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TFK Chats with Bonnie Wright

The actress plays Ginny Weasley in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

July 15, 2009
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Harry (Radcliffe) and Ginny (Wright) suit up for Quidditch.

It's been more than two years since the world's most famous boy wizard enchanted movie-goers in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Now, Harry Potter casts his spell again in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in theaters and IMAX today. In the magical series' sixth film, the wizarding world openly goes to war against Voldemort. The destruction caused by the Dark Lord and his loyal Death Eaters has brought chaos to the Muggle world, too.

To prepare Harry for the upcoming battle, Dumbledore gives the sixth-year student private lessons. Using the Headmaster's Pensieve to visit the memories of others, Harry learns some important things about Voldemort's past. What he discovers will be crucial in helping him defeat his enemy once and for all.

As if facing off against dark wizards isn't enough, Harry must also fight a growing crush on Ron's younger sister, Ginny. She is played by British actress Bonnie Wright, 18. Once shy and awkward, Ginny has grown into a confident and talented witch. Everyone at Hogwarts takes notice, especially Harry. TFK spoke to Wright about Ginny and Harry's blossoming relationship and about why she likes being a Weasley.

TFK:

You've been playing Ginny Weasley since the very first film. What's the most challenging thing about being the same character for so long?

Bonnie:

I think the biggest challenge is probably just to play her as Jo Rowling has written her--to keep her energy and to keep her growing and upbeat. She's grown up throughout the films, obviously. She becomes more comfortable and more outgoing, which you'll see in Half-Blood Prince, definitely.

TFK:

How else has Ginny grown since the Sorcerer's Stone?

Bonnie:

In the first few films she's incredibly shy towards a lot of people, especially Harry. Like in the second film, there's that moment when she comes down the stairs and he's there in the kitchen, and she's just completely shocked and runs away. In contrast to that, in this film there are quite a few moments between Ginny and Harry where there is a comfortableness. Before, she was this little Weasley amongst so many brothers. Now, she has enough confidence to stand up to them. It's really nice to see how Ginny has come into her own.

TFK:

What's the best thing about being a Weasley?

Bonnie:

The humor and the warmth of the family. When we're shooting the Weasley family scenes, it's just so enjoyable. We're all so comfortable with each other that it's nice to come back to those scenes and have a loud laugh with each other.

TFK:

Were you a Harry Potter fan before you got the part?

Bonnie:

My brother had read the first book before I went to the audition for the first film, and he had always said that I reminded him of Ginny Weasley. Once I got the part in the first one, I read up to the third or fourth book. Since then, I was always eager to get the books as soon as they came out.

TFK:

What's the first thing you did when you learned you were going to play Ginny?

Bonnie:

Screamed at the top of my voice! [Laughs] To experience something so young and to keep doing it for so many years is something that has made my childhood different from other people.

TFK:

In Order of the Phoenix, we get to see Ginny work some powerful magic. What was it like?

Bonnie:

Ginny is quite talented at performing spells. In Dumbledore's Army, she uses the Reducter spell a lot, and it's quite a powerful spell. Harry and her older brothers kind of look around a bit like, 'We didn't know you could do that!' She almost has to prove to herself and to other people that she's strong and willing to fight.

TFK:

If you could perform any spell yourself, what would it be?

Bonnie:

Apparating would be cool. And I've always liked Reducter. I've got a connection to that spell and that's quite powerful.

TFK:

If you could Apparate, where would you go?

Bonnie:

Right now, somewhere on holiday . . . somewhere hot, somewhere nice.

TFK:

Quidditch is back! In the books, Ginny is quite good at the game. What was it like getting on the Quidditch broom?

Bonnie:

There was a lot of Quidditch in this film, so that was really exciting to do. I've never done any of those stunts before. I've watched them film it in the other movies, but you [never know what it's like until] you're up there. We were up 10-20 feet in the sky on our brooms. We're not as high up as they are in a real game of Quidditch, but it's quite demanding. They turn you around and make you go fast and spin. It was a lot of fun. Ginny is quite competitive and she really wants Gryffindor to succeed. When I was younger, I used to love sports, so I could relate to her competitive side.

TFK:

There are a lot of crushes brewing in Book 6, including one between Harry and Ginny. How was it filming those scenes with Daniel Radcliffe? Was there a lot of teasing on set?

Bonnie:

Reading the books, we all knew a long time ago that it would happen, but it was still quite weird when it actually came to the moment. It's quite nerve-wracking knowing that's the kiss people are waiting for. But I think it went well.

TFK:

There's also a funny little romance between Ron and Lavender Brown.

Bonnie:

Yeah, that's great. Jessie Cave, who plays Lavender, was great. Everyone was laughing on set when we filmed it. It was just so humorous how Ron was so out of his depths. She's obviously mad, and he's like, 'Ugh, I can't deal with her!' They were really funny.

TFK:

There's a pretty surprising death at the end of Half-Blood Prince. What was your reaction when you read it?

Bonnie:

It was really shocking and sad. When we did the scene for the movie, it was probably the hardest one for everyone to shoot. There was a real sense that things were going to be different going forward. I think it will make the next film, the seventh one, very different.

TFK:

Do you think it'll be hard to close the final Harry Potter chapter of your life?

Bonnie:

Yeah, I think I'll miss it more than I can imagine. We're still [filming Deathly Hallows right now, but] it'll be really weird when we finish. It's going to be nice to close the door on it and have it finished for us to look at as a whole, but it's also going to be quite sad, really.

TFK:

What would you like to do once it's all over?

Bonnie:

I'll probably go to university when it's all finished. When I was younger, I never thought my future career would be acting. But I've grown to love the industry and everything about it, so hopefully I'll continue doing something with film.

 

 

 

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