Bonnie Wright who played Ginny Weasley Harry Potter franchise talks about her time at Hogwarts and why she was frustrated with the limited time her character had on screen in the films.
During a recent episode of Michael Rosenbaum In you Podcast, the actress, who was just nine when she was cast in the film, admitted that she had some concerns before filming because she wanted to do justice to the beloved character.
“I definitely felt like I was trying to be the best I could be as I developed my character,” Wright said. “It’s like, ‘Oh god, am I doing justice to this character that people love?’ So that was always difficult, especially when, inevitably, many scenes of each character from the book were reduced to the movies. So you didn’t really have that much to show in the movies.”
But when it came to bringing Ginny to life on the big screen, according to Wright, “it was a little disappointing because there were parts of the character that just didn’t come into play because there weren’t any scenes for it.” That got me probably made you a little unsettled or just frustrated.”
While Ginny, sister of Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and future wife of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), eventually became a prominent supporting character in the book series, her scenes in the films were sparse. Wright even said she had to read Hermione Granger’s lines at the audition because her character initially had no lines in the first film. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
“The actual line I had in the film, which is a line, was given to me on the day [and director Chris Columbus] “I think you need a spell,” which means my “luck” for Harry,” she recalls.
Since JK Rowling’s book series was still being written when the film came out in 2001, Wright didn’t really know what the future held for her character when the hit film series began. The actress also noted that she never had discussions with producers about where her character Ginny would go.
“There just wasn’t room for big changes in those scripts,” Wright explained. “One million executives have gone through them all. I think what I may have embraced, which I don’t take to heart as much now, is that I kind of felt like maybe my fear was about, oh, I was being seen as a badly portrayed character instead of realizing later that I wasn’t really given the opportunity to do so. So it wasn’t really my fault.”
Wright added that she understands book fans who were upset upon noticing Ginny’s limited on-screen appearances.
“When fans share their disappointment, they do it in a way that’s like, ‘We know it wasn’t you. “We just wanted more from you,” the actress said. “And it’s the same for every character. If only it could be five-hour movies.”
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