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11 June 2004 1602 BST
Graphic: Harry Potter, The Prisoner of Azkaban webchat
Picture: Chris Rankin as Percy Weasley
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Harry Potter star Chris Rankin popped in for a webchat with BBC Norfolk to answer your questions about life with Percy Weasley and working on the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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I've heard that Percy is going to die eventually? Do you think that's true? I was also wondering if Percy will ever become the Minister of Magic?

CR: I don't think Percy will die. Personally I think he will redeem himself. I don't know about Minuster of Magic.

Why isn't Percy's part bigger in the films as he is in the books? I think Percy is really hot!

CR: Boiling in fact! lol - I don't think Percy's part needs to be bigger in the films. He's only a minor character in the scheme of things.

Who or what would a boggart turn into if you saw it?

It would probably turn into a spider. Maybe that's a Weasley family trait! But I'm scared of them too.

What is your favourite all time favourite summer tune?

CR: My favourite summer tune would have to be Summertime from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin - good chill out stuff and I can play it on the violin!

What were the sweets like in Honeydukes? Were they real? Did people try and get them between takes?

CR: I didn't actually go into Honeydukes, but I did see the sweets and I had some. I'm sure some of them were bottled up for a very long time!

If you could make up a spell what would it be and what would it do?

Picture: Chris Rankin as Percy Weasley in the Prisoner of Azakaban
Chris as Percy Weasley with his Hogwarts school mates.
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CR: It would be Beddus Makus - it would make my bed for me! I'm lazy!

In the films Percy sounds quite posh, are you or do the directors tell you to talk like that?

CR: I did put on an accent for Percy, but my natural voice is quite well spoken.

If you were an Animagus what animal would you want to be able to turn into?

CR: I would turn into a monkey.

Were there any deleted scenes that you thought should have stayed in the movie?

CR: I think the bit in the book where Sirius breaks into the Gryffindor dormitory. It was filmed but sadly didn't make it in and was followed by a scene in the common room where we're all half asleep in pyjamas.

Have any one ever started laughing in the middle of a take?

CR: More than once, especially when you're working with Julie Walters and Mark Williams. There's barely a dry eye in the house.

If there was one thing you could change about your Harry Potter career what would it be?

CR: I wouldn't! It's been an incredible four years and I wouldn't change any of it!

Do you think the new Dumbledore fits the part?

CR: I think for me, Michael Gambon plays Dumbledore how I imagine him from the books.

There's a reference in Philosopher's Stone about Dumbledore enjoying ten pin bowling and chamber music. I think Gambon portrays this in more quirky way than Richard Harris did.

You've met JK Rowling, what type of person is she?

CR: JK Rowling is lovely, but very, very secretive! Although she did give me a hint to what happens to Percy!

Which books and movies do you like better... Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? They are always the 2 rivals!

CR: I hated Lord of the Rings! I read the first LOTR when I was 12 and I really didn't get on with it at all! Loved the films though but that might be because they were filmed in New Zealand which is where I was born.

What's it like going to a premiere?

CR: Possibly the most terrifying experience of your life! To get out of the car in front of 6000 screaming teenagers is incredibly daunting, but it works wonders on the ego.

What would you like to be in the Ministry of Magic if it really exist?

CR: Minister in charge of the floo network should be interesting!

Has acting changed you?

CR: I think it's made me more confident as a person. I'm now running my own theatre company and if I hadn't had the experience on Harry Potter I don't think I'd have the guts to set it all up.

How long have u been a Harry Potter fan?

CR: Since the release of the third book, whenever that was. My mum came home with it from school one day and I was hooked.

What is your favourite scene in the POA?

CR: My favourite scene is probably the first divination lesson, I think Emma Thompson is a genius! She made me laugh.

Do you think that Ian McKellen or Christopher Lee would have been a better Dumbledore?

CR: Ian McKellen would have been interesting, but after playing Gandalf in LOTR I don't think he would have considered it.

Who would you like as a director for Order of the Phoenix if it gets done? What about Tim Burton?

CR: I think Tim Burton would be fantastic, although Terry Gilliam was at the premiere for POA and I'm wondering if that has anything to do with Order of the Phoenix. It would be cool if he did it as I'm a big Monty Python fan!

If you could play any position on a Quidditch team what would you play?

CR: Substitute! I'm not one for sport :)

Picture: Chris Rankin  and Jamie from Mugglenet
Chris grabs the keyboard of power. Jamie from Mugglenet watches on amused!

Do you think Dumbledor would make a good film director?

CR: I suppose he would! I think that that is now classed as the most bizarre question I've ever been asked!

If you could teach a class at Hogwarts what would you want to teach?

CR: I would probably teach transfiguration. It looks like it could be good fun!

Do you think that it will be Voldemort or Harry who dies after the prophecy?

CR: I think I agree with Dan in that Harry will die, but don't hold me to that!

Who is the biggest celeb you have met?

CR: I've been fortunate to meet lots of very famous people, but the biggest would have to be Roger Taylor, the drummer from Queen. Although I did meet Jerry Springer, he was cool.

Do you like the Harry Potter books more for the story or for the style?

CR: I think JK's style of writing is one that makes you want to keep going, but the story she writes are very engaging and you can empathise with the characters.

BBC Host: Ok, we've got time for just one more question before they turn the lights out on us here at BBC Norfolk! We're sorry if we didn't get to your question. There were hundreds and hundreds of them and we tried our best to answer as many as we could. Here's the last question.

How would you like the story to end?

CR: That's a really good question. I think good will conquer evil but I think it might be a pretty hard battle.

BBC Host: Thank you for joining us here on the BBC Norfolk website for tonight's live chat with Chris Rankin who plays Percy Weasley in the Harry Potter films, including the recently released Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

BBC Host: Chris, do you want to say a final word before you leave us tonight?

CR: Sure do! Thanks for turning up guys, it's been a really good night :) I'm off to enjoy pizza now! See you all soon, and be sure to check my website for the latest on HP4 and anything else i'll be up to!

See ya round chickens xxxxx

BBC Host: A BIG THANKS to Chris for joining us this evening. A special thanks to our friends at CBBC, Newsround, BBC Films and all the Harry Potter fan sites who helped make this chat possible.

Goodnight from all of us here at BBC Norfolk, last person out of the chat room, please close the door behind you. Goodnight.

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