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RonCast 2! – UPDATED

character_banner_ronThe second edition of our Roncast is finally here! As you know, while we love and appreciate the entire story of Harry Potter, our goal is to focus on our favourite character Ron Weasley, who is portrayed in the movies by our favourite actor Rupert Grint.

As usual, your host is Sam aka Erudite Witch. This time she has invited several Ron-experts to join the discussion, namely Sabine (Galadriel 12), AJ, Joana (Wicked Jo), Emily (Mugglemama) and Dove! They delve deep into the character of Ron, focusing on the differences between the books and the movies, especially as regards the characterisation. Now that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has finally been released, our Ron lovers give their honest opinions on the movie, and attempt to predict what to expect in the latest two installments of the franchise, Deathly Hallows I and II.

Roncast 2

  • Intro Song: Magic Man by Heart
  • The Ron Quote of the month
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: impressions, reflections
  • Fanfiction Corner
  • Deathly Hallows Spoilers
  • What to expect in Deathly Hallows

Download Roncast from the blue Roncast box in the top right corner, and ENJOY! (NOTE: the link will take you to a separate SendSpace page, where you’ll find the download link.)

As noted, the song in the background is Magic Man by Heart. Every podcast, we’ll pick a different song based on your suggestions. If you’ve got a song that you think fits Ron Weasley perfectly, just get a hold of us at grintasticonline@googlemail.com. Also, we would love to have you on show, so if you consider yourself a fellow Ron-expert, email us to land a guest spot! And no need to remind you, your comments and suggestions are always welcome!

UPDATE: We have now added all episodes of Roncast to our Media site, so if you missed an episode, you may download it from here. Enjoy!

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True Blood – From Books To The Small Screen

33416445Anyone who truly knows me knows one thing: I love to read. Obviously I have read the Harry Potter series, considering my love for Ron Weasley and subsequently Rupert Grint. However, I love a great many books in a variety of genres, and one set of stories I love in particular are vampire tales. Thanks to my mother I became a fan of the 1960s soap opera Dark Shadows which featured vampires, witches, werewolves and the like. Then came Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin off series, Angel. And then I got into the books: Dracula, Twilight and True Blood, also known as the Sookie Stackhouse Novels or Southern Vampire Tales written by Charlaine Harris. There are currently nine books in the series, and HBO is currently airing season 2 of the eponymous TV show. In other news, I am about to read The Vampire Diaries which is also set to come to the small screen on The CW Network in the US.

But let’s focus on True Blood which this article is about. The books are adult – and I mean, if you captured True Blood on HBO first assuming that was just their way of making it sexier, don’t be fooled. The novels are just as sexually explored as the show is. Obviously, the show will create some sexual scenes that you won’t find in the books, as they did with Sookie’s brother Jason. In the books Jason is only described as a sexual being, a ladies man, etc. On the TV show they had to be visual with this, so you can see Jason’s exploits. Of course, this is important because… SPOILER ALERT!!! … everyone Jason has sex with ends up dying! Naturally, this leads to him being suspected in every death that occurs.

257885831Before I go into characters, let me tell you a little bit about the series and the books. The premise is basically that vampires have, as they put it, “come out of the coffin” a few years ago. Then one day a vampire walks into the bar that Sookie is working at. Sookie is a telepathic waitress but she cannot read vampires’ minds. I know what you’re thinking — “Wow, isn’t this the plot to Twilight?” As much as I love Twilight for its simplicity, it could well be said that the Twilight books are a rip off of these novels, because The Sookie Stackhouse books were published long before Twilight.

So, Sookie is telepathic and when she meets this new vampire, Bill, she is over the moon because she cannot hear his thoughts. As you can imagine, struggling to keep out of other people’s thoughts is constant work, so when she can be around Bill and hear — excuse the term — dead silence, it’s amazing to her; it attracts her even further to the vampire. Meanwhile, young girls are dying all over town. These girls have one thing in common: they’ve been around or slept with vampires! Sadly, this problem hits real close to Sookie when her grandmother, Adele, is found dead. (Plot point/spoiler alert: Sookie and Jason were raised by her grandmother when their parents were killed in a flash flood.) As Sookie races to find out why her grandmother was killed and why all these women are being knocked off, and to prove her brother’s innocence, she finds herself in danger from the killer.

true-blood-2As for the TV show, Sookie herself is pretty much on the mark. Anna Paquin has been criticized for not being the perfect Sookie, but I think she embodies the character well enough. In fact, I enjoy her take on Sookie more than how the character is written in the book. To me, Anna’s Sookie is more determined and human. On the other hand, Sookie of the novels is quite funny, whereas the writing for Anna’s Sookie tends to leave that side out. Her chemistry with Stephen Moyer‘s Bill is off the charts and that’s the only thing you can ask for. In the novels, Bill and Sookie are together for three books (this is a span of maybe a year and a half however).

Continuing on with main character is Bill. Looks wise Bill is a bit off, however written wise the character seems to be pretty spot on. However, book Bill always seems to be a little more deadpan to me, while TV Bill seems to be more interactive and interesting. Bill is a tough character to get your head around and the TV show does a good job of, forgive the term, humanizing him. When reading the novels you often wonder just how great his love for Sookie truly is — and this gets questioned further inside the series, as secrets are revealed about Bill’s intentions of walking into Merlott’s Bar in Bon Temps. It needs to be said that both in the books and in the TV series, Sookie and Bill end up into bed together quite early on, as the death of Sookie’s grandmother brings them closer. In the TV series, after her death, Sookie goes running to Bill and the consumate their love for one another, while in the books it’s a few days after.

true-blood-anna-paquin-stephen-moyerBoth in the TV show and the books, Sookie is beaten up badly by a couple who sell vampire blood for money — the so-called “drainers”. Sookie had saved Bill’s life from this couple, and for revenge they beat her up and try to kill her. Bill comes to her rescue killing this couple and has Sookie drink from him — it heels her completely. All the injuries she suffers are instantly fixed. The other effects of vampire blood? Her sex drive is increased, her senses are more in-tuned, and Bill can feel her when she’s in danger.

Speaking of Merlott’s, the bar is much how I imagined it; however, the owner, not so much. In the books Sam Marlott has red hair (probably lighter than Rupert’s), but TV Sam has light brown hair going slightly gray — though his build and height seem right. In the book, Sam doesn’t have much of a back story but the TV series gives him an interesting one. What I mean is (SPOILER ALERT!!!) in the books Sam comes from pure breed shape shifters. Both his mother and father can shape shift and thus, as Sam was first born, he can too. Both in the books and in the TV show Sam prefers shifting into a border collie. We learn in later books that Sam’s mother married someone else who was not a shape shifter and they are from Texas. In the TV show, we hear a reference to Texas, though it seems to be mostly made up. Sam doesn’t “exist” until he arrives in Bon Temps. We learn that he was adopted and that his adoptive parents left when they saw him shift into a dog one night. This makes for an interesting background, and continues a story that is presently playing out in season 2.

Then there are lesser known characters. In the books Sookie’s best friend, Tara Thorton, tends to be someone who just pops up every once in a while. From the description you tend to believe that she is well adjusted and doesn’t hold a grudge from her childhood. In the TV show however they decided to be a bit more inventive. Tara is a fast talking, hard nosed woman who takes her family situation to heart. Her mother is an alcoholic (in the books — SPOILER ALERT — Tara’s parents are dead) and would beat her and Sookie’s grandmother always took her in, fed her, clothed her. In the series Tara has a huge crush on Jason.

Tara’s cousin Layfette Reynolds is a character in the books but like Tara his part had changed drastically. While in both mediums he is a gay short order cook at Merlott’s, in the books he is barely visible. However, Layfette in the show sells V (vampire blood) and other assorted drugs, he is a male prostitute, and one of Jason’s best friends.

Some characters who take a back seat in Season 1 were more prominent in the books. For instance, Eric Northman, the owner of Vampire Bar “Fangtasia” (the bar is for humans to gawk at vampires who dress the way they are perceived, though not necessarily accurately). Like in the books, he is a tall blond viking vampire. His personality seems to be pretty much intact leaving out one detail: his attraction to Sookie. While it somewhat exists, in the books Eric makes no bones about it, including scenes that did not appear in the show such as Sookie ending up in the hospital after her encounter with the murderer (more on this later) and Eric floating outside the window and sending her flowers, flirting with her, calling her his future lover.

Then there is Pam. Eric sired her long ago and she now works for him in Fangtasia. Pam in the books becomes Sookie’s friend and is much more interesting. She’s funny and witty. They make sure in the show to show off how different her persona in the bar is from her true self outside. In the TV show, she’s more modern and button down. However that does not take away from her wit, sarcasm, and interestingly enough her good nature. Of course, this doesn’t mean she’ll throw back a bottle of True Blood!

Of course, there is Rene too. While I describe him, you must know that there will be spoilers abound. So if you do not wish to know the basic plot to the first novel and season 1 of the TV show, please stop reading now! Rene in the books and TV show are definitely different as well as their fates by the end. On the TV show, Rene has a Cajun accent: this is to help Sookie realize there isn’t something “quite right” about him, because when she hears his thoughts, he speaks in his regular, American accent. Rene is engaged to Sookie’s friend and co-worker Arleen and tries to settle down in the city of Bon Temps. In the books we learn that Rene’s sister has died; however in the TV series we know nothing about his family or his life. We do get a “weird moment” from him in the beginning of the show where Rene stands up for Sookie at the bar and tells her, “You remind me of my sister…” But nothing else is made of it.

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Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer

As the series continues and young girls die, Sookie is becoming more endangered. Both series of course have Sookie’s grandmother dying and both series have her cat being killed and strung up. But in the TV show we learn the second to the last episode who the killer is. I’m sure you guessed by now that Rene is the killer. He does so because his sister has had sex with a vampire and it sets him off in his brain. So now he goes around killing any young girl who has sex with vampires. In the books Sookie hurts Rene as she tries to get away from him, but she never kills him. In the show though, when she finally figures it out, having heard his thoughts while in her home, she runs away through the cemetery to Bill’s house. Earlier I told you about the bond made when Sookie drank Bill’s blood; so now Bill can sense when Sookie is in trouble. This does not happen in the books, but in the show Bill senses Sookie is in danger and runs out in the sun to try and save her. Fortunately while she is being beaten by Rene, Sam is to the rescue as the dog! He sniffed out Rene’s scent (he picked this up from one of the crime scenes) and tracked them. However, Rene begins to beat on Sam. This gives Sookie plenty of time to pick up a shovel and kill Rene with it.

By the end, all is well in Bon Temps until one of the detectives who was assigned to the case and believed Jason was the murderer, gets stinking drunk in Merlott’s. Sookie and Tara lead him out to his car only to find another dead body! In the books it’s Layfette who’s discovered in the car; but in the series, due to the immense popularity of the character, someone else, a lesser known character who does not have anything to do with Tara’s background story, meets this fate instead.

true-blood-hboSeason 2 has just started so it’s hard to comment on any similarities or differences. There are some, but I’d have to watch the entire season to give it a run down. Perhaps soon enough.

All in all, both the TV show and the books are worth your time and I highly recommend them. The show does the books justice and even sometimes turns out better than the books. Of course, the books have some parts better than the TV show. As mentioned, Eric’s role in the first season is sadly missed and there is also a great vampire character in the books that does not appear in the series. His name is Bubba and he technically is The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll himself; Elvis! He’s a great, funny character who isn’t “quite right in the head” because of all the drugs he had in his system when he was found dead.

To keep this Rupert related, I often read books trying to find a character Rupert Grint could play. Honestly, nothing pops up in the True Blood books, but because the TV show goes its own course, clearly one could be written for him. Wouldn’t it be fun to see Rupert as a bad ass vampire? I think so. His hair slicked back like in Blag and a smirk on his face…

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Editorial: The Evolution of Rupert Grint

normal_tomstockill_7Stop any Rupert Grint fan in the street, or online, and we’ll be more than happy to tell any clueless stranger the myriad of reasons why we love Rupes so much. Ranging from his ability to climb inside of a character and completely own it, to his humble, kind personality, to his wonderfully quirky sense of humor, to the breathtakingly gingery eyelashes, we’ll most certainly sing his praises.

However, we all remember the interviews conducted in the past, and back then Rupert was hardly an easy guy to interview. Rupert could hardly have been called “articulate”; often resorting to his now infamous verbal ticks, such as “uhh”, “err”, and everyone’s favorite and often imitated, “dunno really,” and more than once, sticking with very generic answers for a lot of questions. He was also known to get rather fidgety, constantly touching his face, rubbing his thighs and knees, playing with his hair, and almost constantly shifting in his seat. He wasn’t the most talkative or candid guy either, which seemed to irritate some “journalists” who had just interviewed Dan or Emma, and who sometimes made snide remarks about how “inarticulate” Rupert was in their articles. However, as fans, we all knew better that there was so much more to Rupert than all of his verbal hiccups and his deceptively generic question-answering. However, it’s been proven time and time again, that when Rupert had a good interview, or a good interviewer more likely, he and the interview were simply golden.

As in the “Moviefone” interview he did with director, Jeremy Brock, for the promotion of “Driving Lessons” at the Tribeca film festival.

Rupert seemed a little more anxious and self conscious than usual, which was to be expected and forgiven, as this was his first break out role as a leading man in a film that had nothing to do with Harry Potter. Rupert was quite flushed during the entire interview, and his verbal ticks and fidgeting were obviously in high gear the whole time. I would like to point out now, that when Rupert did have something important to say, he had a tendency to dive in with an answer rather quickly, with very little thought, which caused him to become tongue-tied and maybe not say exactly what he wanted. But I digress. Putting all of this aside, this is one of the “golden” interviews that I simply adore. Any thoughts of Rupert not being candid were delightfully laid to rest in this interview. When asked what three of his favorite things about movies were, Rupert had answers that revealed an incredibly thoughtful, sensitive person. One of my favorite was when he said that he wasn’t the most confident upfront person, hence he loved the fact that he can use a character to hide behind, and get to be someone else.

But as the years have gone on, we have witnessed Rupert become a little more confident, a little more sure of himself. It had become ubundantly clear that he had reached a personal milestone when he was promoting “Cherrybomb” at the Berlinale film festival this year. An interview in particular was the Spiegel TV interview he did with co-star, Kimberley Nixon.

While this had no brilliant revelations in it, Rupert presented himself in a way that made me realize how much he has changed and matured. His fiddling, while still present, was noticeably less. He seemed to gain control of his nervous hands by interlacing his fingers; in addition to that, he was also using his hands more demonstratively when he spoke. Overall, he seemed more relaxed, and quieter. But in a way that was helpful to him, he still had the verbal ticks, but these were fewer and far between than in the past. He seemed more comfortable with pausing before he spoke, and was able to articulate what he wanted to say. But this was just a small taste of what was to come at us in the months to follow.

If any Rupert fan had been waiting for the best, most candid interview in printed media, they certainly got what was a long to coming. One of them was in the form of BLAG magazine. A massive pictorial spread, complete with a six-page interview, that made every Rupert fan finally get a glimpse of who he really was as a person, how candid he could get, and a Rupert that was a bit bolder in what he said. Revealing how weird his sense of humor is, how he’d love to be in a Quentin Tarantino movie, and how he’d be happy to get offered interesting, diverse roles in his career.

normal_article-1195468-0536d0e0000005dc-362_306x423Whatever glass roof Rupert was operating under, was gloriously torn asunder during the promotion of “Half-Blood Prince.” The more interviews he gave, Rupert got that much better at controlling his nervousness, his verbal ticks, and obviously, got better at expressing himself. While I love watching all the videoed interviews, a majority of the “golden” interviews are in printed form. One of my favorites is the Daily Mail interview, in which he makes the most rock and roll statement of all time:

From here on, I don’t want to play it safe. I need to take on roles that are as far away from Harry Potter as it’s possible to get. If I’m to continue as an actor, I need to play characters that are nothing like me at all.

A man addressing his future, with his fist in the air, ready to take on the world. A far cry from the nervous, fidgety guy who was more often times than not, misunderstood or judged because he wasn’t able to articulate himself very well.

This year has been a revelation for Rupert, and for his fandom. Evolution comes in small steps, takes years, and a lot of mistakes need to be made in order to get to the goal. We are witnessing the evolution, the era, the realization of the true Rupert Grint. A boy who couldn’t quite get the words right, but who now speaks boldy and honestly, and yet he is still the same humble, kind-hearted, quirky, talented, driven guy who can really surprise you sometimes. This is the real Rupert that we’ve all been waiting for years to see, and it’s finally arrived. I can’t help but think that in years to come, Rupert, and being his fan, will only get better and better.

Photo credits: Ian Derry for Mail Online, Tom Stockill for Times Online
Video credits: MSN Moviefone, Spiegel TV (the clip uses footage from the film Cherrybomb, courtesy of Generator Entertainment and The Little Film Company)

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Why I Do It? (The Ramblings of a Rupert Grint Fan)

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Rupert Grint attends the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

You know, when subject of Rupert Grint is brought up, I can become rather animated. My eyes widen, my pulse quickens, my speech becomes rapid, and my hands move with the passion of a concert conductor. I start listing all of his movies (especially the non-Harry Potter ones), and begin stating my case as to why I know that he has the talent to sustain a career post-Potter. And when I’ve completed my verbal dissertation, ending with the statement “Rupert MUST act!” I get the same response, “So, what are you, a stalker or something?” To which I jokingly reply, “Oh no, stalkers go to prison, and I’m not prison built!” Granted, telling someone that I have on a Ron shirt under my regular shirt doesn’t help my case.

But then sometimes I do have to honestly ask myself, “why do I do it?” What is the purpose of me investing so much of my time, energy and quite honestly, MONEY, into someone, or some entity that I know as nothing more than a public persona? You must understand, I do have a “life” and list of muggle places to be and muggle stuff to do (that will at times take a back burner when some juicy news comes in), but there are just some things about being a fan of Rupert Grint and being a fan of Rupert Grint “fandom” that I enjoy.

First of all, Rupert Grint himself! He just seems like the nicest person in the world, and you just want to support him. After seeing him for the first time at the Tribeca film festival for the Driving Lessons premiere, I was hooked. My mission was to see this guy act far beyond Harry Potter and prove the naysayers wrong!

Secondly, the fans. Through this fandom, I’ve been to places and have encountered people that I would have never had the privilege to meet otherwise. When you meet another Rupert Grint fan, there is an instant connection. You feel like you’ve known this person forever! Over the years, there are some people that I’ve made real friendships with, and who I’ve been able to discuss anything outside of Rupert Grint and Harry Potter fandom.

Last but not least, the fandom itself. I love being a Rupert Grint fan and discussing the fandom with others. I enjoy making others happy by helping to bring news of Rupert and his promotions to the fans that may not be able to get there. Also, the feedback I get from others make me happy. In addition, through being a part of this fandom and general Harry Potter fandom, I’ve been able to expand my general computer skills, my communication skills and awaken my inner amateur journalist.

So, the question is, why do I do it? Well I suppose I have to answer that with, why the bloody hell not?

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Ask the Doctor: Rupert Grint and Swine Flu

or: How to contract Swine Flu and alienate people! 😀

swineflu5All of us were shocked when we heard the news about Rupert having caught the swine flu. When the news came up on 4 July 2009, I was on holiday and had just texted Jo about information on the Harry Potter London premiere. Instead of a reply, I got a message saying: “Rupert caught the swine flu! :(” After a panicky back-and-forth of texts (as I was stuck in a hostel without internet), Jo finally told me “His press team says he will be fine :)”.
As the swine flu is still all over the press and Rupert’s name is still associated with it, we thought it would be a good idea to give you some non-hyped-up information, and to explain a few things about the virus and how it might have affected Rupert.

The information about the swine flu has been taken from the websites of the World Health Organisation (www.who.int) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (www.ecdc.europa.eu). I tried to make this essay as understandable as possible. If you have questions, please ask.
Btw I’m graduating medicine this autumn, so the information is reliable, and you can use it to show off if you want to. *wink*

About the virus:
Swine Flu is caused by the virus called “Influenza A(H1N1)v”.
A virus is a non-living particle consisting of genes (in form of DNA or RNA) and the outer body built. The outer body has specific structures, so-called antigens.
The “H1N1” in the name are actually two antigens specific for this virus. For example, another virus called “H1N2” shares one antigen with the H1N1 (the H1 antigen), but has one different antigen (N2 instead of N1).There are 9 different Hs (H for Haemaglutinine) and 16 different Ns (N for Neuraminidase).
There have been H1N1 viruses in the past, but this new virus contains a combination of genes from influenza viruses seen in birds, pigs and humans. The “older” swine flu viruses did not get transferred from one human to another.

How does the virus get transferred:
The viral particles are transferred from human to human via droplets, when coughing or sneezing, or when the droplets end up on a person’s hand and get transferred to this person’s nose or mouth, even via contaminated surfaces (where they can remain for up to 8 hours).
The time from when a person has “picked up” the viral particle until the first symptoms appear is from one to seven days.
The mostly affected age group are young people. Small children and older people are less exposed to large crowds, hence it is less likely for them to be infected. On the other hand, teens and young adults go to school/work, to discos, bars, they meet friends… All these are opportunities to pick up the virus.
Transmission from animal (pigs) to humans has not been proven.

This means that it is unlikely that Rupert was infected by his recently acquired pigs. Aside from the transmission being unlikely, the United Kingdom has very strict regulations for bringing animals into the country, as they go into quarantine for at least a week. By this time, the pigs would have had symptoms if they had been infected, unless the virus had not caused a reaction.
If Rupert had been infected via his pigs, it is likely that one or more members of his family would have had symptoms as well, which Rupert probably would have mentioned in interviews.

