Thinking back to the decade they made the ‘Harry Potter’ films, actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, who picked up with the rest of the cast for a special 20th anniversary reunion, said that films will forever remain an integral part of their lives.
Radcliffe, Watson and Grint were 11, 10 and 11 when they gave their first press conference in 2000 for ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. Recalling the moving final day of filming the latest film ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2’ as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley, the cast said there was sadness but also gratitude for being part of a series that has impacted so many lives around the world.
“That last day I just lost it,” said Radcliffe, who played Potter, in the reunion episode, which was filmed on the massive set Warner Bros. built for the movies, adapted from the bestseller. by JK Rowling. series.
Sitting in the Gryffindor common room, the three relived their childhood memories while filming the series of films.
Watson said: ‘I remember we were all holding each other. We were all three completely devastated. I think it was the first time that we allowed ourselves to process or realize “we did it”, “we did it”. The actor, who went on to have a successful career in Hollywood, said she was proud to have been a part of the show.
“There is something about ‘Harry Potter’ that makes life richer, like when things get really dark and times are really tough, stories give us places to go, where we can rest, feel required, ”she said.
Grint said the film series was so “rooted” in him that “I measure my life with these films.” A 1999 TV movie ‘David Copperfield’ stated that every part of his life is linked to ‘Potter’.
“ I don’t think I fully appreciated the reach these movies had when we were there … These are the only movies my dad and I watched together, like we couldn’t talk about something else … we let’s watch “Harry Potter” together and that was our thing, “the actor recalled.
Grint said it was amazing that the stories found new mediums, whether it was the “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” stage show or the “Fantastic Beast” franchise.
It’s just kind of eternal life. And it’s amazing to see that, ” he said.
Actor Tom Felton, who played Harry Potter’s rival Draco Malfoy on the show, spoke of the friendship the young actors shared behind the scenes.
The actor recalled that they had no idea they were surrounded by working royalty from Britain in artists such as Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Kenneth Branagh and Ralph. Fiennes.
“Most of the fans that come to say hello now weren’t even born when we made the movies, so it quickly makes you feel a little older and very grateful that it has been passed down to other generations,” Felton said. noted.
Coltrane, who played the popular character of Rubeus Hagrid in the film series, said her children grew up during filming. So you could watch it in 50 years, that’s easy. I won’t be there unfortunately, but Hagrid will. ” His favorite scenes to look back on even now are the ones he films with Watson, Radcliffe and Grint.
Grint said Watson and Radcliffe were “like family”.
We are so intrinsically linked. They are very important people to me. ” Fans can watch the Harry Potter reunion special on HBO Max on January 1.
The special episode also features Helena Bonham Carter, Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Imelda Staunton, Matthew Lewis, Mark Williams, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Evanna Lynch and others.
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