Rupert Grint has a surprise in store as he admits young fans will be shocked by the latest film in the saga. The 22-year-old, who plays Ron Weasley, revealed even he was surprised by the gore in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1, which premiered last night. Ron even gets splinched - when a wizard vanishes and reappears - or appparates - incorrectly, leaving part of their body behind.
He revealed: "It's really taken to another level. It's quite gory. Getting splinched is disgusting. My arm kind of gets ripped open. It's really graphic, actually."
The young stars - Rupert, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe - had to go through a much more rigorous training regime for this movie. The final book in the series, the Deathly Hallows packs in a lot more action than its predecessors.
To do the fight scenes justice on the big screen, the three young actors went through traditional action movie training.
Rupert said: "This one was a lot tougher because we were out there fending for ourselves, and there's a lot of fighting.
"We used to have this ballet choreographer who taught us all these fancy wand flicks.
"Now the wand fighting is much more sword-like and aggressive. It's been really cool."
Rupert is confident they have done a fantastic job in bringing the book to life properly. But he says fans will be shocked by some of the climactic scenes. Rupert added: "All the sets we've know n for years, like The Great Hall, get destroyed and becomeburning wrecks.
"It's quite shocking to see these familiar places get destroyed but the scenes are going to be really epic."
The final book has been split into two parts for the big screen, so the cast were working on the films back to back for a full year.
But Rupert reckons the filming isn't much different to any of t he other Potter flicks. In fact, if anything, he believes the tiredness they felt towards the end helped them capture the right mood on the big screen.
He said: "Hours-wise, they're all the same since we turned 16. It's nine-hour days and five days a week.
"It's quite tiring because this has felt like we've been here for years and it hasn't gone on this long.
"I think it helps, because you're supposed to be ex hausted anyway.
"It did take my life over. But there are lots of different scenes so it never got boring."
And Rupert is quick to put fans' fears to rest over how the controversial split has affected the movies.
THERE were concerns that it would feel like two completely separate stories, rather than one flowing narrative.
"Yeah, it feels like one story," he said. "When we started, it was just concentrating on the first one because we didn't have the script for the second until much later, actually. To me, it doesn't really feel like two films."
The relationships between Harry, Ron and Hermione change dramatically over the course of the final two films.
As Emma told us yesterday, Ron and Hermione finally kiss in this movie. And just as his friend Emma felt hugely uncomfortable, Rupert hated puckering up to her for the camera.
He said: "It sounds stupid, but I never really saw it coming. It has always been hinted at but I never thought to the extent where at the end, we're but I never really saw it coming. It has always been hinted at but I never thought to the extent where atthe end, we're quite like a couple. The kiss was one of the first scenes we filmed.
"It was weird. I kind of built up this thing in my head. "We were both kind of dreading it, just because we've known each other since we were small. It's like kissing your sister."
Ron and Harry also find themselves in an unusual situation, as Weasley questions Harry's actions rather than giving his whole- hearted support.
Rupert said: "It's an odd relationship in the beginning because Ron doesn't completely trust t hat Harry knows what he's doing.
"There's a lot of paranoia and he's worried about his family, and there's doubts. It erupts into this big argument."
Rupert enjoyed his character's growth in the final films, and reveals that Par t 1 in particular shows a new side to the cheery lad.
In fact, he found that, for the first time, he was really stretched as an actor for haunting, emotional scenes.
"This film is the first time I really had to do that," he said.
"There is one big scene with the whole Weasley family. It was depressing to do and it's quite shocking because it's a character we've associated w it h jokes a nd mucking about.
"It's quite horrible. There have been a lot of heavy, emotional scenes like t hat.
"It's satisfying, though. But it's quite haunting as well, because I'm not really used to it.
"I've learned quite a lot and it's been great. Particularly in this one - and the last two - Ron has kind of come into his own a bit.
"I enjoyed hav ing more to do.
"He's got a lot more dept h now and he's a lot more complicated than in previous films. It's kind of nice."
RUPERT has already taken on more adult roles in films Cherry Bomb and Wild Target, and has just signed on to play ski-jumper Eddie The Eagle.
So it's no surprise to hear that he wants to continue acting.
But he has no ambitions to try his hand at directing, after a tricky experience on the Potter set.
"I want to continue acting, definitely," he said. "I want to keep doing it as long as I can, really.
"I don't think I'd really direct. "I'm not good at decisions or anyth ing like that.
"We got a bit of a taste of it on this one, because there are scenes where another actor is playing us. We have to give them pointers on how we walk and all of our mannerisms.
"I could never figure out anything to tell the guy who was playing me. He had video footage and watched the previous films."
While many child stars have felt uncomfortable talking about the roles that made them famous, Rupert insists he has nothing but praise and fond feelings for Harry Potter and Ron Wea sley.
So much so, in fact, that he has no idea how he will cope once the final film has been released and his time in the world of wizards has ended.
"The movies have become quite a big thing and I'm proud to be a part of it," he said. "I love it.
"It's weird, this one, because it doesn't feel like any of the others. "You do feel like it's starting to come to an end.
"I don't really know how it's going to feel on the last day when the last film is out and we never come back. I've never really imagined it ending."
And just like, Rupert obviously has no aversion to a bit of mischief.
Although Emma told us yesterday that the stars were forbidden from keeping props as souvenirs, Rupert confesses - proudly - to having helped himself to a few, including his wand.
He admitted: "I've got a tie and one of the chess pieces.
"The wand is also pretty cool."
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