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  Rupert's gossip from the Potter DVD launch
Updated 09 April 2003, 00.29
The Harry Potter cast have a laugh together
Clare Youell
CBBC Newsround Online at the Potter DVD launch

Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom name 'em, and they were there.

The young stars of Harry Potter were out in full force for the launch of the Chamber of Secrets DVD at Leavesden Studios.

Rupert Grint couldn't be happier.

No, not because it's finally dawned on him that he's one of the Big Three actors in one of the most successful films of all time.

Or because he's got an army of girl fans following his every move.

But because, simply, he doesn't have to go to school.

Fair enough.

The Ron Weasley actor is back on the set of Harry Potter 3, where he belongs.

"I'm having so much fun," he told Newsround. "Filming is sooo much better than school, it's so good to get back to it.

'Suck up'

"We've been doing it for six weeks now and we're having such a laugh. It's weird - me, Daniel and Emma get on really, really well now. They're cool.

Rupert Grint was as happy as ever
"I had to go back to school for a bit. My friends were great - it's the teachers who are the problem. They suck up a bit. I'm sorry!"

Rupert may be in the thick of filming the Prisoner of Azkaban right now, but that doesn't give him any privileges with a certain JK Rowling. He said he "couldn't wait" for book five, but he'd have to go out and buy it like the rest of us.

No sneak previews for the stars then!

'Little brat'

Rupert's on-screen brothers, Chris Rankin (Percy) and Oliver and James Phelps (the twins), were almost as happy to be back filming. But they were quick to put young Rupert in his place.

"Rupert's a little brat!" Chris joked. "Filming's awful 'cos he's such a horrible child. Only joking Rupert!"

The twins added: "Being on set is just like going back to school. Everyone's like, 'hi, did you have a nice summer?' It's such a laugh."

Emma Watson chats away
Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, said she was ecstatic to be back on the set of Potter 3, even though filming is pretty time consuming.

"It does take up a lot of your life," she told Newsround. "But it's worth it. It's a fantastic experience.

"I completely understand that I've been handed this on a silver plate. But it's really cool."


All of the young cast have had to cope with massive attention since the Philosopher's Stone came out in 2001. And some cope with it differently to others.

Sean Biggerstaff, who plays Quidditch heartthrob Oliver Wood, reckons he has a sneaky way of hiding from fans.

He told Newsround: "I avoid it by going out in disguise. I wear a beard and long hair, so it's not a problem for me!"

Tom Felton and Sean Biggerstaff
But Sean's cool about not being not being in Potter 3, even though his dedicated fans started a petition to keep him in it.

"It's a huge book, something has to go. It's fair enough. I wish them all well, but I might be back!" he said.

Hints about book five

One person who's definitely back for more is his mate, Tom Felton, who plays the malicious Malfoy.

Tom said filming was going well, but he's got no idea about his future in the movies.

"I've heard I might die in book five," he gulped. "But there's rumours that everyone's going to die. It will be the end!"

One of Malfoy's many enemies is Hagrid, who's also one of the people rumoured for the chop in the long-awaited Order of the Phoenix.

But actor Robbie Coltrane, who plays him, was cagey.

"There's rumours that I know what's going to happen in book five," he told Newsround. "I'm glad I don't!

"Yes, she (JK Rowling) has given me hints. But if I told you about them you'd have to die!" he joked.

Guess we'll just have to wait then.


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