When it came to managing their essential early years with Hollywood stardom in front of the world, Rupert Grint and his Harry Potter co-stars were professionals. Grint played the cheeky wizard for ten years, starting in 2001 when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone debuted and ending in 2011 when he was roughly 13.
The actor, who is 34 today (August 24), nearly departed the role midway through the series, and the Wizarding World almost went on without Ron Weasley.
The Servant actor acknowledged in a 2018 interview with The Guardian that being famous for playing Harry Potter was “the ideal” because he had been a passionate drama student in school and a keen lover of JK Rowling’s books.
The opening weekend gross for Philosopher’s Stone in the US and Canada was $90.3 million, shattering all previous records. It earned more than $1 billion globally, making it the second-highest-grossing movie of all time and the highest-grossing movie of 2001.
However, enormous success was accompanied by intense public scrutiny and demands that the Harry Potter phenomenon continues. Grint confessed, “I started to feel an incredible weight of obligation when I got to film three or four because they were so wonderfully popular.
“The entire press and red carpet stuff was a sensory assault. In that setting, I don’t do well.
Since Grint is not very active on social media, it appears that he still chooses to live a personal existence. Fans were largely unaware of his 11-year marriage to Georgia Groome until 2018. He only joined Instagram in 2020.
EMMA WATSON WAS SO CLOSE TO HANGING UP HER WIZARD CLOAK
The youngest triumvirate member, Emma Watson, was also debating quitting her enduring role. Without the bookworm Hermione coming to the rescue with her spell expertise, Harry Potter wouldn’t have been the same.
At the Harry Potter reunion special, director David Yates noted that Watson “was not sure she wants to come back” for the Order of the Phoenix.
The fame had gotten to be too much for the 17-year-old. “I believe I was afraid… It seemed to reach a breaking point where you thought, “This is going to take forever now,” she said to Grint. The same thing has finally had a significant impact on him.
Thankfully for fans, she stuck it out as the admirable witch. “I didn’t need anyone to persuade me to finish it. We all honestly had each other’s backs, and the fans genuinely wanted you to succeed. How awesome is that?” she exclaimed with gratitude.