"I don't know. I mean, never say never." | 22 Words

Rupert Grint, who played the lovable Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, has spoken out about returning for potential future movies.

Intrigued? Then read on...

For many of us, the Harry Potter books are a cornerstone of our childhood.

The books, the first of which was published in 1997, are some of the most popular children's novels of all time.

There are 7 Harry Potter books in total...

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And writer, JK Rowling, managed to build an incredibly immersive (and oddly believable) fantasy world, wherein magic seemed like it could really exist.

But the books weren't at all where it ended.

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The massively successful series was adapted for the big screen by Warner Brothers. There are now 8 incredible movies in the original Harry Potter canon, the first of which came out in 2001.

The stories revolve around 1 central character, of course.

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The eponymous hero, Harry Potter, is a young wizard who has been orphaned and kept shielded from the world of magic until he receives a mysterious letter.

Until reaching the age of eleven, Harry lived with his aunt and uncle.

They were non-magical folk, known in the books as Muggles, who treated Harry very poorly and even forced him to live in a cupboard under the stairs.

But Harry receives a letter that changes everything.

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He finds out that he's actually a wizard and has been accepted to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to hone his craft.

While there, Harry learns a wide variety of magical spells.

But what makes the Harry Potter universe so immersive is how oddly believable all these magical aspects seem when you're reading (or watching).

As the books and movies go on, they quickly take a very dark turn and introduce Harry's enemy.

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The Dark Lord, named Voldemort, is both an evil wizard and a personification of everything that's wrong with the wizarding society. The overriding story of the books is Harry ultimately taking on this foe.

But, of course, Harry can't do this alone.

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Along his journey through school, he makes 2 best friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley.

Both of these pals added strength to Harry in his battle.

Hermione has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the world of magic, and there's essentially no spell that she can't do. But it's Ron who quickly became a true fan favorite, thanks to his unshakeable loyalty and top sense of humor.

The casting of these 3 leads is often pointed to as a big reason behind the franchise's success...

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And those actors were Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley.

Many Harry Potter fans feel as though they've grown up with these stars...

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Because they all first appeared in the original movie in 2001, and continued in their roles for a whole decade, until the final film was released in 2011.

Which means that, for many of us, Rupert Grint is Ron Weasley.

Rupert and his character are so closely connected in our minds that we can barely draw a distinction between the pair. There's no denying how he will forever be recognized as Ron Weasley.

However, it seems that Rupert himself has a slightly more complex relationship with his former identity.

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Speaking to the Radio Times in 2018, the actor claimed that he struggles to watch the most recent Harry Potter movies. "I could probably go up to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," he admitted.

Rupert can only tolerate the early movies.

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"I think those early ones are okay. More time has passed. I can detach myself a bit more from that kid," he explained. "But the more recent ones I definitely couldn’t do," he then shared. He finds seeing the films, that were such a huge part of his life, captured for everyone to see and identify with to be just a little bit too odd.

This is sadly the case for many child stars...

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But this hasn't stopped Rupert from pursuing a career as a successful actor, with him taking on many other ventures in British TV following the final Harry Potter movie.

However...

In more recent times, the actor has dropped some serious hints about returning for future Harry Potter movies.

Rupert is currently gearing up for the release of the second season of the thriller-drama Servant...

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And while speaking to comicbook.com about his role in the series, he decided to discuss the possibilities of a Harry Potter revival.

"I don't know. I mean, never say never."

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"I would never say, 'Absolutely no.' It was a huge part of my life and I'm very fond of that character and their stories," he explained. "So yeah, I mean, I'd be up for it at the right time."

"I don't know what capacity that would be, but yeah, we'll see."

Obviously, we all know that Rupert is focusing on being a dad after welcoming a baby girl with his long-term partner earlier in the year, so who knows if a Harry Potter reunion will ever be on the cards!

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