I have found three more movie reviews with some very nice things to say about Rupert Grint’s portrayal of Ron Weasley and Emma Watson’s portrayal of Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. Here’s the first one.
“Grint, again, is the best touchstone in all of this. Without Harry’s resolve, or Hermione’s brilliance, he is the heart of the operation, though a heart that is all too tender. During an impromptu piano duet between Ron and Hermione, Grint zeroes in on the overwhelming rush of joy at being so near the object of his affection with the authenticity of a 17-year-old with no clue about what to do next. The air of absolute indifference broken with a quick, shy glance at Watson that speaks volumes about the enormous, scary passion that only a boy of that age can feel. Watson is flinty, tough, but showing a vulnerability that makes her prickly personality endearing rather than off-putting.”
The scene at the piano, of course, has become a fan favorite of the Ron/Hermione shippers, myself included.
Another reviewer had this to say about Rupert’s performance:
“…and somehow Rupert Grint started being amazing. He gets right to the darkness and self-doubt at the center of Ron without hamming it up. I never thought that Grint would be the guy who gave the best performance in a Potter film, but he’s just remarkable in this one.”– from Devin Faraci’s review.
Here’s the third review with praise for Rupert and Emma that I found today.
“While Daniel Radcliffe as Harry gives his usual earnest performance, Emma Watson as Hermione and especially Rupert Grint as Ron stand out. Grint is no longer along for comic relief. He gets to vent the rage and frustration that probably has been forming inside him since he and Harry became friends. Watson shines at the outset when she makes a very large and personal sacrifice.”
There were so many great moments between Ron and Hermione in this film, it’s really hard to choose a favorite. A listing of R/Hr moments in this movie must include these scenes:
1. The 7 Harry Potters Hug and Ron’s line, “Always the tone of surprise.”
6. Harry wonders if Ron and Hermione fell asleep holding hands.
12. Bickering at the Lovegoods’ house.
13. Malfoy Manor!
15. Have I mentioned Malfoy Manor?
After thinking about all of these great scenes, I’d say that my absolute favorite Ron/Hermione moment in the film was this one:
Ron: I wanted to come back as soon as I apparated. Then I heard a voice…
Hermione: What voice?
Ron: Yours. It was on Christmas Day and it was just that one word: “Ron.” Like a whisper. I clicked my deluminator and the light went straight through me. And landed right in here. (He points at his chest.) I knew where I needed to go.
Rupert’s acting was outstanding in this scene, and it was highlighted by the accompaniment of Desplat’s haunting score. Hermione’s facial expression and rapid breathing during Ron’s speech betrayed her true feelings for him. She was trying very hard to stay angry at him, but her reaction to his words revealed that his speech did indeed touch her heart. The first time I saw Deathly Hallows Part One, I cried only twice during the film–during this scene and at Dobby’s death.
If you thought of any Ron/Hermione scenes that I’ve forgotten, please list them in the comments. I really love the great responses that so many of you have been posting on this blog.