Rupert Grint and Tom Felton talk their experiences of filming Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2, as well as their fondest memories from the series. Rupert also recalls the moment when Ron came of age in the series, while Tom explains why dying his hair blonde did eventually get painful.
Rupert, how will it feel not returning to a Harry Potter set in the future?
Rupert Grint: I don't think I've really come to terms with that. After we finished a year ago now, I've felt a little bit lost without it, not really knowing what to do with myself. It's been such a constant part of my life, to suddenly have that come to this one film, it is quite sad. I'm really genuinely going to miss it, and miss everyone.
Tom, which was the best and the worst part of working on Harry Potter? And what's next?
Tom Felton: Wow, best and worst things? The best has to be really getting the opportunity to work not only with these fantastic people [gestures to panel] but also with all the crew who obviously can't be here, and everyone, really, that I've worked with over the last 10 years. It definitely is like a mini family... excuse the cliche but it's true. The worst thing, and there really aren't many to be honest with you, but if I have to pick one thing... dying my hair blonde was slightly arduous after 10 years. Even though it seemed to build some sort of super-human resistance, it still seems to be OK, so I'm not suffering too badly. But that got slightly painful after six or seven years. And I've been lucky enough to be working with these guys for the past 10 years and fingers crossed I'll get to work with some of them again over the next 10 or so. I've really cemented a passion for filmmaking over the last few years and I hope to continue to do so.
Rupert, can you identify a turning point in this series, either for your characters or maybe just learning a big lesson?
Rupert Grint: I think for me it was these last two [films]. Ron has always been quite a complicated guy. In Part 1 and in Part 2, particularly in the first part, I think he's a much more insecure, with a paranoia and his kind of jealousy and stuff. These two films I've found Ron the most interesting really. In the previous films Ron's been this loyal kind of scaredy cat really, kind of screaming all the time. So these two films I think I've felt like I've had the most to get my teeth into.
What's your favourite line?
Tom Felton: We've all had some great lines, definitely. I thoroughly enjoyed Draco's line when he's being carried away after being attacked by Buckbeak. "My father will hear about this!" That's one of my favourite lines for sure.
Rupert Grint: When you said that I just remembered the line I said afterwards: "She needs to sort out her priorities." It's hard to think, it's all kind of a blur. I said "bloody" a lot and I always got a thrill from saying "bloody" because it was kind of a rude word.
And Tom, did you have a favourite prop apart from your wand?
Tom Felton: Obviously, the wands were really cool and the broomsticks are obvious. But I really liked my suit. Draco was not one for casual dressing and he seemed to be in a black suit 24/7, even when he went to bed I think he wore it! So, it was actually the first suit I ever had that fit me, so it was nice to have that. I felt very sharp for sure.
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