How Rupert Grint Feels About Seeing Someone Else Play Ron Weasley

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

The actors who played the leads in the Harry Potter movies have become synonymous with the characters for most people. However, there are now others in those roles on the stage in England. So, what's it like for somebody who spent 10 years in a single part to see somebody else playing that character? Former Ron Weasley Rupert Grint apparently feels as attached to the part as we are to seeing him play it, he says seeing another actor play Ron in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was something he wasn't really ready for.

I wasn't really prepared for it. It hit me quite hard. It was kind of like an out of body experience. You're seeing someone else take on a character that you've known for so long. I kind of grew up with Ron. I do feel like a lot of me is in that character. I have a weird relationship with Ron, where it's kind of basically me. And seeing it live on is very surreal. But it's an amazing show.

For most fans, Rupert Grint is Ron Weasley. Apparently, Grint feels exactly the same way. He tells Entertainment Weekly that over the years Ron very much became him, which lead to him being as fond of the character as everybody else is. For Grint, watching somebody else play Ron on stage is like watching somebody else play Grint himself. It's no wonder he found the experience difficult to deal with. Although, it wasn't so tough that he didn't enjoy the play itself.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a stage play currently going on in London's West End that sees all of our favorite Harry Potter characters grown-up. Harry, Ron, and Hermione are only part of the story, as they now have kids who are attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Much of the plot of the play deals with them rather than their parents.

The question of whether H__arry Potter and the Cursed Child could ever become a film is an obvious one, and while some steps have apparently been taken in that regard, there have been no announcements about such a thing happening. If such a film ever did come to pass it would be interesting to see if they automatically went to the original cast to continue the story as a direct sequel to the previous films, or if they looked to other actors. A lot might depend on exactly when such a movie happened.

At the moment the Harry Potter franchise is doing fine on the big screen. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them launched a new multi-film series which looks to keep the Wizarding World busy for the next several years.

Can you imagine anybody else playing the lead roles in a Harry Potter production except for Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint? It would take quite a bit for us to be able to do so.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.