The Prodigal Son Returns: Chris Rankin Filming as Percy Weasley for Deathly Hallows

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Nov 04, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

In the wait before the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, our fandom debated…and debated…and debated on many topics, one being the possible return and redemption of Percy Weasley. When we learned the news that actor Chris Rankin was to return as Percy for the final Harry Potter movie, we were all delighted; today it is perhaps bittersweet news that we learn he is indeed filming, for we know those scenes do involve the return of the prodigal son if you will, following some very dramatic, and very emotional moments for the beloved Weasley family. Yesterday, Chris said via his official Twitter: “morning all! back
in the trailer… learnt how to use my wand yesterday afternoon. I now
know how to attack and defend in 5 different ways!” Today the weather is a factor for all as he stated “
back at hotel after an enjoyable afternoon’s filming (if a little cold).”

TLC has gotten some reports over the past week that filming is ongoing this weekend on the outside lot at Leavesden Studios, where there are many green screens and various buildings that are thought to be used for the battle portion of the final movie. On a related note too, another photo from the set of Deathly Hallows has surfaced online on HP4U, this showing the inside of the Weasley home, and the kitchen.


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85 Responses to The Prodigal Son Returns: Chris Rankin Filming as Percy Weasley for Deathly Hallows

Avatar Imagesueml says: Poor Fred!Avatar Imageemdash84 says: Looking forward to his return. Long Live Fred. We love you.Avatar ImageTonks1 says: Rest In Peace Fred.Avatar ImageLisbry says: Aw, Fred! I really hope they get that right in the movie!Avatar ImagexxIBelieveInNarglesxx says: Omg,i can't believe they're alreaddy filming the battle of Hogwarts...Avatar Imagepfowlerp says: I’m happy to hear Chris Rankin has returned to play the part of Percy. It's such an important part of the book (and now the movie) having Percy return to his family in DH. On the down side, it reminds us all of Fred's demise. I just hope they get the details right in the film.Avatar Imageiheartpink says: so excited for this film ^_^Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: any actual evidence that they are going to have a scene with a reconciliation. for one, i don't want it, it hasn't been in the movies. and two, there hasn't been any quotage to support that its much more than his role in ootp. or has there? as far as i know his twitter just says he's filming...Avatar ImageFifi says: No, I don't like thinking about Fred dying!Avatar Imageele0206 says: This is so bittersweet and sad and exciting and... ;(Avatar ImageLucida says: Yay, another returning character!Avatar Imageharrypotter1991 says: I'm glad Chris Rankin is back to play Percy again! This two-part movie is shaping up to be the best HP film ever! I can't wait to see the Battle of Hogwarts, but it would be sad to see Fred die in the film as well.Avatar ImageWant to be a Weasley says: Hoping they will do these scenes justice! The parts in the book were heart wrenching.Avatar Imagemuggle118 says: i know im gonna cry when fred dies!!!Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: i am going to start sobbing when i see this moive!!!Avatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: Well, this is fantastic, but... Percy's role was barely in the films. He randomly disappeared after Film 2, and then he randomly made an appearance at the Ministry without much of an explanation. We don't see any of the drama with Percy in the movies, so it won't be as touching, I suspect.Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I'll be sooo sad when Fred dies but when dobby dies I'll be dead inside. He was an amazing character in the book!!!Avatar Imageccking says: that's awesome!! yay chris! he's a great percy = )Avatar Imagedobbyis_free says: NOOOO I DIDNT WANT FRED TO DIE! poor george :(Avatar ImageLadySidi says: Awww, poor Fred! :(Avatar Imageginevrapotter07 says: They're already filming the battle!! woohooo! Chris always updates the filming/hints the scenes on twitter, that's why I followed him. RIP Fred!!! :(Avatar ImageGenine_Malfoy says: I'm making sure to carry lots of tissues to the theater when this finally comes out!Avatar ImageBrosia23 says: I am already tearing up, thinking about that scene. Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: OMG! I have been following him on Twitter and love hearing how he is filming again... SQUEE!!Avatar ImageIceholic says: I'm still in denial about Fred, so if you all could just pretend it didn't happen... :'(Avatar Imagebookishgal says: Looking forward to seeing these scenes.Avatar ImageDrome says: Yay! Nice to know! I can't waiiiiit! :)Avatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: Woohoo! I'm so glad he's back.Avatar Imageshellybasson says: That is ine of my fave scenes - the one where Percy shouts: "Hey minister, i don't think i'm coming to work on monday!"Avatar Imagevespasian68967 says: I'm glad they're including Percy's return in DH. Although not much has really been mentioned about him being gone or estranged from the family in the films. Just some scenes in OOTP, but still it'll be a good addition to the bittersweetness of the events in the film.Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: I somewhat disliked Percy all through the books, especially since OOTP, and was quite happy and surprised when he came to his senses in DH. But, like others have said, his return in the movie (as in the book) marks the start of an extremely sad passage.. :'-( I couldn't believe my eyes when I read about Fred dying. ;'-( I was like "no, no, no, he can't be dead, he can't be dead! I'm not believing this, I won't have this!" Long Live Fred. We love you so much. <3Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: neat :]Avatar ImageVaporage says: According to James, he was at home watching the sesame street 40th anniversary show while everyone else is filming. This means Fred died already and he is done filming!!!!:(((Avatar ImageScottMan says: There's no telling how deep Percy's role will be. He may just get one line, "I resign!" and that could be it. I hope there's more to it, of course!Avatar Imageele0206 says: where is my post???????????? I commented yesterday, and my comment disappeared!!!!!!!!!! it's so annoying...Avatar Imageele0206 says: why doesn't my posts show??????????Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: i agree with mischiefmanaged...i haven't been very fond of percy throughout the series (but i guess all families have a rather unenjoyable sibling somewhere) R.I.P. FredAvatar Imagemini bagel says: Ah, very Shakespearean (?) we gain one back, and lose another. And we love them both, tragic! I sincerely hope they give Percy's redemption the justice it deserves, it's one of the main themes of the books, the effect of war on families. The Weasleys finally have their family put back together, and Fred is killed. Percy hasn't really had too much contact with them for a long time, and a brother of his dies, both heartbreaking and so, so very sad at the same time, a true picture of how war effects the family. I REALLY hope they do it justice. Avatar ImageApplesArthur says: It's gonna be awesome that he's in it. Only people who haven't read the books aren't gonna remember him. :PAvatar ImageKC Nox says: yay love chris rankin!Avatar ImageLulubelleI says: awesomeAvatar ImageMikeMagpuyo says: Wow. The movie is faithful!! Hope it turns out great, and shatters our expectations.. :)Avatar Imagesimos says: Great news and photos! (Let's not think about Fred's death now)Avatar ImageHmrc5 says: Excelent! Can«t wait to see Percy fight in Hogwarts! Finally on the good side!Avatar ImageHmrc5 says: Excelent! Can«t wait to see Percy fight in Hogwarts! Finally on the good side!Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: its going to be an amazing scene....[tear]Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: Cool! But gonna cry when Fred dies! so sad! They're almost done filming! they're on part 2 i'm guessing.Avatar ImageCatherine says: i think i might cry...poor fred!!!!!Avatar ImageJessSnape says: There were few things that made me happier than when Percy stopped being a prat and joined the fight against Voldy!! I would join the Weasley family:)Avatar Imagecpt.walker says: Speaking of the big battle...If they turn the spells into nothing but stuff that sends you flying backwards I will go on strike! I want to see Snape and McGonagall fight just the way it is written in the book. None of this flicking the wand and blocking shots. Can you say budget friendly spells?Avatar Imagedobbyis_free says: NOOOO I DIDNT WANT FRED TO DIE! poor george :(Avatar Imagedobbyis_free says: NOOOO I DIDNT WANT FRED TO DIE! poor george :(Avatar Imagebecmajec says: How exciting. But Fred :( !!Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: i'm so happy they brought him back! I just wonder if they're going to have him apologise coz they;ve said nothing bout it during any of the other films..Avatar ImageBrosia23 says: I am already tearing up, thinking about that scene. Avatar Imagealicia00 says: i am going to be sad when fred dies but i am not going to cryAvatar ImageJane_Potter says: Percy is back!!!Avatar ImageJane_Potter says: Poor Fred :( :( :( :(Avatar Imageginevrapotter07 says: I'm happy that Percy is on the good side again. Ever read the prodigal son (in the gospel)?? it's the same story: Goes away and leaves family for his own benefit and then in the end comes back. :) sorry non-christians. :/Avatar ImageLeeann says: That scene is going to be so emotional...Avatar ImageSmitch says: I can't wait to see what the filmmakers include with this branch of the story. Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: Yay for Percy coming back!! Yay for Chris Rankin having a Twitter!!Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: So glad percy is gunna be in it, i thiught the leave him outAvatar Imagealegria35 says: i really can't wait for this film... Avatar Imageblue4t says: This is good. One more back for DH! I had heard he wanted to return and since he wasn't in HBP with his betraying family story line I was worried.Avatar Imagewing says: hahahahaAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahaAvatar ImageGiant Squid says: yay!!!!!!Avatar ImageHBPFan says: every bit of news on the DH films gets memore and more excited!!Avatar Imagewing says: hahahahaAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahaAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahahaAvatar ImageFigment says: I'm glad he is returning for the last films... I am also going to be very sad when Fred dies.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Boo Hoo...Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Yay! But RIP Fred :(!!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: Yay! But RIP Fred!Avatar Imagelizzylizace says: :)Avatar ImageLoonyMaddie3 says: i think the way leaky calls Percy the "Prodigal Son" is kinda funny... oh well, maybe im the only one here who thinks it is...Avatar Imagehprocks2700 says: Fred don't die!Avatar Imageccking says: SO happy they got chris back as percy!! he's a fantastic percy!!Avatar Imageccking says: SO happy they got chris back as percy!! he's a fantastic percy!!Avatar Imageccking says: SO happy they got chris back as percy!! he's a fantastic percy!!Avatar Imageccking says: SO happy they got chris back as percy!! he's a fantastic percy!!Avatar Imageccking says: SO happy they got chris back as percy!! he's a fantastic percy!!

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