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Harry Potter actor a charmer

‘I love you, Rupert,’ fans scream to teen actor at movie premiere

Tim Lai
Entertainment Reporter

Even before he stepped out of the Harry Potter Hummer, the screams became piercing and the flashes were dizzying. Then Rupert Grint got out of the back seat, sparkled his charming boyish smile and ignited Pottermania in Toronto.

The ginger-mopped actor, who plays Ron Weasley in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, made a brief appearance at the Scotiabank Theatre downtown yesterday morning to promote the opening of the fifth movie in the blockbuster series that has raked in more than $3.5 billion worldwide.

As he answered questions from the media on the red carpet, shrieks of “Rupert, I love you” and “You’re sexy, Rupert” marked his every step.

“It’s still really strange being recognized and all,” said the 18-year-old British actor, who flashed smiles to a few hundred fans armed with digital cameras in between questions from reporters. “When we first started, we didn’t think this far on. It was already a crazy enough experience.”

He said the fifth film is his personal favourite due to the darker nature and working with director David Yates, who is new to the franchise.

“It was really intense because Hogwarts was really scary because Voldemort was back and there was a feeling that the war was going to start,” said Grint.

Like everyone else, Grint is counting down the days until the seventh book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, is released on July 21. If a petition started by fans to continue the series works out, however, he’ll be happy to fill Ron’s shoes once again – unless he’s killed off.

“But you can always come back as a ghost,” Grint said with a mischievous smile. “Everyone’s just anxious to see who dies and who survives. There’s so many rumours going around and everyone’s got their strange theory.”

Even visits to the sets from author J.K. Rowling haven’t revealed any hints.

“There’s always quite the buzz when she comes around because she’s the one who’s created everything,” said Grint. “She doesn’t give anything away from the books.”

Evan Hoyle, who was first in the line at 5:30 a.m. to see the morning movie, said he’s already going bonkers in anticipation and trying not to think about any conclusion.

“I don’t want to ruin it for myself,” said the 15-year-old super fan who dressed up as Harry. “I’ve thought about it, but when I do those thoughts just go away.”

Jasmine Denipe had good connections to get her DVD of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire autographed – her mom is in the media, so as Grint answered questions, he Sharpied her video.

“I’m going to love it. I’m going to take care of it. I’m going make sure it doesn’t get dirty. I’m going to make sure it stays safe in a box,” said the 13-year-old in a “Weasley is the King” t-shirt. She’s also been writing a prequel to the series for a school project.

Grint completed his whirlwind tour of Toronto, his first time in the city, early last night, but he said it was very pleasant to see and meet adoring Canadian fans, who are somewhat similar to their southern counterparts. “They’re usually pretty crazy and quite forward,” Grint said of American fans.

He said he enjoyed seeing the CN Tower, but would’ve liked to have seen a U20 World Cup match as he’s a football fan – he’s a supporter of the Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premiership.

Grint said he doesn’t have any projects on the horizon other than the two Harry Potter movies. He said he’s looking forward to a break between the movies and perhaps get some time with a new purchase – an ice cream truck – since he recently got his licence.

“When I was younger, it was a dream of mine to be an ice cream man,” said Grint, whose truck is equipped with a flashing cones and sugary music. “You get a lot of disappointed children because I actually don’t have anything – it’s not stocked.”


Original article found here: The Star | July 12, 2007

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Pure Magic: Sixity Minutes Interview

Pure magic

Sunday, July 1, 2007
The latest Harry Potter movie launches this week.

Reporter: Tara Brown
Producers: Stephen Taylor, Sandra Cleary

It’s a magical month for wizard fans around the world. And a very lucrative one for that multi-billion dollar brand, Harry Potter Inc.

First, there’s the latest movie, that’s next week. Then in three weeks, one of the most anticipated events in literary history, the launch of the seventh, and final, Harry Potter book when we’ll find what fate awaits young Harry and his mates – whether JK Rowling has one last dastardly trick up her sleeve.

But it’s not quite the end of the world. There are still two more movies to come after this one, so that should keep you happy for a couple of years, at least.

The next big thing

Ten years ago Barry Cunningham was the only publisher who agreed to put Harry Potter into print. Today he’s predicting the next big thing in children’s books will be Tunnels by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams.

It’s science fiction with a horror twist about a boy’s journey to the centre of the earth. The movie deal has already been signed so maybe Barry’s done it again.

Transcript

TARA BROWN: It just feels like yesterday when the impossibly cute Mr Potter first went to Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In fact, his first day was seven years ago. Since then, there have been four films, each grossing more than a billion dollars. But more charming has been the chance to see these three young actors, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, grow before our eyes. They’re down-to-earth, likeable, teenagers, but every day they’re reminded they’re also rich and famous teenagers.

EMMA WATSON: Everywhere I go people stop me, recognise me. I mean, I don’t know quite how to explain it. It’s just completely turned my life upside down so, yeah, just — you just have to kind of adapt, I guess.

TARA BROWN: And can anything prepare you for that?

EMMA WATSON: Um, no. You just … no. You just … just take it as it comes, I guess.

TARA BROWN: How has the Harry Potter movies helped with your female fan base?

RUPERT GRINT: Yeah. Well, definitely here you get a bit more attention, I guess. I’m, like, still getting recognised and that’s still quite strange.

TARA BROWN: I’ve heard you — you’re not reluctant to perhaps date a female fan. Is that true?

RUPERT GRINT: No, I’m not too fussy, yeah.

