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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What Were They Thinking

Andrea’s Fashion Police

Over the years we have all come to learn that the young females in the Harry Potter films have become quite the fashionistas. Some of them have shown us very elegant outfits that had us ooohing and ahhhing at them and admiring their taste, and then there were some that brought our eyes out of our skulls and “What were they thinking?!” to our minds.

andrea1Let’s start with Emma Watson, shall we? I think that ever since Emma was a little girl she adored fashion and the cute little dresses she got to wear at the Harry Potter premieres; but as she grew older and learned the ropes when it comes to choosing the right outfits to wear, she has impressed some and failed to impress others.

The dress she wore at the Bafta Nominations Party on February 7, 2009 left me speechless. In a bad way that is. First of all, the top of her dress brings way too much attention to her shoulders and makes her look too flat-chested; and the mid-section of the dress has an odd looking belt type thing that continues to the bottom of her dress, which is not form fitting. The only good thing about that dress was the color! Emma looks great in navy/royal blue, it must be a favorite of hers, having worn many dresses that included those colors.

Andrea2A favorite dress of mine was the one that Emma wore at the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix French Premiere in July 2007.  Here Emma is flaunting a simple, yet elegant dress with little silver, gold and black jewels to bump up the extravagant factor. This dress works for her because it is very glamorous and seems to compliment her in the right places.

andrea3This next dress is one of Emma’s most recent. I can’t help but think that a young child put this together, saw Emma and begged her to wear it — and she did, just because she pitied this innocent child with good intentions, but horrible taste. I don’t even know where to start! Well, for one, it looks like it was rushly put together (which may or may not have been the designer’s intention); the dress includes too many different fabrics; and, most of all, this dress DOES NOT look like it should be worn to an elegant dinner party but to a Halloween Party where you don’t expect a compliment from the fellow party-goers.

andrea4Bonnie Wright, a.k.a. Ginny Weasley has done nothing but unimpress me when it comes to her fashion sense. This is the outfit she wore at the London Premiere of Bourne Ultimatum in August 2007.  The problem with this outfit is that it’s absolutely terrifying to look at! It looks like she randomly put this together and actually thought it looked good! I can’t help but wonder if she looked in the mirror before she left. The shirt is too casual and obviously doesn’t match her skirt and looks even worse because it’s tucked into her skirt. The skirt still leaves me speechless. All I can say is that I hope she didn’t pay a large sum of money for it and doesn’t plan on wearing it again! At least not to a huge publicized event. The shoes themselves are quite nauseating to look at: orange can be a nice color, but not for shoes!

andrea5This next outfit was worn at the 2007 First Light Film Awards. Just looking at this outfit makes me think that she really doesn’t care what she wears or doesn’t make an effort to look good. The dress itself looks like a good summer dress alone, but when she adds the terrible green sweater and the random necklace she ruins the entire outfit! And I’m not feeling the boots either.

andrea6Or, take a look at this dress she wore at the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Afterparty in London. It looks like Bonnie is wearing one large curtain! This is the most unflattering type of dress I have seen her wear yet. As one sees, the dress gets wider and wider as it goes down her body, causing the unflattering part to come in. If she wore a fancy belt around it, it may not have looked that bad, but still I see this dress as a major fashion faux pas. The fact that she’s wearing those awful orange heels again is doing nothing to help her pull off this look.

andrea7Like Emma Watson, Katie Leung a.k.a. Cho Chang has worn some beautiful pieces and some that made us want to look away. This is the dress she wore at the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Premiere and Afterparty in London. I kind of have mixed-feelings about it. As a dress itself I think it’s great, but the leopard design IS NOT! It makes the dress look too busy. Just staring at it gives me a headache! If it was plain and didn’t have any wacky designs on it than I’m pretty sure that she would win me over with it. If she could loose the little colar/tie thing around her neck that would be great too!

andrea8.jpgThis is the dress she wore at the Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire World Premiere and Afterparty. I love the simplicity of the dress and that it shows that she’s got a tiny waist herself. I think it’s a great color and the bottom of the dress flows nicely. The top of her dress has little gold designs on it which compliment the light blue-ish color of the entire outfit. I really admire how this dress is not showing too much or too little. This was a great choice on Katie’s part.

