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Journalist: the initial idea that sent us to London was for you, Harry Potter followers, to get closer to the cast.A lot of you consider yourselves to be the number 1 Harry Potter fan and ,also, a lot of you sent us questions to the cast.
Let’s go with some questions with Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
So, this is from Andrea Bezerra from Venezuela: she wanted to know if before each shoot, they forced you to read the books.
Emma: Uh, yes because I can read the scripts but there are some things in the book that are left out and when I’m acting I need to know these things so that I can be subjective. For example, in this movie we don’t see any feelings growing between Ron and Hermione. Although it’s important that there’s a tension between them, these subtleties are not in the scripts. Like you said the fans are really important and they’re the main reason why we’re doing these movies in the first place and because they’re such big fans of the books.
Journalist: This is from Juliana Olivera who’s from Colombia and she thinks that in the past movies your character was a little scared but that with the progress of the Order of the Phoenix your character seems a little more brave; is that maybe because he’s growing up?
Rupert: Yes I think Ron has grown up quite a lot since the last one. He’s a lot more, um, definitely more sure and more stronger in this one. In the last movies he got scared really more easily like she said (Olivera). Now he’s more focused on his life because these are hard times with voldemort coming back which is terrifying.
Journalist: Roberto Etxeberria de Panama wants to ask you: why do you think Harry Potter is really famous to all ages? Himself is married and 30 years old.
Emma: Wow! Um, because J.K. Rowling is such a talented writer. They’re books for kids but at the same time, they’re not because adults can also read them. guess because they’re so much depth to them. You can never stop interpreting and getting more out of it. Each of the spells has a Latin name and a meaning. And all of these “magical words” that she can think of. There are a lot of turning points in the plot, a lot of depth and a story behind all of that. She has a ton of notebooks with details and details on all of the characters and their family throughout the generations. Which shows that this is not a book for kids anymore; you can get a lot out of it.
Journalist: So, this one is from Daniel Perez from the Dominican Republic. He wanted to know what are your plans when it comes to education? Are you going to go to university or are you going to continue acting?
Rupert: Um, I left school around 16, a couple of years ago, and ,um, I never really liked school it was never my favourite sort of thing. So I was really lucky that Harry Potter came along and that I could leave school. I could go back and take some classes, maybe I will but I was never good at school. I was only good in arts so if I do something new it’ll be in this field.
Journalist: Any admirer of Harry Potter’s magic would like to live in flesh the most exciting moments of this story. Well, good news because the Universal studios with Warner Bros. are making a theme park so that this dream can become real.
Scott Trowbridge: The world of Harry Potter is going to be a 7th new island that we are going to add to the Universal Studios in Orlando. It’s going to be the biggest project that we have added to one of our parks throughout the world. When you’re making a movie, one just has to make what the camera sees. Here we’re making a world for discovery and exploration. We’re making the buildings so accurately, I don’t think it’s ever been done before. People can see things from underneath, from the sides, they can feel and touch everything.
Source: video, translation thanks to the wonderful Claire!
“Harry Potter” star Emma Watson received an expensive birthday present on her 18th birthday — she gains access to her huge $20 million fortune.
The British star has been given complete reign over the money she has earned through appearing in all five of the “Harry Potter” films.
Although Watson, who turned 18 on Monday, is in control of her millions for the first time, the star’s money management skills are under intense scrutiny by a team of financial advisors, according to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper.
In a deal with England’s royal bank Coutts, who also look after her co-star Daniel Radcliffe’s fortune, the actress is required to make low-risk, high-interest investments and attend courses on how to be a responsible millionaire.
The star, who is currently working on the franchise’s latest outing “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” is paid $5 million for her role as the schoolgirl wizard.
Source: SF Gate
Too Old? ‘Harry Potter’ Star Emma Watson Replaces Scarlett Johansson in Role
“Harry Potter” actress Emma Watson will replace Scarlett Johansson in “Napoleon and Betsy” as the part has “skewed younger,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Watson, 18, will play a young, impetuous noblewoman who falls in love with Napoleon. Johansson, 23, is still a co-producer on the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Watson is best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” films, and is completing filming on the sixth installment, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
Johansson has recently signed with Warner Bros.-owned label Atco/Rhino, and her soul-driven album is set for a late May release.
On any given day, ‘The Jonas Brothers’ star Joe Jonas has about 3 dozen screaming teenage girls following his every move, but he admits he has a major crush on ‘Harry Potter’ actress Emma Watson.
When asked if any of his brothers are dating, Joe replied, “Not, not yet, unfortunately.” But he adds, “There’s a few people that we would like to be gossiped about. That’d be nice. I’ve always had a crush on Emma Watson!”