TARA BROWN: And the star, 17-year-old Daniel Radcliffe, well, who would have thought he’d become a heart-throb? Now, fame and fortune — how’s that going with attracting the girls?

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: Nothing particularly, I don’t know if it helps a huge amount, I don’t know, I don’t really know.

TARA BROWN: Has it hindered?

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: I don’t think it’s hindered, either, no, not hindered. It’s fine, really. I don’t really know if it’s made too much of a difference.

TARA BROWN: I’ve read some of the things. You know, you’ve had placards saying ‘Mrs Radcliffe here!’ Things thrown at you.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: Yes, that was one very particular girl who I have very vivid memories of who was — who sort of chased us around New York when we were last there. Yeah, she was very determined.

TARA BROWN: So who’s pottier, do you think? British, American or Australian girls?

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: Definitely American girls.

TARA BROWN: On screen, Harry’s discovering girls, too. In his last movie, a female classmate casts her spell on the young wizard. And in this new film, we finally get the much-anticipated kiss. It’s short and sweet. What was the first kiss like?

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: Oh, that was fine. That wasn’t one of the challenging parts really. I mean, that was — I was a bit nervous to start with but after that, after the first few takes, it became sort of very easy really.

TARA BROWN: I read somewhere that you were actually a bit disappointed. It wasn’t quite as sexy as you thought it would be.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: Well, this is the thing, it never is on screen. I mean, in real life, it’s not very sexy. There’s something about doing it in front of all those people, really takes away any edge it might have had.

TARA BROWN: The Order of the Phoenix is the fifth film in the series. It’s darker and edgier but with the same faithful friends and fearsome foes. Are you still getting a kick out of it?

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: Yeah, I am actually. When you get some brilliant reactions from kids, when you totally freak them out, I think that, for me, is the power of magic.

TARA BROWN: Now, Hermione has been an infuriatingly sensible witch all along. Now she’s loosened up a little bit in this film. Does that make her more fun to play?

EMMA WATSON: Yeah, I really enjoyed playing kind of her rebellious side. She kind of breaks free a bit because previously she’s played by the rules and would rather die than be expelled so yeah, I’m the rebel.

TARA BROWN: It was this British woman’s extraordinary imagination and determination that brought Harry Potter to life. JK Rowling was a single mum who dreamt up the story on a train trip, wrote it in an Edinburgh cafè and was repeatedly knocked back by publishers. Rowling rarely gives interviews. Her last one was 12 months ago on British TV but her days of hardship are clearly still raw.

JK ROWLING: I mean, not to crack out the violins or anything, but if you have been through a few years where things have been very tough — and they were very tough — and it’s all — it’s not so much romanticised but it’s dismissed in half a sentence, ‘Oh, starving in a garret’ and occasionally I thought, ‘Well, you try it, pal’. I thought this would be life for 20 years.

TARA BROWN: Enter Barry Cunningham — the only publisher who agreed to put Harry into print after receiving the treasured manuscript in a brown paper parcel.

BARRY CUNNINGHAM: And I read it that night, I read it that evening. I laughed and I was intrigued and I really liked it, and so I bought it the next morning.

TARA BROWN: How much did you pay in total?

BARRY CUNNINGHAM: Well, a very low amount. I’m never allowed to say but it’s — it’s in the lower amount of the amount that you can think is a low amount, but it’s probably slightly below that. And, so, it’s probably the best investment anybody has ever made.

TARA BROWN: Did you tell JK Rowling that one day this will be a phenomena?

BARRY CUNNINGHAM: Well, no. Actually, I told her the opposite. It’s highly embarrassing. So I said that she should get a day job because she’d never make any money out of children’s books.

TARA BROWN: Bum ba! Today, the queen of children’s literature is richer than the Queen of England. Of course, JK won’t confirm it but it’s believed she’s a billionaire.

JK ROWLING: I have to say initially people were reporting — they still do frequently report much more than I’ve got — but I mean, I’m not pretending I’m not hugely wealthy. And, um, so that’s weird and mind-warping when you’re used to counting every penny.

TV HOST: 70 quid a week you were on before you got published?

JK ROWLING: Yeah, yeah.

TARA BROWN: JK Rowling has now sold 325 million copies of her books. Then there’s the movie rights, merchandise and next, a Harry Potter theme park. Even in the quaint world of book collecting, where modern books aren’t prized, you pay a hefty price for Harry. Okay, how much is a Harry Potter book worth?

ADRIAN HARRINGTON: It depends on which one you’re talking about.

TARA BROWN: Adrian Harrington normally trades in rare, old books, but the first edition of the first Potter book is a collector’s item because only 350 were printed.

ADRIAN HARRINGTON: This one is marked at 32,500 pounds.

TARA BROWN: You know, that’s $75,000 in Australia.

ADRIAN HARRINGTON: Wow!

TARA BROWN: So, you wouldn’t give it to me for nothing?

ADRIAN HARRINGTON: I’d give it to you for a … I’d give you a discount.

TARA BROWN: In all this talk of money, it’s easy to overlook the magic of Harry Potter’s beginnings. It was children like these who really made Harry Potter. Before all the hype, they fell in love with a great story and they told their friends about it, who passed it on to their friends. So, what is it about the Harry Potter book that you like so much?

GIRL: I like the way they get to kind of keep pets which you wouldn’t usually have, like an owl, and I like the way it has magic.

