“Emma Watson Opens Up About Kissing Rupert Grint in Harry Potter Movies: Horcruxes Destroyed, Love Remembered”
Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, who portrayed Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley respectively in the Harry Potter movies, have been real-life friends since the first film. However, their characters had an underlying romantic tension throughout the series. It wasn’t until the final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, that Ron and Hermione became a couple after sharing a long-awaited kiss.
The roots of their love can be traced back to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, where the trio reunites after defeating Tom Riddle’s diary. The awkward hug between Ron and Hermione in that film reflects their genuine yet uncertain feelings for each other. In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Hermione hoped that Ron would ask her to the Yule Ball, but Ron was unable to understand his own emotions and went with another girl, Padma, instead.
While the kissing scene between Ron and Hermione brought joy to loyal Harry Potter fans, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have differing perspectives on their on-set experience.
During an interview on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross, Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger, expressed her discomfort when recalling the experience of kissing Rupert Grint’s character, Ron Weasley. She described it as the “most horrible thing” she had to do and even compared it to the feeling of incest.
Emma Watson further revealed that it took six takes to complete the kissing scene. She clarified that Rupert was like a brother to her, emphasizing their close friendship. To prepare for the scene, Emma mentioned that she closed her eyes during the actual kiss so that she could avoid thinking about the fact that it was Rupert.
Her statements highlight the complex emotions and challenges actors sometimes face when performing romantic scenes with close friends or colleagues.
Emma Watson also recalls the challenges of filming the scene where Ron and Hermione kissed out of relief and gratitude after destroying a Horcrux. While fans had anticipated and rooted for their characters to be together, the actors themselves found it awkward due to their long-standing friendship and the sibling-like dynamic they had developed since their early days on the Harry Potter set.
She explains that the moment they had to open their eyes and look at each other during the scene became particularly difficult, leading to laughter and making it hard to continue filming. Despite the cute and anticipated nature of the scene for fans, the personal connection and familiarity between Emma Watson and Rupert Grint made it challenging for them as actors.