Rupert Grint, who played Harry Potter’s best friend Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise, has admitted that he’s only seen the first three films in the series. It’s been a decade since the final film in the eight-part series was released and fourteen years since author J.K. Rowling completed the saga’s final novel, but Potter’s popularity persists.
Of course, fans have hardly had a chance to miss the wizarding world. Through spin-offs, a stage production, video games and potentially a new TV series, Rowling’s creations continue to command the spotlight, even when controversy has threatened to alter everything. As one of the key characters of the novels and films, Ron has his own dedicated following – despite the highly debatable argument offered by some that he should never have ended up with Hermione, or that his wizarding skills pale in comparison to others. In real life, Grint’s non-Potter roles haven’t been as abundant or acclaimed as co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, but regardless of this, Potter fans know that the series wouldn’t be what it is without Grint.
However, in a new interview with Variety, Grint has revealed that he might not be as much of a Potter devotee as fans would like. After admitting that he’s probably only seen the first three films in the franchise thanks to attending premieres, Grint went on to say that now that he’s a father, he’ll probably end up watching the entire series with his daughter, Wednesday, at some point in the future:
“I’ve probably seen the first three at the premieres, but after that I stopped watching them. But now that I have a daughter, I will probably have to watch them with her.”
Though it might come off as strange for someone who starred in an eight-film series to not have bothered actually watching them, the truth is that it’s not all that strange for some actors not to watch their work. Former Fantastic Beasts star Johnny Depp has previously commented how he doesn’t watch his own films, as have Meryl Streep and Jared Leto. The list is a relatively substantial one and contains some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Of course, Grint isn’t quite on the same level as the likes of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but he is a successful actor. The experience of being part of something as gargantuan as the Potter franchise undoubtedly places him in territory that’s relatable to a wide swathe of stars.
Another reason why Grint may not particularly feel like watching the entire Harry Potter series is that any criticisms or issues he may have with his performances can’t be fixed. It’s often the case that an artist is their own worst critic, so while audiences may not have any problems with Grint’s performances, he may constantly be spotting things that he’d wish he’d done differently. That sort of analysis can not only cause unnecessary stress, but it’s also a major waste of time considering that at this point, there’s no altering what’s been done.