Is being a star still overwhelming, or are you so used to it now that it
doesn’t faze you anymore?
No, it always still fazes me. The moment I stop being kind of surprised by it
or overwhelmed, is a really bad moment, ‘cause you know, it’s a really strange
thing getting out of a car, and there are all these people screaming. But it’s
amazing, it really is.
You guys (Emma, Rupert) must be like brothers and sister by now.
Yeah, that’s it exactly. I mean, Emma is just completely like my sister now.
Rupert is such a great friend.
So what do you guys do off set?
We kind of just hang around. Most of the time when we’re off set, we’re
tutoring. Rupert’s got a pool table in his room, so sometimes I go in there and
Now, you’re known as a big prankster, but I understand you were on the
receiving end of the pranks. Your co-stars have caught on!
Yeah, I was the victim this time.
So what was the worst thing that happened to you?
They put a fart machine in one of the sleeping bags in the great hall. I was
sitting there, and it was a scene that takes place at night, this really calm
scene. We’d done probably eight takes and we were just going for our ninth one,
and then it was Michael Gambon (Professor
Dumbledore) who had the actual thing that operates it. And it was kind of under
Alan Rickman’s (Professor Snape) instruction, and he set it off just at
the end of the take, and everyone in the great hall sat up and turned to me!
What was the most challenging scene in this film?
The most difficult, without a doubt, is when Harry faints from seeing the
Dementors for the first time. Having to act, having just heard your mother’s
dying scream. I never experienced anything like that, thank God, touch wood, so
I kind of had to somehow find out how to do that, and hopefully I did ok.
Did the scene with the Hippogriff live up to your expectations?
“Rupert’s got a pool table in his room, so
sometimes I go in there and play badly.”
It did actually. It was just as completely strange as I thought it was going to
be, so it was really me on the back of what was a complicated mechanical bull.
And then when I’m not flying on it, it’s just a guy holding a pole with a beak
on the end of it.
Have you started shooting The Goblet of Fire yet?
We’re doing bits, but we start shooting officially in mid-July.
You must be looking forward to going full force on that?
The script is unbelievable. The third book is my favourite book, but the fourth
script is my favourite script. It’s unbelievable. Really is.
Now that you’re an old pro with the Harry Potter films, is all of this still
It’s still completely overwhelming. I kind of see every film as a new film, a
different film. I see them really separately as well. So every time, it’s a new
experience, a new script and different actors. It’s changing all the time. It’s
What was going through your mind this time about playing Hermione?
Well, actually one of the first things that the new director, Alfonso Cuarón
wanted us to do, was write an essay about our characters.
You know, what motivates her, what she’s scared of and all that kind of stuff.
I read the books and I always thought about Hermione before, but I never really
got into such detail about her. It really made me see her in such a different
way and in a lot of depth, and I think in this film especially, you really get
to see completely different sides to the characters. Harry, we are much more
sensitive towards him. Your heart bleeds for him. You feel so bad for him. And
Hermione kind of gets past the whole nerd, bookworm type thing. I think this
film is much more personal.
The scene with Draco when you punch him, was that tough to do, or has it been
“(Hermione)’s doing everything in this
film...she’s very rock
I loved it! I absolutely loved it! I would have done it for weeks on end. I had
such a great time doing that scene.
In terms of the stunt work, you really get knocked around a lot.
Well, Hermione, she’s doing everything in this film. She does much, much more
action in it. She is being thrown around by the Whomping Willow, she’s being
chased by werewolves, flying on the hippogiff. She’s very rock and roll.
If you could choose any dream co-star, after you’re done with all the Harry
Potter films, who would it be?
There are so many people I want to work with. I’m so lucky, ‘cause I got to
work with loads of them on Harry Potter, but
Brad Pitt. He’s my absolute dream!
When you started filming Azkaban, did you find it was a lot different than the
first two that we saw?
It’s a lot more grown up. Obviously, we’ve all grown up as well. Our voices are
breaking and we’ve gotten a bit taller. So physically, we’ve grown up as well.
And we have a new director that made it quite different too, so yeah, it was
How has it been working with Emma and Dan over the years?
We’ve gotten along really well, ‘cause we see so much of each other. We’ve
gotten to know each other quite well. So yeah, it feels like going back to
school every time we start a new film.
What was the most exciting or challenging scene to film?
“It feels like going back to school everytime we
start a new film.”
There’s some really cool stuff in there. Like during the final scene in the
Shrieking Shack, that was really long. It took us ages to film that. That was
quite hard. And the stunts were quite cool. That was one of my favourite bits
How did you feel when Alfonso Cuarón took over as director?
Me, I was shocked that we were going to bring a new director in, because
Chris Columbus had been doing the first two and we’d already got used to
him and got along with him really well. But when we first met Alfonso, he was
really a nice guy, really, really fun. He was really into us bringing our own
personal perceptions into our characters. He asked us to change our ties, or
something to customize it to our own character. He also told us to write an
essay, which I didn’t do.
I forgot to do it. But luckily he didn’t get angry. He thought it was quite
like my character. Lucky that got me out of it.