BOY: I loved reading the Harry Potter books. They’re so fun to read and you can just immerse yourself in the Harry Potter world of gallons and wands and your hippogriffs and all those magical creatures.

TARA BROWN: But the dream is about to end. On July 21, the seventh, and final, Harry Potter adventure will go on sale. It’s expected to be the fastest selling book of all time, with fans desperate to know what happens to Harry. Bets are he gets the chop. The dramatic end is top secret but recently JK’s hinted at what she plans to do to her most-loved characters.

JK ROWLING: The last, final chapter is hidden away, although it’s now changed very slightly. I have to say two die that I hadn’t hoped to die, so…

TV HOST: Two much-loved ones?

JK ROWLING: Well, you know, the price has to be paid. We are dealing with pure evil so they don’t target the extras, do they? They go for the main characters.

TARA BROWN: Do you know which loved characters she kills off?

BARRY CUNNINGHAM: Yes.

TARA BROWN: Oh, tell me!

BARRY CUNNINGHAM: But I’m not telling you. You know, I’ve had many interrogations by 11, 12, 13-year-olds who are far more violent than you, and I’ve not told yet. So, you’re not going to get it out of me just that easy.

TARA BROWN: Oh, come on! What will it take?

BARRY CUNNINGHAM: I’m afraid, I’m afraid it will take more wizardry than is available in this studio.

TARA BROWN: Even the movie’s stars have no idea. How do you think the series is going to end?

RUPERT GRINT: I don’t know, really.

TARA BROWN: Well, the latest theory I’ve read is that you kill Harry.

RUPERT GRINT: Really?

TARA BROWN: Yes.

RUPERT GRINT: Well … I didn’t expect that.

TARA BROWN: You didn’t?

RUPERT GRINT: Maybe, yeah, I don’t know anything’s possible, I guess.

TARA BROWN: Some young fans of the Harry Potter series that I’ve spoken to think that your brains, as Hermione, are going to undo you.

EMMA WATSON: Oh, right! Oh, gosh.

TARA BROWN: And some of them don’t even mind if you die a painful death.

EMMA WATSON: Oh, that’s outrageous! Oh well, you know, as long as everyone sobs and cries and I have a really, really great dramatic kind of death then I guess that would be okay, but God, that’s really harsh. I’ve never really thought about that.

TARA BROWN: And what do you want to happen in book seven?

BOY: Well, this might sound strange but I sort of do want Harry Potter to die.

TARA BROWN: Why?

GIRL: Oh my God, you’re evil.

BOY: He thinks he’s so great now and he’s always right.

TARA BROWN: Would you like Harry Potter to die, too? Do you want him to die a painful death?

GIRL: What’s the point?

BOY: But he shouldn’t actually die in pain. Yes, he should be in pain before that but he shouldn’t actually die while he’s feeling pain. That would just be disappointing.

GIRL: I don’t want any of them to die — I wouldn’t wish death on anyone.

TARA BROWN: Can you imagine life after Harry Potter?

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: It’s a struggle. I don’t know, because it’s been a part of my life for so long. It’s hard to picture it without it, but, you know, — obviously there will be life after Harry Potter and, um, it’s exciting in some ways, the prospect of that.

TARA BROWN: Back in Harry Potter’s world, the magic continues. All the young stars are signed to do the last two films so, over the next three years, we’ll be seeing a lot more of Harry, Ron and Hermione. In the meantime, having bought a house in Melbourne, Daniel Radcliffe is as bewitched by Australia as we are by him.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: I love Australia and Australia is getting sick of hearing me say that, but, um, probably, but, you know, I love being out there, I love the people, though I loathe your cricket team so, so vehemently because they’re just, they’re probably one of the best teams the world has ever seen.

TARA BROWN: You’re a sore loser, that’s why.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: Of course I’m a sore loser, yes. There’s nothing wrong with that! You wait till 2009.

TARA BROWN: Oh, yeah, we’ll keep waiting. Good luck.


Original article from SixtyMinutesI July 1st, 2007

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Rupert Grint Drives… an ice cream van

LONDON—Rupert Grint is earning millions playing Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movie series but guess what he loves to drive around in?

An ice cream van.

Explaining that he’s always had “an interest in the ice cream industry,” Rupert said in a press con at the Claridge’s Hotel that driving a van with a kitchen and freezer at the back is “really cool.”

The shyest of the three principals in the hit film franchise, Rupert surprised us with long replies. In our previous interviews, he would mumble only one or two-sentence answers that led to occasional awkward pauses.

Goofy appeal

Still, the red-haired actor remains basically shy. This bashfulness—and the fact that he’s not as serious and driven as his co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson—is what’s most endearing about Rupert. He’s also very unpretentious so his answers, though short, are sincere and charming. His revelation that he tools around in an ice cream van adds to his goofy appeal. The girls love him.

Before we run our Q and A with Rupert, let us share some quotes from Emma, whom we also interviewed. Among the three “Harry Potter” leads, Emma is the one who has changed the most, physically. While Daniel and Rupert still look boyish, Emma definitely looks like a young woman now. Her face is leaner—she looks so different, even though we saw her only less than a year ago on a set visit at the Leavesden Studios as they were filming “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”

This afternoon, Emma was in a mood to talk as well. “I think every time you guys see me, I probably look different,” she said. She was on target on that one. “I’m still growing up,” she added.

When the reporters heard a toddler’s voice in the room, Emma explained, “My little sister Nina is at the back.”

