Rupert Grint’s Foreword to “Harry Potter Film Wizardry”:
If there is one thing of which I am most proud, it’s that I made being ginger cool! But, seriously, how do I sum up what these films have meant to me? I suppose I could just say that I would do it all again – in a heartbeat. I have loved playing Ron, loved being part of the Weasley family, and loved coming to the set every day and hanging out with my best friends. I feel so proud to have been entrusted with this role.
When I was much younger, I was often asked in what ways I thought I was similar to Ron. My stock answer usually included something similar to to: “I like sweets, I’m scared of spiders, I’ve got ginger hair” or “I come from a big family.” But, the truth is that Ron is my hero. He’s always there for his friends – sometimes belligerently, but there nevertheless. He’s also the comic relief in stressful situations; the funny guy with a one-liner. And no matter how scared he may be, he will put aside his fears to support and protect the people he loves. To me, that represents true courage.
I wouldn’t really change much about my experience playing Ron Weasley for the past ten years… well, apart from the odd, itchy, knitted jumper (Ron really does need a makeover), and perhaps losing continually to Emma at table tennis on set. I am immensely proud to have been a part of this world and to have played Ron Weasley – brother, son, best friend, and, let’s be honest, the ultimate “ginger”!
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