Why does the body react the way it does?
The human’s immune system has the ability to distinguish between “this belongs to me” and “this is dangerous”. Almost all human cells have specific structures on their outside that the immune system recognizes as belonging to the human, and other, foreign structures are likely to be seen as dangerous. swineflu3Over the years (starting during the last months of a pregnancy), the immune system is exposed to various antigens and “gets used” to them. It is a “learning” process for the immune system.
The immune cells (who act like police officers), “operate” on several locations in the body: lymph glands, tonsils, mucosa. So, when exposed to foreign antigens, the immune cells in those areas start a “war” against the “intruder”, which causes most of the symptoms:

  • Sore throat: immune reaction in tonsils and other areas in the throat causes the throat to swell slightly (due to increased blood flow meant to bring those foreign cells into the area where the “police officers” operate!) and become painful (caused by the stretching of the skin due to swelling).
  • Fever: many chemical reactions work better at a higher temperature. While the normal body temperature is perfect for the “normal” processes in the cells, fever helps the immune cells to produce more antibodies in a shorter time. In the case of flu, fever is caused by proteins that are created during the immune reaction.
  • Headache, muscle pain, fatigue: immune cells need a lot of energy to fight the viruses, hence they pick up most of the energy (in the form of glucose). Which, in turn, leaves less energy for the muscles and the brain, so they react with pain or fatigue (that’s why you want to sleep more, because then the brain needs less energy than when you’re awake).
  • Vomiting, diarrhoea: The stomach has an immune system on its own. If it reacts to the infection, the bowels usually react with more movement, hence pushing the food backwards (vomiting) or pushing it too fast forward for the bowels to digest (resulting in diarrhoea).

The time needed for recovery is about 7 to 10 days, and adults are infectious to others for about five days, counting from the first day when the symptoms appear (seven days for children because their immune system is less developed).

Rupert said in recent interviews himself that it “felt like any other flu I had”, and that he suffered from a sore throat. He also mentioned that he had to spend five days in bed (the time he was most likely been infectious); so, by the time he started promoting Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, he was no longer infectious to his fans or media.

Aside from the acute reaction, one part of the immune system works as a memory and will remember the antigens for the future. This is also used in vaccination: the body is exposed to a small number of antigens or to “disabled” (genetically modified) viruses. The immune system recognises the antigens in the case of an infection and is able to cause a reaction much faster (because it already knows the “weapons” to fight), hence it prevents the virus from reproducing much earlier and requires a smaller reaction (also meaning less or no symptoms).
As the new swine flu contains the aforementioned new combination of genes, it is unknown to everyone’s immune system, hence the body’s reaction is noticeable in more people than the symptoms of regular flu.

The good thing: Rupert’s body knows the virus now, so if he is exposed to it again, he will have little or no symptoms.

How do I know I have Swine Flu?
It is impossible to tell the difference between a regular flu and the swine flu without help, as the symptoms are the same.
When you go to the doctor, he will take a nose and throat swab and send it to the laboratory.

Imagine someone taking a long tip and sticking up your nose and into the back of your throat… yes, poor Rupert!

In the lab, the virus RNA can be copied with specific methods if viral particles are found on the swab. If there is evidence of the H1N1 RNA, the result has to be reported to the national health authority, who keep track of the epidemics of certain infectious diseases.

So yes, Rupert has been reported…

How do I get treated if I have swine flu?
The medical treatment varies. Young, healthy people do not necessarily need specific medication. Antivirals might alleviate the symptoms and reduce the time of recovery, but they do not reduce the time of being infectious. Instead, they could also increase the possibility of the virus becoming resistant to the medication, and there is only one type of medication available.
Young, healthy patients can be given painkillers or medication to reduce fever if necessary.
Antivirals should be given if underlying medical problems exist (heart disease, diabetes, asthma, weak immune system), as these people might suffer more from the symptoms and are at an increased risk of complications (like pneumonia).
The antiviral medication that helps against the H1N1 virus (mostly known as Tamiflu®) makes the virus unable to reproduce as quickly as it normally would, thus enabling the immune system to tackle the smaller number of viruses in the circulation.
Aside from antiviral medication, patients with aforementioned medical problems may also receive antibiotics to avoid further complications caused by additional infections with bacteria (e.g. pneumonia). However, antibiotics do not work against swine flu!

swineflu4This is where it gets confusing: Rupert has said he was given antibiotics. As mentioned, antibiotics do not help against swine flu. Since Rupert has said he had regular symptoms of a flu, it is unlikely he had an additional bacterial infection, and as he is otherwise young and healthy, he would not have needed a prophylaxis.
Soooo, either Rupert was given medication he did not need (received no antivirals, but antibiotics), in which case he should consider changing his doctor, or he does not know what kind of medication he took, in which case he ought to read this article.

Aside from this, patients should be isolated (meaning to stay at home and have contact to as few people as possible) and only admitted to hospital if complications arise or are likely to.
Additionally, close contacts (people who live with or are in contact with a patient) should be given antiviral prophylaxis to avoid infection.

So yes, it was okay that Rupert stayed at home, and most likely the entire family got a prescription for antivirals.

Swine flu is actually considered as dangerous as the regular seasonal flu in terms of mortality. Out of 1000 patients, about 40 need hospital treatment, 1 patient dies. The difference is that nobody is immune, so it is more likely to develop symptoms when infected with the H1N1 virus. Hence, more people become patients, and the number of deaths increases accordingly.

How do you avoid swine flu?
By not picking up viral particles. You should avoid huge crowds and people with symptoms, and avoid touching contaminated surfaces. Wash your hands and try not to touch your mouth, nose and eyes. Be physically active, drink fluids and eat healthy food to keep your immune system active.
Infection does not occur by eating infected meat IF (and only if) the meat is cooked properly. Proteins are destroyed when heated, so the viral particles are destroyed when the meat is cooked.
A mask can be used, but it should only be used if the person knows how to use it. Inappropriate use increases the risk of infection. (If a viral particle lands on the outside, and the person wearing it accidentally touches it, the virus lands on the hand and might be transferred to the person’s mouth and cause an infection).
A vaccine against the new swine flu does not exist yet, but is in development. Other vaccinations against seasonal flu do not prevent this infection.

We all know that Rupert’s hands have a tendency to end up in his face 😉 so it is very likely he picked up the virus like that.
The media people who wore masks while interviewing him obviously did not research properly, as by the time Rupert was doing HBP promotion he was no longer infectious; besides, the wearing of masks is not recommended anyway.
As for the vaccination: Rupert has already been infected, so his body knows the virus. He doesn’t need the vaccination anymore.
All is well.

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Rupert Grint: A Modern Day Gentleman

What it means to be a man today is not what it meant a hundred or fifty years ago. What my father taught me about being a man is not what his father had told him or what I would tell my son. However, no matter the decade, I think the consensus is that it’s a tough job. There is so much hypocrisy and contradiction when it comes to being a man and, even more so, being a gentleman. In Hollywood, it must be even harder to preserve the notion of gentleman when there is temptation, greed, egoism, and pressure all around. There are so many examples of young men walking into fame and having it turn their lives upside down. It is a hard candy to chew and many get lost in it all. However, there is an elite group of the men who exemplify the “last of the gentlemen,” and Rupert Grint is a proud member.

Rupert embodies what it means to be a gentleman. He is the last of his kind. These days, being a “real man” is a false memory: it’s all about the looks, the girls, and the money. No one cares for subtleties: honor, respect, or kindness in Tinsel Town. But Rupert does not care to follow the rules of Hollywood and fame. He does not compromise what is in his heart and what his family has taught him for what is in the magazines or on TV. He is a modern day gentleman and he wears his membership badge proudly.

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Daniel, Emma and Rupert in New York: Half-Blood Prince premiere afterparty

One of the great things about Rupert is his relationship with his co-stars. He isn’t pompous and extremely competitive as “true men” are supposed to be. He treats them like his friends and he genuinely wants them to succeed. To many, a “man” means beating everyone to the punch and not caring about anything else in your way. This is not the case for Rupert Grint. He has no problem giving praise to his fellow cast members, even at his expense. A true gentleman knows when to put pride aside. In 2007, Rupert was nominated for best male performance at the NMAs for his role in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; however, fellow actor Daniel Radcliffe took the award. Rupert did not frown, he did not act standoffish, but he gave a huge smile and hugged his mate. Even if he was upset, he held it in and was respectful.

It would be easy for Rupert to be mean and talk trash on Daniel Radcliffe. They are the two leading males of the Harry Potter franchise and are often compared side by side. All the tension would create feuds and bad blood for many male stars. However, Rupert is nothing but a gentleman and a friend. He has stated that he really cares for Daniel and that they get along great. He texted Dan before his first performance in Equus and he even went to see the play himself. They are close and Rupert doesn’t talk bad about him and does not feel the need to. A true gentleman feels relaxed and secure in his manhood and Rupert’s lack of cattiness toward Daniel proves this statement true. In fact, he defends Dan if need be. On the Australian Rove TV show in 2009, the host Rove McManus was playfully teasing Dan about his magic tricks. Rupert could have easily bought into it and teased him as well, but instead he defended him and even seemed a bit upset that Dan was being teased. It is rare to see such dedication to a co-star.

However, it is not just his male costars but his female ones as well who Rupert treats with respect as a true gentleman would. He and Emma Watson are good friends. Rupert treats Emma like a lady and he often compliments and encourages her. While there is speculation about their romantic relationship, Rupert is honest about it. He does not try to lead people on to seem more interesting. He says Emma is like a sister to him and he supports her. As a gentleman Rupert does not see the point in creating drama and making people think he has a relationship with her if he doesn’t.

In Hollywood, romantic relationship, moreover, a romantic relationship with co-stars gets you in the papers. It is an easy way to get exposure, but Rupert does not do it. He is decent and he respects Emma too much to make up things about her. A perfect example is in a recent interview, he was asked if there was something going on between him and Emma: he stated that they were just friends and that Emma had a boyfriend. He didn’t make a face. He didn’t lead the interviewer on. He simply told the truth.

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Rupert and Kim Nixon in Berlin: World premiere of Cherrybomb

Kimberley Nixon has also received some of Rupert’s gentleman tendencies. While filming their love scene for Cherrybomb, Rupert brought crossword puzzles to the set to take their minds off it and to keep them calm. Kim has admitted to being very nervous about the scene, but Rupert helped her relax. He coached Kim through their scene so they could get it done. He could have praised himself and had a big grin because he would film a racy scene, but he did not. He does not have an ego, as some would expect him to have. He is completely selfless and a good friend.

Rupert not only treats his costars with care but his family as well. He is very close to his dad. He is his manager and they spend a lot of time together. They travel, go to sporting events, and eat together often. Rupert is not ashamed to be a homebody. He likes to take his family on trips to various tourist destinations and he helps support them. They go to a place like TGIF and Rupert says that he likes to be the big brother. He does not alienate himself from his family and he does not try to seem better than they are. He’s proud to be from a normal middle class family and it shows. He is not worried about “what people might think” if they see him hanging with him family. He is committed to remembering where he comes from. It’s an important quality of a true gentleman.

Rupert handles his fame very differently than most young stars his age. He does not do drugs or go to wild parties to ensure his face is plastered all over magazines. He has said himself that he has the brains not to get drunk in the public because he does not want to be in the tabloids. He does not use his riches to buy flashy cars and houses. He purchases things such as an ice cream van, chickens, and a hovercraft. He drives an old truck for crying out loud! It is so easy for men to be caught up in the “must haves.” Apparently being a man is judged on what you buy with your earnings. This is a mistake. A true man, a true gentleman knows how to indulge but not go overboard.

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Rupert Grint attends Formula 1 Brittish Grand Prix

It is the same with Rupert’s outfits. While it is important to look presentable, it is even more important do it in such a way that is not arrogant and is original. Rupert Grint demonstrates this well. He does not wear flashy clothes. He is usually in jeans, dirty converses and a t-shirt that he has worn many times before. He does not care about glamor. He fixes up when he needs to, but he is much more comfortable in everyday clothes. It shows his comfortableness in his own skin, as well as and his levelheaded outlook on life. He has not forgotten himself in his fame and staying true to himself is very important in being a gentleman.

Being a true gentleman isn’t just about how you treat yourself and those close to you. It is also about how you treat others who have helped you. In the case of an actor, it is how you treat the fans. Rupert treats his fans with all the respect in the world. Some believe that once you have “made it” that is it. You can forget about the dedicated people who cheered and helped you get where you are. Rupert doesn’t believe in such things. He is very thankful for every fan he has and it is obvious. He doesn’t do “one autograph per person” and he doesn’t ignore his fans. He is the first one out of his cast mates to start signing and he is the last to stop signing autographs and taking pictures.

An outstanding example of Rupert’s respect for his fans in the World Premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in London. It was pouring outside, and Rupert had just recovered from illness, but he still signed as many autographs as possible. He even bent down out of the protection of his umbrella to reach down and shake the hand of an elderly man. He doesn’t mind staying late to hug and pose for fans. There have been many occasions where he was working late on set or leaving hotels to travel, but when asked for autographs and photos he told his security “it’s okay” and proceeded to fulfill the fans’ wishes. The way he gives himself to his fans is breathtaking. He knows that he would not he where he is without them and his humility is amazing.

Rupert and his fans, drenched: London, World premiere of Half-Blood Prince

Rupert and his fans, drenched: London, World premiere of Half-Blood Prince

How Rupert handles his career is also the epitome of a gentleman. He takes his job seriously and he is a very hard worker. He doesn’t just sit and wait for things to happen. He is not just basking in the riches of Harry Potter. He wants and has done outside projects. He wants to be a successful actor. He wants to prove that he genuinely has talent and his drive and passion for his craft is how a real man handles his talent. He does not take the safe road and doesn’t mind learning from mistakes.

However, though he is tough and hardworking, in his interviews and appearances Rupert is always polite, charming, funny, and sweet. It is even more amazing that he doesn’t try to be someone he is not. There is so much pressure to be fake and beef things up a bit, but he does not need to. He has been taught to be true to himself and that is what he presents. One of the most important features in being a part of the elite few of true gentlemen is modesty. Rupert is king of being modest. He has perfected telling just enough without seeming cold. He does just blab off for shock value. He does not depend on being loud and risqué to be noticed.

In fact, Rupert is a very private person. He does not have his business out for everyone to see. It is very refreshing. Today, being a man means getting all the women and showing them off. Rupert knows better. Though he has stated that he likes to casually date, people do not see him in tabloids with a new girl every other night. He is respectful and knows how to treat women. Chivalry is not dead; it is simply hidden behind “player” and “stud” ideas. Being a gentleman does not mean being macho or having a new “it” girlfriend of the week. It means being able to talk to women, treat them well, and be respectful. I am sure Rupert gets his fair share of female attention. He has been called a sex symbol on many occasions, but he doesn’t take this in his stride. He is quiet, shy, and sometimes embarrassed when it comes to all the romance and sexual attention. It is not often that a young, good looking, successful guy does not boost about his sex appeal but it is what a true gentleman would do. It is what Rupert Grint does.

Being a gentleman these days is not as important as it used to be. Flash and fame are the main ingredients in success, but for the last of the gentleman, it is so much more than that. Yes, indulgences, riches, fame, glamor, these are a part of the business he is a part of, but there are so many more important things. Rupert Grint is a modern day gentleman because he is still the same boy raised and nurtured by his parents. He is the same brother and friend he has always been. He remembers to be respectful, honest, kind, and low key. He is sincere, quiet, and unassuming. I do not think it is accidental that there is never any bad talk about him. He is comfortable with himself and does not need to back talk or boost his ego. Rupert is a true man and his qualities are atypical. It is a shame that there are not more men like him but it is an honor that he is how he is. I am so proud to be a fan of his. Any young guy would be lucky to use him as a guidance as to how to be a man these days.

Rupert Grint is a true gentleman. In the next generation to come people will be looking up to him, and will mimic his grace. While he is the last of his kind, he may just be the seed needed to sprout a new race of gentlemen.

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Emma Watson: Pro et Contra

Emma Watson (photo by Charles Sykes)

Emma Watson (photo by Charles Sykes)

Throughout the years, we have watched Emma Watson grow up on screen, alongside her co-stars Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe. From a cute 9-year-old, she has developed into a glamourous young woman. In the process, she has acquired many fans, but probably as many haters too. Some praise her looks, talent and personality, others are annoyed by her mug and less than impressed by her acting skills. Her ubiquitous media presence, her numerous photoshoots and the front seats at major fashion shows have only added up to the controversy. Is she a serious actress, or just a pin-up? Is she a nice, polite girl or a bitchy spoiled diva? Has she been given undeserved credit? Does her popularity overshadow her, more talented, co-stars? The questions abound, and the answers are extremely diverse.

There is no denying that Emma has the biggest following of all Harry Potter stars – there are hundreds of fansites dedicated to her, she usually tops popularity polls, she wins acting awards based on the public vote, and she has landed numerous lucrative modelling jobs. Maybe it’s because she’s the only girl of the Trio — and a beautiful one at that — or maybe because she’s very charming and articulate in interviews. Moreover, despite all the media scrutiny, she hasn’t succumbed to the pressure and she presents herself as a strong, clever, ambitious, well-educated and level-headed young woman, untainted by fame and money. But is this “the real Emma” or not? And more importantly, is Emma’s cocktail of good looks, powerful intellect and the position of media darling enough to secure her a post-Potter career?

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Emma as Hermione Granger

I’ve been a part of the Harry Potter fandom for many years now, and it always seemed to me that Emma was the most controversial cast member. The opinions on her acting potential, her portrayal of Hermione, her on-screen presence and off-screen interests have always been extremely divided. On top of that, legions of fans wanted her to end up in an emotional relationship with either Daniel or Rupert, and the debates re: which one would have been a better match just added to the controversy. Of course, our opinion(s) on Emma are, to a great degree, mediated by the media: Emma the celebrity is probably a very different person from the real deal. Emma herself has stated many times that she’d rather be less popular, and her decision to take a break from acting and pursue her University degree after Harry Potter wraps seems to confirm her words.

However, whether she’s happy about that or not, Emma is a public person and, as such, exposed to scrutiny by millions of people who have never met her. We – the movie lovers, Harry Potter fans, movie tickets and magazine buyers – all have our own perceptions of Emma, which have been mediated by the interviews we’ve read, rumours we’ve heard, photos we’ve admired, and last but not least, the movies we’ve seen her in. Thus, my idea was to ask our forum members to share their thoughts and opinions on Emma with us. The fans were asked to answer a questionnaire, comprising ten questions, on various aspects of Emma’s public persona, in order to create a most accurate psychological “photo-robot” of Emma as an actor and a person. My only request to the participating fans was to give honest, detailed and good-spirited answers, and I promised that I wouldn’t reveal their names (unless they insisted lol).

When choosing who to send my questions to, I did not specifically target the self-proclaimed Emma-lovers or Emma-haters: all these nice people who sent their responses are Rupert fans first and foremost, and they have learned to appreciate Emma as a part of the Harry Potter franchise. Of course, some of them like her better than the others, but overall none of them is too biased. They just gave their honest opinions, that’s all. The paragraphs to follow sum up their answers, and hopefully provide additional insight into the Emma Watson phenomenon.

Many thanks to all fans who took the time and effort to answer my questions; and if you are interested in reading everyone’s full responses, you will find the links to the questionnaires below.

The first group of questions focused on Emma as a person and the way she presents herself to the fans and media. The opinions of fans have been overwhelmingly positive – a majority agree that Emma is a clever and down-to-Earth girl, a good role model for other teenagers. They also appreciated her academic ambitions: as summed up by someone, “As an actress making millions of dollars, she could easily play down the necessity of a good education. However, her determination to finish (and excel!) in her studies is such a positive thing for young fans to see.”

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Emma, looking not-so-glamourous after a night out.

As for Emma’s attitude, many fans perceive her as a nice and decent person overall, although some have noticed that Emma can also appear grumpy or aloof in the images. However, we may never know whether this is just a defense mechanism on Emma’s part, a way of protecting her privacy, or a true sign of her moodiness. Although she is very young, Emma has already been on a receiving end of some downright ruthless media intrusiveness – be it speculation about her present and past boyfriends, or paparazzi catching her in compromising poses and plastering photos of Emma flashing her underwear all over the Internet. Some tabloids have described her a b*tchy drama queen, some have hacked into her personal e-mail and published her private correspondence, some have proclaimed her to be a descendant of a true witch, some have declared her dead. None of these is easy to deal with, especially for a girl who is still only 19 years old, and all fans who responded to my questionnaire seem to agree that, so far, Emma has handled the media exposure and pressures that come with it quite admirably.

Related to this is the group of questions about Emma’s career plans and prospects. As we all know, Emma has expressed uncertainty about her future career direction on several occasions, and it definitely looks like she has no idea what she will be doing for living in ten years time! Besides, as noted by a few fans, she seems to contradict herself all the time. She is starting the University in September, so she is definitely interested in academics, and apparently eager to turn her back to living in the spotlight… but no, she also says she would love to do more films during her summer breaks! When asked to choose between acting and modelling she has opted for acting – and yet, she has only done two roles outside of Harry Potter (one voice-over and one TV drama) while at the same time she has accepted numerous modelling jobs.

The fans who responded to the questionnaire seem to think that Emma is expecting too much of herself, and should focus on doing one thing at the time – be it her studies, acting or anything else. In any case, as noted by a fan, “she is in the fortunate situation that she can afford to be uncertain for a while. Others her age have to make decisions for their future life. But she won’t ever have to worry about her income or earning her living, so she can still decide in three years time when she’s finished studying.”

Rupert and Emma interviewed by GMTV

Rupert and Emma interviewed by GMTV

We also “talked” about the way Emma has treated her co-star Rupert Grint over the years. A majority of fans seem to agree that Emma likes and respects Rupert and thinks of him as a good friend. However, quite a few people were disappointed by Emma’s remark that kissing Rupert was “the most horrible thing she’s ever done” (or something). Of course, we all know the context behind this statement (or, should I say, slip): Emma thinks of Rupert as a sibling, thus kissing him in front of the cameras must have been a weird experience for her. Still, the fans felt that she should have worded it differently. And this remark didn’t help excite the fans about the upcoming Ron/Hermione kiss in Deathly Hallows either — despite the fact that all fans agree that Emma is a huge Ron/Hermione shipper who was definitely pleased to learn that these two ended up together.

Allow me to add that, if Emma is serious about continuing with acting, she should better get used to kissing other actors, no matter how she felt about them in real life! In that respect, perhaps she should take some advice from none other than Rupert, who has already kissed four girls on screen (Michelle Duncan, Jessie Cave, Kimberley Nixon and Emma herself). Although he has admitted to feeling uncomfortable when filming those scenes, he’s had nothing but words of praise for his on-screen partners and he made us feel excited about all that snogging. Practice makes perfection, dear Emma!

