Harry Potter Star Wants To Return To His Fan-Favorite Role

Rupert Grint played Ron Weasley in all of the Harry Potter films, and now he's willing to return to his most famous role.

By Phillip Moyer | Published

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

The Harry Potter series might not be as over as we thought it was. The enormously-popular eight-film fantasy epic ended with the box office hit Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, but now there are rumblings of a possible ninth movie. If that ninth Harry Potter movie becomes a reality, Rupert Grint tells This Morning that he’d love to return to his role as Ron Weasley.

As any Harry Potter fan knows, Rupert Grint absolutely killed it as Ron in the original Harry Potter films. As the faithful (if somewhat lazy) friend of the titular Harry, Ron shows up in every single book and movie, helping Harry navigate the magical boarding school Hogwarts and face off against the evil wizard Voldemort. The role took up more than a decade of Grint’s life, starting at age 11 when work began on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and ending at age 22 with The Deathly Hallows Part 2.

After his work on the Harry Potter series ended, Rupert Grint continued acting – though never in as long-lasting of a role as Ron Weasley. He’s starred in the TV movie Super Clyde, the little-known 2015 action comedy Moonwalkers and a TV series based on the movie Snatch that appeared on the almost-forgotten streaming service Crackle. Most recently, Grint appeared in the Apple TV+ series Servant and a single episode of Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities

In the meantime, Warner Bros. attempted to rekindle the Harry Potter magic without the aid of Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, or any of the other recurring cast members. The resulting series, Fantastic Beasts, led to mixed results. The latest film, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, was a critical failure and a financial disappointment, earning just over $400 million on a $200 million budget.

Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley

With the fate of the Fantastic Beasts series up in the air, it’s likely that Warner Bros. will try to find other ways to benefit from their once-popular franchise. Since there don’t appear to be any plans for more spinoff films, a direct sequel is more likely. And a new Harry Potter sequel will likely try to include its original cast, Rupert Grint and all. 

If a ninth Harry Potter film comes out, it may be based on the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – a story that does include an adult Ron Weasley, meaning Rupert Grint may well return to his previous role. However, the script of Cursed Child is controversial among the Harry Potter fandom, with some saying that its time-traveling story felt more like a work of fan fiction than an official entry into the Harry Potter series.

Until a new Harry Potter film is officially confirmed, however, Rupert Grint will continue working on other movies and TV series. His next film, Knock at the Cabin, features Grint as a violent stranger who takes a family hostage in a supposed attempt to avert the apocalypse. The film, written and directed by M Night Shyamalan, will release on February 3.