Who’s going to die?
The big talk these days is on which two characters will die in the final book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” which will be released on July 21, just over a week after “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” hits the theaters on July 11.

The topic was also on Emma’s mind. “Today, a couple of journalists told me that there’s this guy who claims to have been able to hack into J.K. Rowling’s computer,” she shared. Putting her hands on her chest, she continued, “He’s saying that Hermione is going to die. I was like, ‘Oh God, that’s awful.’ I actually found myself feeling sad. I have not really contemplated on her dying. I always had the sense that she’d make it.”

Of course, no one, except J.K. Rowling and her book printer, really know who survive in the seventh novel.

Emma does not bring up the books when she sees the author: “Whenever I see Jo (J.K.’s nickname, short for Joanne), I always try not to speak to her about the novels. I know that sounds strange but I see her as a separate person, a friend. Because I know what it feels like for people to always speak to you about ‘Harry Potter.’ Sometimes you want to be considered as a person who has a life outside of ‘Harry Potter.’ I would feel too embarrassed to ask her to sign anything for me. I don’t have anything written from her.”

Very similar

The actress is emotionally attached to her character not only because she has been playing her all these years. “Hermione and I are very similar in quite a lot of ways,” she explained. “We’re both very stubborn, determined, loyal, bossy, academic and a bit of a feminist.”

Unlike Rupert, Emma went to see Daniel and Richard Griffiths (who plays Harry’s Muggle uncle) in their play, “Equus,” which drew lots of media attention because Daniel stripped naked onstage. “Dan was brilliant,” she gushed. “I thought Richard Griffiths was also brilliant.”

Asked if she was ever infatuated with Daniel, Emma quickly answered, “I’ve never really had a crush on Dan. There are defiant elements of his personality which are very desirable. I can talk to him for hours. He’s very witty, quick, intelligent, eccentric and different.”

Catching up

Confessing to trying to catch up with Daniel’s knowledge of cinema and actors, the 17-year-old who plans to attend college revealed, “I remember Dan’s face when he learned that I didn’t know who Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) was. He looked at me like I had three heads. But I’m getting there.”

“I will take some time off after I finish the seventh movie,” she replied when queried about her plans. “I’d really like to travel.” The actress, who has French heritage, added, “I’d like to spend some time in France and pick up my French again. I’d love to do a film in France. That would be really cool.”

So far, this millionairess has not splurged on anything big. “Clothes are pretty much my biggest expenditure,” she stated. “I bought myself an Apple laptop which has my music, work and stuff. It’s my pride and joy. I guess a car will be my next thing. But my dad, who loves cars, will be bitterly disappointed that I’ll probably get a small, un-intimidating, safe car. I don’t want anything fancy.”

“No ice cream van,” she clarified with a laugh. “I’ve got Rupert for that.”

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The following are excerpts of our press con with Rupert:

I read the other day that you bought an ice cream van. Why?
I’ve always had an interest in the ice cream industry (laughter). And the ice cream van is really cool. I’ve just passed my driving test as well. The van has a freezer at the back.

Do you need a special license to drive the van?
No because it’s really small. The van has a big kitchen at the back with sinks. I’ve been driving it for about five months now. I just drive it around. It has a little bell. It plays a little tune as well.

It must be a chick magnet.
Oh yeah, definitely (laughter).

Do you still have the pickup?
I still have the 1950 Chevy pickup. I was really into classic American cars. But I can’t get insured on that. It’s too fast. So I’m just driving the ice cream van at the moment.

What do you do in your spare time?
I’ve got the ice cream van that’s keeping me busy. I play a lot of golf as well.

Do you actually make ice cream?
Oh yeah, definitely.

Do you sell it?
Not yet. There are things I have to sort out.

What’s your favorite ice cream?
I’m quite simple. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the 99 [an ice cream cone made with soft ice cream], which is quite popular here. It’s just a whippy, really. It’s like a soft vanilla ice cream with a flake.

What music do you play in the van?
I’ve got some classics. It’s really hard to find them. All I’ve got is an MP3 player that I plug in. The van has a loudspeaker. I’ve been trying to search the Internet to find some traditional ice cream [truck] tunes. I just can’t find them.

Are you worried that your character might be one of the two that will die in the final book?
It would be quite cool to have a death scene, especially if it involves a really cool battle scene. It’s going to be really sad though when it all ends. We’ve got the last two films. It’s going to be weird because these movies have been a big part of my life. I’m going to miss it. I’m really grateful because these movies allowed me to do things I’d probably never get to do otherwise. I got out of school which is quite a bonus. I’ve gone to places which I would have never gone to had these films not come my way.

Do you guys get advance copies of the “Harry Potter” books?
No. On the day the book comes out, that’s when we get it.

Do you get a chance to talk to J.K. Rowling?
Yes, she comes to the set. We talk. But she’s quite good at not giving anything away. Dan and I asked her a few questions. We actually asked her if Harry dies but she didn’t give anything away at all.

Do you plan to go to a university?
I’ve never really been big on school. I didn’t do that well on my exams. I did well in art but that was it, really—which is why I packed it in at 16 [years old]. So about going to a university, I don’t know. Maybe in the future.

For the sake of the continuity of this movie series, are you under contract not to, for example, change your hairstyle or have tattoos?
There are things we’re not allowed to do. We’re not supposed to have tattoos. I’m not allowed to have a major haircut in between films. They have control over my hair at the moment. But Warner Bros. has been good to us. They don’t really make you feel like you’re imprisoned.