As for Emma’s acting abilities, a majority of fans are quite doubtful about her acting potential and unhappy with her portrayal of Hermione. When it comes to describing her performance in Harry Potter movies, most opinions have ranged from “decent” to “sh*tty”; and only two interviewed persons have actually been happy with Emma as Hermione. Most fans seem to think that Emma did her best job in the first two movies; one fan voted for Prisoner of Azkaban, and a few have noted that Emma has improved in Half-Blood Prince as compared to Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix. But not a single one of them has described Emma’s acting as “brilliant”. It seems to me that Rupert fans in general do like Emma the person, Emma the beauty and Emma the wisecracker, but not so much Emma the actress. She is rarely referred to as a “natural” actress, someone who was “born to do it”.

To be fair, lots of fans have noted that a part of the reason why they’re disappointed with movie!Hermione is the way the character has been written and directed; as one fan has put it: “This may be the fault of the directors more than Emma the actress. She only performs the way the director asks, and the director gets to choose which scenes to select/edit out.” Still, there’s no denying that Emma’s less-than-impressive acting has also contributed to the fans’ dissatisfaction with Hermione in the movies.

The opinions of those who have seen Emma’s other movies have also been divided: while some fans enjoyed Ballet Shoes and thought that Emma was more comfortable playing Pauline than Hermione, others didn’t notice much change/improvement. A majority of fans agreed that Emma should have done more roles outside of the franchise, in order to gain more experience and learn a thing or two about acting; but they also admitted that it must have been difficult for Emma to joggle her education with acting commitments. Most fans believe that Emma should really start taking acting more seriously if she has any plans of making it in the business after her Harry Potter days are over. But in order to do so, she would have to decide first whether she wants to be an actress at all. Looks like Emma herself, with her reluctance to fully commit herself to acting, has contributed quite a lot to the general concensus that she was not born to be an actress. The fans seem to believe that, as long as she is doubtful about her acting future and reluctant to devote herself 100% to acting, she won’t be using her full potential; and in the long run it might cost her a post-Potter career.

Emma Watson on the cover of Crash magazine. Photo by Karl Lagerfeld.

Emma Watson on the cover of Crash. Photo by Karl Lagerfeld.

The final group of questions was about Emma’s looks, her celebrity status and the recent media conviction that she is the next “it” girl, the new fashion icon. Again, the fans’ opinions have been divided: while a majority believe that Emma getting all that media attention is good for the Harry Potter franchise in general, on the other hand, they also think that Emma has been getting too much attention at the expense of her more talented co-stars. While all fans agreed that Emma is cute and pretty, some think that her looks are slightly overrated – let me quote a fan opinion here: “She’s a pretty girl, but she’ll never be in the same sex bomb category as, say, Megan Fox or Scarlett Johansson.” And although most fans have no objections to Emma’s interest in and involvement with the fashion industry, they can’t help but note that “good looks alone do not make her a good actress,” and if she is serious about continuing as an actress, “she can’t count on her looks alone to score her new roles” – due to fierce competition she’s about to face once her Harry Potter days are over.

It is beyond doubt that Emma herself is aware of this, and maybe her reluctance to commit herself to acting career at the moment really has to do with her insecurity about her looks and her acting abilities. If this is the case, the only advise the fans seem to have agreed upon is that she should take her time, try out different things in the next couple of years, and then make a firm decision about her future and stick to it. In either case, Emma Watson has definitely grown on us all over the years we have watched her as Hermione Granger, so we all hope she’ll make the best decisions for her, and grow into a happy and accomplished person.

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If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant…

A celebrity’s Personal Assistant (PA) has many responsibilities. It is the PA’s job to make appointments, create schedules, and arrange for any number of special requests and requirements. The PA often is responsible for seeing that the celebrity arrives on time with all supplies or equipment he/she needs to be successful on the job at hand. PAs make themselves available to run errands and fulfill various needs of the celebrity.

With all this in mind, I’d like to suggest some of the specific tasks I would like to accomplish in the position as Rupert Grint’s PA. I’m sure Rupert is quite happy with his current PA, but just in case there’s an opening…..

If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant, on working days I’d make sure he had a ‘live’ wake-up call with a chauffer waiting in the driveway.
Wakey, wakey, Mary Sunshine. See, isn’t it much nicer when I do it, than using that nasty alarm clock?

If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant, I’d make sure he is only seen in public wearing tight black jeans.
You pick out the tee-shirt Rupe, I’ll get the rest.

If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant, I’d help him go over his lines from the daily call sheets. Of course, the Hermione/Ron scenes would demand much attention, just to make sure there’s enough emotional integrity.

If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant, I would make sure Quentin Tarantino and Bill Murray received a birthday card each year from Rupert.

If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant, he would never miss a phone call or a script sent from his agent.
The title says ‘My Little Pony,’ but I think you should still take a look at it.

If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant, I would ask him to help me improve my golf swing.
Now let me see, is this the proper stance? How’s my follow-through? Come over here and show me.

If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant, I would carry around an extra cell phone (mobile) for him….just in case.
Bilius, have you seen my mobile? I think I’ve lost it again.

If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant, fans asking for hugs might have to fill-out a personality inventory first.
All Manics and Personality Disorders are dismissed. Obsessives and all others, the line forms on the right. Please wait your turn.

If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant, I would have Stickley turn Rupert’s ‘bumcast’ into a lovely new set of chairs and sofa for my living room.
Ahhh, these are the most comfortable chairs I’ve ever sat upon.

If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant, I would ask all the Stills Photographers for first pick of Rupert’s set shots.

If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant, the infamous audition tape would never see the light of day, except when I take it out of the vault to watch it.

And last but not least…

If I was Rupert Grint’s Personal Assistant, I would log in anonymously to the ICM Forum and spill all the juicy bits to you bums.

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Good news Rupert, I talked to the lads in ‘Props’ at Leavesden. There’s a 75% chance they’ll let me sneak the bumcast out while everyone’s on hiatus!
Rupert Grint with his real PA, Sarah

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Cherrybomb Screening in London: Fan Reviews!

On 2 July 2009 Rupert Grint‘s film Cherrybomb was shown in London, as a part of an event which took place at NFT 2, Southbank Centre. The screening was mostly attended by the representatives of the movie distribution companies, as well as several journalists. Thanks to Clay Epstein and Rajal Pitroda with The Little Film Company, Ice Cream Man was given the opportunity to invite twenty-ish die-hard Rupert fans to see Cherrybomb. Prior to the screening, Jo and me had spent several weeks discussing with Rajal how to best organise the entire thing and how to make sure that the most dedicated and reliable fans are invited to see the film. Understandably, TLFC people did not want us to advertise the screening too loudly, and especially not on the main news page, because it was not an open event and the organisers wanted to prevent the overcrowding of the venue. On the other hand, they did not want to risk inviting unknown people who would fail to show up. Therefore, in the end, we agreed that ICM should handpick up to twenty fans (either our forum members or representatives of our partner sites and forums), and Rajal would also invite a few other fans via Cherrybomb official Facebook page. We also agreed that Karo and me should attend the screening on behalf of ICM and help distribute the tickets to the fans who were on our list of invitees.

Hereby me and Karo want to thank all the fans who attended the screening — and especially to those who sent their reviews and feedback — and also to The Little Film Company, who presented us with this wonderful opportunity as a token of appreciation for all the work we had done in helping promote Cherrybomb and campaigning to secure a distribution deal for it.

ICM staffer Karo with fans and representatives of other fansites who attended the London screening of Cherrybomb.

ICM staffer Karo with fans and representatives of other fansites who attended the London screening of Cherrybomb.

So, what did the fans think of the film? Read their reviews below… 🙂

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by Kylie

Any movie with Rupert Grint in it I automatically love. But I do believe that audiences who are not familiar with Rupert and his work in the Harry Potter series will enjoy Cherrybomb. I think that with this film, its appeal largely depends on the demographic. Younger audiences will be attracted to Cherrybomb because of its “sex, drugs and rock & roll” subject matter, and because the three leads are very attractive and quite engaging in terms of their performances, as well as their already established popularity: Kimberley Nixon for her roles in several recent teen movies, Robert Sheehan for his TV work, and Rupert… well, obviously everyone knows him and loves him as Ron Weasley.

I also think that the soundtrack was AMAZING, and it’s so great that they used many local bands from Belfast and other lesser-knows music acts. The music really did play a crucial part in the film, both in the story as well as setting the tone and mood of each scene.

I definitely believe that Cherrybomb’s best quality, as a film, was the incredible cinematography and overall visual aesthetic. The colours, sets, camera angles, everything was just so visually dynamic and gorgeous. Right from the begining, all the way to the end I was engaged by what I was SEEING on the screen. If the movie had no plot or sound at all, I think I still could enjoy Cherrybomb just watching the beautiful imagery.

That being said, I think that Cherrybomb’s weakest feature was a relatively weak plot and minimal dialogue. The movie was a series of trouble making by a couple of teenagers. Luke’s family problems constituted the meatiest parts of the plot, but not enough to carry through the whole film, because this subplot didn’t really relate to the trio’s relationship (which, I think, was meant to be the main focus of the film). The quick pace of the film combined with the minimal dialogue didn’t give me enough to engage with, in terms of the characters and their relationship with each other. If Luke’s and Malachy’s friendship was more believable and intense, the dramatic parts of the film would have had a MUCH greater impact on me.

The three leads were cast incredibly well and that they all did an amazing job, especially with their unaccostomed accents. Robert Sheehan was clearly the least experienced actor, Kimberley Nixon did well although had a few iffy moments, and Rupert, well, I’m being biased but I think he was the best. To compare Rupert’s performance to his other roles, I’d say that he is definitely branching out and I always see him growing as an actor. In all seriousness, I think he is THE most natural and flexible young actor working today. I really can’t compare him to anyone else, I just think he is amazing.

Although I’m Canadian, I didn’t find it difficult to understand the accents, actually I found they weren’t as thick as I thought they would be! Very good job by the cast, if I didn’t know any better I would have never thought that they weren’t Irish!

I would recommend this movie to anyone. I know that some people will enjoy it much more than others, but I do think that it’s a beautiful film and that everyone should be able to appreciate at least some elements of it. As for me, I would definitely see Cherrybomb again! I really do hope that it gets picked up by some great distributors, because the public deserves to see it. However, I think 14 might be a bit young to see this movie. Of course, people have various maturity levels but in general I think that Cherrybomb is best suited for an older teen audience, or young adults.

Cherrybomb Review 2
by Vicky

Firstly, I definitely enjoyed the film! I wasn’t too sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised, it exceeded my expectations. I felt that Rupert Grint and Robert Sheehan played their roles really well, and they were naturals in the roles. Rupert brought a nice spin on a character with some swagger and both actors had really good comic timing.

I was not as sure about Kimberley Nixon’s performance. It may just be the role, but I never felt that connected to her and I couldn’t see why she was causing such disruption in Luke’s and Malachy’s friendship that had obviously gone through some difficult times before this. I couldn’t decide if her affection for Malachy was real or just something to pass the time. I still enjoyed her performance to an extent, but I just felt the character could have been a bit more fleshed out.

I enjoyed the “artsyness” of the film, some slick ideas on show which really worked in the film’s favour. The soundtrack was well chosen as well and added to the atmosphere.

I enjoyed Cherrybomb immensely and I would definitely go to the cinema to see this movie again. However, I was a bit confused as to who the movie would be aimed at. Obviously, Rupert Grint is the most famous name in it, and a majority of Harry Potter fans would be interested to see it. But it doesn’t seem to be a film for teenagers, despite it being about teenagers. Personally I would recommend it to older teens and young adults, as I think it has something for everyone.

To sum up, I think Cherrybomb was an excellent movie that was totally engaging and uniquely realistic. Not your typical teen movie, and that’s why people should go see it!

Cherrybomb Review 3
by Princess and Crystal

Cherrybomb is an extremely gripping film about relationships, the importance of friendship, drugs and parties. It will appeal more so to the youth as they could possible relate to it. The first thing we noticed and immediately liked was the artistic feel the film had taken. It gave the whole film a sense of excitement and interest. We also liked the fact that each individual character’s sense of style in clothing portrayed their own personalities extremely well. For example, Luke (Robert Sheehan) wore clothes of clashing colours and interesting patterns, which gave him an overall eccentric look. It all corresponds well with the character whose father is an alcoholic and who deals drugs. Malachy (Rupert Grint) on the other hand dresses smart and neat, which reflects his character as someone with manners, respect for other people and also that he is easy to get along with.

Even though Malachy and Luke are almost complete opposites, they are best friends. You can see that underneath the fact that they don’t get along sometimes, they have a very strong bond. Michelle (Kimberly Nixon) comes into town to stay with her father because she has caused too much trouble for her mother to take care of her. Her style is very quirky which reflects the fact that she is a girl who likes to have her fun. Her arrival causes immediate rivalry between Malachy and Luke. The relationship between the three of them is not a smooth one. At first you see that she is maybe drawn more towards Luke than Malachy. Maybe it is because the thing they have in common is that they are both thrill seekers. Michelle is always looking for a bit of excitement and Luke is always willing to entertain, even if it will affect other people in the process.

As the film unrolls, you slowly start to see her turn to Malachy. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that Malachy is controlled, loving and a little romantic and she really wants control in her life and someone to genuinely care about her. The story starts with the boys fighting after Michelle, but then things twist and it becomes Luke fighting for his friendship with Malachy. As things only seem to be getting worse for Luke, he suddenly realises that Malachy is the only thing he has left, even though you see that their friendship is falling apart. In the end, he takes desperate measures to save his friend and their friendship.

Cherrybomb was a great film, the acting was very good and the chemistry between the three leads was immense. We really enjoyed it.

Cherrybomb Review 4
by Natalie

I loved Cherrybomb. The film had a very entertaining storyline and the characters were very realistic. The film’s edgy and the nail-biting storyline is something that a lot of people would enjoy. I know my friends would definitely love it! Not all of them are crazy about Rupert like I am, but this film would really appeal to all people around my age (18+) and older.

I can’t really fault this film because I thoroughly enjoyed all of it! The storyline had me hooked and I thought it was action-packed and thrilling! The thing I wasn’t sure about in the film was the text from the text messages they sent. It was very good, I liked the idea, but a lot of the slang was a bit confusing for me, I didn’t really understand what some of it meant.

The actors’ performances were brilliant. Robert Sheehan, who plays Luke, gave a spectacular performance! I was very impressed with him in this film, and having not seen him in anything other than Cherrybomb, I’d very much like for him to do things in the future. Kimberly Nixon was also good. I wasn’t too crazy about how she portayed the accent, but otherwise, very good.

And Rupert Grint – he was fantastic! Cannot fault his performance at all! His performance in Cherrybomb was very different to his role as Ron in Harry Potter and Ben in Driving Lessons. It was nice to see him play a role that’s more grown up and adventurous. He stuck to his accent — his very good Northern Irish accent — at all times, and the emotion he gave out when acting was amazing! He really showed us how it’s done in some very powerful and emotional scenes.

In short, Rupert did a marvelous job, and I personally think he’ll do great — after Harry Potter is over — in other roles, as this film really did show us that he’ll cope without the Hogwarts robes.

Cherrybomb Review 5
by Dexy

Let me start by saying that I have never written a movie review in my life, so don’t expect much! I should also note that I’m a 39-year-old male, and I don’t really belong to Cherrybomb’s possible target audience. I’m not into indie flicks; I happen to love science fiction and action blockbusters, and I would probably never have heard of Cherrybomb if it weren’t for my wife, who is a huge Rupert Grint fan. It was her who persuaded me to see the film, and I was pleasantly surprised.

Overall, I liked the film very much. It’s a simple and straightforward story, possibly inspired by some real-life events. The best thing about Cherrybomb are the actors’ performances, which are all very good, natural and convincing. The actors were completely unfamiliar to me — except Rupert Grint whom I had seen in Harry Potter movies and a comedy called Thunderpants — thus I didn’t know what to expect; but they really carried the movie. Since I’m not a native English speaker, I cannot judge how authentic their accents were, but they did seem pretty convincing to me.

I would recommend this film to audiences aged 15 and older. The film deals with the challenges of growing up, including the drug abuse, heavy drinking and such, and it has a pretty strong message: the irresponsible indulging in crime and substance abuse can easily lead into tragedy. Although the kids will always find good excuses for their behaviour (such as parents’ neglect, unreturned love, etc.), they need to stop seeking instant relief and accept responsibilities for their actions.

Rupert Grint and Kimberley Nixon in Cherrybomb. Photo by Helen Sloan

Rupert Grint and Kimberley Nixon in Cherrybomb. Photo by Helen Sloan

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Rupert Grint: Annual Horoscope for 2009/10!

Prof. Trelawney’s Divination Class

DISCLAIMER:
I am in no way affiliated with Rupert Grint, his family and representatives. I do not know them personally, and I do not know any of their friends, relatives or casual acquaintances.
I am solely responsible for the content of this text, which expresses my personal opinions (which may or may not be accurate). Oh, and I’m neither clairvoyant nor psychic.
The article has been written for fun: no harm intended. People who feel that this is an invasion of Rupert’s privacy should not read this text. People who think that astrology equals loads of tosh shouldn’t read it either.
The article is not recommended to readers aged 15 and younger.

Technicalities and Explanations

As we all know, Rupert Grint celebrates his birthday on 24 August, so now is the perfect time to see what lies ahead of him. The most common type of horoscope used to predict future events is the so-called Solar chart. It is valid from the exact moment when Rupert’s Sun returns to the position it occupies in his natal chart (1° 15′ Virgo) until his next birthday. This yearly horoscope will help us outline all the major events, all the good and bad things awaiting the 21-year-old Rupert.

Since Rupert’s exact time of birth is unknown to me, I’m unable to do the natal and solar charts based on the Ascendant. Instead, I’ll be using the charts based on the exact moment of sunrise on 24 August 1988. In this type of chart, the Ascendant occupies the exact same degree as Rupert’s Sun (i.e. 1° 15′ Virgo), and the remaining house cusps are derived from it.

As for the Solar chart itself, it is a snapshot of the planetary transits at the moment of Sun’s return to its original position. The aspects formed between the planets in the Solar chart are indicative of some events, but they only gain full importance when compared to the planetary positions from Rupert’s natal chart. Thus, I shall briefly examine the Solar chart itself, and then compare it to Rupert’s own. So, please reread Rupert’s natal horoscope (published in the last issue of Grintastic), just to refresh your memory, and then return to this text.

Let me also note that the main problem with not knowing Rupert’s exact time of birth (and, consequently, the exact Ascendant) is that I can never be sure whether the events I am describing are the actual events from Rupert’s real life, or the scenes from his movies! As those who had been reading my predictions in the past already know, this is the funny thing with analysing horoscopes of actors: one can never tell if the planetary configurations represent actual events from the actor’s life, or the roles s/he plays – because all actors’ roles can be seen in their natal and solar charts! Now, if we knew the correct Ascendant we’d be able to discern where “the real Rupert” ends and “the fictional character” begins, because the Ascendant describes the way we present ourselves to others, and the roles we choose to play.

Thus, if anyone can dig out Rupert’s correct time of birth, it’d be muchly appreciated!

Anyway, if some parts of the text you’re about to read happen to make you feel upset/worried/mad/disappointed, please remember that some of the paragraphs might well be applying to the fictional characters Rupert is paid to portray on screen. Also remember that this analysis has been written for fun and it is by no means the Holy Writ. Okay? Thanks!

And now, Back to the Future…

Rupert’s Solar chart for year 2009 looks like this:

24/08/2009 at 6:35 AM TimeZone: GMT+0 [Standard Time]
Longitude: 000E15 Latitude: 51N52
Birth Julian Day: 2455067.77 GMST: 4:46 LMST: 4:47
Equal Houses System

Longitude/Declination/House/Retrograde:
Sun 01 VIR 15 11 N 02 1 NO
Moon 22 LIB 50 13 S 42 2 NO
Mercury 28 VIR 31 01 S 20 1 NO
Venus 27 CAN 08 20 N 22 11 NO
Mars 29 GEM 05 23 N 30 10 NO
Jupiter 20 AQU 49 15 S 37 5 YES
Saturn 21 VIR 58 04 N 59 1 NO
Uranus 25 PIS 35 02 S 30 7 YES
Neptune 24 AQU 56 13 S 37 6 YES
Pluto 00 CAP 42 17 S 50 4 YES
Ascendant 01 VIR 15 N/A 1 N/A
MidHeaven 01 GEM 15 N/A 10 N/A

PLANETARY ASPECTS :
Sun Sextile Mars Orb = 2° 10′
Sun Opposite Neptune Orb = 6° 19′
Sun Trine Pluto Orb = 0° 33′
Moon Square Venus Orb = 4° 19′
Moon Trine Mars Orb = 6° 15′
Moon Trine Jupiter Orb = 2° 01′
Moon Trine Neptune Orb = 2° 06′
Moon Sextile Pluto Orb = 7° 52′
Mercury Sextile Venus Orb = 1° 23′
Mercury Square Mars Orb = 0° 34′
Mercury Conjunct Saturn Orb = 6° 33′
Mercury Opposite Uranus Orb = 2° 56′
Mercury Square Pluto Orb = 2° 11′
Venus Sextile Saturn Orb = 5° 10′
Venus Trine Uranus Orb = 1° 34′
Mars Trine Jupiter Orb = 8° 16′
Mars Square Saturn Orb = 7° 07′
Mars Square Uranus Orb = 3° 30′
Mars Trine Neptune Orb = 4° 09′
Mars Opposite Pluto Orb = 1° 37′
Jupiter Conjunct Neptune Orb = 4° 06′
Saturn Opposite Uranus Orb = 3° 37′
Uranus Square Pluto Orb = 5° 07′
Neptune Sextile Pluto Orb = 5° 46′

ELEMENTS :
FIRE
EARTH Sun Mercury Saturn Pluto
AIR Moon Mars Jupiter Neptune
WATER Venus Uranus

MODALITIES :
CARDINAL Moon Venus Pluto
FIXED Jupiter Neptune
MUTABLE Sun Mercury Mars Saturn Uranus

The most noticeable feature of the Solar chart is the lack of planets in Fire signs. The lack of Fire may make Rupert somewhat passive this year, thus he might allow others to take charge and lead the way. This is confirmed by a conjunction of Saturn with Rupert’s ruler planet, Mercury. Saturn tends to slow a person down and drain his energy – while it also makes a person mature on a much faster pace. There are quite a few planets in Air signs, which indicates lots of mental activity. Lots of planets are in mutable signs too, which indicates numerous changes in Rupert’s life, for better or worse; and the involvement of Saturn indicates a beginning of a completely new chapter in his life.

