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Full Name: Emma Charlotte Watson
Harry Potter Character: Hermione Granger
Birthday: April 15
Astrological Sign: Aries
Hair: Light Brown
Recent TV Credits: Ballet Shoes (a British TV Movie)
How do you feel ‘Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince’ differs from the earlier movies?
For me, Half Blood Prince is much more of a romantic comedy.
Are there specific traits that you admire about your Harry Potter character?
Her loyalty, her kindness, her braveness and her brains.
What elements of your Harry Potter character have proven most challenging to play?
Hermione is qutie an emotional character, and a worrier. I become much more introspective when I am stressed, upset or worried.
What experienced have you drawn from in creating your character?
Hermione and I both love to learn, being in a school environment. I always pretend Harry is my younger brother Alex.
As an actor, does being strongly associated with your Harry Ptoter ever present professional challenges?
Yes, typecasting worries me.
How do you feel now when you watch the earlier Harry Potter movies? Does viewing the earlier films ever affect your current performance?
No, I view each film as a new project. I draw on the books and my instincts. I try to learn and use the director as much as possible.
Is there a particular acting challenge or story element that you are looking forward to dealing with in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’?
I am excited to get out of Hogwarts and be on the road. I have missed action in this film. I am already training for my stunts!
The Harry Potter movies often involve special effects. Is it hard to act against a green screen?
I have had a lot of pratice over the years, although [watching] Quidditch is hard.
As an actor, what types of art do you find inspire you? Paintings? Novels? Classic films? Theatre?
I am doing my Art A-level and I am inspired by art – poetry, plays, music.
If you could play a different Harry Potter character, which one would it be? Why?
Professor Umbridge, as her character is very complex and I see that as a challenge.
Which of the seven Harry Potter books is your favourite from a character or story perspective. Why?
‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’. Hermione was very integral to the moving on of the plot and part of the action and story.
Emma Finished the Sentence
If I weren’t an actor …. I would be in school!
My most challenging scene in the Harry Potter films to date was … the night shoots for Dumbledore’s death scene. It was freezing and I had to keep focused!
My favourite moment shooting ‘Half Blood Prince’ was … turning eighteen on set and having all my friends celebrate it with me!
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Harry Potter star Emma Watson, 18, is nervous about kissing scene with Rupert Grint.
Both Watson and Grint feel sticky about the impending kiss between their characters Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
While at the BAFTA ceremony, Watson said that she is terrified of pairing up with her co-star of eight years, despite Daniel Radcliffe reassuring her about it.
“Well I’ve never had to do it before so I can’t say I have any techniques,” Watson said.
“I’ve never had to kiss anyone on screen so it is all new to me.
“Of course I am nervous about it. But, apparently it gets quite boring after a couple of takes, that’s what Dan said to me anyway,” she added.
Harry Potter co-star Grint has also revealed that he is concerned about the kiss despite having done a graphic nude scene in his recent film Cherrybomb.
“As I’ve known Emma for so long, I reckon it will be 10 times worse,” he said.
“I really love the seventh book, but there is no way it will be tame with the Hermione stuff,” he added.
Source: Breaking Update
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Daniel Radcliffe has spent half his life in the role of boy wizard Harry Potter, so it’s difficult to imagine any surprises presenting themselves on the set of the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, which arrives in theaters July 15.
“You would think that, but truly every film is different, and this time around the refreshing aspect was the adolescent romantic core of this film, which should be absolutely charming and very funny,” Radcliffe said during a break from shooting. “So from that point of view, it is quite a different film because we haven’t had anything that has had this sort of light and warm and funny a core before.”
Radcliffe had just finished shooting a holiday party scene on an especially vibrant set at an airplane factory that a decade ago was converted into the stone-walled Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
It was a brisk February afternoon in 2008, and the actor had no idea that a Christmas would come and go before Half-Blood Prince appeared in theaters; the sixth Potter adventure was scheduled for release last November but, to the disappointment of fans, Warner Bros. executives announced last summer that they would postpone the film for eight months to maximize its market position.
It remains to be seen whether fans will hold a grudge against the film for the delay â€” many pledged to boycott it or at least skip the opening weekend to express their ire â€” but it’s hard to imagine the popcorn juggernaut can be slowed, much less stopped. The last film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, pulled in $938 million worldwide, making it the most successful edition since the first installment, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2001, pulled in $974 million. The franchise has brought in close to $4.5 billion, a number that would make any muggle studio executive believe in magic.
There were seven Potter novels published, but the studio and filmmakers will split the final book into two films, a decision they attribute to the action-packed density of the story, not to the allure of squeezing out one more box-office jackpot from the series. Those closing chapters of Potter’s grand cinema adventure are scheduled for release in November 2010 and July 2011.
While the fifth Potter film was dedicated largely to the title character, Half-Blood Prince will bundle plot lines for a wider section of the ensemble and set the stage for the intense crescendos that will dominate the final two movies.
This sixth installment delves into the creepy past of villain Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), introduces a key newcomer in bon vivant Horace Slughorn (Jim Broadbent) and also climaxes, as readers of the novels know, with one of the major characters giving up the ghost.
Despite that grim loss, director David Yates, who also directed the fifth film and has been contracted to direct the franchise through to its conclusion, said there is “a charm and sweetness” to this particular installment of the J.K. Rowling literary series, and that will be reflected on-screen. The status-obsessed Slughorn and his machinations inject plenty of humor into the film (and may remind some viewers of the comic relief provided by Kenneth Branagh and his vainglorious Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), and a centerpiece moment is Ron’s slapstick debut as a Quidditch player.
Radcliffe said the scene will be a hilarious treat for franchise fans, but not everyone was thrilled during the filming â€” Rupert Grint, as Ron, had long envied the actors who got to swoop across the screen in the sport that is a sort of flying-broomstick version of lacrosse.
“I found out it was not as much fun to film as I hoped,” said Grint, who was left weary and sore by the mechanized broom handle and had headaches from staring at the giant green screen that provides the backdrop canvas for computer artists to later fill in with crowds and the towering playing field. “It’s going to be more fun to watch than it was to film.”
There’s also all that romance as the students, now in their late teens, learn the bittersweet lessons of love. Emma Watson, who fills out the trio of pals as Hermione, said that after so many years of battling magical beasties, it was a treat for the students of Hogwarts to tussle with their own passions and enjoy some pratfalls.
“It’s so much fun, and I’m really enjoying it,” Watson said sitting in her pink-bedecked dressing room. “And it makes a change, because the last one was very heavy, and it is really nice to have that. … It’s a nice break for me. And for the fans, I think it’s going to be very, very funny.”
Source: Orlando Sentinel