Grint ul­ti­mately happy Ron ended up with Hermione

Orlando Sentinel - - PEOPLE & ARTS - By Jami Ganz

NEW YORK — Ru­pert Grint is open­ing up his cham­ber of se­crets. Well, sort of.

Over eight years after bid­ding the mag­i­cal world of “Harry Pot­ter” farewell, the Brit who played Ron Weasley says there’s noth­ing he would have changed about his char­ac­ter’s sto­ry­line.

“I was be­hind it all the way, re­ally,” Grint, 31, told the Daily News last week. “I think it ended in a re­ally good place.”

Though “Pot­ter” scribe J.K. Rowl­ing has since re­vealed that Harry and Ron’s third mus­ke­teer, the brilliant Hermione (Emma Wat­son), should have ended up with Harry in­stead of Ron, Grint sup­ports the pub­lished canon.

“I have heard these the­o­ries. I think on pa­per, it makes prob­a­bly more sense that she ends up with Harry,” Grint said. “The Ron and Hermione thing was brew­ing for a long time, it’s that kind of clas­sic thing. I like how it all came to­gether. It kind of made sense to me in a way.”

The pair spent the bulk of the se­ries bick­er­ing about ev­ery­thing (Ron’s “emo­tional range of a tea­spoon,” Hermione’s con­stant moth­er­ing) be­fore shar­ing a pas­sion­ate kiss in the throes of mor­tal dan­ger, which led to mar­riage, two chil­dren and Ron’s un­flat­ter­ing comb-over.

Grint says he’s never re­watched the films and that he only saw the first film, 2001’s “Sorcerer’s Stone” last year.

“It’s just some­thing I’ve never re­ally wanted to (watch),” Grint said. “Not that it’s kind of cringey or any­thing, but I mean ... it was us grow­ing up. It kind of doc­u­ments our (lives) ... and the most awk­ward stages of be­ing a teenager, and so it’s a weird thing. It’s a weird per­spec­tive watch­ing them.”

And while Grint might not yet have “de­tached enough” from the films, he said they were “a huge part of our lives and some­thing I’m im­mensely proud of be­ing a part of.”

Grint ad­mit­ted he’s un­cer­tain if “Pot­ter” fans’ ex­pec­ta­tions in­flu­ence which roles he’s taken since play­ing the youngest Weasley boy, adding, “It’s never re­ally a con­scious thing.”

In M. Night Shya­malan’s new Ap­ple TV + se­ries “Ser­vant,” the red­head plays Ju­lian, the brother of Dorothy (Lau­ren Am­brose), whose in­fant son, Jeri­cho, died only weeks ear­lier. Stuck in the de­nial stage of grief, Dorothy and hus­band Sean (Toby Kebbell) take care of a baby doll used to sub­sti­tute the real thing, which is mys­te­ri­ously re­placed by an un­fa­mil­iar liv­ing baby after they hire an eerie young nanny, Leanne (Nell Tiger Free).

Grint, who has “al­ways been a huge fan” of the “Sixth Sense” di­rec­tor and felt “ad­dicted to the scripts,” said that join­ing the half-hour thriller was “kind of a no-brainer.”

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“I think it ended in a re­ally good place,” said ac­tor Ru­pert Grint of the “Harry Pot­ter” film se­ries.

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