Daniel had his first kissing scene in this movie. Are you frustrated that you don’t get to kiss a girl?
I’m not too frustrated about it because I did “Driving Lessons” and there was a little kiss in that. It was probably the most embarrassing moment in my life. You’re in this little set and the crew is watching. It’s not the nicest atmosphere. In the next movie, Ron gets a girlfriend so I’ll get my chance then.

Do you have a girlfriend now?
No, I don’t have any at the moment. It’s cool. I get more attention now. But it’s good fun.

How similar or different are you to Ron Weasley?
I’d like to think that I’m a little bit braver than Ron because he can be a bit of a wimp sometimes. Although I am scared of spiders as well. But in this one, Ron has moved away from his wimpy side a little bit. He attacked a few of the Death Eaters. So he’s getting there.

Can you tell us how it was filming “Driving Lessons”?
It was all right. It was different—that’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed doing that movie. It was nice to do something smaller, something without any blue screen so I could react to real things. I really enjoyed it.

Will you start collecting cars?
I’m not sure yet. I’m big into cars. I don’t know if I’m going to start collecting cars. I’ve always been pretty sensible until I had the ice cream van.

Did you see Daniel in “Equus”?
No. I didn’t get the chance to see him. I really wanted to see it. I did try to get tickets. But it was hard to get them. I heard the play was really good. It got good reviews. It was quite a brave thing for him to do. I still can’t get over it, really.

Perhaps you did not watch Daniel in “Equus” because of the nudity?
I won’t use the word scared. But I suppose…

Embarrassed?
I suppose it could have been a little awkward. It’s quite a brave role to take on. I definitely respect him for doing it. I could never, never see myself doing that at the moment.

Will you continue acting and have the ice cream business as a backup?
I will always have that as a backup, yeah. I definitely want to continue acting if I can because I really do enjoy it.


Original article found here: Inquirer.net | June 30th, 2007


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Harry Potter 5 set visit – Rupert Grint

Rupert Grint has made a name for himself by playing Ron Weasley, the best friend of the most famous teenage wizard in the wildly popular “Harry Potter” movies. ComingSoon.net talked to Grint about what his character will do in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

ComingSoon.net: This is the fifth film. How do you keep it fresh and are you still having fun doing it?
Rupert Grint:
Definitely, yeah. I quite missed it when we weren’t doing it cause there are really good friends doing this. There’s a really good atmosphere on the set and that’s really why. There’s been a lot of changes on this one, new director, new writer, and that helped a lot to keep it fresh. It’s been a really good one, this one.

CS: How has David Yates’ directing felt different from previous directors?
Grint:
Compared to Mike Newell, who did the fourth one, he’s completely different. Mike Newell is really loud and not afraid to swear at you, but he was really cool. David Yates is much more laid back, more quiet, he’s just really good.

CS: You had a scene here where Emma’s character smashes you up against the wall. How did you shoot that? Were you on a rig or something?
Grint:
Yeah (laughs), that was really good to do, funny enough. Whenever we get to do stunts, it’s really good. They harnessed me up and basically, what they do, is they get a fat bloke to climb a ladder with a rope attached to a pulley and that sends you back. I didn’t realize that’s how they did it. That was really good?

CS: Have you done a lot of stunts?
Grint:
Yeah, there’s quite a few stunts in that scene but there’s more to come really. We’ve got the Thestral stuff. They’re to do a plaster cast of my legs to make this special seat thing for riding the Thestrals.

CS: Do you like to do your own stunts?
Grint:
Depends on what it is really. If it’s really dodgy, I’ll probably just leave it to the professionals. Whenever we get to do a little thing, it’s really great fun.

CS: How many times did they slam you up against the wall?
Grint:
Quite a few takes. Once you’ve done it once, you kind of get used to it.

CS: Did you get black and blue?
Grint:
It does give you a bit of a wedgie when you go back, but apart from that it was fine.

CS: You’re into videogaming we hear.
Grint:
I do, yeah.

CS: We hear that you guys got modeled for the game. What’s that going to be like for you?
Grint:
Really cool. It’s really weird, sort of seeing yourself on the game. I play him a lot.

CS: You guys did the voice work for that one too?
Grint:
No, we didn’t, which is a bit of a shame really, but it should be good.

CS: We hear that your dressing room is the one everyone hangs out in.
Grint:
It’s really cool. I’ve got table tennis, darts, pool, and a really massive TV.

CS: What are your thoughts about Quidditch and Ron’s part being cut out of it?
Grint:
It’s a bit of a shame. I was looking forward to doing the Quidditch, but that will come up later. There’s some really other good stuff in this one, I mean you can’t get it all in.

CS: What is your favorite scene so far or what are you looking forward to doing next?
Grint:
I am looking forward to doing the Thestral stuff. All of the Room of Requirement stuff is really cool.

CS: In the Hall of Prophecy, in the Ministry of Magic, it’s a fully digital set, so you’re acting in a big green warehouse? Are you apprehensive about that because there is actually not going to be anything there?
Grint:
It’s going to be quite a new thing really. We’ve worked on blue screen before… so we all kind of got used to that part of it. It’s going to be quite cool. Today we’ve been doing some fighting lessons so that was quite interesting.

CS: Last time we spoke, you were really into metal. What kind of music do you listen to now?
Grint:
Same stuff really. I saw the Foo Fighters a couple of months ago at Wembley arena. I like The Strokes.

