Chris Rankin admits the last four years have been
fantastic as Hogwarts' prefect and now head boy, Percy Weasley in
the Harry Potter films.
It's the second time the actor, who lives in Norwich, has popped
into our chatroom to answer your questions on life with Potter.
Hundreds of you joined in the Potter chat on Thursday
10 June, 2004. If you couldn't take part
on the night, this is what was said.
BBC Host: Hi everyone. Welcome to our live chat
with Chris Rankin who plays Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films.
Ok... we're almost ready. Chris, are you ready??
BBC Host (Chris nods yes!) OK, let's get started!
Chris as Percy Weasley with his Hogwarts school mates.
Credit: Murray Close
What's you favourite part about playing Percy?
How do you think your character has evolved over the course of the
CR: My favourite
part about playing Percy is the humour behind the snob. He's so
full of himself at times!
Are there any similarities between you and
CR: We're both ginger!
No, seriously - I was a prefect at school. That's about it really.
Who is your fav character in POA?
CR: In POA my favourite
character would have to be Aunt Marge. Pam Ferris who plays her
is a lovely, lovely lady. She's brilliant at playing the part.
You probably made some great friendships on
the set, who do you consider your closest friend?
CR: My closest friend
on the set would have to have been Sean Biggerstaff. Such a shame
he wasn't on the third film.
Are you going to be in any more of the upcoming
CR: Let's just wait
and see, shall we.
How do feel you about not having much of a
role in this movie?
CR: Um to be honest
it doesn't bother me in the slightest. The film works as it is and
to keep too much sub-plot would make it long-winded.
Bonjour from Paris, Chris! If you had to play
a HP baddie (other than Voldemort), which one would you prefer and
CR: I think I've
answered this one before. It would have to be Tom Riddle. He's a
typical film bad guy! Pure evil!
Caught on webcam: Chris with Jamie from Mugglenet who came along
to join in the webchat fun.
Are you planning on doing any films other than
CR: That all depends
on my agent. I certainly intend to keep working after Potter's finished
but I'll see what I get.
If you could do one magic trick, what would
CR: A-ha! I can do
a magic trick. Last week I was guest of honour at a screening of
POA for the NCH. I had to stand up in front of 2,500 people at the
Odeon in Leicester Square.
They asked me to do a magic trick. I can now pull
a Nimbus 2000 out of a plastic bag!
Would you have liked to play Harry?
CR: No. For a start
I'm too old and it's just not my kind of character.
Hi Chris, was there a love interest between
any of the actors on set?
CR: All that I know
is what I read on the internet! In real life I haven't seen anything!
Have you ever had a really embarrassing moment
and if so what is it?
CR: On set I'm renowned
for falling up stair cases! I think I've done it in all 3 films.
What do you think about how Percy acts in the
CR: I think it's
fantastic! I enjoy playing baddies more than the good guys. To see
Percy becoming more than a bit evil is great.
If the Wyrd Sisters were to be played by a rock/pop
band in GoF, which band would you choose?
Justin Hawkins of the Darkness - a Wyrd Sister maybe?
CR: Fantastic question!
I think for true comedic value the Wyrd Sisters should be played
by The Darkness. And not just because they're local to me in Norfolk.
Hey Chris my real name is Percy Weasley and
I get asked for my autograph all the time.
Roughly how many people ask you for yours in
a day and what is the best or weirdest thing a fan has sent you?
CR: NO WAY - you
can't really be called Percy Weasley! If so, fantastic! I get fan
mail once a month. My agent sends me fan mail with 60 or 70 letters
The weirdest thing I've ever been sent was a necklace
from a girl in Japan.
Do you cringe when you watch the first Harry
Potter film when you see how much you have changed?
CR: I haven't watched
the first HP for about two years. It's like watching videos that
your parent made when you were little!
What is it like on the Harry Potter set?
CR: It's good fun,
although it gets very tiring when you're shooting a big scene like
the Great Hall. There's sometimes 1,500 people on set and with the
fires and flambauxes going it gets very hot after 10 hours. You
just want to go home.
Do you like working with Alfonso Cuaron better
than you did with Chris Columbus?
CR: Both Alfonso
and Chris are fantastic directors. I enjoyed working with Alfonso
on this film and I think his style of directing suited this film
is better than Chris' would.
What's the longest time you've ever spent shooting
CR: The longest scene
I've ever shot was on this first film. It was the scene with Peeves
the Poltergeist. We shot it in Gloucester Cathedral cloisters.
Sadly it never made it to the final take although
I hear Chris Columbus is going to be making a director's cut. In
which it will be reinstated.
There were loads more questions, read
the rest of Chris' POA webchat with BBC Norfolk.