Rupert Grint on his second act, Harry Potter, and child stardom: ‘People were waiting for us to go off the rails’

Rupert Grint, photographed in London this month
Rupert Grint, photographed in London this month Credit: Andrew Crowley /The Telegraph

The second act of the Harry Potter star's career could be more interesting than the first, finds Guy Kelly 

Around this time last year, Rupert Grint watched a Harry Potter film for the first time since, well, just about since he made it. He spends every Christmas at his parents’ home in Hertfordshire, surrounded by his four siblings and a smattering of nieces and nephews, and there on the television came Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first in the eight-picture franchise and one of two that sit among the 50 highest-grossing films of all time.

Grint was a cherubic 10-year-old about to start secondary school when he was cast as Ron Weasley, Potter’s frequently terrified redheaded...

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