Rupert Grint on Ron’s Changes in Half-Blood Prince


May 01, 2009

Posted by EdwardTLC

A new interview with actor Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) is online from which features the actor discussing a number of subjects related to the upcoming Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film. Speaking in regards to the evolution of his character over the past six films, Mr. Grint relates how “It just sort of happens.” He continues by saying:

“The first three films really do feel like a different person. I think Ron is more grown up throughout the films. The next one we see him grow up a lot more because the wizard world is becoming quite a scary place. And we see him protect his sister, and we see brotherly stuff that he does in the sixth one.”

The actor goes on to relate that the maturity level of the books seems to change when “…Dumbledore’s army starts to form and we have to stand up to Voldemort. That’s when things turned a bit nasty. This sixth one is quite intense and they definitely get darker.” Mr. Grint also speaks to the new found attention his character gets in the films from love interest Lavender Brown (played by actress Jessie Cave) in the film. Noting that those intimate scenes are “worse” to watch on screen, Rupert says:

“This one was actually okay because my relationship with Jessie [Cave, who plays Ron's love interest] was quite fun and she was really over the top and quite intense. But it was an awkward scene to do because we’d only met each other two days before. One of the first scenes we did was the kissing one.”

The interview continues on with Rupert relating the experience of creating the chair for his broomstick for his Quidditch scenes and his relation to the destruction of the Burrow: “That was an exciting part. We were standing quite close to it, a burning building, and it was quite scary and I think it got a bit out of control. That was a lot of fun.”

The full interview can be read via this link.