andrea9I’m also having mixed feelings about this dress that she wore at the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire New York Premiere and Afterparty. I’m totally loving the black, a color that looks great on her, but the dress itself? Well, to make a long story short, I like the dress more than I hate it. I like that a person can see that the dress has just a little bit of sparkle on it, but doesn’t overdo it. The bottom of the dress could be a bit thinner though. I think it would look great as a longer, thinner dress. However, the shoes look awful. They just look like red velvet slippers. C’mon Katie, add a little heel to this dress!

andrea10Evanna Lynch to me is very much like Bonnie Wright, choosing the wrong outfits that do everything to make a not-so-great impression. This dress she wore at the Sony Ericsson Empire Awards in 2008. Like I was with Emma’s first dress, I’m speechless. When I first saw this dress I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry! The form of the dress isn’t what bothers me, it’s the pattern, I hate it! And the yellow shoes! Ick! I don’t know what made her think that those shoes would look good with that dress?!

andrea11This next dress is the one she wore at the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards in 2009. It looks like colors black and blue got into a fight and this was the outcome! The dress itself looks a little uneven and uncomfortable. In my opinion, this outfit does not work for her at all.

andrea12However, there is one dress of Evanna’s that is actually quite pretty. This is what she wore to the World Premiere of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. It’s elegant, classy yet simple. I love the blue which looks like a great color for her to wear and it also matches her eyes. This is the best dress I have ever seen Evanna wear.

These four young women have very different personalities and styles. Some of their styles reflect on their personality, whether it be quirky and bizarre or elegant and stylish. They are all still learning and will eventually learn what works for them and what does not. If any of them feel like following fashion trends then be my guest, but if they’re dressing a certain way for people, maybe they should think twice about it and ask themselves: “Is this what I really want to wear?”

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Before Rose’s Departure

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It was a warm and sunny morning in early September. The sun peaked through the willow trees surrounded by a tall two story cottage that belonged to a witch and wizard who were notably famous for helping defeat Lord Voldemort. It was around 8 a.m., and a tall man with messy red hair was woken by the sound of things being scattered about, as if the person in the room next to his was looking for something important. The man yawned as he rose from his bed; standing beside the bed he smiled and chuckled, as if he knew the reason for the noise. Before he left the room he kissed his wife on the cheek as he watched her sleep. He walked into the hall and stood outside a door frame looking into a room that was bright yellow and had posters of his favorite Quidditch team, the Chudley Cannons hanging on the wall. He stared at the beloved person who had her back to him.

“What are you looking for?” he asked with a smile.

The little girl was the spitting image of her mother.

“I can’t find Hogwarts, A History anywhere, dad!”

“Don’t worry Rosie, we’ll find it.” Ron Weasley said with a smile on his face, thinking of his wife when she misplaces something and is in a panic.

As they continued to search for the book, Ron came across one under his daughter’s bed.

“Is this what you were looking for?”

Rose ran to her dad giving him a hug — more of a squeeze, really — and took the book.

“Thanks dad, I would have been lost without it!” Rose said.

She ran out of her room coming across her mother who was standing outside the room.

“Hi mum!” Rose said as she ran downstairs.

Ron gave another famous chuckle as he saw his wife enter the room.

“What was all that about?” she said, giving one last yawn.

Ron put his arms around his wife. “She lost Hogwarts, A History,” Ron said.

Hermione rolled her eyes and laughed, “Again? That girl likes to lose things,” Hermione said, as she gave her husband a morning kiss.

“Yeah, I wonder where she gets it?” Ron said with a smirk.

The two made their way out of their daughters’ room to check on their young son, Hugo, who was still in his bed, lying on his stomach, drooling on his pillow and snoring. The two laughed at each other quietly. “Sounds familiar,” Hermione said with a half smile. Ron looked at her and kissed her on the head. They headed downstairs and found Rose sitting at the kitchen table eating cereal and reading her book for Transfiguration. Hermione headed towards her daughter and Ron went to get himself some cereal.

“Rose, haven’t you read that one already?” Hermione asked as she sat down next to her.

Rose responded with a nod, since her mouth was full of cereal.

