Wednesday, July 13, 2011

'Harry Potter' Finale: Why Did Rupert Grint Walk Out?

'It is really sad,' he tells MTV News of 'Deathly Hallows, Part 2.'
By Terri Schwartz, with reporting by Josh Horowitz


Rupert Grint
Photo: MTV News

Spoiler alert: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" is a tearjerker.

While fans already expect to walk into the theater Friday with a box of tissues in hand, the "Potter" stars were a bit surprised to find that watching the final film in the series could bring them to tears — or at least make them choke up. Viewers will likely find the movie emotional on two levels, because the story itself has tragic elements and because its release marks the end of a decade-long film series.

Even though the actors finished filming the movie more than a year ago, they said there were still scenes in "Deathly Hallows, Part 2" that made them fight back tears. Rupert Grint said that, despite the fact he's seen the movie twice, he had to walk out of the theater during the London premiere last week.

"I caught a bit. It is really sad," he told MTV News."There's a scene where all three of us are on the bridge after the battle, the castle is on fire ... there's a weird parallel between that and our lives. That always gets me."

For Tom Felton, it was the epilogue scene that concludes the movie that almost brought him to tears. That scene has especial emotional resonance for him because his real-life girlfriend, Jade Olivia, plays the wife of his character Draco in the flash-forward sequence. But it was actually Daniel Radcliffe's scene between Harry and his children at King's Cross station that affected him the most.

"There was something really nice about seeing Daniel with his kids at the end. I really thought Daniel did a marvelous job of being older. I got a bit emotional about that," Felton said. "Even though it's funny, it was really quite sad to think that, 'Christ, our lives have flashed before our eyes. We're old!' "

Radcliffe also told MTV News that he found scenes in the film "heartbreaking," especially Alan Rickman's performance during Severus Snape's flashback sequence.

Beyond the film, Felton said he nearly cried during Radcliffe, Grint and Emma Watson's heartfelt goodbye speeches at the London premiere last week. He had to talk himself through it, saying, "Just keep it together, Tom, just keep it together," but according to the "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" actor, it was a close call.

"[The speeches] were really quite special," he said. "I was really touched by that. I could have easily let myself go."

Check out everything we've got on "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2."

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