Kidsday interviews 'Harry Potter's' Rupert Grint

Actor Rupert Grint who stars as Ron in

Actor Rupert Grint who stars as Ron in the Harry Potter movies with Kidsday reporters Andrew Boyd, Emily O’Connor, Jasmyne Pierre and Julia Shalov (Credit: Newsday/Pat Mullooly)

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The final Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” is exciting, well done and amazing. The acting and special effects bring the story to life in front of your eyes. You almost feel as if you are with Harry throughout his journey, living through his pain and struggles. The movie is filled with twists and turns, keeping you on the edge of your seat the entire time. There are unexpected deaths, decisions and much more.

This last movie in the series shows the final battle between Harry and Voldemort, the ultimate showdown between good and bad. Will Voldemort finally be defeated? Will the wizard world crumble under his wrath? It all depends upon Harry, the little boy we knew years ago, who’s grown up into a powerful wizard, forced to fight for the lives of himself, his friends and his family almost every day. Harry shows great courage and determination throughout his quest to destroy all the horcruxes, or pieces of Voldemort’s soul. Doing so will rid Voldemort of his power, therefore saving the wizard world. The only problem is, Voldemort has full control over the elder wand, the most powerful wand that ever existed, and the ministry of magic. How can Harry defeat such powerful forces? Lives will be lost, but some will survive the final battle at Hogwarts.

Rating: 4.5 (out of 5)

After seeing the movie last week, we met actor Rupert Grint, who stars as Ron Weasley, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan.

Our first question was about his big kissing scene with Hermione (Emma Watson). We wanted to know if it was great. Rupert said: “Yeah, it was. I’ve known Emma so long... and the thought of just kissing her seemed really scary.

“I just remember seeing her lips get closer and closer and leaning in and I’m just thinking, ‘Oh, my God, what am I doing? This is the weirdest thing.’ It was this important moment and it had to be like a romantic moment, which has been building for so long. We laughed about it. We only did four takes.

How long did it take to make “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”?

It’s hard to really time it. We filmed both Part 1 and Part 2 together. So one day we would be filming Part 1, and then the next day we could be doing a scene from Part 2... And, actually, I was wearing a wig for Part 2.

We wanted to know if that was confusing.

Yes, it was quite confusing because the characters are very different in each part. In the first part, Ron’s quite angry, and in Part 2 he’s a lot more kind of focused and kind of there for Harry.

We wanted to know how he felt about everyone seeing him grow up in front of the camera.

It’s weird... it’s like a really expensive home video and, yeah, it’s really strange.
 

Who is your favorite character in this movie?

I really like Neville [Longbottom —  Matthew Lewis] in this one. I think he really gets his moment and it’s really cool to see him as this kind of really brave character, and Neville was always in the both films a bit of a wimp and it’s good to see him a kind of a hero, I guess.

Do you have a relationship outside the movies with Emma? Like a couple?

No, not with Emma. When we were younger, when we first started we did, not me and Emma, but there was a love kind of -— going out with each other, kind of just kind of school, playground kind of who fancy’sies who kind of thing. But now we’ve kind of grown up, yeah it’s a bit strange.

Do you have a favorite mythical creature from Harry Potter?

Yeah, I like the Hippogryph is always pretty cool and the Cornish Pixies.

What’s your favorite Harry Potter movie?

It would be this one actually. So much happens. The whole Snape story was one of my favorite parts of the book. It’s really well done. There’s just so much in there, falling in love, death, war and just this big kind of crazy, just an explosion.

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