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Harry Potter star DISAPPOINTED with character arc in the movies
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Harry Potter star DISAPPOINTED with character arc in the movies

Harry Potter star DISAPPOINTED with character arc in the movies
Photo: © ANP

Bonnie Wright says she was ultimately disappointed with Ginny Weasley's character development in the Harry Potter franchise.

Over the course of the movies, Ginny goes from simply being Ron's little sister, to an unwilling drone of Lord Voldemort, to Harry's love interest to a key member of Dumbledore's Army.

She is mostly known as being Harry's girlfriend and Ron's sister, and although that is the case, within the books she is a more prominent individual figure as her magical prowess is often mentioned, while she is fiercely loyal and willing to stand up to anyone, including Death Eaters.

Wright believes Ginny and many other characters were perhaps done a disservice by the amount of plot points which were cut from the novels.

"I definitely feel there was anxiety towards performing and doing the best thing as my character built, for instance. Like, 'Oh, gosh, will I do justice to this character that people love?' So that was always hard to do, especially when, inevitably, a lot of the scenes of every character were chopped down from the book to the film," she said on the Inside of You podcast.

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"So you didn't really have as much to show in the film. Sometimes that was a little disappointing because there were parts of the character that just didn't get to come through because there weren't the scenes to do that. That made me feel a bit anxious or just frustrated, I guess."

Wright explained that interference from executives were a major reason for the scrips being cut to make the films as short as possible.

"There was no room for much change in those scripts," she added.

"There were a million executives going through them all. I think what I maybe took, which I don't take so much to heart now, is I felt that maybe my anxiety was about, 'Oh, I'm going to be seen as badly portraying this character,' rather than later realizing that I wasn't really given the opportunity to do that. So it wasn't really my fault, exactly. And when fans do share that disappointment and they do it in a way that are like, 'We know it wasn't you. We just wanted more of you.'

"And that's the same of every character. If only they could be five-hour-long movies."

The Harry Potter series is set to be developed as a television show for HBO which will allow for more characterisation for these kinds of side characters.

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