We may notice lots of good aspects involving Moon and Venus, which is excellent for love, business, popularity, financial affairs, and overall success. However, a very dangerous configuration of T-square is formed, comprising Mercury conjunct Saturn in Virgo, square Mars in Gemini, opposite Uranus in Pisces. The planets in the Solar chart take up the pattern of a “train”, with Uranus in Pisces being the “engine”: thus, Uranus is the strongest planet in this T-square configuration. The meaning of this all will be explained below.

Now, when we compare these Solar planets to the planets from Rupert’s natal chart, we get the following aspects:

PLANETARY TRANSITS:
Sun Conjunct Sun Orb = 0° 00′
Mercury Square Saturn Orb = 2° 34′
Mercury Square Uranus Orb = 1° 25′

Mars Sextile Sun Orb = 2° 10′
Mars Opposite Uranus Orb = 1° 59′
Saturn Conjunct Mercury Orb = 2° 04′
Uranus Square Saturn Orb = 0° 22′
Uranus Square Uranus Orb = 1° 31′

Neptune Sextile Saturn Orb = 1° 01′
Neptune Sextile Uranus Orb = 2° 10′
Pluto Trine Sun Orb = 0° 33′

good aspects // bad aspects

I should add that Pluto in retrograde movement is approaching the conjunction with Rupert’s natal Saturn and Uranus in Sagittarius. Even more importantly, these three planets (natal Saturn and Uranus and transiting Pluto) form a configuration of Cross with the transiting T-square, because they’re all opposed to Mars in Gemini, and in the aspects of squares with Mercury and Saturn in Virgo and Uranus in Pisces. Like this:

natal planets // transiting (solar) planets

This is a fascinating, though challenging configuration, and I shall explain it in detail. For now, please think of all the symbols associated with the cross: a crossroad, a windmill, the Crucifix, etc. These notions should give you an indication of what this configuration is all about: changes, instability, uncertainty which direction to take, feeling overstretched or torn between conflicting aims and needs. Luckily, the trio of Saturn and Uranus in Sagittarius and Pluto in Capricorn is in the aspect of trine with Rupert’s natal and solar Sun, which greatly improves this, otherwise quite ominous, configuration.

Now, to sum up the entire annual horoscope in three sentences: Rupert’s got a rather messy year ahead of him, filled with lots of radical changes, adjustments to new situations, inner and outer conflicts. His actions will keep him in the spotlight and bring him lots of success and financial reward, however he might also find himself in some risky situations, and it will take lots of maturity and wisdom – and even more luck – to get out of there. Dark and difficult times lay ahead of Rupert, and he should better get ready!

Now, the details. First of all, no less than five planets are situated in Virgo (solar and natal Sun, solar and natal Mercury, and solar Saturn), thus all Rupert’s Virgo traits are amplified. This year, Rupert will be quite shy and not very self-assertive. He will be supercritical about how he appears to others, and his usually high standards will be even higher. To others, Rupert will appear graceful, sensible and reserved; sharp, observant, crisp and dedicated to the work ethic. His thinking will be lucid and grasping, however he will be reluctant to share his insights with others. Five planets in Virgo make him willing to serve the others and help them.

Saturn has been transiting the constellation of Virgo for about two years now. This planet makes Rupert wish his life were orderly and practical, full of known and familiar routines. However, the fact that Saturn is a part of the Cross will make his life everything but stable in the forthcoming months. Rupert’s self-esteem will be quite low; he will be very critical of himself (and others), and at times quite self-deprecating. Saturn makes him reflexive and nostalgic, reserved and unassuming around others, and at times even depressive. Saturn also slows him down, makes him learn self-discipline and moderation, determination and seriousness. He should try to relax a bit and not be afraid of failure.

Sun sextile Mars makes Rupert energetic, vital and charming, and empowers him with zest and enthusiasm to accomplish many things. Working with close associates – especially males – should prove favourable. This aspect also improves communication, so Rupert shouldn’t be afraid to speak his mind. The combination of Sun and Mars signifies an extremely constructive time – a time of relentless energy, a time to realise personal goals and ambitions and make dreams come true. This aspect emphasises Rupert’s leadership qualities, gives him an air of confidence and authority, and others will be willing to follow his lead, either on a professional or personal basis. Business transactions are also favoured, as Rupert will be more constructive and goal-oriented than usual. However, the aspect of Mercury square Mars which is formed a few days before Rupert’s birthday may make him a bit verbally aggressive. Though he is usually very good natured, he might be irritable, moody and bad tempered (or maybe he will be filming the scenes in which Ron Weasley gets to be irritable, moody and bad tempered)!

Sun trine Pluto is a transit of great personal growth. This transit confers a strong will and an excellent ability to concentrate. This is a perfect time for Rupert to get to know himself and impress others with his strong will and self control. At this point in his life he may be feeling a strong sense of achievement and satisfaction. He should be reaping the rewards of all his previous hard work, will power and dedication. The image that he will project is that of a confident, determined individual who knows what he wants from life. Awards and pay rises are likely to come his way. A person in authority – say a director, or a movie producer – has been keeping a close eye on Rupert’s work recently, and they value what they see. Thus, Rupert will be offered some new roles and other good opportunities, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he jumped into another project right after completing Deathly Hallows! This new project might be a real-life story, or a biopic. Sun trine Pluto also improves Rupert’s endurance, and he might take up a new sport or physical regime.

The aspects between solar Moon in Libra, Venus in Cancer and Jupiter in Aquarius suggest that Rupert will work on “beautifying” his surroundings. He will be uncomfortable with strangers, but at ease and sociable with friends and associates. Indeed, he would rather socialize than work, and he is likely to use his prodigious charm to avoid unpleasant tasks; thus, at times, he may be overly self-indulgent. His refined aesthetic sensibilities will attract him to music, theatre, art and any other cultured activity. He will need emotional support, but he will also be willing to give it to others.

Neptune makes a nice sextile to Rupert’s Saturn and Uranus and tells us that Rupert won’t be interested in lighthearted social activities. As we all know, Rupert is on the verge of a major new chapter in his life. Once he’s done filming Deathly Hallows, which should happen very soon, his life will change completely. He will no longer be a part of the incredibly successful Harry Potter franchise, and although he will be free to try out some new and different things, he will also lose the sense of security and purposefulness that being a part of Harry Potter brought with it. Moreover, he will lose his “second family” – his friends and co-workers. He has admitted that being in Harry Potter is similar to living in a bubble – well, this bubble is about to burst soon. Hence, this will be a time of self reflection for Rupert – he will spend lots of time looking over what he has achieved in his life to date. He should try to channel his energy in a constructive, objective and disciplined manner. No task will seem too great and whatever he does now will withstand the test of time. This is a time for work which requires concentration and patience, and a time to make long term plans. He’ll be able to balance his material and more spiritual, idealistic desires. He’ll be keen to help others; he might form new friendships, and he will have more contact than usual with his parents or other older members of his family.

Neptune sextile Uranus raises Rupert’s understanding of the world and the people in it to a new level. He might develop an interest in some social causes, or maybe religion or the occult; in any case, this will be a time of great spiritual awareness and learning. He’ll be more prepared to acknowledge and listen to his inner voice and follow his intuition. On a more material level, he could transform his creative and artistic ideas, his personal goals and ambitions into concrete reality. However, as he’ll be feeling more sympathetic, compassionate and selfless than usual, he’ll also be prepared to turn other people’s goals and ambitions into reality! And he’ll be happy to give a helping hand to those who need it.

Now, the bad aspects. As I’ve already mentioned, lots of planets constitute the configuration of Cross, in mutable signs. I’m not going to sugarcoat things – I feel it’s my duty to warn Rupert and those who are close to him of the potential dangers of this configuration, and hopefully protect him. Life brings us various challenges from time to time, and it is an astrologer’s duty to prepare the clients to face them.

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Rupert Grint filming Deathly Hallows Part I in London, June 2009

As mentioned, this is a year of major changes in Rupert’s life. The loss of his Harry Potter “family” will affect him a lot. He might be quite sad when the filming wraps. The configuration of Cross indicates that he will probably be filming all those physically and emotionally most demanding scenes from Deathly Hallows in the period around his birthday. Of course, I cannot say whether they will be filming the Silver Doe scene, or the Malfoy Manor dungeon, or the attack of the Death Eaters during the Bill/Fleur wedding, or – most likely – the scene when Ron abandons Harry and Hermione; but Rupert should definitely channel all his inner tensions indicated by the Cross into a heartbreaking portrayal of Ron.

What tensions exactly? First of all, Mercury square Saturn and Saturn conjunct Mercury make Rupert’s intellect very sharp, but they also make him excessively critical of others. It may be difficult for Rupert to express his wishes or opinions to co-workers, or he might have problems communicating with loved ones. Uranus opposite Mercury makes him gain new insights into an unresolved problem at work. The time is also conductive in researching and gaining as much information as possible about a new business venture or investment. However he should not be initiating any business transactions at the moment, especially those involving joint finances or partnership agreements. He should avoid making business or property related decisions, as he might find himself entangled in legal and financial difficulties.

Saturn’s entrance into the sign of Virgo and its conjunction with Rupert’s Sun indicated a beginning of a period when Rupert started to reap the rewards of many years of hard work. Lots of doors were opening for him, and he started to take himself more seriously and accept responsibilities. He might have felt a conflict between professional and personal life, with the professional life occupying the central spot. Now that Saturn has moved into conjunction with Mercury – the planet that represents Rupert himself – his efforts to attain a state of ultimate perfectness could leave him emotionally and physically drained. He should exercise optimism and stay open-minded. This might be difficult because he’ll constantly feel that his feelings and opinions are misunderstood. In his work, he could be burdened with extra responsibilities, made even more difficult by his inability to concentrate. Mercury afflicted by Saturn indicates that Rupert should avoid cold drinks, smoking, or anything that might damage his throat, lungs and vocal cords and affect his speech.

Uranus opposite Mercury affects Rupert’s curiosity, learning, communication skills, self-promotion, the formulation of ideas, and his ability to rationalise and think logically. This aspect indicates that Rupert should be extremely careful in all practical affairs at this time, otherwise he’ll tend to overlook details, make silly mistakes, or be forgetful. The tempo of his life is very fast at this time, and he should give every effort to slow down a bit.

Mars in Gemini creates an aspect of opposition to Rupert’s natal Saturn and Uranus since mid-August, making him feel very frustrated. In fact this could be the culmination of months — even years — of frustration, thus ego clashes are likely. Rupert is full of intense feelings waiting to erupt. Mars opposite Uranus makes him crave for personal freedom and independence. This is a transit of tremendous energy and desire to improve his position. As someone who is normally shy and receding, Rupert will burst out of his shell now, and his unusual behaviour could provoke and irritate others and cause emotional confrontations. He may rebel against anyone trying to hold him back or constrain him; and people with some kind of authority over him are likely to bear the brunt of his frustration. Some sort of physical activity, like workout, would be a good outlet for this aspect.

This aspect could also cause conflicts with those closest and nearest to him. He might quarrel with family members, friends, neighbours, lovers, business partners. All stale relationships are likely to end. Mars in Gemini means that Rupert’s attention span will be short, and it’ll be difficult for him to complete tasks at hand. Mars opposite Uranus indicates radical and too-fast action, whose goal is to establish a change, for better or worse. This is an explosive, “now or never” combination, which urges Rupert to take up action which might collide with the life and will of others or even with the law. He will be very demanding and difficult to please, and others will wonder what the hell is disturbing him.

Mars is also approaching the opposition with Pluto, confirming that Rupert must find a satisfying outlet for his frenetic, intense and extremely high energy levels. However, there are no planets in fire signs in the Solar chart, and the Cross is formed in mutable signs: thus, Rupert should beware power struggles, both in his personal and professional life. Confrontations could particularly concern finances, legal or tax matters.

To make matters more interesting, the transiting Saturn in Virgo and Uranus in Pisces are not only opposed to each other, but they also form aspects of square to Rupert’s natal Saturn and Uranus in Sagittarius. Rupert may well wish he were someone else, he will be questioning his position in life and work, and he will surely contemplate a major career shift.  Uranus square Uranus is a transit occurring only twice in life – at 21 and 63, and it signifies that Rupert’s fundamental beliefs about his position in society and responsibilities as an adult are seriously examined. The conflicting energies of Saturn and Uranus make him desire freedom and may bring an end to a serious relationship in his life, or maybe a start of a new one. Some family, personal and professional ties may be severed.

As a person with Earth as his dominant element, Rupert greatly desires security and stability in life; however, he will find very little of those in the forthcoming year. His mind will be like quicksilver – restless and constantly flitting back and forth between dozens of different ideas and projects. This could cause mental confusion and exhaustion, and he will be prone to jump to conclusions. All important personal and business decisions should be postponed until he is less impulsive and more practical. Though this is not a good time to make changes in his life, he will nevertheless be forced to make them. He might experience physical exhaustion or nervous tension as a result of overworking or overworrying himself; he should treat his health with the respect that it deserves, and try not to make too many important decisions at once. Rest and relaxation and a little bit of meditation would help soothe raw nerves and prevent a major mental “overload”.

As we know, Rupert is normally a very placid person, sensitive to other people’s needs. Hence he might be tempted to hold all this rebellious anger within him – just for the sake of keeping the peace. However, all this dynamic energy must find an outlet, be it sport or physical work because, otherwise, pent up emotions could lead to illness. The abundance of Uranus aspects stimulates intense but short-lived interests in people and situations that offer a momentary opportunity to break up routine patterns and introduce fresh stimulation. Rupert will surprise people with the gutsiness and a straightforwardness that he seldom has shown in the past. This planet makes him adopt an “I don’t care, it’s gotta go. Now!” stance when confronting the past structures of his life; thus, sudden turnabouts and disruptions in his affairs are to be expected.

More than anything, Rupert craves professional and private FREEDOM at this time – and yet he is terrified of gaining it! He might feel a bit like an animal who was born and bred in a Zoo, and wishes to run free in the wild – and yet feels completely unprepared for a life in the wilderness! Finding himself in unfamiliar territory could leave Rupert feeling confused, bewildered and unsure of what to do next. This is a time of testing his abilities and inner strength, especially because he will feel that every effort or move he makes is being blocked by previously unforeseen difficulties or obstacles.

At times like this, irritability and temper may be difficult to control; Rupert can no longer tolerate interference in his life, and his mood will be extremely changeable. Saturn square Saturn indicates that his confidence may be easily shattered, and self inflicted feelings of self doubt could create problems where there are none. In other words, he could go looking for trouble – and, by worrying too much, he could create anxiety attacks and problems which should never have existed in the first place.

He might also feel that he cannot rely too heavily on others at the moment – no matter what they promise, they’re likely to let him down. A close loved one may rebel against him or betray him. Some family members could cause problems – or Rupert himself may let others down by making promises that he cannot keep. Normally, he has a tendency to go to extremes: he’s capable of extremely hard work, full of determination and energy. However, he also goes through periods of extreme self-indulgence and/or self-doubt: periods when he feels that no matter how hard he’s trying he’s getting nowhere fast. Patience has never been Rupert’s strongest asset, and yet he will need it now more than ever. Considering himself both invincible and indestructible, he might try to achieve too much too quickly and place unrealistic expectations on himself and others. If he promises more than he can deliver then squandered energy could result in disappointment and even total exhaustion.

All these drastic changes in Rupert’s life – the end of a professional engagement with the Harry Potter franchise, the shattering of some personal, professional, business and family ties – will only prove beneficial if they encourage Rupert to question the direction and value of his life. He will crave both security and independence, stability and novelty in equal measures, and it will be extremely difficult for him to find a balance between these conflicting needs. These aspects are there to test Rupert’s patience and endurance. The last thing he’ll want to do at the moment is to sit back and be patient – but that’s exactly what he needs to do. He should try to achieve a compromise between his personal and professional life, so that one no longer interferes with the other. I would also advise Rupert to be realistic, stay positive and not perceive his employers or any other type of authority as the enemy. He should try to be realistic about his goals and abilities, instead of alternately underestimating and overestimating himself.

Another thing. Again, I feel it is my duty to warn Rupert to be extra careful, precisely because I care a lot about him and wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to him. The configuration of Cross in mutable signs makes Rupert (and his movie characters) quite accident prone. All these squares and oppositions involving Mercury, Saturn, Uranus, Mars and Pluto may indicate accidents, physical injuries, mental breakdowns, operations and such. Of course, all these can be avoided, but Rupert should be extra careful when driving, handling any sort of machinery, weapons, sharp objects, electricity or fire. He should drive carefully and avoid speeding at all costs (or even better, not drive at all). The places where he’ll be most vulnerable are the crossroads. He shouldn’t even be driving his ice cream van, as it might malfunction. Additionally, Rupert shouldn’t be doing his own stunts now; he should avoid verbal conflicts which could lead into fights; he shouldn’t be walking on his own late at night, as he may get attacked. The configuration of Cross is actually formed a few days before Rupert’s birthday, so he should lay low and, if possible, spend the entire week between, say, 19 and 26 August at home (but not unleash his frustration for being stuck at home on his family members!) Luckily, the aspects of Sun sextile Mars and Sun trine Pluto are protecting him at this time. These aspects give him an excellent ability to regenerate, both physically and mentally. So even if he does experience some injuries, health problems or mental and physical exhaustion, he should recover quickly and successfully.

As for you who are reading these lines, if you love Rupert and care for him, you can help him by either praying for him or simply sending him positive energy. It’s easy: every morning after you wake up and every evening before sleep, lay down, relax and visualise Rupert. Imagine him being happy, cheerful and satisfied; visualise him in pleasant situations, such as going out and having fun, receiving awards, or just enjoying himself at home. Imagine him surrounded by loving friends and family, overwhelmed by love and respect. Trust me, these simple techniques of sending positive energy really work: the entire physical world we live in is actually made of energy, and human thought is the most powerful energy of them all. Each one of us can be a generator of positive change in the lives of other people, so let’s use this power to help Rupert sail through this challenging period undamaged.

To conclude, the forthcoming months will be a crucial period in Rupert’s life. They will eventually lead to him gaining all those things he desires most, above all security and stability – and, on the other hand, independence and freedom to live his life the way he chooses to.

Love, Prof. Trelawney

In the next issue of Grintastic: Rupert Grint and Jessie Cave: Compared Analysis!

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Rupert’s favourite…

… places in Northern Ireland: Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge and Giant’s Causeway

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This summer, a friend of mine and me spent our holiday on a three-week tour around the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. I knew beforehand that Rupert had once mentioned enjoying going to Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, but as major tourist attractions they were on our list of places to visit anyway.
So, here is a report along, with some of the pictures we took (a selection from over 411 pictures…) to give you an idea of what Rupert might have loved about those two places.

Carrick-a-Rede

c2c3Carrick-a-Rede itself is a small island separated from the main land by a deep gap. The name Carrick-a-Rede translates to “Rock in the Road” (carraig = rock, rade = road). At least 100 million years ago, the area was covered by a calm and warm sea, and the skeletons of the small creatures having died there formed a lime-rich mud which eventually was compressed onto the white limestone, or chalk, forming the coast. Changes in sea level shaped the cliffs, and when a volcano blew depris into the air around 60-55 million years ago that created a conglomerate upon settling down, dark boulders (known as “volcanic bombs”), today’s scenery (or at least a very similar one) was completed.

c4Numerous seabirds can be found on the island, where they breed from May to July. Most of them are guillemots, razorbills, kittwakes and fulmars. From the early 17th century until 2002, Carrick-a-Rede was a place for commercial fishing, as salmons on their way to the rivers of their birth swam close to the coast and had to swim around the island as it obstructed their way (this is also the most popular explanation for the island’s name). c5Fishery was also the reason why the Rope Bridge was built about 250 years ago. Fishing ceased in 2002, as the average number of salmons had decreased to 200 a year (compared to 300 fish a day in 1962). But back in the days when the bridge was serving its purpose, the fishermen could get onto the island during the summer, while the bridge was dismantled in winter to protect it from damage done by the weather.

c6Even nowadays, the bridge is re-erected each year before Easter and taken off at the end of September. It may also be closed during the windy or rainy weather. For many years, the bridge only had one handrope. A second one was added a few years ago to enable the less-courageous tourists to cross the bridge as well…

c7You arrive at a car park just on top of the cliffs and have to walk for about twenty minutes to get to the bridge. On the way, you can already see the cliffs and get occasional glimpses of Carrick-a-Rede island, and sometimes you can even see the rope bridge. If you are lucky and you are alone, all you hear is the sea on the shore and the cries of birds.

c8After a few minutes, you have to cross a small wooden bridge across a gap in the cliff. The closer you get to the island, the more windy it becomes (although me and my friend visited the place on a really warm and sunny day), and it becomes easy to understand why the bridge is taken off during the winter months.

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c10Steep metal stairs lead down to a small platform before you reach the actual rope bridge. The bridge itself sways due to the people walking across, but it even moves when you are standing on it all alone because of the strong wind. Due to the gap between the islands being so narrow, the scenery changes with every single step you take, and it does so both on your left and your right. So, if you get a chance to visit this place, take your time and enjoy the view.

From the other side of the bridge (on the island itself), you can also take a look back to the main land and the white cliffs and turquoise water to the northwest and the dark cliffs with caves to the southeast.

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c14Right behind the bridge on the right hand side is the old fishermen’s harbour, which is nowadays nothing more than ruins. On the left hand side is a steep rocky wall down to the water which is covered with breeding birds. The birds’ cries are so loud that you can barely hear the sea, and you have to raise your voice when talking to someone. The island itself is almost like a raised platform, as the cliffs are so steep that you have to stay on the central part, which is covered in grass. If you are brave enough, you can walk up to the edge of the island (carefully, of course!) and see the “volcanic bombs” scattered around.

