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Like his co-stars, actor Rupert Grint has been a part of the Harry Potter franchise since its inception. But out of all the Harry Potter films, there was one he couldn’t bear to sit through. So much so he walked out of the premiere without staying to see the whole movie.

Why Rupert Grint walked out of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2’

Rupert Grint smiling while wearing a suit.
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The last installment of the Harry Potter franchise, Death Hallows Pt. 2 elicited a strong reaction from Potter fans. But it wasn’t just the fans who were overcome with emotion, but some of the cast as well. Rupert Grint, who’s always been a part of the main trio, shared what he felt watching the final movie.

“In London, the premiere we’ve just had, I couldn’t sit through it. I caught a bit [of the film]. It is really sad,” Grint told MTV News.

Part of the reason why it was particularly sad for Grint was that there were certain moments in Hallows that hit too close to home.

“There’s a scene where all three of us are on the bridge after the battle, the castle is on fire,” Grint said. “There’s a weird parallel between that and our lives. That always gets me.”

Rupert Grint has trouble watching any film after ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azakaban’

It isn’t just Deathly Hallows that Grint had trouble watching. The first few Harry Potter movies are the only ones that have been easier to watch for the actor.

“I think those early ones are OK. More time has passed. I can detach myself a bit more from that kid. I did see Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone not long ago, for the first time since the premiere, and I actually enjoyed looking back. But the more recent ones I definitely couldn’t do,” Grint said in an interview with Radio Times.

Grint was then asked which Harry Potter film was the last one he’d be able to watch before he couldn’t watch anymore.

“I could probably go up to [third film] Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” he confided.

Rupert Grint once shared he thought about leaving ‘Harry Potter’ more than once


Why Emma Watson and Rupert Grint Debated Quitting ‘Harry Potter’

The franchise brought Rupert Grint the kind of fame and fortune other actors would dream of obtaining. Grint recognized this, and appreciated the fortunes that being a part of Harry Potter brought him.

“The first few Harry Potter films I was living the dream. The reason I auditioned was because I loved the books. When I got to film three or four, I started to feel an overwhelming weight of responsibility because they were so phenomenally popular,” Grint told The Guardian

As time went on, Grint even entertained the idea of walking away from the franchise.

There were definitely times when I thought about leaving. Filming Harry Potter was a massive sacrifice; working from such a young age for such long periods and I definitely remember thinking during one extended break, ‘This whole thing is so all-consuming, do I really want to go back? Maybe it’s just not for me,’” he added.