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TFK Chats with Emma Watson

The actress talks about Deathly Hallows and life after Harry Potter

November 22, 2010
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Harry, Ron and Hermione (Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson) begin their search for Voldemort's horcruxes.

Nearly 10 years have gone by since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone first hit the big screen in 2001. Back then, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint—known onscreen as Harry, Hermione and Ron—were newcomers to Hollywood. Now, a string of hit films later, the three stars are grown up, acting pros.

TFK spoke to Emma Watson, 20, about the latest installment in the enchanting series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. The film, which opened at No. 1 this weekend, marks the beginning of the end for the magical movies. Part 2 hits regular and IMAX theaters in July 2011. Read on to find out what souvenirs Watson took home, who she says is her favorite Harry Potter character (it's not Hermione!), and her most embarrassing moment on set.

TFK:

How does being on the run affect Harry, Ron and Hermione in Deathly Hallows?

EMMA WATSON:

I definitely think the pressure that the three of them are under and the fear and anxiety have an effect on their friendship. Ron particularly becomes very irritable, and Harry and Ron end up having a big fight. Meanwhile, Hermione is trying to keep everyone calm and together. Hermione is pretty crucial in all of that.

TFK:

What was going through your mind after filming your very last scene as Hermione?

WATSON:

I was just thinking, "This is it. I can't believe this day has finally come." I thought it would never be over. It just felt really strange. I kind of had to pinch myself.

TFK:

How have you and your cast mates changed from the first film?

Hermione and Ron (Emma Watson and Rupert Grint) apparate onto a beach after escaping from Voldemort's headquarters.
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Hermione and Ron (Emma Watson and Rupert Grint) apparate onto a beach after escaping from Voldemort's headquarters.

WATSON:

It's funny. It started out that Dan and I were the shy ones, and Rupert was the talkative one. But we seemed to have swapped. Rupert hardly speaks now. You're lucky if you get anything out of him these days. Dan and I do a lot more of the talking. Dan is really intelligent and very sweet, and Rupert has a wicked sense of humor. He's very eccentric and unique in the way that he does things. He's like a big kid. I feel like he'll never grow up, which I love, too.

TFK:

What's the scariest stunt you've ever had to do during filming?

WATSON:

There's a scene in Gringotts Bank, and Hermione has this crazy idea to jump on the back of a dragon in order to get out. She's on the second story balcony and she jumps off onto a dragon's back. Doing that stunt was terrifying. I mean, there was a mat to catch me below, but just doing the jump was pretty scary.

TFK:

Have there been any pranks or embarrassing moments on set?

WATSON:

I had to kiss Dan and Rupert, who are like my brothers. Neither of them are bad kissers, but that's not the point. It was definitely a little awkward!

TFK:

Did you take anything from the set?

WATSON:

I took my wand, I took my time turner, and I took a cloak. That's about it really.

TFK:

Speaking of the set, what do you think of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park in Orlando, Florida?

WATSON:

The level of detail is just amazing, and it's very authentic. I was really impressed by it. I loved the sweet shop, because I'm big into candy. The Dragon Challenge ride was amazing. I went on it four times back-to-back. And on the themed ride [Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey], I actually got really emotional. There's a hologram of me, Dan and Rupert, and it looks like we're actually standing there talking to you, which was really bizarre. The whole ride takes you through the best parts of all the movies. It brought back so many memories.

TFK:

Which Harry Potter characters have been your favorites?

WATSON:

I love Bellatrix. I love the way Helena Bonham Carter plays her. Bellatrix is so scary and evil and the opposite of Hermione.

TFK:

You hosted a dinner party for the cast after filming wrapped. How did it go?

WATSON:

It was at my new apartment in London. I bought a ton of flowers and lit candles everywhere. Everyone had their own place setting, and I made food for everyone. I made a book with silly questions, like, "Who was your first crush on set?" And, "What was your best memory and worst memory?" Or, "Who's your favorite director?" We went around and listened to everyone's stories. It was really nostalgic. It was warm weather, so we sat outside. I bought disposable cameras for the table. It was fun; it was chill.

TFK:

If J.K. Rowling were to write another Harry Potter book, would you want to be in the film version?

WATSON:

Oh, my goodness. No, I wouldn't! It feels so complete, what we've done. No way.

 

 

 

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