Rupert Grint reveals he almost quit the Harry Potter movies

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Wait, what?!?

Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger.

They're the holy trinity of the Harry Potter franchise and losing one member would be unimaginable, like eating a steak more well-done than medium rare or having anyone else other than Freddie Mercury perform at Live Aid.

But apparently there were a few moments in time when we were very close to losing the Ron Weasley we love from the movies earlier than expected.

In a new interview with The Guardian, Rupert Grint revealed that he wanted to quit the Harry Potter movies multiple times.

“There were definitely times when I thought about leaving.

"Filming Harry Potter was a massive sacrifice; working from such a young age for such long periods and I definitely remember thinking during one extended break, ‘This whole thing is so all consuming, do I really want to go back? Maybe it’s just not for me.’

"I guess I was probably just being a teenager.”

Say it ain't so, Rupert!

While he was initially super stoked to be part of the movies, the weight and responsibility of being part of such a super-popular franchise soon took a toll on Rupert:

“For the first few Harry Potter films I was living the dream. The reason I auditioned was because I loved the books.

"When I got to film three or four, I started to feel an overwhelming weight of responsibility because they were so phenomenally popular.

"The whole press and red carpet thing was an attack on the senses. I don’t excel in that kind of environment.”

By the time the last Harry Potter movie came around, Rupert admits that there were times where he felt that he and Ron were basically the same person:

“The line between Ron and me became thinner with each film and I think we became virtually the same person.

"There’s a lot of me in Ron and moving on was a massive adjustment because it was such a constant part of my life. I don’t want to liken it to coming out of prison because it wasn’t a prison, but it did feel like stepping out of an institution.

"It was nice to breathe the fresh air and now I’m really enjoying stepping further away from that blue-screen world.”

As history shows, Rupert ultimately stayed on for all the Harry Potter movies, which probably worked out for the best from a fan perspective since we honestly can't imagine anyone else as Ron Weasley.

Hats off to you, Rupert!

Image: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone/Warner Bros. Pictures

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