The Kiss

Posted: April 4, 2011 in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I honestly never thought I would come across any romance across the Harry Potter books and films after I just finished watching the third film. I never even really picked up on the hints J.K. Rowling dropped in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban that Ron was romantically interested in Hermione. Nonetheless, romanticism in Harry Potter is not fully introduced until Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, where everyone has to start looking for dates to the Yule Ball. The Goblet of Fire film adaptation is also the first film where you see romance: Viktor Krum kisses Hermione’s hand after they dance. Following that, the kiss between Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Katie Leung (Cho Chang) was the highlight of millions of magazines at the time when the Order of the Phoenix film adaption was being filmed. The year after that, the kiss between Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) and Radcliffe garned even more attention than the one in the Order of the Phoenix. Bonnie shared her thoughts about this scene with Seventeen magazine while attending the NYC premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

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17:This is a big movie for you — tell us what it was like filming it!
BW: It was great working with (the director) David Yates because he really wanted to develop this relationship Ginny has with Harry, and why it comes about. It’s important, because they’ve known each other so long! It would be a bit weird if it were sudden. So with Dan, we had many more intimate scenes together.

17: What was it like kissing Daniel?
BW: Strange! We’ve known each other so long. That was weird — having to look at someone in a different way. Surprisingly, on the actual day it all seemed to be okay. You just kind of treat it like any other scene. That sounds silly and probably boring to others! But I think in order to make it realistic, you have to just go for it!

17: How many takes did you have to do for the kissing scene?
BW: A lot! We filmed it for two days. And obviously a lot happens in the scene as well. It was probably like 30 takes!

17: Do you have any funny stories from the set?
BW: When Ginny comes down to give Harry this mince pie she made…This short-lived intimate moment gets cut off when Ron sits down between us. It’s an awkward moment that was really hard to do. We just cracked up all day because none of us could stay really serious!

17: What do you think girls are going to love about this movie?
BW: The movie gives a lot of power to girls! It shows when girls start becoming interested in guys, and they’re kind of slow on the uptake. For Ginny, she takes control of the relationship because she could see that Harry’s starting to look at her in a new way. And she almost initiates the kiss. It shows girls you can lead sometimes.

17: Do you have any advice for girls who want to do what you do — acting?
BW: What I’ve learned through this film is that nothing is easy and nothing is given to anyone. I think this idea of luck and fame and success through a one-hit-wonder is just so not true. Work hard and be true to yourself!




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