The Ginny Weasley actress was not happy!
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Ginny is perhaps one of the most iconic, strong-willed female characters in the whole of the Harry Potter series and yet many fans were left disappointed with her lack of appearances throughout the movies. Apparently fans aren’t the only ones.
The actress who portrayed Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films, Bonnie Wright, is speaking up about her time at Hogwarts and why she was annoyed by her character’s scant screen time.
The actor, who was just 9 years old when she was chosen for the role, said on a recent edition of Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast that she had some nervousness before shooting because she wanted to do the iconic character right.
‘I definitely feel there was anxiety toward performing and doing the best thing as my character built. It’s like ‘Oh gosh, will I do justice to this character that people love?’ So that was always hard to do, especially when, inevitably, a lot of the scenes of every character were chopped down from the book to the films. So you didn’t really have as much to show in the films’
However, Wright acknowledged that it was a ‘little disappointing because there were parts of the character that just didn’t get to come through because there weren’t the scenes to do that. That made me feel a bit anxious or just frustrated, I guess’.
While Ginny, the sister of Harry’s ginger best friend Ron Weasley ended up becoming quite a prominent character in the novels, her scenes in the film series were few and far between and she was given no meaningful dialogue.
Wright revealed behind-the-scenes information, revealing that Hermione Granger’s lines had to be read during the audition process because her character didn’t initially have any dialogue in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
She revealed in the interview that her one line in Philosopher’s Stone (a quick ‘Good luck’ to Harry) was given to her on the day by director Christopher Columbus who said ‘I think you need a line,’.
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Wright explained that she understands the frustration book Potter fans have with her character in the series when they saw her very limited screen time however they often tell her they aren’t blaming her portrayal.
‘When fans do share that disappointment, they do it in a way that is like, ‘We know it wasn’t you. We just wanted more of you. And that’s the same with every character. If only they could be five-hour-long movies.’
Were you upset with the lack of Ginny Weasley in the Potter films or happy with how they played out? It certainly seems that even 12 years on after the last film fans are still enjoying hearing these stories from the cast and hope there will be more to come!