CS: Have you done any scenes at Grimmauld Place?
Grint:
Yeah, they were really good scenes to do. All the Weasleys were together, so it was good.

CS: Have you had any scenes with Evanna?
Grint:
Yeah, quite a lot. She’s really cool. There’s quite a lot of new characters in this one, actually.

CS: This is her first job so how has she been with everyone on the set?
Grint:
Good really, yeah. She’s perfect for it.

CS: Did it take her a while to get into the swing of things?
Grint:
Sure, it must have been really scary because everyone knows each other. She’s fit in really well.

CS: We talked to the twins a little and they both have ambitions behind the camera. Have you thought about that?
Grint:
I haven’t really thought about that really. I want to finish the “Harry Potter” films definitely and I don’t know really. I did a film after the fourth one called “Driving Lessons,” just a new low budget thing with no special effects and that was quite interesting. I would like to do some other stuff like that so we’ll wait and see.

CS: Do you have any other non-“Harry Potter” projects that are coming up in the future?
Grint:
There’s quite a big gap now. Usually you just kind of have to try and fit it in between the films, but [after] this one we’ve got quite a big break because Dan has got a theater run. I don’t know, we’ll sort of see what comes up.

CS: Have you read the sixth book?
Grint:
Yeah, I have, yeah.

CS: What do you think about Ron’s relationship with Lavender?
Grint:
Pretty intense! It’s going to be a pretty fun, pretty interesting thing to do.

CS: When J.K. Rowling came to the set, did you get to meet her?
Grint:
Yeah, we did. She’s come out a couple times now. She’s really nice, really down to earth. There’s always a bit of excitement when she’s down.

CS: Has she ever told you things to help you understand your character?
Grint:
No, not really. Just good to sort of see her. She’s really nice and good to talk to.

CS: Has she commented on your portrayal of the character?
Grint:
No, not really, but I think she’s pleased though.

CS: In this film, we see you and Harry Potter make the transition into adulthood. Now that you’re older is that something you can relate to a little bit better with your character?
Grint:
Yeah, definitely. It sort of makes it easier, I guess. In the last one, that played a big part as we were growing up and had all of the awkward moments in teenage life I suppose. There’s a lot more of that now.


Original article found here: ComingSoon.net | June 25th, 2007


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Rowling Rat Love

HARRY Potter writer JK Rowling has revealed her daughter Jessica, 12, shares a love of rats with Harry’s pal Ron Weasley.


The author admitted she also has a soft spot for the creatures.

She said: “My daughter keeps a pair of rats and I’m quite happy to let them sit on my shoulder.”

Rupert Grint, who plays Ron in the films, was so fond of the rat who played his pet Scabbers, he took it -and a stunt rat – home.


Original article found here: The Daily Record I February 6th, 2006

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The Saddle Club, Issue #22 – February/March

So you’ve just finished the fifth Harry Potter? That’s right, yeah. Are you going to make all the movies through to number seven?
Yep, I want to do all of the movies if I can because I do really enjoy them.

Have they announced plans to start filming number six?
Yes, we start that one later this year. So we’ve got quite a big gap.

Is this to let Daniel and Emma go to school?
Yeah, I think so. I know that last year we didn’t start quite as late and so I suppose that’s got something to do with it, but I think that it’s quite a long process to get them set up.

And you’re done with school?
Yeah, I finished school when I was 16. I’m 18 now.

I heard that Emma Watson might leave the series before it’s over. Do you know the story there?
I’m not actually sure. I don’t really know the details, but I have heard that. I don’t know. It would be weird without her, and it would be a sort of shame if she doesn’t stick it out. It’s not up to me because they do take up so much of your life. I don’t know what she thinks, but I do hope that she doesn’t leave.

Did she say anything while you’ve been filming like, “I can’t take this anymore!”
No, not really. She hasn’t really talked about it. I know me and Dan [Radcliffe] are going to stick it out. So we’ll just have to see really. I hope she doesn’t leave.

Do you have plans for life after Harry?
Yeah. I mean, I want to finish the Harry Potter films and start doing more low budget stuff because they’re good fun and it’s a good atmosphere and it’s much more simple and relaxed.

Have you always wanted to be an actor?
I’ve always been involved in school plays and that was really my only kind of experience. Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone was my first ever film. But I’ve had a really good time doing them and it’s been a really good experience. I definitely want to do more stuff because it’s good fun and I have a good time doing films.

What’s your favourite Harry Potter movie?
I don’t know. It’s quite hard to separate them because they start to feel like one long film. The first one was good because it was a whole new experience. I mean, they’re always good fun to make and there’s such a good atmosphere on the set; it gets hard to choose. The fourth one was really good fun.

And you’ve met J.K. Rowling?
Yeah, we’ve met a couple of times because she comes down to the set occasionally, which is quite exciting.

Do you ever watch the films after they come out?
Yeah, well, I see them every once in a while. I don’t make a conscious effort to go and see them, but they’re on TV sometimes and it is quite weird looking back at them because you are so young. So, to me, it gets kind of strange. It’s all right though.

Do you feel like you’ve had a normal childhood?
Not really, no, but I think that I’ve had a really good childhood. I haven’t really missed that much except for school, which I’m not that worried about!

Do people come up to you and ask about Harry Potter all the time?
The films are quite big now, and I do get recognised but it’s something that you don’t ever really get used to. It’s quite strange, but people are always really nice and usually like the films.

