Why Rupert Grint almost quit Harry Potter after the Goblet of Fire

Gasp.

Words by Jadie Troy-Pryde

Can you imagine a world without Harry Potter? Where there are no Harry Potter bars and no inspirational Harry Potter quotes?

Neither can we.

And it’s impossible to imagine the Harry Potter films without Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson. The three actors started their careers in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and went on to play Ron Weasley, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger for ten years.

However, things could have panned out very differently.

Rupert has admitted that he was ready to walk away from the wizarding world in 2005 once he’d finished filming Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

“I had just finished my GCSEs,” he told the Independent.

“I thought, ‘Do I actually want to keep doing this? It’s a bit of a drag.’ Because obviously, it’s a big sacrifice.

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“You take for granted anonymity, just doing normal stuff, just going out. Everything was different and a little bit scary. There were times when I was like, ‘I’m done.'”

Rupert has previously spoken about what it’s like to grow up as a child actor, and admitted that he almost packed in acting once he’d finished filming Harry Potter.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he explained: “We had such an intimate and intense few years in this bubble.

“When I started, [acting] was never something that I aspired to do. I did acting with school plays and stuff like that. But it was never something that I actively dreamed of.

“I mean, I fell in love with it while I was doing it. But I definitely did think, ‘Is this really what I want to do?’ I wanted to live a little bit. I felt like I’d missed out on a lot.

“Being in that adult environment from such an early age, it was nice to just be away from it and not have any kind of commitments at all, and just be a bit free.”

Glad you stayed, Rupert.

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