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  Rupert Grint: 'Film won't ruin books'
Updated 29 October 2001, 17.30
Rupert as Ron Weasley in the film
Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley in the new Harry Potter movie, has given his first major interview to CBBC's Newsround.

And he says the forthcoming film will live up to the magic of the books.

"I am a really big Harry Potter fan," he says.

"I've seen the film and the sets and I don't think they will destroy the books at all. It's really spot on".

Dream come true

13-year-old Rupert revealed in his interview with Newsround's Lizo Mzimba that he got the dream part after reading about the auditions right here.

The chess scene from the film
The chess scene from the film
"I saw it on the Newsround website and then I did my own video, pretending to be a drama teacher and rapping and making the script up."

The Great Hall

But even the excitement of getting the part didn't compare with the start of filming.

"When I walked into the Great Hall for the first time, it was absolutely incredible.

"There were all these effects, with all the candles floating, food on the table, all the flamboes were lit - it was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen in my life."

Chess scene

Harry and his friends in the Great Hall
Harry and his friends in the Great Hall
And you won't be so surprised to hear that Rupert's favourite part of the film is where Ron gets to hog the limelight for a while.

"The chess scene was pretty difficult - there was loads of dust everywhere. But all the way through the film, Harry's been doing all the brave stuff. So Ron was really happy, because that's his fave thing - chess."

The movie has its world premiere on Sunday and opens across the UK on 16 November.

And we've got more exclusive interviews with the child stars coming up: Hermione on Tuesday and Harry on Wednesday. Don't miss 'em!

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