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For many Potterheads, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts was an emotional experience. The HBO film took time to reflect on all eight films in the franchise. It also reunited cast and crew members and gave fans new insights about the wildly successful movies. But the anniversary was even more emotional for some members of the cast. For example, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were both moved to tears when they had a sweet conversation with one another.

Harry Potter alums Rupert Grint and Emma Watson
‘Harry Potter’ stars Rupert Grint and Emma Watson | Dave Hogan/Getty Images

Emma Watson and Rupert Grint shared a sweet moment during ‘Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts’

Watson and Grint were massive parts of the Harry Potter franchise. The pair portrayed Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley and devoted a decade of their lives to the films. During the reunion, both actors reflected on their individual journeys within the franchise. They spoke candidly about the highs and lows of filming and promoting the movies. They even took time to show their love and appreciation for one another.

“The way it feels for me now, like, seeing you here, having had time apart — I’m gonna try not to get emotional,” Watson promised Grint when she spoke to him one-on-one. “It feels like you’re, like, a pillar of my life.” Grint was quick to echo Watson’s sentiment back at her, and even got choked up when talking to his Harry Potter castmate.

“That’s a very overwhelming thing because I’ve watched you grow up,” Grint explained to Watson. “We’ve watched each other grow up. We grew up together. We’re family. We don’t need to see each — Oh, my God. Even though we don’t see each other all the time, yeah. It’s a strong bond that we will always have, and we will always be part of each other’s lives.”

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Following their sweet conversation, the pair shared a hug and expressed their (platonic) love for one another. The moment certainly struck a chord with Watson. She admits that her conversation with Grint was actually the most emotional moment of the Harry Potter reunion for her. In an interview with Vogue, Watson explained exactly why that was the case.


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“No, that was the most emotional moment for me,” Watson shared of her conversation with Grint. “When Rupert says things, he really means them. I was taken aback by how vulnerable and kind he was deciding to be so publicly. Similarly, for Dan, it really touched me how reflective he had been over the years about how different it had been for me as a girl.”

Grint sends Watson photos of his daughter, Wednesday

It makes sense that Watson got emotional while speaking to her fellow Harry Potter castmates. The trio may not meet up often, but they share a unique bond. In the aforementioned interview, Watson shared that she and Grint actually keep in contact via text. The Servant actor is constantly sending photos of his daughter to Watson, which she very much appreciates. “Rupert sends me pictures of Wednesday and I die,” Watson gushed. Clearly, the pair still have a familial bond all these years later.