Harry Potter's Bonnie Wright Shared She's "Frustrated" Over Character Ginny's Lack of Screen Time

Harry Potter's Bonnie Wright got candid on wanting her character Ginny to have a larger role in the movies like she did in J. K. Rowling's book series.

By Alexandra Bellusci Aug 30, 2023 10:22 PMTags
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Slytherin to Bonnie Wright's chamber of secrets.

The actress, who portrayed Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter franchise, recently revealed that she was frustrated that her character didn't have as large of a role in the films as she did in the books by J.K. Rowling.

"There was just no room for much change in those scripts," Wright shared on the Aug. 29 episode of the Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum podcast. "There were a million executives going through them all."

The 32-year-old, who first starred in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone at 9 years old, went on to explain how she struggled with an internal dialogue over how her character portrayal would come across to viewers.

"I think what I maybe took—which I don't take so much to heart now—is I kind of felt that maybe my anxiety was about like, '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," Wright continued. "So it wasn't really my 'fault,' exactly." 

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But the fans of Hogwarts' finest had her back, despite Wright feeling the filmmakers could have fit in a larger role for Gilly, who she played in all eight films, from 2001 to 2011.

"And when fans do share that disappointment, they do it in a way where they're like, 'We know it wasn't you. We just wanted more of you.' And that's the same with every character," she added. "If only they could've been five-hour-long movies, but it would've taken probably two years to film each one or something."

Wright also noticed that a lot was changed from the original book series and "a lot of the scenes of every character were chopped down from the book to the film. So you didn't really have as much to show in the film."

"Sometimes that was a little disappointing," she admitted, "because there were parts of the character that just didn't get to come through because there weren't the scenes to do that. So that made me feel a bit anxious or just frustrated, I guess."

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 Twenty years after her Harry Potter debut, Wright reunited with many costars including Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Tom Felton, to celebrate the first film's 20th anniversary hosted by HBO Max in 2021. The streaming service has since announced an upcoming TV series based on all seven books.

"Happy 20th Anniversary Potterheads!" Watson wrote on Instagram at the time. "Thank you to the fans that have continued to show their support well after the last chapter closed. The magic of the world wouldn't exist without you. Thank you for fighting to make it such an inclusive and loving place." 

And luckily you don't need a Nimbus 2000 to take you into the present, just keep scrolling to see the current love lives of the Harry Potter stars.

Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)

Daniel is currently in a relationship with actress Erin Darke, and the two welcomed a baby boy together in April. Daniel and Erin crossed paths while filming their 2013 movie, Kill Your Darlings.

"We met on the set...and just got on immediately. It was one of those instant things where you're like, 'Oh, I really like this person.' You just have a connection with somebody, and then suddenly it's incredibly easy to talk to them," Daniel said about their relationship in a 2014 interview with Parade. "It was one of those sort of situations."

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)

Though Emma is very private about her love life, she was linked to rugby player Matthew Janney up until late 2014 and tech entrepreneur William "Mack" Knight for a stretch after that, a source telling The Sun in 2016, "Mack is just a normal, down-to-earth guy who has nothing to do with Hollywood, and Emma loves that." 

Linked to Glee's Chord Overstreet for several months in 2018, then tech CEO Brendan Wallace later that same year, she professed her love to someone new in a 2019 interview with British Vogue.

 "I never believed the whole 'I'm happy single' spiel," she told the magazine. "I was like, 'This is totally spiel.' It took me a long time, but I'm very happy. I call it being self-partnered."

Soon after her comments went viral, however, Emma was spotted kissing Leo Robinton in October 2019. 

Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)

Rupert is another Harry Potter cast member that keeps his personal life on the down low, but he's been dating actress Georgia Groome on and off for years. The Daily Mail posted pictures of the duo at dinner in Los Angeles back in March 2017 and one lucky fan took a picture with Rupert at the premiere of Georgia's movie Double Date that October. Fast forward three years and they were welcoming their first child together in May 2020.

Six months later, Rupert joined Instagram and revealed his daughter's name in his first post

"Hey Instagram....only 10 years late, but here I am. Grint on the Gram!" the 32-year-old captioned a sweet photo. "Here to introduce you all to Wednesday G. Grint. Stay safe, Rupert."

Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)

After meeting in January of the same year at a Celebration of Harry Potter event at Universal Orlando in July 2016, Matthew (a.k.a Neville Longbottom) and Angela Jones got engaged in December of that year. "They're both over the moon," his rep told E! News at the time. "They got together in July and hit it off straight away."

The couple tied the knot in Italy in May 2018

Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)

Tom Felton had been in a relationship with Jade Olivia since 2008, but the couple reportedly split in 2016. He and Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson briefly sparked romance rumors in 2018 and 2019, but nothing came to fruition between the former costars, much to fans' chagrin. 

Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)

The actress started dating singer-songwriter AnDel in 2017, but, according to their Instagram profiles, they have since parted ways.

Previously, she had an even more spellbinding relationship, dating actor Robbie Jarvis, who played Harry's dad James in Order of the Phoenix.

Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)

Bonnie and Harry Potter co-star Jamie Campbell Bower got engaged in 2011, but split the following year.

In 2014, Bonnie opened up about her relationship with new boyfriend Simon Hammerstein, telling The Evening Standard at the time, "We got on really well. That's why we're still together. London's such a melting pot that you can always find lovely people. It's nice being with someone who respects the arts so we talk about everything together."

However, the pair called it quits in 2015 after several years together and Bonnie appeared single...until she posted a Christmas message on Instagram with boyfriend Andrew Lococo. They wed in 2022. Bonnie and Andrew announced in April that they are expecting their first child together.

Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown)

Jessie found love with comedian Alfie Brown. The couple welcomed children Donnie in 2014 and Margot in 2016. In 2020, they added Abraham to their family.

Jessie detailed her "slightly extreme" birth experience, later revealing both Abraham and Alfie contracted COVID-19. They later recovered.

"I watched the news about lockdown from an isolated room in hospital. Poor baby is covid positive," she captioned a photo of the little one in a hospital crib in January 2021. "He's okay and doing well but they are being vigilant and cautious, thankfully."

In 2022, Jessie and Abraham became a family of six, welcoming baby Becker.

Devon Murray (Seamus Finnigan)

The actor welcomed his first child, son Cooper Michael Murray, with longtime girlfriend Shannon McCaffrey in February 2021.

"It still hasn't sunk in just yet that we have our very own little boy," the actor wrote in an Instagram post. "I can't wait to make the most amazing memories with Shannon and Cooper as we begin our little family. I'm so amazed by Shannon and she is now my Hero. I'm so proud of her for everything she has gone through. I can't wait to have you both home. It's so hard having to leave you both. I will love you both forever until my last breathe." 

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