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c18To get back, you have to cross the bridge once again. After that, make sure to walk back by taking the slightly longer way (towards the left), because you get an amazing view of Carrick-a-Rede island from that side!

[Here’s a clip of what it is like to cross the bridge. Staffer Karo is the person on the bridge. Watch her hair to get an idea of how windy it was (although, according to the staff members there, it was NOT very windy…)]

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Giant’s Causeway

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Like the area around Carrick-a-Rede, part of the landscape at Giant’s Causeway was created about 60 Million years ago and is made of white limestone. When the continental plates pulled apart (separating America from Europe), hot magma surfaced along the fissures and spread over the landscape. When the lava cooled down, it cracked, similar to dried mud, with the difference of the cracks in the cooled lava going all the way through and therefore creating tall basalt columns. Most of these have five or four sides; some have more, others less, but only one is said to have three sides.

g4g5After the last ice age (15000 to 10000 years ago), the sea level was raised and formed the seaside landscape. The landscape with basalt columns spreads along the coast for several miles. For example, you can find the Organ (see the picture on the right), the Harp, the Chimney Tops or the Horse’s Back.

g6g7According to a legend dating back to the Third Century, the giant Finn MacCool (his Irish name is Finn mac Cumaill) wanted to battle with Benandonner, a rivalling giant living on the scottish island Staffa (one of the Outer Hebrids), and built a huge bridge across the sea to enable Benandonner to come to Ireland. Upon seeing the much bigger giant approaching, Finn MacCool fled and hid in a huge cradle, asking his wife to tell Benandonner that the “baby” was actually Finn’s son. Upon seeing the “baby”, Benandonner assumed that Finn was gigantic and fled in terror, destroying the bridge so that Finn would not follow. g8The remnants of the bridge are said to be the the columns at the Giant’s Causeway, as well as similar basalt columns found at Fingal’s Cave on Staffa. Another, more romantic legend tells us that giant Finn MacCool built the bridge across the sea to visit his beloved girlfriend on Staffa…

If you happen to visit this place, you will arrive at the visitor centre and then either take a walk (for about 10 minutes) or take the bus to the Giant’s Causeway, which actually consists of the Little, the Middle and the Grand Causeway (each spreading more or less into the sea).

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The basalt columns differ in shape (4-8 sides) and height, some being below the sea level and others being up to 10 feet high. They also have different colours, from black to grey, others are reddish.

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g15There are also little ecosystems on the columns, when rain has accumulated in a socket and algae have grown and or shells have been washed onto the columns with a huge wave. Grass and flowers grow in-between some of the columns set further away from the water. You should also keep an eye out for bird and other animals…

Make sure to climb onto the high columns and see how they lean to the side, and how high they actually are.

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By following the path, you reach the organ and, by climbing up to the top of the cliffs, you can walk along the coast to take a look at the other Causeway areas, or walk back to the visitor centre and see the Giant’s Causeway from above.

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Disclaimer: Information taken from Explore The Giant’s Causeway and Explore Carrick-a-Rede by The National Trust. Pictures and video clip by Karo and Lars. Please do not reproduce without permission.

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Rupert Feeling Just… Swine?

Imagine it is mid-July, and you have been suffering from the heat as it is. Additionally, you are fully dressed in a Hogwarts uniform (including shirt, sweater, coat AND tie) because you are about to watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince again, which is also the reason why you are sitting in the foyer of an over-heated cinema.

You have also spent the previous night at the ICM forums instead of going to bed, and your head is filled with thoughts about Rupert, swine flu, Rupert, old Harry Potter films, Rupert, recent interviews, Rupert, your submissions for Grintastic, and Rupert.

So, the heat and Wrackspurts take over and you come up with a very weird idea and share it with a fellow staffer.

This other staffer, who’s mind is also whirring with thoughts about a certain redhead, picks up your ideas, and in the process gets infected with Wrackspurts as well. So she takes the crazy ideas including Wrackspurts, a TV advert, and Ice Cream (Man), and puts them in a “Gritty Shaker”.

And the result… well, let’s just say, don’t take it too seriously. After all, we were under the influence of Wrackspurts. And H1N1. 😉

Starring: Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe
Idea and Screenplay: Karo
Cinematography and Editing: Val
Music: David Holmes
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Harry, Ron and the Full-Blood Bromance

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from a Haron/Danpert point of view

As expected, the latest installment of the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is a hugely successful movie: it has already beaten several box office records and received excellent reviews. It’s been hailed as “the best Potter movie so far,” and I can’t help but think it is mostly due to the two stars, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe and their portrayals of best mates Ron Weasley and Harry Potter.

haron2Ron and Harry have been best friends practically since they met. Throughout the series they have been through the worst of times and best of times together. They have laughed, fought, cried, and saved the Wizarding World together. In my opinion, their friendship is the strongest relationship in the entire book series. There is something about the connection between Harry and Ron that is so intense that nothing matters but being there for each other.

However, their relationship is not just about drama and bravery. They also make a dynamic and hilarious duo. They are two very cheeky blokes and it is great to read their conversations and interactions. Their friendship is one that everyone can identify with to some degree with their own mates.

Unfortunately, in the movies, their friendship has taken a back seat to the drama and recently romance. Yes, it is clear that Ron and Harry are best friends and care about each other, but we have not seen many moments of them just being blokes, moments that would really show their range as friends. Rupert and Dan, up until this point, had their best moments together in Potter movies one and two. From Prisoner of Azkaban on, their relationship has hit a dry spell. It is maddening really, because they have magic together: Rupert is so incredible, Dan feeds off it, and the two of them steal the show together every time.

haron5Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has finally opened the door to Ron and Harry’s friendship and, even more fitting — bromance. People can finally see a bit of the everyday Ron and Harry and how they are when death isn’t right at their doorstep. Ron is not just the one-lining sidekick and Harry is not all doom and gloom.

Ron’s very first line, “I think I would know if my best friend was in my room,” made me sit up straighter in my chair. It was funny and Rupert delivered it brilliantly, but more importantly, it was nice to hear Ron address Harry as his best friend. (The only other time this has happened is in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, when they were arguing in the boys’ dorm.)

The ensuing hug between Ron and Harry almost brought tears to my eyes. It was not a second or two of awkward patting, no, they embraced each other and held tightly. Harry had the biggest smile on his face when Ron walked up to him and hugged him. For once, I was happy something new was added. In the books, they always shook hands but this was a real hug. It was a simple, innocent gesture; but for someone like me who is a Best Mate shipper at heart, it was magical. For the first time I felt like Harry and Ron were happy to be friends and relieved to see each other. Not to mention, Rupert and Dan just looked yummy hugging each other. It was a delicious teaser for the upcoming Silver Doe scene in Deathly Hallows.

The movie really paid attention to detail, and not only do we see Ron and Harry as best friends, but more of their character was allowed to shine through. A great example of this is a scene when Harry was late to the Great Hall. He asked Ron what he had missed and Ron informed him that the Sorting Hat told them all to be brave and strong. Ron added, “Easy for it to say, it’s a hat, innit?” Harry made this agreeing gesture with his hand and nodded. Details like this may seem small, but Harry and Ron are known for agreeing and understanding each other easily.

However, it doesn’t always have to be verbal. Like with the hug, an excellent moment was when Ron and Harry were standing against the wall laughing while other students rushed off to class. They stood above everyone else and looked as if they were really enjoying themselves. I am sure it wasn’t hard for Rupert and Dan to pull this off — on and off set they burst into laughter and affect each other with the corpsing all the time!

Perhaps one of the most fantastic moments is right after they arrive to the potions class. Ron tried to explain how he was rubbish in potions and turned around to walk out. Harry grabbed his arm and pulled him back in. I couldn’t stop laughing. Ron would only stay in that class for Harry. I could just hear Harry saying in his head, “You’re not getting out of this if I can’t.” Rupert and Dan pulled that off smoothly.

The wrestling over the book bit was beyond amazing. Ron and Harry gave each other a serious look before going at it. This scene produced one the biggest laughs. Rupert and Dan looked great wrestling each other and I thought it was hilarious how poor, little Dan tried his hardest to take on tall and burly Rupert. It was even more better when Ron had the look of triumph and Harry hit his book in defeat. It was a great moment of them being friends. They weren’t fighting Death Eaters or talking about the war, but they were just being playful. So far we’ve never seen Ron and Harry playful in the movies, and it was refreshing to see it in the film. Besides, there was so much chemistry between Rupert and Dan. It was obvious they had a great time with it, and it was beautiful to see them commanding a scene without having to speak.

Throughout the movies, we have seen moments where Ron is always there for Harry. While it is true to the book, there are great moments of Harry being there and wanting to look out for Ron. It was touching when Ron tried out for keeper and Harry breathed, “Come on Ron.” It is exactly what he did in the book and I liked seeing it on the screen. Harry really wanted Ron on the team and it showed. He cares for his best mate and wants him to be happy.

In the books, it is obvious sometimes Ron and Harry get a bit tired of Hermione blabbing on and they tend to read each others’ minds and finish each others’ sentences. On their way to the Three Broomsticks, Hermione complains about not knowing anything about the Half-Blood Prince and she said she went to the library to research more on the matter. Ron and Harry said “library” at the same time to finish her sentence for her. It was perfect. It only got better when Hermione said Harry slept with the potion book and Harry answered that he didn’t. Ron was like: “Yeah you do. I like a nice chat before I go to bed but you’re always reading that book.” I think the drool was down my neck before I finally wiped it off.

Next is when Harry says he’d be honoured to attend Slughorn’s party and Ron asks him, “What are you playing at?” He has a very serious look on his face as if a bit peeved. Harry explains to him that he is just doing it for Dumbledore and Ron nods in understanding. I think it was very important for Harry to explain to Ron why he was doing it, knowing how Slughorn treated Ron. It’s a testament to their friendship and commitment to each other.

The entire talk about girls’ skin was amazing. It was the first time we see them talking alone and about something real and normal. I loved how Rupert and Dan fed off each other and made the scene very realistic. It was so authentic that it was almost as if David Yates simply told them to talk to each other the way they thought their characters would.

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The game scene was fantastic. Rupert looked amazing in his quidditch gear and he displayed Ron’s nervousness so perfectly. Also I really liked how, after Ron thought he took the luck potion, he and Harry did this bromancy handshake. There is a lot of physical contact between Harry and Ron in Half-Blood Prince that we haven’t seen before. It was just as great after their win, when Harry just watches Ron with the biggest grin on his face; and when Lavender kisses him, Harry gives this amazing expression of shock and excitement for his best mate.

On the train back to the Burrow, they talk about the unbreakable vow in the compartment. Once again, they were alone together and talked face to face. It’s rare in the Potter movies to see them without Hermione or without them going on about Voldemort or something. I loved Harry playing with the seat table as Lavender ogled Ron. That was very Harry. Whenever Ron had girl issues, rather it with Lavender or Hermione, Harry always tried to blend in with the scenery. It was hilarious when Ron explained how all Lavender wanted to do was snog him. He said, “My lips are getting chapped, look.” Ron puckered up and leaned into Harry as if to kiss him. Harry rushed back with, “I’ll take your word for it.” This part got a huge laugh in the cinema.

The poisoning scene was the best Haron/Danpert moment in the film. It was sweet how Ron talked about the moon being beautiful. The close up of Rupert was stunning. You could see his lush lips and golden eyelashes up close. His bed wear was nice at displaying his assets as well. 😉

It only got better when Harry teased him about the chocolate and Ron told him he could not stop thinking about her and climbed into bed with him. The actors just went for it: Rupert held the comedy so close to him — he had no problem just leaning right into Dan’s bubble — and Dan fed off his work and came back with his own comedy. The “who are you talking about?” exchange between them was not only extremely Ron and Harry, but Rupert and Dan’s personalities came out as well. The chemistry was impeccable.

haron1I also loved how Ron threw the box at Harry and explained how his feelings were not a joke. Rupert made the perfect pout and confessed his love. It was great how Harry took his hand and led him to Slughorn. Rupert is so much bigger than Dan and it was interesting seeing Dan take command and pull him to the office.

Rupert completely became the love-sick Ron. When he held on to Slughorn, called him darling, and asked if he wanted a drink everyone in the cinema lost it. I was so proud of Rupert. He’s a genius with comedy. There were a lot of physical interactions between Ron and Harry in this scene as well. Another example of it is when Harry led Ron to the couch and shoved a pillow in his lap. While this scene was funny, the actual poisoning was quite scary. Up until this point it was all fun but when Ron collapsed the audience quieted. Watching Ron foam at the mouth was breathtaking and chilling. Rupert did such an amazing job. It was touching how Harry panicked and searched for the bezoar after Ron fell. He just shoved it in his mouth and begged him to come on. I held my breath just as I did when reading the book. It gave me goose bumps and it was supposed to. I am so happy Rupert and Dan were able to work together, deliver the scene, and make it powerful like it should have been.

A simple but great moment was when Harry thanked Madame Pomfrey for taking care of Ron. He was happy that not only were Hermione and Ron going to be friends again but also his best mate was going to make a full recovery.

Regrettably, there was not much after that, at least, until the very end. There is a lot of controversy over the last scene. While it did cut Ron off, it foreshadowed what was to come of the duo in Deathly Hallows. As Hermione is talking about the locket and Harry explains how it is a fake, he looks over at Ron in a longing sort of way. I think he already could feel something was different about his best mate and I loved how Ron just rather gave him a dull stare. It built up a lot of tension, as it showed how something had changed between them. Throughout the entire movie they were at each others’ side, they talked and helped each other, but now they were far apart and did not carry conversation. It created the much-needed uncertainty about what was to come in the next film.

haron4Overall, the Best Mates were the best part of the film and really gave it authenticity. I am so happy with how Rupert and Dan worked together. They had the best chemistry in the film. They were real teenage boys and I believed them. They handled situations and treated each other as real friends would and, more importantly, how Ron and Harry would. Rupert was able to show that Ron was more than just the one-liner and Dan displayed a bit of his playful side. And while Half-Blood Prince brought the laughs, it also highlighted what they would go through in Deathly Hallows. I can’t wait! I love Haron and Danpert and Half-Blood Prince gave me what I had hoped for. So, check your shoes for spiders before slipping them on and go see it! Red hair and black rimmed glass is canon this time around!

All images courtesy of Warner Bros. via Oclumencia

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The Love Triangle: Ron, Hermione and Lavender

Book to Movie Comparison

Let me start by saying that I am a HUGE Ron/Hermione shipper and I have loved the idea of them as a couple since Philosopher’s Stone! I do not think there is any other woman for Ron Weasley and there certainly is not any other man for Hermione Granger. It has always been obvious to me that they want and love each other. However, I think the most important thing to happen to their relationship and a major reason why they got so close by the beginning of Deathly Hallows is Lavender Brown.

Lavender Brown was not only Ron’s girlfriend. She was a catalyst for Hermione to admit her feelings. Lavender finally made Hermione realise that Ron could easily be taken away from her and that if she didn’t change her ways a bit and act on her feelings he would leave. Lavender brought out Hermione’s deepest and truest feelings for Ron.

Similarly, Lavender also made Ron figure out what he wanted in a woman. He has always wanted Hermione but he never knew what she thought of him; in his eyes, Hermione wanted a bloke more like Harry. Therefore, when he noticed that Lavender was interested, he took her as a comfort. However, he quickly learned that he needed more than a girl who would simply worship him and snog him. He needed substance and someone who could push him. Lavender finally made Ron realise that Hermione was the only woman who really made him want to be a better man and care for himself.

In short, Lavender is a very important character in the sixth Harry Potter book, not only for the Ron/Hermione relationship, but also just the comedy in general. So, when I went to the cinemas to see Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince I was optimistic for the Ron/Lavander/Hermione triangle. All the promotion, teaser trailers, and interviews with the cast and crew focused on the infamous love triangle and it was built up to be golden.

However, the R/L/Hr concept was lost in the movie and was lacklustre. It all started with the toothpaste scene. It was buffed to be a great new addition for the R/Hr storyline, however, Ron simply pointing and telling Hermione she had a spot of toothpaste on her chin and Hermione laughing a bit hysterically didn’t do much. He never touched her. They did not even share eye contact. It was an overhyped scene.

Strangers in a shop, exchanging glances... :)

Strangers in a shop, exchanging glances... 🙂

A bright side was Ron’s first encounter with Lavender at the joke shop. The simple look she gave him after a quiet “Hi Ron,” was a great teaser. I assumed great things were to come.

I was sadly mistaken. The entire R/Hr storyline, which was supposed to include awkward yet cute moments between them, was reduced to just a few scenes of them before Ron got a girlfriend. The first one was Hermione slapping his arm with a book. While it did show her frustration on his cool demeanour and provided a funny moment when Ron called her a lunatic, it didn’t really prove anything other than Hermione being annoyed that Ron ate when he should have cared for Harry’s safety.

Next, the scene when Ron comes to potions class didn’t really enforce anything R/Hr. Although Hermione did say that one of the smells she was attracted to was Spearmint toothpaste, it was said so fast and the actual toothpaste scene was so stale that hardly anyone who didn’t know about R/Hr love before would have got it. However, it did show a great deal of Lavender’s lust for Ron. When he stood by her, she stared at him and wavered a bit. It was perfect! It was obvious that she wanted him.

So, by the time Ron tried out for quidditch, it was established in the film that Lavender had a thing for Ron and that maybe Hermione had feelings for Ron too. Ron on the other hand was not seen to liking either of them. It was another nice dose of Lavender when she came to their table and offered Ron luck. She practically oozed with admiration. It was a pleasant moment for both Hermione and Lavender showing their feelings for Ron. Hermione gently waving at Ron as he looked up at her was very awe-worthy. Her jinxing Cormac so Ron would get the keeper position was nice as well: it was the first real action to show what she was willing to do to help Ron and it showed that she cared a great deal for him. The actual act itself is something Hermione would frown upon in any other situation. However, in the battle for Ron’s affection, Lavender was brilliant! Anytime Ron made a save, she bounced and squealed. She clapped and clutched her tissue. She was so keen on Ron and it was obvious. It was extremely canon!

Ron's fanclub

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Yet, for Ron it didn’t establish much. Yes, when Cormac asked him to help him with Hermione he looked to her and frowned but that was about it. Afterwards didn’t help us learn how Ron felt for Hermione either. He was completely calm when telling Hermione that Cormac liked her. Book!Ron would have never been so casual about it and he probably would have hounded her about it. However, it was another great Ron/Lavender moment. The small wave and smile she gave him when he looked over at her was very cute.

The next scene for the triangle was the Three Broomsticks. Another let down. The “splash of ginger” did not mean anything. Hermione said it in barely a whisper and we didn’t even get to see Ron’s or Hermione’s faces when she said it. There was a good moment when Hermione asked Ron what he would do if Ginny saw them snogging. It was great how Hermione said it so matter-of-factly and how Ron was so confused by her statement. It showed a bit more on Hermione’s part of her liking Ron but all it did in Ron’s case was show us how confused he was by her words. Except for the, “Did you hear what she said about her and I snogging, as if,” comment he gave to Harry on their way back to Hogwarts. It rather gave the impression that he couldn’t get it out of his mind since she said it.

The first and perfect moment for Ron showing his feelings for Hermione was during his chat with Harry, when he said Hermione had nice skin. It was terribly needed. In the book Half Blood Prince, it was plain obvious Ron fancied Hermione – there were so many moments which proved his feelings. But in the movie, up to this moment, he never really showed emotion towards her. So, the skin comment was a breath of fresh air.

When the game day finally came, I was ready for some good triangle action! However, it was ruined when Ron and Hermione talked about the Christmas party. In the book, this is such an intense and crucial moment for them. Ron is angry and extremely jealous about the situation. He hassles Hermione about the Slug Club and accuses her of bringing Cormac so she could hook up with him. Hermione is upset with his accusations and blurts that she wanted to bring him. Embarrassment takes over for both of them and Ron is taken aback. He softly asks, “You were going to ask me?” Hermione follows it with “Yes! But if you’d rather I hooked up with McLaggen…” when Ron says, “No, I wouldn’t,” very quietly. They stare at each other until Harry interrupts.

This moment is one of the best moments in Half-Blood Prince for R/Hr because Harry tells us that he knew they would get together eventually and that he always knew they liked each other. It really established there was real magic between them. However, in the movie it was reduced to Ron saying causally, “I assume you’ll be taking McLaggen,” and Hermione rushes, “Actually I was going to ask you.” They do not look at each other. They just go back to reading and eating. It was a disappointment.

The actual game was brilliant at showing how different Hermione and Lavender were. Lavender was bouncy and cheery while Hermione smirked and clapped. It made us curious as to how Ron would choose between them.

The kiss after the win was perfect! I loved how Lavender pulled Ron to her and snogged his face off. I also loved how surprised Hermione looked after seeing it. The entire moment with Harry and the birds was lovely. Hermione crying and asking Harry what it’s like seeing Ginny with Dean really showed us for the first time that her feelings for Ron were real. It was her turn in a sense to feel the pain like Ron had to in Goblet of Fire when she was with Krum. I loved watching her cry and shake. Hermione loves Ron and it really hurt her when he ended up with Lavender. I was absolutely gobsmacked.

Ron and Lavender storming in made me tense up. I loved how giggly Lavender was and how she did not care for Hermione. Ron, on the other hand, took it like how Book!Ron would have. All his excitement vanished and he seemed so scared but tried to cover it up with, “What’s with the birds?” I’m sure he was not only confused about seeing Hermione crying but also seeing her close with Harry. I loved how he snatched his arm back when Lavender tried to pull him away. It was a good gesture in showing us that he cared more about her than having fun with Lavender.

I think the best R/Hr moment in the film happened when Hermione set the birds on him and he ducked out of the way. Before he left, Ron gave Hermione this terribly moving expression of confusion and a bit of guilt and rejection. Hermione’s eyes were full of tears but she stared him down. It told him that he had hurt her and I think it really sank in for Ron. It was so beautiful. It was the most canon Ron and Hermione in the movie thus far.

