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It’s hard to believe that Bonnie Wright was only 9 years old when she first appeared onscreen in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Though looking at production stills of Wright in “Sorcerer’s Stone” through the teasers for “Deathly Hallows,” it’s easy to see the evolution of the young girl grown into the young woman she is today.
When MTV News caught up with the actress at the recent opening of Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we asked Wright to reflect on how her character, Ginny Weasley, has evolved along with her over the course of the eight “Potter” films.
“Being the person who sort of ends up with the hero of this franchise is never something I ever would have imagined,” she said of her character becoming Harry’s love interest. “It’s just been so exciting, so lovely to have something that develops further, and you can make [Ginny] my own and take things from your own life growing up and put those things into it.”
Regarding the much-discussed, heavily hyped epilogue, Wright said the “full-on scene” is a fitting end to the series because the filmmakers chose to shoot it as a stand-alone ending, not just a background for the end credits. She added that one of her last scenes in the epilogue was a particularly surreal moment, because her character started and ended her “Potter” journey in the same place.
“It wasn’t my last scene, but it was one of my last scenes. That’s where I started the journey of ‘Harry Potter,’ on the platform, and then to see the girl who’s playing our daughter was just psychologically, it was very weird, because she’s the same age as me. It was literally having a whole cycle of the journey.”
Wright hopes audiences will appreciate that final scene as much as she did.
“I hope it’s well-received. In terms of the prosthetics and creativity of it, they took months and months — I must have done 100 tests and costume fittings. A lot of energy went into making that moment perfect.”
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