Harry Potter's Emma Watson: I've become a better actress playing Hermione [Video]
One of the joys of the Harry Potter franchise has been the chance to watch performers such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint go from novice child actors to experienced adult ones. At the "Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" premiere in New York on Monday night, 24 Frames talked to several of these actors and their directors.
Emma Watson said that her own interest in the character of Hermione increased as the series went on. "As the material got darker, it got more challenging," she said. "When that started happening, I started to take more of an interest." (You can watch the full video of Watson above). She also expressed surprise that fan investment in the series grew as more films were made. "The following just seems to get bigger," she said. "That doesn't really happen with franchises."
Photos: New York premiere of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2'
Meanwhile, David Yates, Watson's director on four of those films, said he observed a change in Watson as she grew "more committed to" and "more passionate about" her acting in the time between 2007's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" to the final film. "Their acting's improved as they've gotten older," he said of the cast. (He also said that Radcliffe's jokes got better.)
As for his own evolution, Yates said he found a huge difference between helming "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" on the one hand and the final two films on the other. "My previous movies ended with commas rather than full stops, and 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' finishes with a really nice, fat full stop," he said
Check out the video from Yates below, with more to come from the series' other stars.
-- Steven Zeitchik