Everything after that was bland. Lavender in the book is less of a stalker and more of just a girl in love/lust over Ron. She really brought completion to Hermione. She was a real character and a real girl. I really did feel sorry for her and I enjoyed her character. But Lavender in the movie was hard to feel for. Her fogging the window and writing R+L was good for showing her crazy side but that’s it. Showing Lavender as a creeper does not help the R/Hr ship. It has to be shown why Hermione was so scared and worried. Also, Ron explaining that what he and Lav had was chemical and then “will it last, how knows?” and “There’s no stopping it,” – it’s so not Ron. In the book, he was not that casual and cool with his new girlfriend. Sure, he wanted to move on but he was not at all confident and comfortable with it. In the film, this scene didn’t help the R/L/Hr triangle or R/Hr ship, or build angst. It just made Ron look like a jerk.

There was a nice scene though when Hermione passed by their compartment and Ron looked after her longingly. However, the scene with the necklace was underdone and Hermione shouting how she did not care if Ron snogged Lavender in the library was less impressive that it should have been. While it was nice that she tried to be strong and act like she didn’t care, there should have been more sorrow in her voice and not anger. The “I have to go vomit,” line was a bad choice as well. It made for good comedy but it wasn’t great for Hermione’s character. It showed more annoyance of Lavender and less her being upset that Ron was with someone else.

So, it all led up to the important poisoning scene. Lavender was great when she rushed at Ron’s side and fussed over him. Her face and body language was incredibly canon. Hermione, on the other hand, was a disappointment. In the book she is quiet and pale and terribly upset. In the movie, she simply looked at him. It did not show her deep emotion for him or how she was scared that after weeks without speaking to him, she might never get a chance to speak to him again.

The argument between Lavender and Hermione was great. I loved how Hermione called her a daft dimbo and Lavender said now she found Ron interesting. When Ron stirred and moaned Hermione’s name three times I almost cried. It was spectacular. I loved Hermione face when she recognized what he had said and how Lavender ran off crying. I gushed when she took his hand and he moved. Hermione could not stop smiling and I couldn’t either. It was a great moment and was the only book moment that didn’t disappoint me. The additional, “It’s about time, isn’t it?” from Ginny was a pleasant surprise and I think it demolished some of the H/Hr love when Harry smiled at her and Hermione whispered, “Oh shut up,” after taking Ron’s hand. Dumbledore adding, “Mr. Weasley is in good care,” was a total shot out to Hermione. I squeed at that!

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The most important Ron/Hermione scene in Half-Blood Prince

However, the break up with Lavender scene was terrible. I don’t like how Ron had nothing to do with it. It gives the impression that he would not have left her if Lavender hadn’t heard him say Hermione’s name. Even though he said, “I’m glad to get rid of her” it would have had more of an impact on how he felt nothing for Lavender if they had broken up as they did in the book. The “Ron you’re making it snow” line might as well have been cut out. It is one of my favourite moments in the book. Hermione takes Ron’s hand and guides his wand down and then he brushes snow off her shoulder. Lavender bursts into tears afterwards. It’s very good for displaying the sexual tension between Ron and Hermione. However, in the movie it was five seconds of Hermione making the statement, touching Ron’s wrist, and Harry brushing snow off the table. It is as if Ron and Hermione aren’t allowed to touch each other at all. I don’t like how Lavender was glaring at them and digging her fork into the table. She was supposed to be crying. Movie!Lavender is a stocker, but I wish her character were more sensitive and human. It would have complicated and added more drama to the triangle.

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One of the R/Hr moments that didn't make the final cut

Well, that was the last of the R/L/Hr triangle. After that, it was as if nothing happened. Ron and Hermione went back to never really talking or giving each other eye contact and Lavender was never seen again.

As a whole, the entire R/L/Hr triangle and the building of Ron and Hermione’s love for each other was a bust. While there were a few cute moments, it was too hyped up and did not deliver. There wasn’t enough Lavender for one. Her character was completely butchered. There wasn’t a lot of indication that Ron wanted Hermione, there was not enough of him with Lavender, and there wasn’t any real dialogue of Ron expressing his frustration and annoyance with Lavender like there was in the book. Hermione wasn’t nearly as upset over things and didn’t show her anger as she did in the book. The book Half-Blood Prince really focused on Ron’s and Hermione’s mutual feelings, but in the movie it was sped through and watered down.

Of course, the stars behind the characters of Ron, Lavender, and Hermione had magic or lack thereof of their own.

Rupert Grint and Jessie Cave made an excellent team. Jessie showed Lavender’s passion, lust, excitement, and cattiness perfectly! She and Rupert on screen together were gold! The scene where she kisses him on the staircase was extremely sexy and I loved the spark between them right before she kissed him after the win. Though both actors said it was a bit scary, they nailed the scane and it is obvious they were comfortable with each other.

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Won-Won and Lav-Lav

Another great moment was one that I’m not sure was actually meant to be. After they come back from Christmas break Lavender gives Ron the necklace and jumps on his back. Jessie and Rupert both laughed as he tightened his grip on her and helped her push higher on his back. I don’t know if they – or at least Rupert – was supposed to laugh at that, but it showed how much fun they had working together. Jessie has said herself that she is very keen on Rupert; and he has said nothing but good things about her as well. He has called her a good kisser, a great actress, and sweet and funny person. It showed on screen. My only complaint is that they did not get more screen time together! I was expecting Jessie to be in the majority of the movie but her screen time was terribly short. It is a shame, because she and Rupert are so funny and have natural chemistry. They presented their characters and their relationship well. I could not get enough of them!

Rupert and Emma Watson usually have great chemistry on screen, but in Half-Blood Prince, it was lost. Their usual spark and fire was absent. First, they hardly had any screen time together talking. Surprisingly, both Ron AND Hermione were not in Half-Blood Prince as much as I thought they would be. They took a back seat to Dumbledore and Draco. Besides, anytime they were together and they were talking, Ron was looking at Harry. He seemed to talk to Harry and then had Hermione looking at him. Rupert and Emma did not have a single moment where I was blown away. They usually share beautiful looks like in Order of the Phoenix or have great bickering like in Prisoner of Azkaban, but none of it was present in Half-Blood Prince. I think the biggest reason is that Rupert and Dan stole the show. Ron and Harry’s friendship was amplified ten times the normal. They were blokes and worked so well together.

I should add that Rupert was amazing overall. He did everything he could do melt the ice between him and Emma and he was fantastic as Ron.

To conclude, the love triangle was not what it could have been, and we should have seen more of Rupert’s interactions with his two female co-stars. While the entire teenage angst plot line made for good comedy and even some serious moments, when it comes to delivering the best from the book Half-Blood Prince, the movie failed. Steve Kloves should have wiped off his glasses and re-read the book before embarking on writing a script.

All images courtesy of Warner Bros. via Oclumencia

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Fanvideo Spotlight

No matter if you have amazing editing skills, are a newbie or have absolutely no clue how to make a fanvideo, everybody who is a fan of something or someone can enjoy these clips, which can really be considered visual poetry and actual artworks.

wicked_jo1Fanvideos can range from character tributes to comic parodies and shipping/slash feasts. They come in many different styles, and there’s at least one for each person’s tastes and ships, many times even breaching the barriers of a single fandom (crossover). Most of us host and watch fanvideos on YouTube, and if you type in “fanvideo” on their search bar, you’ll get around 173000 results, so… lots and lots to choose from.

Did you know that vidding (meaning the practice of creating fanvideos) started in the 1970s? That’s right, it all started at a Star Trek convention, with Kandy Fong (who used a slide projector and a cassette player).

Today, fan made videos are a big part of almost any fandom, be it Lord of The Rings, Dragon Ball Z, Harry Potter, or the one featured in this article: the Rupert Grint fandom – which you are most probably a part of, if you’re reading this text! Also, nowadays most vidders aren’t digging up their old cassette players but using instead video editing software such as Windows Movie Maker (a simple, basic program, good for newbies), Sony Vegas Pro, One True Media (free online editor), Corel Video Studio, and many others, which allow us to do more sophisticated fanvideos.

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But back to what really matters here – Rupert Grint. There are hundreds of videos dedicated to him and edited by his loyal fans, but some of them certainly stand out from the rest for various reasons. I’ll put one particular Rupert fanvideo in the spotlight and explain why it is, in my opinion, a must watch for any fan. So, with no further ado, the spotlight is on…

“Rupert Grint // complete”
Edited by huntergraphics (a.k.a. Laura)
Upload date: October 31st, 2008
Users Rate: 5 stars
Views: 3581
Comments: 66

Why is it in the spotlight?

Audio: The vidder has combined a great song, which sets the soft, beautiful tone of the video, with audio excerpts in which we can hear various quotes from the interviews with Rupert, his co-stars etc. The song is “Ashes & Wine” by A Fine Frenzy, which not only fits Rupert and the overall style of the clip, but it’s very cleverly put together with the clips’ audio: because the song takes a back seat, you don’t have that annoying experience of trying to hear whatever people are saying while the song is playing very loudly at the same time.

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Clips/Pictures: The video is a nice mixture of some of the fans’ favorite clips (such as the press conference for Harry Potter and the Philosopher/Sorcerer Stone, behind the scenes clips, interviews, movie clips etc), pictures (promotional stills, photoshoots, photocalls …) and quotes (some of them coming from Rupert himself and others from co-stars, movie critics and movie directors). All of these elements are, in my opinion, very well selected, because they show Rupert’s personality/public persona, his talent and his relationship with co-workers and fans.

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Editing: The editing fits the song perfectly, being very soft and simple. Too many crazy effects and transitions between the clips would make it too busy, complicated and fast paced for the song and would just not be appropriate for the video’s style. However, what stands out in the editing is the color scheme used: soft, warm but very distinct and original – just like Rupert himself.

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Feedback from the fans: Well, I’ve shared my thoughts about the video, but of course I couldn’t choose it to be on spotlight based only on my personal opinion. So let’s see what other Rupert fans had to say about it (from the Youtube comments page):

“Hey that was a really good video! You pieced together all the clips and photos and quotes so well. 🙂 I love Rupert Grint!! Who doesn’t right?”

~ percivalwemysmadison

“for me this is the best rupert vid”

~ p0kerFace88

“most beautiful Rupert tribute. 🙂 great work! ♥ ”

~ MissSatansbratenqirl

And that’s all for this fanvideo spotlight. Hopefully this was a chance for all of you to discover or remember a great video about our favorite young actor. Feel free to give us your own opinions and thoughts about fanvideos or vidding in general and this clip in particular.

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Movie Review: Cible émouvante!

It was August 2008 when we first heard the rumor about Rupert Grint being involved with a new movie called Wild Target. It wasn’t long until it was confirmed that indeed Rupert would be filming a remake of the 1993 French movie called Cible émouvante. I can still remember how happy and excited we all were – can you?

I was way beyond happy when I realized that Pierre Salvadori was the writer of the original version because I had just recently watched this other movie scripted by him, called Hors de Prix with Audrey Tautou and Gad Elmaleh. This French romantic comedy fascinated me; so I realised that something pretty good must be coming our way.

I am lucky to have these great friends who are forced to listen to me talking about Rupert and his projects all the time. A couple of days after I told them about Wild Target, one of my best mates delivered the original movie Cible émouvante right to my door! What a surprise! Alas: no subtitles. “Duh!” I thought. It was time to put in practice the three courses of French I had taken.

I’m going to try not to spoil the movie too much for you, although I will mention some important plot details. Besides, the movie is in French and it made me realize that, even if you did take those French classes in the past, you have to keep practicing the language, otherwise you forget a lot. Yeah, I didn’t understand most of the dialogue. Pity.

As soon as Cible émouvante started, I had a feeling that it would be a very cool movie. The first one to appear was Victor Meynard (played by Jean Rochefort), who was practicing his English while “working” (i.e. killing people). Then, some minutes later, there he was… Antoine (Guillaume Depardieu) — in the English version it will be Rupert’s character “Tony”. Due to some circumstances you’ll get to see, Antoine a.k.a. Tony becomes Victor’s apprentice and they continue their journey together.

My thoughts after the first couple of minutes: will Rupert’s character use a gun too, like Victor does? Will he be chasing the bad guys? Will he be injured?

A strange family: Antoine, Renee and Victor

A strange family: Antoine, Renee and Victor

As you might have read, Victor got an assignment to get rid of Renée (Marie Trintignant), a beautiful eccentric woman who double-crossed a very dangerous man and now he wants revenge. But Victor fails to murder her, and as the movie progresses, the main trio get together to escape from the bad guys hired now to get rid of them all. Thus “the trio” head up to Victor’s mom’s house and things start to get crazy. Just wait and see!

Try to picture Rupert handling a gun, running his ass off, taking hot tub baths, smoking, etc… If the English version stays true to the French original, maybe we’ll get a chance to see a scene between Tony (Rupert Grint) and Rose (Emily Blunt) where she is trying to seduce him. Interesting! In a recent exclusive interview with ICM Rupert has said that Wild Target is quite similar to the French original, so… let’s hope for the best!

One of my favorite scenes is when Antoine and Reneé throw a party for Victor’s birthday (I think it’s his birthday). We don’t get to see the party itself, but only the aftermath, a day later: all the empty bottles of the wine they drank, polaroids of them having fun dropped the floor, food leftovers, balloons, etc. – it seems to have been a helluva party for the three of them!

It was exciting to see the character that Rupert will play in Wild Target: I can easily imagine him doing it. Antoine is kind of a quiet character, he talks with his face and we all know that’s something that Rupert works perfectly. Not that Antoine doesn’t talk, because he does and he is also a very funny guy! I would love to see a more talkative Tony though, because I’d love Rupert to be allowed to use his great verbal talent – but then again, how many people are able to say everything with their face alone? Either way, Rupert will do it perfectly.

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"The Trio" in a car chase scene

I really enjoyed other characters as well. Victor is this serious assassin with some beautiful feelings ready to explode inside him; Renée is a pretty woman, but don’t let her beauty fool you, she’s a bit dangerous too, but it’s all for a good purpose.

Rupert will share credit with great actors such as Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Everett, Eileen Atkins and Martin Freeman; most of these actors have made the names for themselves playing comedic characters; and we mustn’t forget that Wild Target was directed by another comedy great, a BAFTA winning writer, actor and director Jonathan Lynn.

I had a brilliant time watching Cible émouvante; I’ve seen it three times already, and even though I can’t understand all of the dialogue, it makes me laugh a lot. Thus I may assure you that the English version will be a very entertaining film too. I’m sure you are all very excited for Wild Target and can’t wait to see it; but, until it’s released, we can only do what one of Rupert’s shirts tells us: “Keep calm and carry on”.

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Rupert Grint: A Model in the Making?

The year of 2009 has been a great one for Rupert Grint in many ways, especially with the release of his highly anticipated film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, and the other film Cherrybomb touring the festivals worldwide and creating lots of buzz. Not only has Rupert been busy filming movies, he has also managed to do multiple photoshoots that make all of us melt and squee with happiness. The best thing about these shoots is that they are all very different, thus they show us different sides of Rupert’s personality, as well as his ability to transform himself in front of the cameras.

blag_magazine_coverThe BLAG magazine feature was really important for Rupert, not only because it was his first ever fashion shoot, but also because it was accompanied by a great, in-depth interview which made us, the fans, feel like we truly got to know him better. Both the interview and the gorgeous photos were done by Sarah J Edwards, one half of the pair behind the Blag magazine. We got a glimpse of what Rupert looks like in a totally different style (compared to his usual “indie rock star” style): he modeled exclusive pieces by today’s hottest designers such as Alexander McQueen, Tom Ford, Rag & Bone, etc. In two photos we see Rupert sporting some classy gray attire. One outfit consists of a casual button-up long sleeve shirt with a nice and simple jacket and matching pants. In another photo we see Rupert dressed in some light brown and gray tones that include many patterns, but the patterns are very well matched and do not overpower the entire outfit. We only see the upper half of the outfit, but I’m imagining that he’s wearing gray dress pants with a chain hanging in one of his pockets! Just think of it as an edgier way a college professor would dress!

When Rupert did an interview with the Daily Mail, I was in awe with the photos taken by Ian Derry. Rupert looks incredibly debonair and has such a sophisticated look on his face that is simply seductive.

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fondue_graduate_wideweb__430x396Not only are these pictures amazing by themselves, they are also inspired by the 1967 American cult classic The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft (the small picture on the right). Another thing I really adored about the photos was Rupert’s wardrobe. I absolutely love seeing Rupert dressed up in formal wear. It may not be his style, but he makes a regular tux look like the “in” thing to wear for men. Maybe this could lead Rupert into a future style icon status.

fhm1Then came along the FHM Magazine shoot (photographed by Glen Burrows) and a funny, bloke-y accompanying interview, where Rupert not only discussed his goal to win an Oscar someday, but he also mentioned that he did have doubts about his future as an actor. This was another superb fashion shoot (Rupert modeled Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, Burberry Prorsum, Viktor & Rolf Monsieur and other designer brands), but a rather edgy and surreal one, possibly inspired by the fact that Rupert is famous for playing a wizard. For example, there is a picture of Rupert lighting a cigarette with his thumb, which made a lot of his fans unable to blink! This stunning portrait is so simple, yet sexy and makes Rupert look a bit more rebellious.

fhm2Another interesting picture is of Rupert sitting on a chair with his hands on a table wearing a black suit with a tea cup levitating. The moment I saw this picture I couldn’t help but just picture him in a film where his character has some kind of magical powers and is being questioned because of his abilities; so, in this scene, Rupert’s is simply demonstrating to them how powerful he really is and what amazing things he can do. I know the scenario sounds a little strange, but it’s also kind of symbolic, is it not?

harry-potter-cast_lIn the recent Entertainment Weekly photoshoot and interview (the author of which is Jeff Jensen) we get to see a more natural Rupert, who is photographed alongside his Harry Potter cast mates: Daniel Radcliffe, Bonnie Wright and Emma Watson. This time, Rupert was photographed in Moschino, Tommy Hilfiger and other cool designer gear. In the picture on the left, it looks like Rupert was having a blast with his friends, which is something all fans love to see.

harry-potter-cast3_lHere’s another great picture of Rupert along with his two partners in crime, Daniel and Emma (the three of them were on the cover as well). Looks like Dan is standing on a box again, lol! Anyway, it is obvious that Rupert was having great fun with this particular photoshoot: not only that he was hanging out with his friends, but he also seemed to enjoy the surroundings as well. However, some fans were disappointed that Bonnie wasn’t on the cover of Entertainment Weekly together with the trio, and we do feel for Bonnie’s fans.

The photoshoot from the Times Online, done by Tom Stockill, seems to have caused mixed feelings among Rupert fans. Although Rupert looked as gorgeous as ever, quite a few fans thought that the poses were awkward and seemed uncomfortable. The lighting also seemed to disappoint as well – basically some thought the pictures were too dark. Though, I have to admit that, when I first saw the pictures, I just thought that it was so cool that Rupert was back to being his usual self. He was dressed in his own clothes and his hair was styled the way we’re used to seeing him – shaggy and slightly above his eyes. But the background and surroundings didn’t seem to play off well on Rupert.

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tomstockill_7However, there are some lovely pictures, and just the way that Rupert looks into the camera makes your head spin. Whether you liked the photoshoot or not, you can’t help but think that Rupert takes pictures like a pro, no matter the lighting, the poses, the surroundings or the feeling he’s supposed to convey.

So, can you imagine Rupert as a future model? Giving those who say gingers don’t make good models a run for their money? Personally, I don’t see it happening. Although he does take good photos, Rupert is more than likely going to stick with what he does best. Acting. He’s got a bright future as an actor ahead of him. But a major plus side to all these photoshoots is that they could very well give him the push that he needs. And I believe all fans will agree with my conclusion: Rupert doesn’t need to do photoshoots to impress us, but it doesn’t hurt either. 😀

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Finally

Author: mugglemama
Rating: PG-13

Hermione sat curled up on the sofa in the Burrow’s lounge, a book open in her lap and her hands limp at her sides. Her eyes were focused on the dying embers in the fireplace as she reflected on the past week.

Fred had been buried a mere thirty-six hours earlier. To keep herself from dwelling on the grieving faces of the Weasleys, Hermione began her nightly ritual of cataloguing each physical contact with Ron since Voldemort’s defeat: 24 hugs, 8 pecks on the cheek, 3 kisses on her forehead, one not-quite-chaste kiss on the lips the night before, and one large hand on her bum, but so briefly she couldn’t be certain it was intentional.

She was distracted from her thoughts as Ron threw himself down beside her, his leg sprawling comfortably against hers. He closed his eyes and laid his head back, breathing a slow sigh of relief. “I’m so glad it’s all over and done with.” As he spoke, the little finger of his hand reached out and stroked the back of hers. “′specially all that stuff, ya know, between you and me…” He turned his head, opening one eye and giving her a half smile.

Hermione jerked her hand away. “What?”

Ron bolted upright and, in his usual articulate manner, explained, “Well… uh, Hermione, you… I mean, um… you know.”

“No, Ron, I don’t know!” Hermione jumped off the sofa, fists clenched in anger. “I can’t believe you’re finishing with me before we even got properly started!”

“Finishing?” Ron sprang to his feet. “What the hell are you on about?”

Not intimidated by Ron’s towering frame, Hermione took a step forward and poked him in his chest. “You” -poke- “just said you” -poke- “were glad we” -poke- “were done!”

“Well I am glad we’re done!” Ron grabbed her wrist to prevent further bruising. “Done with all that shit we put ourselves through.”

Hermione wrenched her hand from his grasp. “What do you mean by that?

“I’m done fighting how I feel!”

“And how is that, exactly?”

Ron gripped her arms. “I’m done pretending I’m not in love with you, dammit!”

Hermione’s expression immediately softened and her mouth formed a silent “Oh.” Ron eased his hold but didn’t let go as they stared at each other in silence. Finally, Hermione spoke. “I…I don’t want to fight it anymore either.”

“So…you too?” Ron ran his hands down her arms to her hands, leaving goose pimples on her flesh.

“Yes, very much.”

“It’s over then…the ‘just friends’ thing?”

“It has been for awhile.” She squeezed his hands gently.

“But now it’s official, yea?”

“It’s official.” She smiled up at him; he was grinning from ear to ear. “Now what?”

Ron licked his lips and blushed slightly as he slid his hand behind her neck and pulled her close. “This,” he whispered against her lips.

