December 11-12, 2021
Fans were quick to throw their hands in the air to ask their questions when Bonnie Wright hit the stage in Adelaide, with the Harry Potter favourite giving attendees a closer look at the character of Ginny Weasley and film franchise.
“A spell that Ginny had that I thought was kind of cool and destructive and felt quite reflective of her confidence was the spell Ruducto that she exercised quite a lot in Dumbledore’s Army. It basically destroys anything from the inside out.”
“I loved all the characters that were part of Order of the Phoenix, so I loved Tonks and Lupin and Sirius Black.”
“Let’s just say I can’t tell you what I have, otherwise they may send a search party after it. We couldn’t really take anything on set, everything was very, very precious and the time and energy that went into all these props that you got to see on screen were very lengthy, so they were very adamant about checking [props] in and out.
I think the only thing I wish I’d kept was a whole Gryffindor set of robes. Even though at the time I’d spent so many years and hours of my life in that uniform, I loved it. I never had a uniform in school, so my only ever uniform in life has been my Gryffindor uniform.”
FAVOURITE ACTOR TO WORK WITH
“Going back to Tonks; Natalia Tena just had incredible energy and she was always so much fun. She’s lovely, she’s great.”
“Although it may not have looked that exciting when I was lying half-dead on the floor of the Chamber of Secrets, that scene was just really significant for me. Obviously, Ginny’s character massively elevated in that film and I had so much more of a chance to really act in that movie.”
ON PLAYING A DIFFERENT CHARACTER
“I think it would be cool to dabble into a more evil character. I always loved Bellatrix, even though it would be near impossible to try and follow in any footprints of Helena Bonham Carter.
When I was younger, I wanted to be Hagrid because I really wanted to be tall. When I used to see Robbie Coltrane get into all the layers he had to put on to be that character, I quickly got discouraged from wanting to be that. He had to wear these huge boots that were stilts and then all these layers and then this huge prostatic head when they did shots far away.”
“Well, it can’t be one of my brothers because then I’d get into trouble because they’d find out that I had a favourite. Honestly, it was definitely my mum, Mrs Weasley; Julie Walters, because she really was like a mother to me on set. The first scene I ever had was on Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross and I’d never been on a film set before… she just made me feel really safe and pointed me in the right direction to do things, but not in a way that felt like I was being patronised.”
Image by Ewan Ly