You heard it, he likes to be gossiped about, let’s get the rumor in high gear. With their combined fortune, they could practically take over the world. Must be nice!
Source: Hollywood Scoop
‘Harry Potter’ star Emma Watson is so sick of the media speculation surrounding her friendship with co-star Daniel Radcliffe, she has vowed never to start a romance with the actor.
Watson, who plays Potter’s sidekick Hermione Granger in the hit film franchise, is convinced fans of the boy wizard series desperately want her and Radcliffe to become a couple in real life – because their characters fail to unite in author J.K. Rowling’s books.
And the 18-year-old blames the public’s desire for the union for the constant press speculation about their relationship.
She says: “Dan Radcliffe is very charming, and very, very sweet and knows how to handle it (the rumours about their relationship). We’ve been handling this situation for six years now.
“Everyone has been going, ‘Are you and Dan together?’ Because it doesn’t happen in the books, everyone is so desperate for it to happen in real life that any opportunity to come up with a story about it is taken.”
“Harry Potter” star Emma Watson gained access to her $21 million (and growing) fortune when she turned 18 this week, and she celebrated by … signing up for a three-day financial education course run by the private British bank Coutts, the Scotsman reports.
Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter himself, is also believed to be taking part in the Assets and Responsibility course, which is designed for clients’ children between the ages of 17 and 23.
The bank, which would not comment on who is enrolled, says it launched the course last year with 22 speakers on a variety of subjects, including how to read the financial pages of a newspaper and deciphering the stock market. “It’s an important course because these young people are at an age where they’re beginning to handle their own wealth,” a spokesperson says.
Watson is signed on for the final three Harry Potter films (the last book will be released as two movies), but has not ruled out going to college. “People can’t understand why I don’t want to (quit school), but school life keeps me in touch with my friends,” she has said. “It keeps me in touch with reality.”
Emma Watson joins ‘Napoleon’
Emma Watson is attached to star in “Napoleon and Betsy,” a period drama being written and directed by Benjamin Ross.
Watson will play Betsy Balcombe, a young, impetuous noblewoman trapped on the isolated British Isle of St. Helena who falls in love with Napoleon, who is in exile on the island.
Watson is filling the shoes recently vacated by Scarlett Johansson, who stepped aside as the part skewed younger.
Johansson is still producing, along with Alexandra Milchan, Melanie Sloan and Gilles Arondeau.
Watson, who just signed with WMA in all areas, is known for her role as Hermione Granger in Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter” films, and is completing filming on the sixth installment, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.”
With filming of the last chapter, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” scheduled to commence in early 2009, Watson hopes to shoot “Napoleon and Betsy” in the fall.
Watson recently starred in the BBC telefilm “Ballet Shoes” and additionally lends her voice to the role of Princess Pea in the animated film “The Tale of Despereaux,” which Universal releases this year. She continues to be repped by Markham and Froggatt in the U.K.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Birthday wishes to “Harry Potter” star Emma Watson were in order Tuesday as the actress turned 18 years old. The actress, who plays Hermione Granger in the Potter films, thanked her fans for all the birthday wishes by appearing in a YouTube video.
In the video clip, Watson appears happy as she sits before the camera and announces that it is her 18th birthday. She is on the set of the latest “Harry Potter” film and said she had just returned from hair and make-up.
The actress shows off her breakfast, a bowl of strawberries and Nutella, and thanks her fans for remembering her on her birthday. She said she was having fun and a wonderful day.
Watson made her big-screen debut in the 2001 box-office smash “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” and has since starred alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, as the three best friends, in all of the Harry Potter films.
Source: All Headline News
Emma Watson’s magical birthday present
Harry Potter star Emma Watson really had something to celebrate on her 18th birthday.
The French-born actress, who plays Hermione Granger in the hit film series, finally got access to the Â£10.5 million she had amassed while working on the movies.
There won’t be much splashing out, however, as Watson has been enrolled on a course to ensure she understands the responsibility of investing the money wisely.
The meetings had been arranged by Coutts, bankers for the Queen and included talks by private bankers on how to manage the fortune, set up a business and give to charity.
They were attended by other Harry Potter child stars including Tom Felton, who played Draco Malfoy.
Watson’s fee for the next film in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, is believed to be Â£2.5 million, with a further Â£3 million to be earned from the two part conclusion to the series, Deathly Hallows.
Emma Watson’s other work has been the TV adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes and an animated film, The Tale of the Despereaux, based on the book by Kate DiCamillo.
Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the boy wizard, took control of his finances when he turned 18 last July. His estimated worth is around Â£24 million, having invested in property and businesses.