100 Responses to Rupert Grint on Ron’s Changes in Half-Blood Prince

Avatar Imagejoelface says: Glad they're all paying attention to the character's development. lolAvatar Imagepottercastfan says: cool! that is great!Avatar Imagepottercastfan says: I'm always the second to comment these days@Avatar ImageT-Vey says: It's nice to hear Rupert talk about the "brotherly stuff" because being a good brother is one of his really important traits!! This is something we should see especially in HBP, because we know Ron's protectiveness is the reason Harry hesitated about asking Ginny out, and made their relationship so complex. (although I think it's equally interesting that Ginny, on the other hand, could intimidate Ron about never snogging a girl.. so it will be interesting to see how their brother/sister relationship is displayed!) :) However uncomfortable it was for Rupert to film the quidditch scenes, it sounds super funny!! But as many have pointed out in the past... Ron's character should be a bit deeper this time than the one in the trio who provides the comic relief.Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: Thats a cool interview...he seems to know his character pretty well... I think this is the earliest i've ever posted!Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: yay?Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I am glad that they are devoting attention to developing the characters in consistency with the books for this film. Seeing as for much of the previous films Ron has served little purpose beyond that of providing comic relief, one would hope that his character begins to be fleshed out and deliver something moe substantial to the table at last. I definitely look forward to seeing Ron mature as an individual in the sixth film.Avatar ImagePineappleCrush says: yay for Rupert! It's good to hear from him. All the actors/actresses all seem to really like this film, and all of their characters really seem to be developing a lot in this film! I'm so excited!! :)Avatar Imageiconshero says: Im really glad we're going to see good character development. We are getting more mature as fans and its cool to see more in depth stuff! Avatar Imageiconshero says: And yeah this is the earliest i've ever posted i think (yay) Avatar Imagestarkitty313 says: I'm really looking forward to seeing how Ron matures in the films, just as he has done so in the books.Avatar Imagethe_spectacle says: Yeah, can't wait to see Rupert in HBP.Avatar Imagepottercastfan says: me too!Avatar Imagehopkinsdancr22 says: Oh I love Rupert! It's nice to see him have an interview.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: I love Rupert! Great interview! :)Avatar Imagesunlitdays says: woah! rupert said more than "um, yeah, its sort of, yeah..." in an interview!!! lol haha jk i love him. great stuff in the articleAvatar Imagehermione467 says: I love how Ron gets all overprotective:) Avatar ImageShane says: Squee! nice read. :-)Avatar Imageselene21 says: I love Rupert, can't wait to see him playing QuidditchAvatar Imagebudgie says: All the actors seem to be getting more articulate. I wish the movie was now!Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: I do hope they show Ron grow up a bit.Avatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: I was waiting for this one to come outt :))Avatar ImageTamyris says: I hope they give Ron the deserved credit. They are always putting Hermione on the spotlight. Ron s awesome and I luv him. fave character definetely after Harry. Go Rupes. He will nail it. He was born to it. When he was born God said: "You´re gonna be the most awesome ginger ever!"Avatar ImageTamyris says: Great interview btw.Avatar Imageangelac123 says: Cool! Great interview with Rupert! :)Avatar ImageEruditeWitch says: Can I have the job of casting his bum?Avatar Imagemuzic823 says: Great interview! It's nice to finally hear a little more from Rupert about Ron, when we've heard everyone else discussing Ron.Avatar ImageShellyLongbottom says: yay! I can't wait for this movie!Avatar Imageblackhair says: glad to see Ron in a much bigger and better roleAvatar Imagescarymissmary28 says: great interview!!Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: thats cool! Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Yay for Rupes! I love love him! He is my Ron for sure! And I am also glad that he's now talking because he rarely says a lot. LOL! :DAvatar Imagefrancaise3 says: Great interview! I like Rupert's approach to Ron! And funny stuff about the bum cast! Folks - read the whole interview at the link! Its hilarious! Avatar Imagegaladriel12 says: Ron gets his due. About time!!!!!! All trio characters are awesome and - forgive me my openness - but the WB has been outright stupid to neglect Ron so long. Ah, well, it's not too late yet. Great interview Rupert. He has always been articulate and talkative if being asked interesting questions and not always the same ones. :)Avatar Imagesupergirlinfrance says: I love rupert Avatar ImageWendelin the Weird says: Great interview! Yay for Rupert!Avatar ImageSmitch says: The trio's interviews are awesome. I really enjoyed reading all of them! They have all matured in their own's nice to see them so grown up :) Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: I can't wait to see him in HBP! :) Ughh, July seems so close but still sooooo far.Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: It's nice that Rupert knows his character Ron so well. I think he has been underestimated in his acting skills. Always the comic relief but he is so good at it we sometimes forget that he is acting. Lol After OOTP which had almost no interaction between the younger characters, it will be nice to see them playing off each other again.Avatar ImageHarryLight says: Sounds like great fun! Can't wait to see it all!!Avatar Imagehp29 says: I love Rupert! :) He's great, and this was a good interview!!Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: He's so cute.Avatar Imagejonfrog says: good to know that hes really understanding his characterAvatar ImageSTARZOE says: Great interview!! Loved it!! :D ....\☻ ......▌\ ≡≡>─╫─── - - Avatar ImageDanielBonnie28 says: that's a bit sad that the borrow gets burned! Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: aw love rupert!!Avatar Imagesessionka says: Go Rupert!! You ROCK!!!Avatar ImageHarryRichardsPotter says: Good interview. I've liked all these three interviews. It's just gotten me just that little bit more excited. I cannot wait for this film it's unreal!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: It's great to see so many new interviews where the actors are analyzing their characters. Yay for character development!Avatar ImageNoella_Mansrot says: VERY good job Rup! Can't wait to see Ron in HBP. Keep it up!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: YES! Who DOESN'T love an interview from Rupert? He's pottamaaaazing!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: YES! Who DOESN'T love an interview from Rupert? He's pottamaaaazing!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: YES! Who DOESN'T love an interview from Rupert? He's pottamaaaazing!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: YES! Who DOESN'T love an interview from Rupert? He's pottamaaaazing!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: YES! Who DOESN'T love an interview from Rupert? He's pottamaaaazing!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: YES! Who DOESN'T love an interview from Rupert? He's pottamaaaazing!