Harry Potter and his best friend, Ron Weasley, have encountered many magical creatures during their years at Hogwarts, from three-headed dogs to giant spiders to Dementors, but in "The Goblet of Fire" they face the scariest thing yet: girls.
"It has a very strange effect on everyone, hormones, and all the trouble they cause," said Daniel Radcliffe, who portrays Harry in the film series. "I think that's what people have been waiting for, for us to portray it in the films."
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"It's all brought about by the Yule Ball, and everyone needing to have a partner," said Emma Watson, who plays Hermione. "And also being older and being of that age where you do start to get interested."
Yes, hormones are raging at Hogwarts High, and nobody's more flustered about it than Harry himself, who starts getting all goofy around fellow student Cho Chang (played by Katie Leung). "You know, that was really awful for me," Radcliffe joked. "Um, no, that was great. I don't know if Katie's going, 'I hated doing the hugging scenes with Dan,' but for me it was great fun."
"There was one scene I did with Dan on the train, and it was the first time we saw each other," Leung said. "And [director Mike Newell] wanted Dan to look at me that certain way, like it's love at first sight."
Too bad for both the timing's off — Harry's too late asking Cho to the dance, since she's already accepted an invitation from another suitor. Readers of the books know that the Harry/Cho ship will sail in the next installment, "The Order of the Phoenix," when she'll give him his first kiss. Until then, he's fated to drool, stumble and stutter at the sight of her.
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"I'm pretty much the same as Dan, really," said Rupert Grint, who plays Ron. "I'm probably similar to Ron. He's not very lucky and he has some bad experiences."
"You're the worst date in the world!" Radcliffe said to him. "But that's what I like about Harry and Ron, is that they are the worst dates in the world. And the poor girls who have the great misfortune of going out with us, you feel so sorry for them, because this night should be the greatest night for these girls. And it's horrible. You've got sort of ballroom casualties outside, weeping because the night has gone so horribly."
"Hermione included," Watson said. "That's the thing I loved doing, because I can relate, in so many ways, to her situation and what's happening to her, how boys, how insensitive they can be, how awkward it can be. It's always that boy who's mean to you and teases you who's actually the guy who has the huge crush on you."
In this case it's Ron, who discovers a new side of his old pal Hermione as she makes the transformation from plain little girl to pretty young woman. Like Harry, he stumbles when he attempts to ask her out to the dance, saying instead, "It's one thing for a bloke to go alone. For a girl, it's just sad." Not exactly an invite girls dream of, but even if he had made his intentions less insulting, he's also, like Harry again, too late. Hermione tells him angrily, "Someone's already asked me, and I said yes!"
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The problem is that not only is Viktor Ron's favorite player, but he's also Harry's rival in an interschool competition, the Triwizard Tournament, around which the movie's plot revolves. This prompts all sorts of new emotions for Ron, particularly jealousy, and helps him realize how strong his feelings for Hermione are, even if he can't quite express it (yet).
"It's always been suggested throughout all the films that there's something between them," Grint said.
"Just think, they're so different, but they're so cute together," Watson said. "They're so wrong and they're so right, they just need to get on with it. It's got to happen, it's got to happen."
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