M: Are you getting a bit fed up with all the
promo working your doing for the film?
C: No, I like doing the promo stuff – it’s good
fun. It’s gives us a chance to get out and meet people who are crazy,
rabid fans rather than just doing the film and hiding in a corner.
M: Is this film better than the first one?
C: Definitely. I suppose in the first one it was
all about getting to know the characters, just like in the book.
Also, as the kids were younger their acting skills weren’t quite
up to what the die-hard fans would have hoped. I think in this one
they are much more mature, it is good and the script is a lot funnier
M: You said it takes around seven months to
make the movie, that’s a lot of time to be spending with a lot of
people – do tempers get frayed?
C: Yeah, they can get a bit fraught towards the
end of a two week shoot on one scene. When we’re doing the same
two minutes over and over again you just want to scream by the end
We are very patient with each other and Chris the
director, who’s sadly not doing film number three, he’s been incredibly
patient with everybody. He never has a bad word for anyone, he’
was always really nice.
I think everyone did get on very, very well adults
and kids alike. It was a very happy, friendly set to be on.
M: This is a huge project and you’re there with
Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and a host of other household names.
It must be quite awesome.
C: I actually remember one of the first days I
was shooting. We were doing a Great Hall scene and they were all
Professor McGonagall and Professor Sprout
There was Richard and Maggie and Zoe Wannamaker
and Warwick Davies and everybody.
I remember walking into make-up and thinking woah.
But, they’re all really nice and very easy to talk too and we all
got on really, really well.
It’s all such an amazing learning experience just
being on the same set as these people. I found it quite amazing,
I thought you know – they’ll just do their job and we’ll sit there
in awe – but I have learnt things from it.
M: Do you have a favourite scene from The Chamber
C: I think the duelling club scene was possibly
my favourite one to film. It took us more than two weeks to finish
the whole shoot on that, including the second unit work where we
do all the background shots, long shots and stunt work. It was incredibly
good fun, incredibly tiring.
M: So when you're not running around Hogwarts
chased by a three headed dog and you come back to Norfolk, do you
find it difficult coming home at the minute or is it a relief?
C: I like it, I like getting home and just sleeping
really, being quiet for a while. It gives me a chance to catch up
with friends and have some time to myself, work at UCI selling my
M: Do you find that weird?
C: Not yet, but it will be when the film comes
out. I think it’s going to be weird as they’ve got posters up with
my picture on saying meet Percy Weasley. It’s a bit scary, I walked
into the office and thought ‘oh my God’.
M: But do you quite like it too… come on, be
C: Yeah (laughs), I do like it. It’s nice when
people come up and say ‘are you Percy Weasley?’, especially little
kids who just sort of look at me with this woooah look on their
It is quite nice that kids feel happy once they’ve
seen me, get my autograph and talk to me.
The look on their face makes me feel a lot better
about it all 'cause acting can be very fake sometimes. When you
see the kids are getting something out of it at the end it’s quite
rewarding I suppose.
M: As an actor you’re still very young, it’s
the first time you’re in seriously bright lights… how are you dealing
with it all?
C: I don’t’ really know yet, it’s all suddenly
hit in during the last couple of weeks.
There was an article in the Sun the other week,
I was on SMTV Live and I’m on CBBC – it’s suddenly hit in and people
are starting to notice who I am.
I dunno, I was saying to my mum the other day it’s
a bit scary. From a couple of articles in the EDP to the Sun and
live television it’s odd. It is odd.
The other Sunday when I was in Leicester Square
for the premier I went down to meet some friends in the morning
and see how all the setting up stuff was going and what it was looking
Somebody turned round and said ‘there’s Percy Weasley’
and then suddenly 300 people went whoosh and I went ‘help’. I was
shoved up against a Häagen-Daz shop and that’s odd. I’m not
used to that, but it’s alright.
M: Who do you turn do if it’s all a bit weird.
Is it mum? What does she say?
C: She says don’t be stupid it’s good fun (laughs).
Mum is proud especially, she gets very excited about it.
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