Growing up to something magical isn’t totally ‘riddikulus’ for the GenZs and millennials. Since someone named J.K. Rowling made sure we understood love, friendship, and the hardships of life with the swish of a wand. ‘Accio’ to Harry Potter, one of the greatest franchises in the world, or should we say Wizarding World…but no, let’s be inclusive towards the muggles. From playing with a stick and considering it our wands to mouthing the spells better than our lessons, we became a part of the series. Hogwarts genuinely felt like home, but somehow Rupert Grint from the golden trio had a completely different feeling.
Growing up as an 11-year-old theatre kid, Rupert Grint was completely unaware that his big break would cost him another 11 years of his life. In an interview, with Bustle, he shares his feelings purposefully of how he felt suffocated by the end of the franchise.
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Rupert Grint, the redhead Weasley opens up under Veritaserum
Portraying the character Ronald Weasley, one of the most famous teenagers in the world, Rupert Grint got his big break with the Harry Potter franchise at the age of 11. The famous role of being Harry’s best friend and earning a significant position in the Golden trio, got Grint the fame he deserved. Since the last film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 released in 2011, Grint has been delivering his best performance with a creative groove in his career.
Being a part of one of the biggest franchises at a young age, and playing the role of a ginger head whose name starts with R, was almost too perfect for Grint. Even his sense of inferiority that emerged from being from a huge family, just like his character Ron Weasley, seemed out of the box. In an interview with Bustle, Rupert Grint shared, “In the movies, we merged into one. By the end of it, I was playing myself. The lines were blurred,”.
No wonder why we all connected so well with Ron Weasley, for Rupert Grint was literally playing himself.
But, amid all fun, Grint spoke softly about the suffocation he felt by the end of the film series. His connection with his character made it even worse for him to untangle himself after the pack-up. With a closed-mouth-crooked smile like Ron, Grint shared how the franchise took several years of his life leaving him to feel suffocated playing the same role. “I was feeling the difficulty of being seen, being overshadowed” Grint revealed.
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Rupert Grint could have used the Anapneo spell for his suffocation
The 11-year-old who played Ron Weasley is now a 34-year-old father who politely and purposefully speaks about his feelings while filming the last few Harry Potter movies. Finding his role as Ron Weasley to be perfect but the movies too far stretched, the actor shares his feelings which must not be mistaken as ingratitude.
“Potter was so full on — [filming] all year, then we’d promote the rest of the time. It was quite suffocating” Rupert Grint shares his feelings. The characters who played central roles had a busy schedule apart from just filming the magical movies. Promotion, interviews, attending award shows, and such can be really overwhelming for young actors. Being invested in a particular movie or a franchise for a long time can cause a creative block, which seemed like something similar to Grint’s.
“I wanted a break, to reflect on everything… It was an out-of-body experience for a while, but I think we finished at the right time. If we continued, it could’ve gone downhill.” Grint commented. But no matter how suffocated he must have felt while filming the last Harry Potter movies, he still participated in Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts television special. Meeting his co-stars Grint realized the amount of time that has passed and shrugged at the idea of the reunion. He shared “It was a good opportunity to reflect on everything and just say how crazy it was. It’s always nice to look back.”
If we learn from the perspective of a creative angle rather than as a Potterhead, we can somewhat agree with Rupert Grint and realize his suffocation as an actor. But certainly, we would require a Bezoar for we are choking on his truth.
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