She wouldn’t be Hermione if she didn’t take notes: one far-from-chaste kiss, and one – oh, two! – definitely intentional hands on her bottom.

Finally.

Disclaimer: The characters of and situations of Harry Potter used in this story are the legal property of J.K. Rowling, Bloomsbury, and AOL Time Warner. We are just borrowing them. No copyright infringement is intended.

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Spot of Bother

Author: mugglemama
Rating: PG-13

I don’t care how posh this tent is compared to the Muggle ones Harry described, the truth is tents are not the most comfortable of places. ‘Specially when sharing one with seven other blokes, and definitely not when you’ve barely fallen asleep only to be woken up by a large damp spot on your bunk and in your pants.

I’ve had this happen before, I’m fourteen after all. I’ve just never had a dream that featured my best mate before – and I’m not referring to Harry.

I remember laughing to myself as I was falling asleep, thinking about Hermione’s reaction to that nutter who didn’t want to wear Muggle trousers. Suddenly I’m imagining Hermione standing there, looking different – prettier somehow – asking me if I’d like feeling a breeze ‘round my privates. Then this ‘dream Hermione’ lifts up my robes and … well, one thing led to another, … which led to my current problem.

It’s downright barmy that I’d have these thoughts about Hermione, she’s not even a proper girl. I mean, I know she’s a girl (she sleeps in the girls’ dorm and all); she’s just not like those girls in the magazines Fred and George hide under their mattresses, all soft and squishy looking. Thinking about it though, Hermione was pretty soft when she hugged me last year while bawling about Buckbeak; she smelled really good too. And she definitely looks like she’d be squishier this year.

Damn! I can’t think like that now – I’ve gotta get this mess cleaned up before Fred or George find out. What I am gonna do? This isn’t like school where I just wave my wand and clean the stains from my sheets. Not that I’d be ‘scourgifying’ my privates, even if I could. At home Mum makes sure all us boys have spare sheets in our rooms (one of the benefits of having five older brothers, Mum understands these things and doesn’t make a fuss).

Extra sheets – of course! There must be some around this tent somewhere. I’ll just check in this cupboard here-

“Ron? Is that you?”

Shit! Who’s that? “Charlie?”

“Yea Ronnie … what’s up?”

“Nothing.”

“You sure? Looks like you’ve got yourself a spot of, er, bother,” he says, pointing at my crotch.

“Um … uh …”

With a wave of his wand my pajamas are clean; he sends a Tergeo towards my bunk too.

“Er, uh … thanks.” I stammer, my ears burning.

“No problem. Nothing to worry about, perfectly normal.”

“Yea, well, okay … ‘night then.” I wanna crawl into my bunk and die, only Charlie’s giving me this funny look.

“Um … is there anything else?”

“No, … just … your friend, Hermione, … she seems like a lovely girl.”

Where the hell did that come from? And why is Charlie checking out Hermione?

“Um, yea … I g-guess so.”

“Like you hadn’t noticed,” he scoffs.

“Wh-why do you say that?”

“Because, little brother,” he claps my shoulder, “you talk in your sleep,” laughing as he heads off to bed.

Bugger!

Disclaimer: The characters of and situations of Harry Potter used in this story are the legal property of J.K. Rowling, Bloomsbury, and AOL Time Warner. We are just borrowing them. No copyright infringement is intended.

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August is Happiness Happens Month

Rupert Grint, happy. Photo courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Rupert Grint, happy. Photo courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

Rupert’s birthday is not the only thing worth celebrating during the month of August. In 2000, the Secret Society of Happy People dubbed the month of August as Happiness Happens Month. Originally declared on August 9, 1999 as Admit You’re Happy day, and later renamed as Happiness Happens Day, this month long celebration encourages people around the world to do just that, be happy. As many of you know, Rupert stated in the Vol. 3 No. 1 issue of Blag Magazine that he “can‘t even recall the last time he felt angry.” Can you say the same?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, happiness is, “a state of well-being and contentment ; a pleasurable or satisfying experience.” There are many benefits to being happy, however, one of the best benefits may be better health. Studies have shown that happier people tend to have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol . Cortisol can be helpful in terms of helping the heart maintain a steady beat during stressful situations and helping people deal with intense pain; however, too much or prolonged levels of cortisol in the body can lead to high blood pressure and even a heart attack (and it gives you a big belly).

Therefore, it’s better to “Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” There are many ways that you can think your way to happier thoughts, such as, hanging around positive people, maintaining a journal of things for which you are thankful and finding out what you can do to make someone else happy.

What are some things that you do to “Be Happy?” Share in our comments.
And check out how your country ranks up in terms of overall happiness in the World Happiness Database.

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Emma Watson Questionnaire 14

1. Emma as a person – overall impression
She seems to be a nice person.

2. Emma’s acting in Harry Potter – is she a good Hermione or not? How important is canon in this respect?What did you think of her performance in Half-Blood Prince as opposed to other films?
I like her in the role of Hermione. Sometimes she overacts, for example her facial expressions make her look a little fake, but only a few times; so overall she is perfect as Hermione. In Half-Blood Prince she was nice. You could see that Hermione loves Ron but doesn’t want to express her feelings. I liked the scene with the birds a lot, she really seemed to be crying.

3. Emma’s acting outside Harry Potter (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux)
In Ballet Shoes her character was different from Hermione, so she did a good job; and I didn’t watch The Tale of Despereaux.

4. The fact that Emma didn’t do many roles outside of Harry Potter – a good thing or not?
I think this is neither good nor bad because, okay, she could have learned more about acting, but maybe she wanted to have more free time to spend with her family and friends. But definitely she could learn a few things that would improve her performance as Hermione.

5. Emma’s looks – overrated or not
No I think it’s okay, people like her, she’s pretty and it’s natural for the magazines and companies to want to have her as their “face” and put her on the covers.

6. Emma as a style icon – is it a good thing for the Harry Potter franchise overall, or not?
Yes, definitely it is good, I think it gives Harry Potter some good publicity.

7. Emma’s ambition and plans in life: acting, or modelling, or university, or all these
She’s making good decisions. It’s a good thing that she wants to study something: it’s a backup plan and it should make her feel more secure if she doesn’t want to act in a future. As for modelling, well she’s very pretty and if she likes it, she should take advantage of it.

8. The way Emma treats Rupert in interviews and public appearances
They look like friends, not best friends but good friends; maybe she speaks a lot and I don’t know if Rupert is just shy or she really doesn’t let Rupert talk hahaha.

9. Emma as a Ron/Hermione shipper
I think she likes the relationship, and enjoys talking about Ron/Hermione, but when it comes to the movies and the scenes with Rupert, she looks uncomfortable.

10. Your expectations: Emma in Deathly Hallows I and II, and beyond Harry Potter
I hope there will be some improvement in the Ron/Hermione department. She always does a good job with the Harry/Hermione scenes, but I really want to see how the relationship between Ron and Hermione grows, how they really love each other. I want to see it on the screen.

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Emma Watson Questionnaire 13

1. Emma as a person – overall impression
Emma seems like a rather intelligent, poised, classy young woman. I am proud of her decision to continue her education and the way she presents herself in the public eye.

2. Emma’s acting in Harry Potter – is she a good Hermione or not? How important is canon in this respect? What did you think of her performance in Half-Blood Prince as opposed to other films?
I am not totally pleased with Emma’s portrayal of Hermione in the HP movies. She seems too snotty, too arrogant, and not as socially awkward or mocked as the book version of Hermione. This may be the fault of the directors more than Emma the actress. She only performs the way the director asks, and the director gets to choose which scenes to select/edit out.
I feel that canon is important, but not if it gets in the way of decent film story-telling.
I enjoyed Emma’s portrayal of Hermione in Half-Blood Prince more than in most of the films. That was probably due to the fact that she actually had a better variety of emotions to portray. I did feel some of the scenes were forced (hospital bed scene with Lavender), but was glad for less “eyebrow emoting” overall.

3. Emma’s acting outside Harry Potter (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux)
I haven’t seen any of her other works, as they do not appeal to me.

4. The fact that Emma didn’t do many roles outside of Harry Potter – a good thing or not?
It doesn’t matter.

5. Emma’s looks – overrated or not
She is a beautiful young woman with a very ‘youthful’ appearance. She is not a stunning beauty. The film makers allow the portrayal of Hermione to be too pretty. Hermione is supposed to be plain, not lovely.

6. Emma as a style icon – is it a good thing for the Harry Potter franchise overall, or not?
I feel the fashion world is superficial and unimportant, so I’d rather not see Ms. Watson be involved with this industry. However, it has no impact on the Harry Potter franchise overall.

7. Emma’s ambition and plans in life: acting, or modelling, or university, or all these
Her best option, since she is not getting the acting opportunities she desires, is to follow an education and find something that better suits her abilities.

8. The way Emma treats Rupert in interviews and public appearances
Other than saying that kissing him was “horrible,” she has always been inclusive and generous to Rupert in interviews. She clearly enjoys him and wants others to as well. Her “horrible” comment was impulsive and reflective of the experience of kissing on screen, not the individual. None the less, it was not the most appropriate way to react.

9. Emma as a Ron/Hermione shipper
I am grateful that she has always been the most vocal proponent of the pair. I hope she was pleased with the way the storyline worked out.

10. Your expectations: Emma in Deathly Hallows I and II, and beyond Harry Potter
I expect Emma to continue to get the lion’s share of attention throughout filming and promotion of Deathly Hallows I & II. That’s just the media’s way. I hope that she is able to continue to grow in showing the flirtation and attraction between Hermione and Ron, as well as the anguish and hurt of abandonment. I also hope that she finds what she is looking for in a career, and happiness for the future.

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Emma Watson Questionnaire 12

1. Emma as a person – overall impression
I’m not sure how to answer this question. I don’t know much about her, so my (superficial) impression might be way off.

2. Emma’s acting in Harry Potter – is she a good Hermione or not? And why? How important is canon in this respect? What did you think of her performance in Half-Blood Prince as opposed to other films?
I really liked her in the first two movies. Prisoner of Azkaban was a step back, but I don’t think it was Emma’s fault – it was the tandem of Kloves and Cuaron who turned Hermione into something she wasn’t supposed to be. However, since Goblet of Fire Emma has completely ruined Hermione for me. She adopted some really bad habits, she started overacting and portraying Hermione as this hysterical, overly emotional, annoying teenager. Book!Hermione does have her high-strung moments, but most of the time she is quite rational, sensible and objective. Emma fails to grasp this dimension of Hermione completely. Sometimes it seems to me Emma is trying too hard, the other time she appears completely disinterested. She needs to learn to breathe, relax in the scene, but most of all, she needs to decide whether she wants to be an actress or not. It is plain obvious that in the past 4-5 years she has been doubtful about her acting prospects, and unfortunately it shows. And I haven’t really seen much improvement in Half-Blood Prince. I have to admit she annoyed me less, but only because her screen time was diminished.

3. Emma’s acting outside Harry Potter (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux)
I haven’t seen The Tale of Despereaux, so I can’t tell. Ballet Shoes was a nice little TV movie, but Emma was probably the weakest link in the cast. She was completely overshadowed by the girls who played Pauline’s sisters Petrova and Posy – even the girl who played Winifred was a lot better than Emma. I understand why Emma wanted to do Ballet Shoes, but the role wasn’t much of a stretch and her performance was nothing to write home about.

4. The fact that Emma didn’t do many roles outside of Harry Potter – a good thing or not?
Well, it’s undoubtedly a good thing that Emma kept focus on school and got excellent marks and got accepted to a prestigious university – getting a good degree will open lots of doors for her, career wise. However, if she is serious about continuing her career as an actress beyond Harry Potter, then it’s a bad thing, because she needs to learn her craft. In fact it puzzles me why she didn’t want to study drama.

5. Emma’s looks – overrated or not
Overrated. She’s a pretty girl, but she’ll never be in the same sex bomb category as, say, Megan Fox or Scarlett Johansson. Besides, there are so many pretty girls in Hollywood, so if she’s serious about continuing with acting, she can’t count on her looks alone to score her new roles.

6. Emma as a style icon – is it a good thing for the Harry Potter franchise overall, or not?
It’s a good thing, because it draws more attention to the movies, and broadens the potential audience.

7. Emma’s ambition and plans in life: acting, or modelling, or university, or all these
Whatever makes her happy, but honestly, I don’t see her winning an Academy Award anytime soon.

8. The way Emma treats Rupert in interviews and public appearances
It is quite obvious that Emma is fond of Rupert; she usually has nice things to say about him. However, I’ve never noticed any sign of sexual attraction between them: so, when Emma says that she only sees Rupert as a good friend, or an older brother, I believe her.

9. Emma as a Ron/Hermione shipper
I do believe she’s a R/Hr shipper, she has said so many times. I also hope she’s upset as much as the rest of us R/Hr shippers when their relationship is downplayed in the movies!

10. Your expectations: Emma in Deathly Hallows I and II, and beyond Harry Potter
I have no idea what Emma will do after Deathly Hallows, and frankly I won’t be following her career beyond Harry Potter. In any case, I hope she will make the best choices for her, and do whatever makes her happy and fulfilled, and I wish her all the best.

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Emma Watson Questionnaire 11

1. Emma as a person – overall impression
When I first watched Emma play Hermione in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, I felt like she was such a smart and cute girl. And this first impression proved to be right, as I watched her in other Harry Potter movies and observed her behaviour towards the press and the public. While other stars concentrate on their acting career, she balances both her study and her acting and completes both jobs with such an excellent result. Considering her age, she does a great job balancing commitments.

2. Emma’s acting in Harry Potter – is she a good Hermione or not? And why? How important is canon in this respect? What did you think of her performance in Half-Blood Prince as opposed to other films?
I must say I’m not a fan of her acting. To me, she was Hermione in the first two films: bossy, intelligent, yet insecure. Since the third film, I haven’t felt Hermione much in her acting. Partly because movie!Hermione (under the hand of you-know-who) gradually separated from book!Hermione. She suddenly become a heroine with incredible strength (yeah, she used one hand to pick Harry up and throw him into the cave in Harry Potter 3), took the lines which should have been Ron or others… Hermione also became an “old woman” with her grimaced face and seemed to be uncomfortable with everything. I could hardly distinguish whether Hermione was worried or angry because her facial expression was nearly the same: grimaced eyebrows and stares…
In Half-Blood Prince I found little attachment between Ron and Hermione. Her expression when Hermione was heartbroken gave me no feeling at all. I couldn’t feel the pain Hermione was going through and I even wondered if Hermione was crying or having stomachache. Though she did a good job in the hospital scene, I still felt their relationship unpersuasive. It’s funny that although I am a R/Hr shipper, I actually liked R/Lav better in Half-Blood Prince!

3. Emma’s acting outside Harry Potter (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux)
I watched Ballet Shoes and I don’t know how to put it without being too harsh. Well, I saw little difference between Hermione and Pauline. That same facial expression, the same gestures sometimes made me wonder if this was Hermione or Pauline.

4. The fact that Emma didn’t do many roles outside of Harry Potter – a good thing or not?
We all know that off set Emma kept focus on her studies. So there is no surprise that she didn’t do so many roles outside of Harry Potter. In my opinion, this is a wise and good move because she didn’t let the superficial celebrity lifestyle seduce her and distract her from her other interest: study.

5. Emma’s looks – overrated or not
Emma is a beautiful young woman, no one can deny it. And the fact that she is the only girl of the Trio makes her even more beautiful. However, when you open the magazines and find her pics everywhere, you have the feeling that her beauty is overrated and appraised too much by the press.

6. Emma as a style icon – is it a good thing for the Harry Potter franchise overall, or not?
I think it’s good for the franchise. For example, when she did a photoshoot and interview for Elle, they would mention her as part of the Harry Potter franchise. Considering the majority of Elle readers, not all of them know about Harry Potter. Therefore, once they found her interesting, they might want to find our more about her through her movies.
This, however, is a double-edged sword. With the audiences who are also book purists, when they watch the movie, they may find movie!Hermione too blond and this may affect their perception of the characters.

7. Emma’s ambition and plans in life: acting, or modelling, or university, or all these
Well, this is her life and I wish her good luck. I just found it confusing that in recent interviews, while she kept saying she wanted to be anonymous after Harry Potter, she kept doing the photoshoots, she agreed to be the face of Burberry, she revealed she would be going to the States etc. Well, if you wanna be anonymous, then don’t say it everywhere and every time. I think she is still unsure about her future (well, she’s just 19).

8. The way Emma treats Rupert in interviews and public appearances
I haven’t seen too many interviews of just the two of them (I have been oblivious to the interviews outside the Harry Potter movies until… recently). However, in those interviews that I did watch she seemed very nice towards him and appraised him very much – except for the one she said kissing him was horrible (though she made some amendments later).

9. Emma as a Ron/Hermione shipper
She said a long time ago she was a R/Hr shipper. I just hope to see more good R/Hr moments in the movies.

10. Your expectations: Emma in Deathly Hallows I and II, and beyond Harry Potter
I hope in the last two movies, Hermione will be somewhat more like book!Hermione: a strong, intelligent and brave girl, who still shows her love for Ron and to some extent her dependence on him. Hermione, after all, is a girl with such a tender heart who needs caring, love and being loved.
For her project outside Harry Potter, if she continues her acting, I hope she can totally step outside the franchise and make us forget about Hermione. Above all, I wish her the best.

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Emma Watson Questionnaire 10

1. Emma as a person – overall impression
Being honest, I think it’s a complete coin toss with her attitude. One minute she seems sweet as peaches, the next she seems like a diva. Having seen both of those with her, its hard to imagine what she’s really like.

2. Emma’s acting in Harry Potter – is she a good Hermione or not? And why? How important is canon in this respect? What did you think of her performance in Half-Blood Prince as opposed to other films?
I actually think Emma has done a pretty respectable job playing Hermione. However, I feel that for some time her acting has taken a wrong turn. I thought she played Hermione incredibly well in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and that was actually my favorite portrayal of Hermione. Emma does make a good Hermione, mainly because they are so similar: they’re both bookworms who find comfort and peace while studying or just being in school. Now, when it comes to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, at times I couldn’t help but cringe at her acting. I just feel that Emma isn’t giving it her all anymore, mainly because she knows the ropes now and may possibly think that she is so similar to Hermione in a way, that there’s no need to act! In other words Emma is acting the way she would react to a certain situation and not the way Hermione would. So at certain points I had to ask myself, “Is this Hermione or Emma talking?” Hmmm…

3. Emma’s acting outside Harry Potter (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux)
Ballet Shoes was incredibly bland and pretty much bored me to tears. I thought Emma was incredibly over-dramatic during the film and to me it felt like she was again playing a character too similar to herself. I haven’t seen Tale of Despereaux so I can’t speak much about that; but if Emma was trying to prove she has any acting chops at all, she certainly wasn’t going about it correctly. She was in an animation movie and in my opinion, that’s not saying much when it comes to acting. The audience isn’t seeing you act, they’re not seeing your body language or your facial expressions, they are just hearing your voice.

4. The fact that Emma didn’t do many roles outside of Harry Potter – a good thing or not?
If she were serious about acting, she would have done more roles outside of Harry Potter. Now, I understand that school seemed more important to her, which by all means it should, but she really should have done more acting if at all possible. The fact that she has done so little outside of the franchise seems to weaken her chances of a serious career in the future.

5. Emma’s looks – overrated or not
n/a

6. Emma as a style icon – is it a good thing for the Harry Potter franchise overall, or not?
In all honesty, I find it rather annoying and extremely overrated that the public makes such a big deal out of what she’s wearing. I don’t think it’s really benefiting Harry Potter, nor is it hurting it. Her fashion sense and the franchise have nothing in common at all, except for the girl underneath those fancy clothes.

7. Emma’s ambition and plans in life: acting, or modelling, or university, or all these
I think it’s really good that Emma’s going to college because it’s a good time to “find and discover yourself;” and she may come to terms that she is meant to do something else and that acting may not be the right thing for her. She has said herself that she could fit in a couple indie movies to film while on vacation from college, but I find it hard to see Emma as an “indie darling.” Maybe I’m wrong, but I can’t see her doing any type of indie film.
I’m incredibly bothered that she is considered a “model” now. Every time I saw her on the cover of all those magazines, I couldn’t help myself but wonder if she enjoyed acting more, or modelling? I’d have to go with modelling because she’s done more magazine shoots than movies. If she was dead-on serious about her acting, she would have taken all that time it took her to pose for the photo cameras and filled it with time on a movie set, doing what she’s supposed to be doing. Acting!
So, when I see Emma, I don’t see an actress but a model.

8. The way Emma treats Rupert in interviews and public appearances
In the past I always thought that Emma treated Rupert quite well, but of course she had to make a fool out of herself on Jonathan Ross and say that kissing Rupert was “The most horrible thing I’ve ever had to do.” For one, it just didn’t seem professional and a lot of Rupert fans including myself thought that was kind of a low blow and that she could have kept that bit of information hidden. But apart from that I have no complaints. She seems to be fond of him at most times.

9. Emma as a Ron/Hermione shipper
I think it’s great that Emma is a R/Hr shipper, because it shows that she’s really into the characters and that she knows, just as much as most Harry Potter fans do, that Ron and Hermione belong together and that they are perfect for each other, despite them butting heads from time to time.

10. Your expectations: Emma in Deathly Hallows I and II, and beyond Harry Potter
I definitely expect Emma to finish college and think long and hard about acting and if this is what she really wants to do. I personally don’t see her having an extremely successful career outside of Harry Potter, just because I don’t see her making it too far beyond the franchise. Entertainment business is tough, it’s nothing but a big competition. Speaking of competition, I think she has a lot of it and she’ll have to work really hard to get the roles that she wants if she decides to go further with her career.

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Emma Watson Questionnaire 9

1. Emma as a person – overall impression
I like her. I think these reports we sometimes hear about her being a diva aren’t true. I always admired her personality. She is witty, she is clever, she is intelligent, she is sensible. She genuinely likes Rupert, which is always a good thing in my book. She is certainly interesting to listen to in interviews (okay, sometimes she elaborates a bit too much, but nobody is perfect). It’s not her fault that she’s beautiful and a media darling. She makes the best out of it, which is also clever. I have more of a problem with how the media perceives and treats the trio (i. e. shunting aside Rupert) than I have with Emma attending all these fashion shows and doing one photoshoot after another.