“You do know that you don’t have to read the books before you start school, don’t you Rosie?” Ron asked as he sat across from them.

“Yes but I believe it’s better to be prepared,” Rose said in the most Hermionish tone.

Rose set aside her Transfiguration book and took out Quidditch 101.

“That’s the book you should read before going off to school,” Ron said.

“It teaches you everything about Quidditch,” Rose said with excitement. “Once I make the Quidditch team, I’ll know everything.”

Ron was slightly amused and gave a proud smile as he saw Rose exit the kitchen and into the living room. Hermione was now giving Ron a glare.

“What?” Ron asked with his mouth full.

“How did you manage to get her all excited about Quidditch?” Hermione asked.

“My charm.”

Hermione laughed. “Yes Ronald, you charm does work wonders.” Hermione was now making her way upstairs to wake up Hugo. About an hour passed by and everyone was dressed and almost ready to head to King’s Cross. Ron went into the living room to check on Rose when he found her looking sad. He made his way to couch that she was sitting on and took a seat beside her.

“What’s the matter Rose”? Ron asked. “Enjoy yourself for a while yet, go outside play with your brother.”

Rose looked at her dad with tears in her eyes. “I’m scared dad,” she said while sniffling.

Ron put his arm around her. “What are you scared of?”

“Everything,” Rose said putting her arms tightly around Ron’s waist. “What if no one likes me, what if I don’t make any friends, what if I’m not smart enough….” She could have gone on and on.

“Rosie, everyone’s going to like you, you’ll make lots of friends, don’t forget, Albus will be there with you, you two are best friends already.” Ron held her head up so she could see him and said, “And you will always be smart enough, maybe the smartest in your class. Just like your mum.”

“That would be brilliant, wouldn’t it, dad?”

“Yeah, it would.”

Rose gave Ron a smile and a kiss on the cheek and ran outside to play with Hugo. Ron went to the window that overlooked their front yard to watch the two people he loved more than anything in the world play together before one of them set off to begin a new journey in their life. Hermione was making her way to the kitchen but found Ron instead.

“What are you doing?” she asked in a sweet tone.

“Just watching them play.” Ron said.

Hermione smiled and put her arms around his waist.

“I’m going to miss Rose. She’s our first born, Hermione, and she’s leaving us,” Ron said.

Hermione was resting her head on his shoulder. “I’m going to miss her too, Ron. But we both knew this day would come. She’s growing up. We have to be strong about this.”

Ron made his way across the room with his hands in his pockets. Hermione followed him; she knew he still had more to say, so she didn’t stay far behind. Ron sat by the wizard chess table. Ron was examining the chess pieces as he spoke.

“Remember how much her and I would play wizard chess?” he asked as he moved some chess pieces around.

“Almost every night, you taught her well,” Hermione said with a smile.

Ron laughed. “She beat me so many times. She beat me during our third game. Smart one she is. Thank goodness she’s inherited your brains.”

Hermione entangled her arms in his and sighed. “She may have inherited my brains, but Ron, she’s more like you than you know.” A smile was spread across Hermione’s face as she had just spoke. She loved to think that her children had Ron’s joyful and spirited personality, but also had a conscience like hers that told them when they were getting too carried away.

Less than a minute later they heard multiple footsteps coming from the kitchen. Hugo was in the doorway looking at his parents.

“Dad can you take Rosie and me on your broom before we go to King’s Cross?” Hugo asked with excitement.

Ron looked at Hermione asking for her approval. Hermione’s smile indicated that he should take them flying.

“Can we, dad?” Hugo eagerly asked again.

Ron smiled at his son.

“Yes! Rosie, dad’s going to let us fly!” Hugo yelled.

Rosie ran to her dad and gave him a hug and almost didn’t let go until he got his broom.

“Alright, Rosie I’ll take you first,” Ron said.

Rosie jumped with excitement and got on her dad’s broom. They were off.

Hermione was now outside standing beside her son, watching his facial expressions as he saw his dad and sister flying. Something Hugo always loved to do. As Hermione watched them to, she recollected the first time Ron had taken his baby girl flying. Hermione had tears in her eyes, as she realized her daughter was growing up.

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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