BONNIE AND BEAUTIFUL
The hero gets the girl. That girl is Ginny Weasley – brave, loyal and resourceful. The actress who plays her is just as special.
Bonnie Wright won’t turn 20 until next year on 19 February, but she has definitely attracted plenty of attention. The girl who plays the future Mrs. Harry Potter on screen is stunningly gorgeous. As if the limelight that Potter brought upon her is not enough, she is creating another sensation by dating one of the new Potter actors, who has also worked in Twilight, Jamie Campbell Bower. And the paps are certainly eating their relationship up. Not only that, this tall and thin actress just signed a modeling contract last October with Next Models, which will ensure she will have a post-Potter career.
But before she goes on to tackle modeling, TFI is curious about her experiences as one of Hogwarts’ warriors and asks her about her behind-the-screen interests…
So Ginny, Luna and Neville are leading a resistance against the Death Eaters’ tyranny at Hogwarts. What was that like to play?
It clearly takes courage. This is the thing those three characters step up to, beginning in the fifth film, with the Ministry of Magic and Dumbledore’s Army, and they really take on the responsibility. They’re the only ones left continuing this resistance. Obviously Hogwarts becomes a completely different place, it becomes incredibly threatening and stands for everything it didn’t stand for before, such safety, and everything we had there is completely gone. Because we have new headmasters and all these new rules.
Are they going to succeed?
There’s an amazing scene in the second part, where obviously Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts, and the other three have made this kind of hideout and haven, continuing Dumbledore’s Army in their own little way. I think that their dedication is pretty amazing, to keep that going, and I think that’s why people kind of love the three of those characters, really.
You’ve shot the Epilogue. Have you gone through an aging process?
Yes, it was a very bizarre thing to go through, really, to be able to have that chance to be suddenly made up to look mid-thirties. It’s was an exciting day but bizarre. Obviously, for me, it almost felt like a real cycle, because I started on that same platform, at the same age that Lily Potter, the youngest daughter of Ginny and Harry was, so it’s almost literally like looking back at myself.
How does it feel to have three kids?
The three kids who played the children were just… they just epitomised all of us, when we were that age, so it was lovely to look back. They were so excited on the day, it was a massive dream come true, and they’d been through such a massive process of auditioning. I think it was probably the most auditions any person has been through to get a part in a film. In the auditioning process Dan and I sat down with different children and talked to them, because obviously the dynamic is incredibly important… to try and portray the idea that they are this family unit, that they’ve spent every living moment together, since they were babies in their hands to how they are now. It was challenging to get that warmth with someone you’ve barely met and some children don’t want to get close to someone they don’t know. But they understood it was incredibly important to make the scene work, so they were very giving to the situation.
The structure of the last two films are different. What was the biggest difference for you in filming it?
It was weird when we first were given this idea that there would be two parts. I was very interested to see how that would be done, but obviously, because it’s still one book, it’s not like we’re filming two books, all at once. It was still one book, in my mind, so the actual story all connects, so we’ve always been used to filming everything all over the place, like any film is filmed. In that perspective it wasn’t too difficult to differentiate the first part and the second part.
Through your relationship with Jamie, you’ve seen the Twilight phenomenon. Do you think Harry Potter is better?
I think they’re two completely different sort of stories, really. I think the way that Jo Rowling has written it is incredible and personally, for me, it’s much richer than the stories of Twilight, because it’s from a much more mythological, historical element that’s just a bit deeper and I think they’ve got different elements.
Have you read Twilight?
No, I haven’t.
What’s your favorite book outside Harry Potter?
Oh, hundreds! I studied English Literature at A-level, so I was always a massive reader. I love Dubliners by James Joyce and F Scott Fitzgerald. I read Harry Potter and I love it as much as the next fan. I’ve always read it as it came out, but you know, for me, I’ve probably haven’t read any other fantasy based book other than Harry Potter.
It’s all going to end next year. How do you feel about it?
I remember starting in 2009 and being, “God, this is the last time we’re ever going to start back on a Harry Potter.” It was always at the back of your mind, that although you didn’t want to think about it too much, you knew that that ending was going to come and there’s a sense this was coming to the end. That actually made me kind of, “Right, I’ve got to experience everything, make every day amazing” and just take it all in because knowing that it wasn’t ever going to come around again was kind of bizarre. You never think that day’s going to come, and then it does, and you’re like… damn, I don’t know, it’s bizarre. But I think luckily, with things like film, you’re burnt into celluloid, so if you want to watch it in ten years time, you can reflect back on it. But we haven’t yet finished, you know, we’ve still got the movies to hand over to the audience, so not until mid next year will it finally be finished.
Didn’t you study Production for TV and film?
Yeah, well, I always wanted to continue studying. I always loved being at school and every creative side of film but for me this course is pretty much an interesting way to look at the different elements that go into acting. I’ve completely begun to respect every time and every moment of craft that goes into films – studying, scriptwriting, screenwriting, directing, editing… It’s not really technical, my course – it’s at an Arts school, so it’s got a very creative, sort of Finer Arts, base to it. But really my love lies in acting so it it’s given me a completely different perspective to it. It has enriched it in a different way than a drama school would. AA/LJ
For more of my articles in TOTAL FILM INDONESIA, buy Issue #13, November 2010.