With “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” a.k.a. “The Beginning of the End for ’Potter’ Fans,” hitting theaters this Friday (November 19) and the series officially ending after next July’s “Part 2,” it’s only natural for “Potter” diehards to feel a bit nostalgic these days. After all, it was nine years ago (almost to the day) that Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint first hit screens in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” And, thanks to a “Potter” film every one to two years following “Sorcerer’s” 2000 bow, audiences have had the unique privilege of watching the young stars grow up literally before their eyes.
We certainly are very pleased with the good-looking, stylish, intelligent, talented and well-rounded individuals they have become in the years since, but we’ll always have a soft spot for their 10-, 11- and 12-year-old selves. And, just in case you forgot how cute and precocious they were, MTV is rolling out a series of five flashback videos featuring Emma, Dan and Rupert from their much younger days.
In the first, a 10-year-old Watson — already sporting the vocabulary of a college student — talks about the experience of making her feature film debut in “Sorcerer’s Stone.”
“I was in the middle of [reading] the third [’Harry Potter’ book] when I started auditioning, and I’d finished the fourth by the time I got the role. So I was a really big ’Harry Potter’ fan,” she enthused at the 2000 press junket for “Sorcerer’s Stone.” “I don’t think that I could have got into a bigger film. I kind of started from the top, I suppose. I can’t believe it. It’s amazing.”
But despite the worldwide popularity of the books and the scrutiny sure to be placed on the cinematic adaptations, Watson didn’t let the magnitude of what she was doing get to her. “No, I didn’t really feel any pressure,” she said. “Everyone on set, i.e. the crew, made me feel very comfortable.”
And, in case you were wondering, the straight-A student and current Brown University attendee was all about her schooling even then — although Watson claimed she wasn’t quite as single-minded as her big-screen alter-ego Hermione. “I enjoy school and I do my best in school, but I’m not obsessed with school. That’s kind of the difference between me and Hermione.”
Have you enjoyed watching the “Potter” stars grow up over the years? Tell us in the comments!