Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have candidly opened up in the Harry Potter Reunion about the moments they contemplated saying goodbye to Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley prematurely when the pressure of fame took its toll.
The special one-off programme marks the 20th anniversary of the first film in the franchise, the Philosopher’s Stone, which first introduced the world to Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived,
In the reunion, the cast and creators reminisced on the most cherished memories they have from creating the films, which came to an end with Deathly Hallows Part 2 in 2011.
However, despite the love they have for the movies and each other, Emma and Rupert confessed that there was a point that they considered quitting their roles.
David Yates, who directed the final four films, said on the programme that when he was first brought on board, ‘one thing that David [Heyman, producer] and the studio spoke to me about was Emma is not sure she wants to come back to do another Potter’.
Tom Felton, who played Harry’s school foe Draco Malfoy, spoke about the burden that Emma had on her shoulders, stating: ‘People definitely forget what she took on and how gracefully she did it. Dan and Rupert, they had each other. I had my cronies, whereas Emma was not only younger, she was by herself.’
Emma explained that she found an old diary entry that she made years ago, where it was clear that ‘at times, I was lonely’.
Admitting that as teens, they may not have opened up to each other about their feelings, Daniel said: ‘We never talked about it on the film, because we were all just kids. As a 14-year-old boy, I was never going to turn around to another 14-year-old and be like, “Hey, how’re you doing? Is everything ok?”’
During Emma’s one-on-one chat with Rupert, the pair related to each other on how they both felt when the global fanfare was building, with the Little Women star saying that it was around the time of Order of the Phoenix ‘when things started getting spicy for all of us’.
‘You were considering pulling out, I’ve never really spoken to you about that,’ Rupert said.
‘Yeah. I think I was scared. I don’t know if you ever felt like it got to a tipping point where you were like, this is kind of forever now,’ Emma replied, as her former co-star agreed.
Rupert shared that he ‘had moments like that kind of all the way through’, stating: ‘I also had sort of similar feelings to Emma, contemplating what life would be like if I called it a day.’
The Servant star continued: ‘We never really spoke about it. I guess we were just going through it at our own pace, we were kind of in the moment at the time. It just didn’t really occur to us that we were all probably kind of having similar feelings.’
Emma added that ‘the fame thing had finally hit home in a big way’.
However, ‘no one had to convince’ her to stay.
‘The fans genuinely wanted you to succeed, and we all genuinely have each other’s backs. How great is that?’ she said, as she looked back on her experience fondly.
During the reunion special, Emma shared a greater insight into the crush she developed on Tom, saying that she ‘fell in love’ with him.
While she insisted that nothing romantic ever happened between them, they both expressed how much they love one another.
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