How has your life changed?
I suppose the biggest thing is getting recognised. But it’s changed for the best really, I’ve gotten to go to places like New York, so I’m pretty grateful for that sort of thing. It’s been pretty good. Look at Orlando Bloom who’s done Rings and then Pirates.

Do you think you’ll ever do another movie series or is this a once-in-a-lifetime thing?
[Laughs] I don’t know. I’ve no idea really. I’m just going to have to wait and see, I guess.

Do you get a lot of letters from kids who want to be actors?
Yeah. I get letters and that’s quite a strange thing as well. A lot of it comes from Japan and you get sent little presents. It’s quite fun.

You have a romance going in the Harry Potter series, right?
That’s in the sixth one, I think. There has always been a thing between Ron and Hermione, which has been played with subtlety. So we’ll have to wait until the seventh one to see if that comes into anything.

Did you ever ask J.K. Rowling for hints about what’s going to happen?
She doesn’t give away anything!

And do you keep souvenirs from each movie?
I don’t actually. From the first film, I’ve got a chess piece that gets blown up. I’ve got a little piece of that. But that’s it really.


Original article found here: MuggleNet | February/March 2006

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Entertainers of the Year

The ”Harry Potter” cast

Written by Jeff Jensen

The ”Harry Potter” cast made our 2005 Entertainers of the Year list

If there were ever a moment when the magical carriage that is the Harry Potter franchise could have turned into a big lumpy pumpkin, this was it. For the first time, author J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. combined to give global pop culture a double shot of Hogwarty hocus-pocus — a new book, the sixth, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince; and a new film, an adaptation of the fourth, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Just imagine if both had stunk. The fan outcry. The investor outrage. The headlines filled with ugly words like overexposed, overblown, and simply, It’s over.

Fortunately, the enchantment endures. In fact, 2005 saw Harry’s magic-carpet ride reach new creative heights. With Prince, the second-to-last installment in her seven-volume series, Rowling plunged into the background of that phantom menace Voldemort, and delivered a nuanced tick-tock of evolving evil that proved to be her most lauded literary feat to date. With mysterious twists and heartbreaking turns, Prince sold tons of books (6.9 million the first day, more than 11 million total) and did what a penultimate chapter should: left us wanting that final installment in our sweaty mitts right now.

That Potter should continue to flourish as a publishing phenomenon is no shocker. What is surprising, however, is Harry’s ongoing vitality as a movie star: Goblet — which posted the fourth-biggest weekend of all time with $102 million — has already surpassed the $249 million gross of the third film. Building on the bold nerve of predecessor Alfonso Cuarón, director Mike Newell conjured a vision of a hormonally charged teen wizard that engaged all demos. (Could it be? A Movie Harry actually deemed cool?!) For Potter screenwriter Steve Kloves, the secret is simple: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint. The stars’ on-screen maturation, he believes, has become a compelling story unto itself. ”People are fascinated with seeing them grow up and change,” he says. ”They are the heartbeat of this franchise.” And this year, that pulse has never been stronger.


Original article found here: Entertainment Weekly | December 20th, 2005

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Three lucky Potter stars are just wild about Harry

Just a year ago, he was an ordinary schoolboy from London but now 12-year-old Daniel Radcliffe is famous on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to his starring role in the movie Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone.

All eyes are on the dark-haired youngster as the eagerly awaited film finally goes on general release. But far from being daunted by all the attention, Daniel says he’s having a wizard time.

“It’s all been great fun,” he beams.

“My mum and dad have told me to enjoy it and make the most of it all because there are worse things than being recognised.”

Part of the reason young Daniel is taking things in his stride is that the Harry Potter role practically fell into his lap.

He was spotted after the film’s producer, David Heyman, saw his picture on a video box for an adaptation of David Copperfield – in which Radcliffe starred as the young Copperfield – and invited him to audition for Harry Potter.

Even so, Daniel never dreamed he’d get the part.

“I thought, `There are millions of boys auditioning and I know I won’t get it’,” he smiles.

“I was in the bath when the phone rang and dad came in and told me I’d got it. I was so happy I cried. That night I woke up at two in the morning and woke my mum and dad up and asked them, `Is it real? Am I dreaming? I was so excited.”

Despite his enthusiasm. Radcliffe admits he hadn’t actually read all of the Harry Potter books before landing the part.

“I wasn’t really a fan of reading at that time,” he says sheepishly.

“But as soon as I got the part I read all four of them one after the other and I really loved them. They helped me start reading again.”

Harry Potter author JK Rowling was so convinced Daniel could bring her fictional wizard boy to life she described meeting him as like being reunited with her long lost son.

“You can’t really get a bigger compliment than that, can you,” says Daniel shyly. “She said she wanted to adopt me which is quite nice.”

It’s not just JK Rowling who is impressed with Daniel. The youngster, who lives in London with his agent father and casting director mother, has also found himself much in demand by movie bosses.

But the down-to-earth schoolboy says he wants to live as normal a life as possible and isn’t even sure he wants to be an actor.

“It’s something I’m interested in but there are so many other things I’m interested in so it’s too early to say,” he ponders.

Similarly, 11-year-old Emma Watson, who plays Harry’s friend Hermione Granger, says making the movie wasn’t all glamour and dressing up.

“It was a lot of hard work and early mornings,” she says with a grimace.

“There were some days where I had to be on set for six in the morning. I’d rather get up late and work late.”

The youngster, who lives in Oxford with her lawyer parents, won her role in the movie after being spotted at her school by film scouts.

“They asked me if I’d like to audition and I thought it would be fun,” she laughs.

