Rupert Grint: Ron Weasley is 'much darker' in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'
Rupert Grint, the actor who has portrayed Ron Weasley since the first "Harry Potter" movie came out in 2001, says that viewers can look forward to seeing a "much darker side" of his character in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1," which is set for release on November 19.
The 22-year-old actor talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com about the upcoming film and growing up alongside his co-stars Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe.
"It's been ten years and naturally you do kinda change," Grint said. "You've gone on and worked with these people for so long really, feels like forever. The routine of going in everyday. It's quite a unique way of growing up really, we've shared that together."
Unlike the first six films, where the young actor portrayed Harry Potter's best friend and a fellow wizard-in-training at Hogwart's School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the last two installments will show the main characters in a more mature way.
"I mean we're not at Hogwart's anymore, we're not school kids," the actor said, "we're kind of adults in a really dangerous world."
"We see a much darker side of him," Grint says of his character Ron Weasley who has toughened up in the final installment, "he's quite aggressive and he's paranoid and he's jealous. He doesn't trust anyone. It was really cool to kind of do that stuff." While the previous films were far from care-free, the final films portray a world taken over by the evil Voldemort who has gained control over Hogwarts and the Ministry of Magic.
"This isn't going to get a little edgier, this is going to get a lot edgier," said Grint's co-star, Tom Felton who portrays his evil-minded classmate Draco Malfoy. Felton obviously agrees that "Deathly Hallows" portrays a darker side of the "Harry Potter" franchise.
While the Harry Potter franchise might be coming to an end, Grint has been making a name for himself in indie movies like "Wild Target" and the upcoming "Eddie the Eagle," which sees him playing England's fist ski jumper to reach the Winter Olympics. But Grint believes he's gained much from the "Harry Potter" experience.
"I suppose I've learned a lot more and feel more comfortable on the set," he said. "My life has completely changed from the first film."