It seems as if the series of Harry Potter books and movies should be endless. With “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II” hitting theaters on Friday, the stars of the movie see the end of their careers of playing wizards on the big screen. Rupert Grint is only 22 years old, but has been playing the role of Ron Weasley for about half his life. Grint tells Parade magazine that it’s going to be difficult to adjust to a life that doesn’t include Ron’s character.
Parade Magazine reports Grint saying, “It’s still quite a strange thing to come to terms with, just the fact that we won’t be coming back next year. It really is the end. I’m not usually sentimental with stuff like that, but it has been a huge part of our lives, and it just feels really sudden that it’s all coming to an end. This feeling of freedom is quite overwhelming.”
The first film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” debuted in 2001, to the delight of wizard fans everywhere. Grint was 13 years old when he made his first appearance in the Harry Potter series. This will be the eight film of the seven-book series, with the filmmakers breaking up the last book into two movies.
Ten years later, Grint hints that it might be difficult to let go of his character, since he claims that him and Ron are very close in character in real life. “It’s been a decade of playing the same person and a character I already felt quite close to anyway because of the books,” he told the magazine. “We really have become the same person. I think it’s going to be hard to shake him out of me.”
Grint and his co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have been together since the first film debuted 2001, and their final movie hits theaters Friday.