Rupert Grint Tells Emma Watson ‘I Love You’ — But Just ‘As a Friend’

Emma Watson and Rupert Grint. HBO Max

Laughing through tears. HBO Max’s Harry Potter 20th anniversary: ​​return to Hogwarts special featured some exciting moments among the stars, and Rupert Grint he knew exactly how to do it Emma Watson smile when they both started crying.

In the meeting, released on Saturday, January 1, Ron and Hermione’s actors were given a chance to sit down one-on-one to reflect on their time together shooting the eight films. Grint, now 33, and Watson, now 31, began shooting the film in 2000.

“The way I feel now, like seeing you here, after spending some time away – I’ll try not to get excited,” the Little Women star said as she began to feel choking. “You seem to be, like, a pillar of my life.”

Grint said the Brown University alum was just as significant in his childhood. “This is a very overwhelming thing because I have seen you grow up. We watched ourselves grow. We grew up together. We are a family. We don’t need to see each other – Oh, my God, ”he chuckled when he realized he too had tears in his eyes.

The servant the actor continued: “Even if we don’t always see each other, yes. It’s a strong bond that we will always have and will always be part of each other’s lives. “

Harry Potter's Rupert Grint tells Emma Watson

Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. Alan Davidson / Shutterstock

The actors took hands and approached for a hug. “Oh, it’s so good to see you,” Watson said.

“It’s so good to see you”, the Illness certificate star replied. “I love you.”

The Paris-born actress nodded as she wiped tears from her eyes, and her former co-star decided to lighten the tender moment, adding, “As a friend.”

Watson burst out laughing. “Just to be clear to everyone watching,” he chuckled.

“Just to be clear,” he smiled before turning serious again. “But it’s true. There is so much love.”

The activist was clearly touched by his sincere statement. “Oh, thanks Rupes,” he said.

Of course, the reunion special wasn’t just about Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. They were joined by Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), who apologized to the two for making fun of them so much when their characters finally had to kiss Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. The special also included Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), which Watson explained stole her heart while she was in class on set.

HBO Max brought some familiar Hogwarts pupils. Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley), Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Oliver Phelps (George Weasley), Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas). Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) and others returned to the sets of Hogwarts in Watford, England for the New Year’s special.

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts has explored the legacy of the fantasy series since the first film premiered in November 2001. Thereafter Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, JK Rowling went on to tell the story of Harry Potter fitting into life as a wizard at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, all while trying to take down Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) in six other books. Before the reunion special was released on HBO Max, Watson reflected on the memories he created playing Hermione over the years.

“Harry Potter was my home, my family, my world and Hermione (still is) my favorite fictional character of all time. I think a reporter once said it was irritating how many times during an interview I mentioned how lucky I was and started counting … BUT I KNEW IT WELL !!! And I still know, “she gushed via Instagram in November 2021.” I’m proud not only of what we as a group have contributed as actors to the franchise, but also of the children who have grown into young adults who have walked that path. “

At the time, the activist also explained how much work went into creating such a lasting memory with Harry Potter.

“Now I look at my fellow cast members and I’m so proud of what everyone has become as people. I am proud to have been kind to each other, to have supported each other and to have supported something meaningful, “noted Watson.” Thanks to the fans who continued to show their support even after the closing of the last chapter. The magic of the world would not exist without you. Thank you for struggling to make it such an inclusive and loving place. I still miss the crew that made these films all the time. Thank you also for all your hard work: I know that your contributions are sometimes overlooked. “

Lewis, for his part, explained during the reunion special how much it meant to him playing Neville during his formative years.

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Evanna Lynch, Bonnie Wright, Matthew Lewis, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe. David Fisher / Shutterstock

“Not least because I played him, of course, but because of what he represented, really… the goodness in him. The fact that despite all of life’s challenges, whether he was bullied at school or because of the things that happened in his childhood to his parents, he never strayed from the path, “added the Terminal star.” It is always remained faithful to his ideals, to what he believed in and to the right thing to do “.

He continued: “People are shaken a lot and Neville was shaken a lot and he never let it change his morals, his ethics. I think it is important. He could have been forgiven for harboring some bitterness and resentment towards life for all that happened to him. And he never did. And he worked tirelessly to fight the good fight. And this is the incredible strength of character. He is a beacon of light in history, I believe, and an inspiration to us all. “

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: ​​Return to Hogwarts is now streaming on HBO Max. A cable television premiere is scheduled for spring before the April release of Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets.

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