!
Alright Rupert how have u been? You haven’t been on here in ages! I’m new around here so I have no idea what’s goin’ on! but I know you’ve been on here a few times. I have 2 tell you they are a bit mental round here. Well I can’t really talk since I’m like the most mentalist in my school. (Q: is mentalist actually a word?) Anyway, hope you’re ok, hope 2 type 2 u soon!
I think mentalist is a wicked word !!!! luv Rupert.
Could this really be Rupert?
Yes it is!
OMG!! Are you really RUPERT?? Wow! That’s really really really exciting!!!! Well, I want to say: I think you are a really good actor! If I have any luck I will come to the premiere in London! “why spiders? why can´t we follow the butterflies?”
I still wish it was butterflies !!!!!! luv Rupert
Hey Rupert!!!! I can’t believe you’re actually on here again! How’s filming going?
Hi snowy owl – filming’s cool!! Rupert
OK, if you’re Rupert, I’m J:Lo
Hi j-lo. Luv Rupert
When Rupert is on here, what does he call him self? Coz if its Permlessboy then its wrong. I was checking out his website and he now calls himself Permboy!!!
No, I’m Permlessboy, I don’t have a web site yet!!!!! Luv Rupert
Original article found here: CBBC Newsround | February 28th, 2003