Emma Watson and Rupert Grint nearly quit Harry Potter over child fame struggles

Emma Watson and Rupert Grint have admitted they almost quitHarry Potterafter shooting to fame at a young age.

Emma, now 31, first starred as Hermione Granger at the age of ten, while Rupert, now 33, was 12.

The two co-stars discussed the matter during the recentHarry Potter reunion,which is set to air on Sky Max on Saturday, 1 January, where Emma spoke of how “scared” she was.

She confessed: “I think I was scared. I don't know if you ever felt like it got to a tipping point where you were like, ‘This is kind of forever now’.”

“It was around the time of Order of the Phoenix when things started getting spicy for all of us,” Emma added.

Echoing similar sentiments, Rupert said: “I also had sort of similar feelings to Emma, contemplating what life would be like if I called it a day.

“We never really spoke about it. I guess we were just going through it at our own pace, we were kind of in the moment at the time.

“It just didn't really occur to us that we were all probably kind of having similar feelings.”


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David Yates, the director of the final four Harry Potter films, backed Emma’s claims, and said he’d been forewarned about Emma’s uncertainty.

David explained: “One thing that David [Heyman] and the studio spoke to me about was Emma is not sure she wants to come back to do another Potter.”

Inthe emotional trailer for this weekend’s reunion, leading man Daniel Radcliffe spoke about how he felt when the film franchise came to a close.

"The thing that scared me the most was the implication that the most meaningful thing in our life was done,” he said.

“And that there's something so joyous about seeing everyone and be like, 'Well, it wasn't though'."

As well as the well-known trio that was Harry, Hermione, and Ron, other reconcilable faces that returned for the reunion included Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort), and Helena Bohem Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange).

One person who didn’t featurewas the author of the books, JK Rowling.

While she didn’t take part in the reunion, JK was discussed during the Harry Potter special, where the actors marvelled over her writing.

Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane said of JK, as per theIndependent: “One of the many reasons I admire JK so much is that millions now read books who would never have lifted a book up in their lives, and you suddenly realise the power of writing.”

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