SFX (Nov 2010): Last Minute Swotting

Emma Watson on Hermione’s stand-out moments in the final two “Potter” films:

“Director [David Yates] asked Steve Kloves to write this lovely scene at the beginning of the movie which is not in the book, but which I feel is very important for Hermione’s character. You see her wiping her parents’ memories in order for her to start off on the adventure with Ron and Harry. She knows that Voldemort could try to use her parents as a device to get to her in some way, which means they might be in harm’s way. So she wipes their memories so they forget she ever existed. All the photos of her around the house disappear. It’s a really tough way for the film to start but really important to see the sacrifices that she has to make.”

“I do some pretty tough stuff. There’s a scene where Ron gets splinched and he’s essentially bleeding to death in my arms. And Hermione has to try to keep calm and figure out how to save his life. And they’re exposed in this forest. It was a touhg scene to do, and get myself in the moment for that.”

“I’m also tortured by Bellatrix. I do a torture scene. Which was the weirdest thing ever. It was like having an out of body experience. It’s the most intense thing I’ve ever done. David Yates did two different angles on it, and I did a take of each. It went on for only two minutes but it felt like an eternity. It felt like forever.”

“Getting into character to kiss Dan and Rupert was tought also. Forgetting all of our history, and our relationship. Putting all that aside and being in character was pretty bloody hard, it really was. That required a huge amount of professionalism. I really had to grit my teeth and be like, ‘I am Hermione, this is Harry – stop thinking that it’s Emma kissing Dan. It’s not. It’s all good.’”

“The first film is really high tension. Really focusing on the relationship between the three of them; the dynamic in their friendship, and what it feels like for them to be outside of Hogwarts and on the run.”

“The last one is just breakneck speed, the whole thing. I think the audience won’t breathe for two hours. It’s so intense. Lots of action. Really exciting. Amazing visual FX. It will be mindblowing.”

“Weirdly, the last thing I filmed was a very tiny scene of us having to jump into a fireplace, although the fireplace will be done in FX. We were just jumping onto crash mats really. It felt very, very strange. Emotional. It felt like a moment in history.”