2. Emma’s acting in Harry Potter – is she a good Hermione or not? And why? How important is canon in this respect? What did you think of her performance in Half-Blood Prince as opposed to other films?
I think she did the best and was the closest to Hermione in the first two movies. Then her acting dropped. Can’t really put my finger on the reason. Maybe the direction, maybe the script, maybe puberty. Who knows? Is she a good Hermione? Well, I couldn’t imagine another one. Not now with only two more movies to go anyway. Her acting never convinced me much so I would have to say no, she’s not a good Hermione. But that wouldn’t be completely fair. She has been spot on in a couple of scenes. In others it’s just… maybe direction, maybe script, maybe puberty. But I have to say, she really nailed the heartbreak, the jealousy and the love for Ron in Half-Blood Prince. She was much better than in the previous few movies.

3. Emma’s acting outside Harry Potter (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux)
I haven’t seen them, so I can’t say anything about it.

4. The fact that Emma didn’t do many roles outside of Harry Potter – a good thing or not?
If she really wants to pursue a career as an actress later, it might be a bad thing. On the other hand, since I’ve never been much convinced in her acting skills (although she has somewhat impressed me in Half-Blood Prince) her not being in too many movies has to be a good thing.

5. Emma’s looks – overrated or not
I personally find her beautiful. She can be stunningly glamorous, but what I like even more (and envy to be honest) is that she’s a natural beauty. She has a lovely face, cute freckles and all, without having to put on tons of make-up. So I don’t think her looks are overrated. But tastes are different and many people might find them overrated and that is just as valid an opinion as mine.

6. Emma as a style icon – is it a good thing for the Harry Potter franchise overall, or not?
Is she a style icon? I don’t really see that. But if she is, I don’t think it’s bad for the franchise. Brings more attention and more money, doesn’t it?

7. Emma’s ambition and plans in life: acting, or modelling, or university, or all these
I think she’s not quite 100% sure and she is in the fortunate situation that she can afford to be uncertain for a while. Others her age have to make decisions for their future life. But she won’t ever have to worry about her income or earning her living, so she can still decide in three years when she’s finished studying. I personally can see her doing some modelling when she’s back. I am not sure about acting, mainly because she doesn’t seem to be 100% sure herself.

8. The way Emma treats Rupert in interviews and public appearances
With the exception of this one slip in the interview that should not be named, she always says only the nicest things about Rupert, practically gushing about him. I think it’s genuine and you can just feel that she considers him a good friend and colleague.

9. Emma as a Ron/Hermione shipper
Absolutely yes, without a doubt. She is one of us, so to speak. Endearingly so. Very clear and very vocal about it.

10. Your expectations: Emma in Deathly Hallows I and II, and beyond Harry Potter
Since there will be very intense emotional scenes in both parts, I expect her to do great. As she did in Half-Blood Prince. Beyond that, I’m not sure. Maybe she won’t even come back after her studies. If she does come back to a life in the spot-light I rather see her doing the modelling and photoshoot stuff to be honest. Regardless of my improved opinion on her acting after Half-Blood Prince.

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Emma Watson Questionnaire 8

1. Emma as a person – overall impression
I have a lot of respect for Emma Watson as a person. She has grown into an intelligent and beautiful girl who hasn’t let her fame, fortune or good looks go to her head and take over her life. In my opinion she is one of the very few female celebrities that girls should look up to. Keeping up with her school the way she has while working on he Harry Potter movies couldn’t have been easy and I think she handled it all very well. It is a wonderful thing for younger girls to see that being smart is not something you should be ashamed of or try to hide. So all in all I think Emma comes across as a well rounded and grounded woman and I wish her the best!

2. Emma’s acting in Harry Potter – is she a good Hermione or not? And why? How important is canon in this respect? What did you think of her performance in Half-Blood Prince as opposed to other films?
Even though I do not enjoy all the changes that have been made to the Hermione character, I think that Emma has done a good job with the material she has been given. Staying true to the books is not always an easy thing to do, and I understand that many things need to be changed because what works in a book just does not work in a movie. For example, Hermione in the books does not have strong social skills and is very bossy, almost too bossy, and though I love her strong-in-your-face personality, I do not think it would have played well in a movie. So overall I am happy with how Emma has portrayed Hermione in the movies. I think Half-Blood Prince has been her best film yet of the Harry Potter series, acting wise. She did a great job with the comedy, especially when opposite Rupert Grint, and I really felt bad for Hermione while she was watching Ron with his new girlfriend, Lavender! Emma looked much more comfortable in Half-Blood Prince then she has in any of the past Harry Potter movies. I think the romantic comedy is something she does well and I hope she does more of them in the future!

3. Emma’s acting outside Harry Potter (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux)
I have not seen any of Emma’s work outside of the Harry Potter movies so it would not be fair for me to comment. Though I did notice a change in her skill level after she filmed Ballet Shoes: being given a new character to learn about and create was probably a refreshing change for her and really helped her when she come back to a character that she had become so comfortable with.

4. The fact that Emma didn’t do many roles outside of Harry Potter – a good thing or not?
I think it has been a good thing for her. She is clearly very interested in school and wants to resume her education. Had she tried do fit too many films in on her off time from Harry Potter, she would not have been able to make her plans for her education fall into place. I really respect her for sticking with her school work and seeing what else is out there instead of just settling with something that she all ready has.

5. Emma’s looks – overrated or not
As I said above, I think she has grown into a beautiful girl! Her lack of heavy makeup is also something I admire about her. A lot of famous women wear so much makeup even when they do not need it that it is nice to see someone who is so happy and confident just being herself. And why shouldn’t she?

6. Emma as a style icon – is it a good thing for the Harry Potter franchise overall, or not?
I do not think Emma’s “style icon” status should have any effect on the Harry Potter franchise. Even though Emma shares some qualities with her character Hermione, at the end of the day Emma is not Hermione and if she is looked as a “style icon” then good for her. Why not? She is young and interested in fashion! The only way it has affected Harrry Potter movies is that Hermione is not “geeky” enough in the movies. But this has nothing to do with Emma herself; that was a choice made by people much higher up the Harry Potter franchise list.

7. Emma’s ambition and plans in life: acting, or modelling, or university, or all these
n/a

8. The way Emma treats Rupert in interviews and public appearances
Emma and Rupert have great chemistry, on and off set. They appear to genuinely enjoy each others’ company and have a good time together. Their interviews are always fun to watch!

9. Emma as a Ron/Hermione shipper
n/a

10. Your expectations: Emma in Deathly Hallows I and II, and beyond Harry Potter
I hope Emma continues to grow as an actress and I cannot wait to see Deathly Hallows Part I and II. I’m dying to know what made the cut, what didn’t, and how Emma decides to portray Hermione in each scene. As far as after Harry Potter, I wish Emma the best of luck in everything to tries and I hope to see her in some more movies soon!

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Emma Watson Questionnaire 7

1. Emma as a person – overall impression
Emma as a person, overall… I think she’s a good person, but she comes off as a bit cold or snooty sometimes. There are times she seems very sweet and times I can see the b*tch. But overall, I think she’s a decent person.

2. Emma’s acting in Harry Potter – is she a good Hermione or not? And why? How important is canon in this respect? What did you think of her performance in Half-Blood Prince as opposed to other films?
As much as I am, for the most part, disappointed in Emma’s acting, I still think that she, Dan and Rupert are perfect for these roles. I thought she did great in the first two movies, but then in movies 3-5, she was pretty bad. She did better in Half-Blood Prince than she has done in awhile, but she still had some of the same bad habits in places, for example talking too fast and high pitched, as well as heavy breathing. Personally, I have never been too hung up on Hermione being exactly like the books, looks wise, like keeping her hair bushy or things like that. I would just prefer better acting.

3. Emma’s acting outside Harry Potter (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux)
I’ve never seen any of Emma’s performances outside of Harry Potter.

4. The fact that Emma didn’t do many roles outside of Harry Potter – a good thing or not?
I think it might have helped if she did more things outside of Harry Potter because while she’s “learning acting” doing the Harry Potter movies, it’s kind of ruining some aspects of the movies that could be better. Now her “learning” is going to be a part of history, when it should be the acting that is. If she did other roles or taken classes in between the movies, that might have helped.

5. Emma’s looks – overrated or not
I think her looks are quite overrated. She’s a cute, “girl next door” type. She can look quite pretty sometimes. But I think people really overdo it when talking about her. And people do that with a lot of celebrities. They say how beautiful and stunning they are, when they are really just nice looking, not exceptional looking, people.

6. Emma as a style icon – is it a good thing for the Harry Potter franchise overall, or not?
Personally, I don’t think it affects Harry Potter in any way and if this is what she wants to do, she should do it. But I do get a little tired of all the over the top photoshoots. I think she would do better learning to act if she wants to continue with this career.

7. Emma’s ambition and plans in life: acting, or modelling, or university, or all these
I think if she wants to do it all and thinks she can handle it, then she should go for it. It’s her life. She should do what she wants to do. I do admire her for being so serious about her education and not putting that on the backburner, and I also appreciate her wanting a “normal” life for a while. Plus, studying while she’s been in the spotlight must have been a challenge. But she seems like a smart girl, mature for her age. She’ll do fine.

8. The way Emma treats Rupert in interviews and public appearances
I think Emma truly likes/loves Rupert as a friend and thinks the world of him. Maybe she even was/is attracted to him. I think she has genuine affection for Rupert and would never hurt him on purpose, but she and Rupert both have mucked up, as far as interviews go. I try to keep in mind that they both are still quite young and some situations are uncomfortable so, sometimes the “wrong” things may slip out. But really, I have no doubt that she cares for Rupert very much and wants the best for him and I’m sure he feels the same way about her.

9. Emma as a Ron/Hermione shipper
I think Emma is a Ron/Hermione shipper. She seems like she’s happy with what happened with her character. It’s kind of nice to know that she fights for that and is a fellow Ron/Hermione shipper.

10. Your expectations: Emma in Deathly Hallows I and II, and beyond Harry Potter
I’m just hoping that Harry Potter goes out with a bang overall and that everyone tries the absolute best that they can. I’m not going to let little things ruin the whole experience for me, so I try not to dwell on what is bothersome anyway; I just want the actor’s passion and excitement to be there, for the filming, the promotions and beyond. I think it helps the fans to be and stay excited when we get those good vibes from the actors, as well. I don’t really plan on following Emma’s career/life beyond Harry Potter, but it would be nice to hear updates on her every now and then. I wish her luck.

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Emma Watson Questionnaire 6

1. Emma as a person – overall impression
At first glance, Emma seems to be a very fierce person, who wants to be perfect at everything she does (acting, school, modelling, etc). I think she is also clever enough to make good choices when she has to make big decisions (such as choosing university over acting).
However, I get the impression that Emma does not really know what she wants (or at least not yet), because very often, her actions contradict the things she says.
Her official site is the “Website of British Actress Emma Watson”, yet she has not done any acting outside of Harry Potter (apart from a TV drama Ballet Shoes). She says she is a natural blonde, yet she announced her “hair would go blond” for Ballet Shoes (why would it go blond if it already IS that colour?). She says she is a completely normal girl, and yet she wears high fashion at every opportunity (which neither Rupert nor Dan do to that extent). She buys a house (or flat?) in London weeks before moving to the USA for three years. She claims that she is looking forward to living a regular life without being a star, yet moves to the USA where (as she should know) the paparazzi are much worse than in the UK, not to mention her repeated appearances at events where she gets papped (Rupert has been incredibly successful at avoiding them, so why not Emma?).

2. Emma’s acting in Harry Potter – is she a good Hermione or not? And why? How important is canon in this respect? What did you think of her performance in Half-Blood Prince as opposed to other films?
First of all, after 6 films, it’s hard to imagine someone else playing Hermione. I liked her as Hermione in the first two Harry Potter films, but much less ever since Prisoner of Azkaban.
Hermione (in the books) is not supposed to be the almost-perfect girl she seems to be in the films. In the books, Hermione is not as beautiful as Emma, esp. considering her bushy hair. Since Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione in the films has been styled in modern and tight fitting clothes; her hair became straight and styled, and most of the scenes showing Hermione’s insecurities and imperfections were not in the script (which is not Emma’s fault, but it influences the impression the audience gets immensely).
Many people can relate to Hermione in the books because she has insecurities, she has difficulties making friends and being accepted. Hermione in the films has been turned into a beautiful Hollywood-like heroine, who I cannot identify with as much as with Hermione from the books.
I had expected more from Hermione in Half-Blood Prince. Compared to Lavender Brown, her infatuation with Ron was minimal. Her “Excuse me I have to go vomit” sounded more annoyed than hurt.
It also seemed slightly unusual for Hermione to try to impress Slughorn by claiming her parents’ profession was dangerous. Hermione usually tries to impress with her cleverness, not with her (or someone else’s) courage.

3. Emma’s acting outside Harry Potter (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux)
I have only seen Ballet Shoes (Despereaux would have been dubbed in my country and therefore no Emma’s voice anyway).
She played Pauline with much more ease than Hermione, and came across as much more believable. I loved the scenes of Pauline’s castings and her emotional scenes.
However, Emma herself (and I think the casting agent as well) said that Pauline’s life had more parallels to Emma’s than Hermione’s, so maybe she could simply put more of herself in Pauline’s character than she can when portraying Hermione.
Although she was good, I think the girl who played Posy was still better than Emma.

4. The fact that Emma didn’t do many roles outside of Harry Potter – a good thing or not?
If she wants to continue as an actress, no. To me, despite having seen Ballet Shoes, I can only imagine her as Hermione. I cannot imagine her in action movies, or in comedy, or in psychological or political films. I could imagine her in romantic roles, but as she has not had any really romantic scenes yet (as it’s all in Deathly Hallows), I’m not sure how believable she will be.
Emma has said that she uses modelling to break out of being stereotyped, but while she may look pretty or interesting in the shoots, it does not help me see her as an actress, but simply as a dressed up Hermione.

5. Emma’s looks – overrated or not
Emma is pretty, or at least seems to be as I’ve never seen her in person. That seems to be important for Hollywood, so if that is where she wants to go at some point, it might be important. However, good looks alone do not make her a good actress.

6. Emma as a style icon – is it a good thing for the Harry Potter franchise overall, or not?
I don’t think it has much of an effect on the Harry Potter franchise in terms of gaining or losing fans.
I don’t like that Emma influences Hermione with her fashion sense, however. Hermione in the books never seemed to be that interested in fashion (more like “I get dressed so I won’t walk around naked”), and too insecure to dress up as much as Hermione is in the films, not to mention her constantly wearing pink.
The fact that Emma is so interested in the fashion industry makes her less of the girl-next-door type, though. Her presence at fashion shows, always getting high fashion for whatever event she attends, makes her constant “I am still a normal and natural girl” bragging slightly unrealistic, because how many “normal” girls get to wear Chanel or Burberry?

7. Emma’s ambition and plans in life: acting, or modelling, or university, or all these
She is very ambitious and think it is a good thing. Her decision to (possibly) give up acting, at least for a certain time, was probably not easy, but I think she will be able to juggle university and acting, especially in the US.
However, I cannot imagine that she will be left alone by the media when she studies in the US (I assume she’d be “safer” in the UK), and even less when she goes into modelling. If she ever has a modelling job during a stressful time at university (exams), she will risk looking tired and unhealthy, and, particularly as she is very thin anyway, the media will certainly make sure to mention bulimia. So she’d better be careful.

8. The way Emma treats Rupert in interviews and public appearances
I get the impression that Emma likes Rupert, and that Rupert likes Emma. Just like siblings.
They have sat in the Harry Potter rollercoaster together and they (and Dan) can probably understand each other like no other.
During the Half-Blood Prince promotion, I got the impression that Rupert and Emma were much more at ease around each other, but also further apart than ever before. Maybe it was the fact that they had shot their kiss already and a lot of the underlying tension was gone, which in turn made them more relaxed.
On the other side: only a few weeks are left before Emma goes off to university, which means that their time together at Leavesden is almost over (even if Emma comes back to shoot more scenes later on, the step across the pond comes soon). And not only that, but their lives, which have been similar (acting, red carpets, more or less paparazzi, a safe job with a steady, lucrative income) are over, and both have chosen ways that could not be more different:
Emma wants to leave the show business, she has a boyfriend with whom she has moved into a house, and she is about to leave the country and her family.
Rupert on the other hand has said he wants to continue acting, and all his recent photoshoots seem to prove that he wants to get noticed as an actor. He still enjoys his happy family life and has been pretty successful at keeping away from the paparazzi.
I could also imagine that Emma admires Rupert a lot for being somewhat relaxed (at least on the exterior) about his future, because (as mentioned before) she doesn’t seem to be very sure about what she really wants.

9. Emma as a Ron/Hermione shipper
Errr… yes. She seems to like the idea of R/Hr, but the way she has been talking about the kiss during the Half-Blood Prince promotion certainly took away a huge part of excitement for many fans.

10. Your expectations: Emma in Deathly Hallows I and II, and beyond Harry Potter
I cannot imagine that Emma’s portrayal in Deathly Hallows will be much different to what we have seen before. In the set pictures, Hermione is obviously still dressed very modern and still has straight hair. I hope Emma will make sure the Ron/Hermione scenes will be emotional enough.
I think she will focus on her studies and modelling after Harry Potter as well as her private life (Jay?), and maybe return to film in a few years. I don’t see her as one of the actresses who are constantly doing very different roles, but she might fit well into the romance department (or films about fashion a la Devil Wears Prada).

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Emma Watson Questionnaire 5

1. Emma as a person – overall impression
I think Emma is a very smart, polite, well educated young lady and I don’t think she’s a bad person. Obviously I don’t know her but I think she’s a nice girl, I don’t think she’s too much of a diva. I think as most people her age, she’s still not completely sure what she wants to do or be, her personality is still being formed and she has flaws, as everybody does. Now, personally, she isn’t exactly the typical person I’d hang out with, and I wouldn’t have much in common with her, because I think she’s quite posh and girly and loves fashion and all that, but you never know, really.

2. Emma’s acting in Harry Potter – is she a good Hermione or not? And why? How important is canon in this respect? What did you think of her performance in Half-Blood Prince as opposed to other films?
Well, to be completely honest, I don’t think Emma is a very good actress. I’m not saying she’s the worst actress ever, but I just don’t think she has a natural gift for acting. She does have some talent in that area and I believe she can (and has) improved over time, but only with a lot of work and learning. She needs to lose some of her bad habits, like moving her eyebrows too much and breathing heavily, because it makes her performance look exaggerated and fake. As to how she plays Hermione, well I think Hermione hasn’t been portrayed very faithfully in the movies, but this is definitely also the writers’ and directors’ fault. However, I believe at certain times she hasn’t played Hermione very well either, because other characters have been written differently from the book as well, but the actors make it so much better (and I can’t help but compare her to Ron/Rupert). I just think sometimes the way she speaks and acts makes Hermione less compassionate and caring then she is in the books.
About Half-Blood Prince, like I said before I think Emma is improving and her performance was better than in previous movies, but we didn’t really get much of her in this one (not that I’m complaining at all), and yeah, she still has loads to improve.

3. Emma’s acting outside Harry Potter (Ballet Shoes, The Tale of Despereaux)
I haven’t watched Despereaux, only Ballet Shoes, and I wasn’t very impressed with that one to be honest. Again, lots of heavy breathing, eyebrow movement, and her performance didn’t feel very real. It’s hard to explain but some actors just make you believe in them, it’s this thing that you can’t really put your finger on but it’s there, it’s a natural gift, and Emma doesn’t have it.

4. The fact that Emma didn’t do many roles outside of Harry Potter – a good thing or not?
Well, as I’ve explained, I don’t think she’s an amazing actress but I think she should have done more roles outside of Harry Potter because I’m sure she would have learned a lot (she’s a smart girl) and she’d have improved. Practice makes perfection or something like that, right? I think acting lessons are also very important, but she needs to practice her acting. However, she doesn’t really know if this is what she wants to do for the rest of her life, so…

5. Emma’s looks – overrated or not
I don’t think her looks are overrated… she’s a beautiful girl, for sure. Most people wish they could look half as good as her, including me lol. I don’t have much more to say about that. She’s not the most gorgeous woman on earth, but she has very classic beauty I think.

6. Emma as a style icon – is it a good thing for the Harry Potter franchise overall, or not?
I don’t see it as a bad thing per se, I mean I guess you could argue that her being so involved in fashion and all that takes time away from her, which she could be using to improve as an actress. But, if it wasn’t fashion it could have been anything else – it’s just another part of her and her personality, just like Tom Felton’s music, for example. So I don’t think it’s a bad thing. I guess it could be a good thing in terms of publicity, but Harry Potter gets plenty of that anyway.

7. Emma’s ambition and plans in life: acting, or modelling, or university, or all these
I think it’s good that she’s going to University, because it’ll give her time to think and make a decision. If she decides she wants to continue with acting, she needs to dedicate herself to it for some time, in order to become a better actress.

8. The way Emma treats Rupert in interviews and public appearances
Well, I think Emma likes Rupert, and sees him as a great guy and she treats him well for the most part. But I’m not gonna lie, I thought that her “horrible” comment was not considerate of her and a mistake (whether intended or not), and it certainly didn’t give her any points for my opinion on her.

9. Emma as a Ron/Hermione shipper
She’s a R/Hr shipper for sure, she’s said so in many interviews and commented on how she wanted them to get married and have kids, which is cool. She’s not a fan as in reading fanfiction online or drawing fanart, of course, but she ships them.

10. Your expectations: Emma in Deathly Hallows I and II, and beyond Harry Potter
I expect of Emma, in Deathly Hallows, a bit more than we’ve seen before, but I don’t expect her to suddenly become the best actress in the world, because that’s not gonna happen. I hope she’ll be better but I know she won’t be amazing, not to me anyway because, again, she just doen’st have the natural gift and she couldn’t have improved that much in so little time. As for after Harry Potter, I’ll probably only go watch her movies if the plot and other actors interest me – I won’t watch a movie because of her, but I will also not avoid one because she’s in it (if she does decide to act more, that is).

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