Emma Watson (who plays Hermoine Granger) on why Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows stands out from the other HP movies, and what's next for her career:
The last two, parts one and part two really stand apart from all of the rest. The quality is amazing and the role and the depth and how much darker they get really gave me a chance to express myself as an actress. I didn’t really feel like I was an actress for I don’t know how many years. Now I feel like I can say I’m an actress and what’s next for me? I’m going to travel all summer. I’m excited about that. It’s a scary change but I feel really excited. I feel that I’m entering a new chapter and I’m excited about that. I’m going back to school in the fall. I have two years left for my degree. I just finished a film called The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which was an amazing experience. I’m excited about that movie. Having that experience outside of Harry Potter is what convinced me that acting is what I should be doing and that I was good at it. Now I’m reading and trying to find the next thing that speaks to me. I’m excited.
*Emma Watson will attend Oxford University in the fall and finish her degree at Brown.
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) on Neville's big moment at the end of the movie and how he pulled it off:
JK Rowling had already told me a few years previously that she had written an exciting bit about Neville Longbottom, and I didn’t know what to expect. But I remember sitting upright in bed like, “Wow.” I knew Neville was special, I knew he had something to give but I didn’t know it would be something quite as special as that. So naturally, immediately after the excitement calmed down, the pressure started to build and I realized it was going to be crucial. I’m a huge fan of the book and I know what these stories mean to a lot of people around the world and I wanted to make sure we got that right. I remember reading the script and being very, very nervous when it came to the day, and when we had to do that scene I was terrified. Ralph [Fiennes], he’s a very, very frightening man, especially when he looks like that (Lord Voldomort), and David Yates is very keen to get it in the first few takes. He believes they’re the best and I agree. So he tried to get it as real as possible and so we don’t do much rehearsal. All we did for that scene was blocking and then we had a quick run through with the lines all on our own clause and he was still terrifying. He did this thing⎯to this day, I have no idea whether he did it on purpose or whether he was aware of it but he just stared at me the whole time. Even when other people were speaking his eyes never left my face and it was like he was studying me and I just went to pieces. I felt like I was in the hardest exam of my entire life. It was frightening. But it gave me that extra boost. And that kind of challenge as an actor is what you need. I think actors tend to be in their element when they’re being pushed out of their comfort zone. I don’t know if it’s any good, that’s for the audience to decide, but I know that I loved every single moment of it and being able to work. Despite the pressure, despite the nerves it was one of the greatest experiences of my life and I’ll never forget it.
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) on kissing Emma Watson and making it believable:
It was a tricky [scene] to do, I’ve known Emma so long, so we were both dreading the scene slightly. Trying to make it believable, the romance was tricky. We had to make it look like we actually wanted to kiss each other when in reality we didn’t. It was a nice moment and hopefully people will get it.