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: YES! Who DOESN'T love an interview from Rupert? He's pottamaaaazing!Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: Gah! I'm so sorry! My computer is so slow, and I click when I'm impatient :[.Avatar Imagejenbabe705 says: I think Ron would actually be a really difficult role to play. He's really quite complex. Rupert does an amazing job though.Avatar ImageGobbledygook says: yay rupert!!! :DAvatar Imagefrancaise3 says: I couldnt agree more Jenbabe705! Ron is a complex character and Rupert does an excellent job!Avatar ImageDee jarvis says: Yay, I will be joining my sister Victoria (who took the shell cottage pictures) next tuesday for the filming of Harry Potter. Being a photographer, can not wait to get some pic's myself. Its all sooooo exciting. These pic's are fantastic hunny and you're so lucky to live near the site xxxxxAvatar Imagelilhpchick20 says: Rupert is so reserved, it will be nice to really see him open up in Half Blood Prince. I cannot help it. I have high expectations, but I think that he will have no problem at all living up to them.Avatar ImageLifeInAPizzaBox says: I cant wait to see him and lavenderAvatar Imageshellybasson says: Cute. I love Rupert.Avatar Imageavrenim says: i feel like in the first few films ron wasn't taken seriously at all.. i'm glad he's turning out to be just as good a character in the movies as the books.Avatar ImageSlytherin Princess101 says: I love Rupert!!! Good to see that they pay close attention to the character!Avatar ImageWeenyOwl says: Well, I'm always disappointed in the movies, but I do hope that they develop Ron's character somewhat. He's far & away the most shallow & immature of the 3 principals. I think that between them, Luna & Hermione pretty much nailed him as being "a bit unkind" & having "the emotional range of a teaspoon." For me, possibly the least believable moment in the whole book series was when he suddenly, out of the blue, got all concerned about how the house elves would fare in the Battle of Hogwarts. It just seemed like an artificial setup to the Big R&H Snog Scene - totally out of character & with little explanation, for my money, for his transformation into a caring guy. I hope the movies can make me believe it more, but generally I walk out of them muttering about all that got left out.Avatar ImageNight Zephyr says: Shallow and immature? I can see that comment being made about Movie!Ron because that's all they're shown us. But Book!Ron? When he was willing to sacrifice himself in the giant chess match at age 11 so Harry could continue to get the Stone? When he stood on a broken leg at age 13 to stand between Harry and who he then thought was Murderer Sirius Black, and told Black he'd have to go through him first to get to Harry? Hmmm. Must be different books I read. I think Rupert's understood Ron all along because he's done all he can to bring us the Ron a *ahem* number of us know and love from the books. Just that he's been seriously hampered by screen time, cuts, stereotyping, scripts, and screenwriters, not necessarily in that order - and in my opinion, of course. Good that it sounds like Rupert may be finally able to show us some of the Ron that's been in the books all along.Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: It's great to read Rupert's perspective. Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: I have to agree with *Night Zephyr*, and I haven't even read all the books yet (just started reading OOTP). Both book-Ron and movie-Ron do go through some comic relief moments, movie-Ron more so than book-Ron, but from early on both have also shown tremendous courage, loyalty and willingness to sacrifice themselves on behalf of others (mostly Harry). It's very interesting to read these little interview tidbits with the trio and to see what they think about their characters and the characters' development. I truly wish I had the time to go through similar interviews from the first film on, it would be fascinating to see how the actors' thoughts have developed over the years.Avatar Imagefrancaise3 says: I also agree to Night Zephyr. MovieRon has been mainly used for comic relief.. BookRon is very well developed and all the brave stuff he did in DH - he totally grew up to them! Avatar ImageStephieK says: I want to marry Ron!Avatar ImageCatherine says: Great interview!Avatar Imagefresh-pickled toad says: I think that Rupert grint gets unfairly overshadowed by the rest so i love this interview ...its great!!!!!Avatar ImageJcoons says: I wonder if they shot the kissing scene so soon after the actors had met so that some of the awkwardness showed on screen. Cause we know Ron is definitely NOT an expert at this. I'm really happy he's being brother-ly in this movie. That is a definite must, I think.Avatar Imagekiwimci says: I love Rupert, he never seems that assed, Daniel would have went into a huge Harry devlopment break down comparing him to Henry VIII and the like whereas Rupert's just- "Yeah it just sort of happens."Avatar Imagetwilightstinks2 says: rupert is really cool the great actorAvatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: love rupe!Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: Ooh I can't wait to see the "brotherly stuff" in the film!Avatar ImageAimeeLOVE says: Go Rupert! He's perfect for RonAvatar ImageAgrippa1 says: I really like seeing Rupert's insights into Ron's character - it looks as if they're doing a terrific job of developing his character - that character growth should make the two DH films awesome!Avatar ImageSamiPotter says: Jcoons - excellent point. They probably did shoot the kissing scenes when Rupert first met Jessie so that they would feel awkward. I hadn't thought of that. Avatar ImageiLoveDolores says: The actors have done such a great job, they really reflect the ongoing maturity and depth that Jo so carefully created with her characters. I can't wait to see Rupert in HBP, he looks hilarious!!Avatar ImageVioletPhoenix says: Rupert is so cute... Avatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: Ron's character really needs developing in the movies, he's always been pushed to the background in favor of Hermione.Avatar ImageR-for-H says: So interesting!! It makes me even more eager to actually see the movie!Avatar ImageAvangelis says: oh wizard crackersAvatar ImageAvangelis says: yay yayAvatar ImageAvangelis says: whoa whoaAvatar Imagemugglemom4 says: This was a really good interview. I just love how the filmmakers just get them right in to the hardest scene first. lol.Avatar Imagechloe squibbulus says: I just love Rupert. He is my favorite of the three actors...well Hermione is a close second...lolAvatar ImageJersey says: One little tiny concern ......... "One of the first scenes we did was the kissing one." Kissing one??? Does this mean they only have him kissing her once in the whole movie? I hope not. I vaguely remember a really funny comment from the book involving them and the giant squid.Avatar Imagelau399 says: Rupert is so cute! love himAvatar Imagetourdefrance says: This is great, I'd really like to see more of Ron and Hermione in the filmsAvatar Imagebrentbrehony says: I'm going to listen to it now!! Go Ron!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: i luv rupert and ron!!!Avatar Imageiloveronx3 says: finally !! there developing ron's character i cant wait to see if the scriptwritters get ron rightthis time.... 61 days tll the movie comes out!! i cant wait

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