James Phelps Talks Fred Weasley’s Death Scene


Jul 01, 2011

Posted by Mel

Parade has a new interview with James Phelps (Fred Weasley) where he discusses, among other things, what it was like to have a death scene for a character he’s played for ten years:

“It was surreal. I feel like a really close friend has died. It was more like a Saving Private Ryan scene than Harry Potter, so
it was kind of cool, because every guy wants to be in an action movie
and that’s what this is. But I pretty much just laid there and fell
asleep. I think it was more of a challenge for the other guys than me.
Rupert [Grint] and Oliver [Phelps], they really upped their game for
that one. Hopefully people will like how it’s been done.”

Phelps also reflected on his first day of shooting on “Philosopher’s Stone”:

“I remember it very clearly. We were in a little village in Yorkshire,
literally in the middle of the countryside, and we shot the last scene
of the first movie when Harry gets back on the train. That’s the first
scene we ever shot, and I can remember being nervous as hell.”

Phelps also goes into what souvenir he took from the Harry Potter set and sharing the experience of filming the movies with his brother Oliver in the rest of the interview, which you can read here.

Many thanks to Parade!

39 Responses to James Phelps Talks Fred Weasley’s Death Scene

Avatar Imagecrikeyhunter says: Go Leaky!!!Avatar Imageasiefert says: I'm so excited to see this movie. I know I'm going to be crying the entire time. ♥♥Avatar Imagepuppylove10 says: ya theres alot of sad moments in the deathly hallows like the deaths.Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: From the picture of Fred's death scene, it looks like Percy wasn't there with him when he died. Since James only mentions Rupert and Oliver being there, it looks like it's an accurate assumption. This upsets me verily. I don't understand why they change things like this that don't take time away from the film that could have been occupied with the greater plot. Things like that are why I loathe Kloves with the white hot passion of a thousand suns.Avatar Imagebellatrix15101 says: Great to see an interview with him, he and Oliver don't seem to get many interviews.... it really must have been weird and really hard for Oliver to have to imagine himself in that situation, that his twin brother is dead. I can see why it would be emotionally draining... @DeliaDee: I think the picture we saw in the one trailer may have been later during a lull in the battle when the Weasleys are gathered around Fred's body. Harry's under the Invisibility Cloak at that time, either on his way to or from Dumbledore's office (when he watches Snape's memories). Because I seem to remember Mrs. Weasley being in that clip too. And neither her or George was there when Fred actually dies in the book...Avatar ImageHalfbloodPrince08 says: will be sad!Avatar Imagelauravsgravity says: I'm taking a box of Kleenex to the theatre. Between this and The Prince's Tale, I'm pretty sure I'm going to need them. Avatar ImageMonicaGranger says: awwww! :( I'm gonna cry my eyes out at the midnight showing when Fred dies!!! :(Avatar ImageMonicaGranger says: awwww! :( I'm gonna cry my eyes out at the midnight showing when Fred dies!!! :(Avatar ImageStarlysh says: This is going to be so depressing. This was the worst DH death for me. Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: I know I'm going to cry my eyes out when Fred dies! :'(Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Gonna be a tear jerker for sure!Avatar ImageNikki lovegoode says: i'm going to cry when fred dies, i never cry when watching movies!!!!! :'(Avatar Imagedoctorpope says: Lol why was the very first scene they filmed the last scene in the movie?Avatar ImageJuliette1981 says: That's gonna be so sad! I hope they didn't cut his dead scene, it takes a large part in the book, and I hope that we're gonna see George's reaction, even that's gonna break our heart! Avatar Imagejedisakora says: Awesome interview. I have to say i never realized the twins were my age.....Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: I hope you're right, Bellatrix the Strange, I really really really do. Fred's death would have torn me up no matter what but the way it was in the book, with Percy reuniting with them and then, within an hour, Fred's last words are to Percy. It just made it even more impossibly tragic. But the fact that James only mentioned Oliver and Rupert's reactions to his death has me concerned. Well, I'll keep my fingers and toes crossed and, hopefully, your assessment is more accurate than mine.Avatar ImageLivi22 says: I know that I'm going to be sitting in the cinema, sobbing!Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Go Leaky!!!Avatar Imagewiz witch says: I love Fred and George - I'm gonna cry a river when Fred dies :'(Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Aww i think i'll cry during that sceneAvatar ImageHelloWorld says: Yay for a Phelps interview. I love these two and we don't see much from them... Anyway, no Percy? I hope not... Percy coming back was the last unifying Weasley moment before Fred dies and was one of the heart-jerking elements that made his death that much more saddening. One thing I know my eyes won't be dry when that happens. :(Avatar Imagealexweasley12 says: im-gonna-cry-so-much-i-wont-have-tears-leftAvatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: I am going to have to cry, I did for dobby! But who could not?Avatar ImageRedbeard says: Even if Percy is there, I highly doubt they will include the 'unifying' scene in this film. Percy's betrayel to his family was never in the spotlights here, so a scene where they're jubilant about his return would feel ludacrisly out of place. It's just not going to happen. If you want that, read the books, they've got time for every little detail. Avatar Imageinspired_by_you says: This is going to be the saddest. JKR killed almost everybody off in the last book. -.-Avatar ImagePotters_pal says: I can't wait to see it but when it's all over the adventure is done and Fred will be dead!!! Watching the first hp movie the two Phelps' seemed so happy together and so did their characters.... It's so sad to have to watch George have to go off with out his brother, best friend and work partner!!!Avatar ImageDobbys-socks says: omg i will cry when i see him die. he is such an amazing actor!<3Avatar ImageBlackCat13 says: I'll be crying when he dies, It'll be like Dumbledore all over again! Poor Fred :(Avatar Imagesexysnapeyseverus says: I know I'm going to be bawling when Fred dies in the movie X(Avatar Imagejoeys_mommy says: I wish no one would make assumptions about the movie based on someone not saying something or not seeing something. I remember someone complained about Lupin not being the Ressurection stone scene and they were all upset. Yet I have found him in the trailers to be in that scene. I believe Percy will be there, perhaps not when Fred Dies, but with the family as they mourn for him. It will be a very sad and moving scene I'm sure. Lets not prejudge My dears!Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: Actually, I do think that scene might be really hard! Because, you have to cry and pretend to be upset about a person dying, when isn't really dying! And, you can just burst out laughing at any moment, especially when your just lying there, listening to people trying to cry around you! So, props to them! And, I think I'm going to cry when it happens! Poor Fred! D;Avatar ImageExpectoPatronum512 says: Ooooh.... *sobs* I started crying! I'm so not ready to see this scene!Avatar ImageLuna L. says: why did have to die? ;(((((Avatar Imagesirius33 says: Can't wait for the movie! Although that part is going to be sad.Avatar Imagehandhrfan18 says: awww im gonna be sad to see fred's death :[, i will have tears in my eyes because every character is special in my heartAvatar ImageDisneyDarling says: i am probably gonna cry because if you were to ask me my favorite charecters they would be fred,george, and hermione.Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: imagine what Oliver felt like . Must be quite akward to see your own brother lying dead on the floor :/Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: It is going to be so sad!

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