'Harry Potter's' Rupert Grint talks Ron Weasley: 'We've merged into Ron-pert'
"The character's had a lot more dimensions to him," Grint tells Empire in the interview below. "In previous films Ron was usually quite scared all the time, that was always kind of him, but it was great to see that there was a lot more heavy emotion. Because he really falls in love, so there's all that story, and that really develops in Part Two particularly. And then there's the family stuff as well. There are some quite dark things that I never really got before with Ron."
He says that over the years, he's grown closer to his character, which made exploring Ron's dark side in the final film all the more intense. "It was great to have the opportunity to do that, to get my teeth into something different. It felt like a different character really, it was cool to find that side to him. It's all kind of embedded in me; we've almost become the same person over the years, sort of merged into this Ron-pert. Even now."
One of the most emotional parts of the filming for Grint was watching Hogwarts burn -- they actually destroyed the sets that he spent the majority of his teenage years working in. "Even for Harry Potter, it felt really huge. These sets, they did actually destroy them. The rubble you see is actually the set falling apart. It's quite weird seeing all these sets that I've grown up in as piles of rubble, there's something strange about that. But it's going to be amazing," he says. "It really nailed that down, that this was the end. Seeing the Great Hall... The place had become quite a familiar one in our lives; we'd spent a lot of time there. And now it's on fire. There are dead bodies, dead children everywhere. It's really dark."