“I never thought I’d get it so when I did it was just so exciting.”

And, like Daniel, the talented youngster says she’s not in any hurry to be a full-time actress.

“I’m just going with the flow,” she smiles. “I haven’t got any idea what I want to be when I grow up.”

On the other hand, Rupert Grint, who stars as Harry’s best friend Ron Weasley, is in absolutely no doubts about his hopes for the future.

“I want to be an actor all the time,” he beams. “I enjoy it so much. Getting the part of Ron was just the best moment of my life.”

Thirteen-year-old Rupert didn’t have any acting experience before Harry Potter but was so determined to get the part that he set out on a one man mission to convince the film makers.

“I tried everything including making a video,” he recalls.

“I dressed up as my drama teacher, who is a girl, then I did a rap about how I wanted to be Ron, then I did a bit of Ron and my mum filmed it and we sent it in.”

His improvisation paid off. After being called up for an audition, Rupert was told he’d got the part. “I never screamed so loud in my life,” he laughs.

The eldest of five children, Rupert, who lives in Hertfordshire, says he always thought he was tailor-made for the part of red-haired Ron Weasley because of his shock of ginger hair.

“I was probably the biggest Harry Potter fan out and Ron is my favourite character. I always thought I could be him because of my ginger hair.

“Ron’s always getting hand-me-downs from his brothers. I can relate to that as well. I’ve got loads of brothers and sisters and I know what it’s like growing up in a big family.”

All three of the children have become firm friends since filming and can’t wait to be reunited for the second Harry Potter outing, Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets.

“We all got along really well because we’re quite like our characters in the film,” explains Daniel.

“The worse thing about filming being over is not seeing one another every day.”

Meanwhile young Rupert Grint sums up exactly how the three luckiest youngsters on the planet feel right now.

“I still can’t believe it,” he says with a broad grin.


Article found here on JournalAlive I Published November 16, 2001

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The Kids of Harry Potter

They’re the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew for the next generation: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. For newcomers, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, they are the roles of a lifetime.

Daniel Radcliffe says, “It was great and it was really exciting.”

But bringing the triumphant trio to the big screen’s “Harry Potter” was an unparalleled undertaking. It wasn’t the enormous amount of special effects, like these giant moving chess pieces, or the high expectations from book fans that had producers nervous. No, the trouble was Harry.

Author J.K. Rowling says, “It was a very hard part to cast. They just couldn’t find Harry.”

Rowling and director Chris Columbus scoured all of Britain, but they were held spellbound by 11-year-old Daniel Radcliffe, who Columbus spotted in the BBC production of “David Copperfield.” Then, the boy who would be Harry magically appeared to producers taking in a London play.

Columbus says, “Daniel Radcliffe was sitting a couple of rows behind them.”

Meanwhile, filmmakers were hunting high and low for Ron and Hermione. Emma says, “I had never done any professional acting, I’d only done school plays.”

Rupert, Emma, and Dan’s efforts ultimately brought them before Chris Columbus and the result was magical. Chris says, “There was just an amazing chemistry when they were on screen together for the first time.”

“I was overcome by CHRIS COLUMBUS (the director) because he is fantastic with children!” Says Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) “He would get them in little huddles whispering. Then you’d hear “and action,” and he’d get it out of them. The children’s performances were astonishing!”

The shock of it all won’t wear off anytime soon for Daniel, Emma, and Rupert. The trio could star in as many as six “Harry Potter” sequels.

Daniel says, “If I’m still enjoying them as much as I am now, I’ll be glad to do them all.”


Original source unknown | November 12th, 2001 | Courtesy of DR.com

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Coke and Harry Potter Join Forces

Daniel Radcliffe (centre) with co-stars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint
Coca-Cola, the world’s largest soft drink group, has won the global marketing rights for the first Harry Potter film, at a reported cost of 103m. The deal includes a pledge to fund community-reading schemes, as requested by Potter author JK Rowling, and is thought to be one of the largest ever marketing link-ups with a film.

Coca Cola will fund community reading initiatives

Under the terms of the deal the face of the young wizard will not be shown on cans or bottles of Coca-Cola but “Harry Potter-related images” will appear.

Rowling is said to be keen not to overly commercialise her world-famous character and asked Warner Brothers and Coke to respect children’s imaginations.

‘Power and magic’

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone is being filmed at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire and at locations around the UK.

It also stars John Cleese, Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, Dame Maggie Smith and Zoe Wanamaker and is due to be released on 16 November.

A spokesman for Coca-Cola said: “This is going to be about the Harry Potter ethos as opposed to a buy-one-get-one-free type of thing.”

“It was tremendously important that we create a partnership that would have the ability to globally support the power and magic of Harry Potter,” Brad Ball, president of domestic marketing at Warner Brothers said.

‘One on one’

“The key to our plan will be about relationships, local communities, connecting with people one-on-one and looking at the things we traditionally do in a whole new way,” said Tom Long, Coca-Cola’s UK division president.

The marketing deal will see Coke ditch traditional marketing strategies for films such as giveaways at fast food outlets.

Filming on the Potter movie has run behind schedule and film bosses have had to ask school authorities for permission to keep Daniel Radcliffe, who will play the young wizard, out of school for longer than was planned.

Radcliffe and his young co-stars Emma Watson, 10, and Rupert Grint, 12, have been receiving lessons from tutors while on set.


Article found here on BBC.co.uk I Published February 21, 2001

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