Emma Watson has admitted she was ‘taken aback’ by a comment made by former co-star Rupert Grint during the recent Harry Potter reunion.
Fans across the globe watched as Harry, Ron and Hermione – otherwise known as Daniel Radcliffe, Watson and Grint – came together to mark 20 years since the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at the start of this month, with both viewers and cast members becoming emotional at the reunion.
Watson and Grint admitted to having considered leaving the fantasy series due to their struggles with fame from a young age, but they ultimately made it through to the end with the final film released in 2011.
Looking back at how their work had bonded the cast members, Grint said: ‘We’re family, we always will be. It’s a strong bond, we’ll always be part of each other’s lives.’
The comment in the special made Watson well up, and after hugging his former co-star Grint added: ‘I love you… as friends.’
Following the release of the special, Watson reflected on how it felt to be transported back to the Wizarding World in a recent interview with Vogue, in which she said it was ‘like heaven’ to reunite with the cast while surrounded by Harry Potter film sets.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower actor described her heartwarming exchange with Grint as ‘the most emotional moment for her’, and admitted she was surprised by the way he was acting for the cameras.
When Rupert says things, he really means them. I was taken aback by how vulnerable and kind he was deciding to be so publicly.
Similarly for Dan, it really touched me how reflective he had been over the years about how different it had been for me as a girl.
Though Watson said that she, Grint and Radcliffe ‘really try and stay off electronics’, she assured that they do stay in touch with each other by sending pictures and supportive messages.
Grint, who is now 33 years old, makes Watson ‘die’ with pictures of his daughter, Wednesday, while she and Radcliffe ‘generally try and calm each other’s nerves’.
Watson added: ‘We both mainly try and stay out of the limelight so it’s been nice to have each other’s support, knowing there was going to be another wave of attention coming [with the reunion].’
After starring in the Harry Potter series, Watson went on to appear in a number of other titles as well as becoming an activist for women’s rights.
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