The Harry Potter films contain many scenes featuring Ron Weasley, one of Harry’s friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Portrayed by English actor Rupert Grint, Ron is at Harry’s side throughout the series, through good times and bad … and comedic. Grint, who had performed only in school plays prior to accepting the role and who is known for his physical comedy and facial expressions, portrays Ron with the comic timing of a more experienced actor.
Chess Advisor in Sorcerer’s Stone
In the film Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner Bros. Pictures, 2001), Harry and Ron and their friend Hermione get involved in the search for a powerful, magical stone. During their search they encounter a series of obstacles, puzzles and games under Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. One puzzle is a larger-than-life-sized chess set.
After the friends walk onto the chess set and as soon as Ron assesses the situation, he becomes a mini-general, complete with succinct hand movements, clear instructions and a calm yet firm voice. Until then he is a mild-mannered sidekick to Harry. Grint’s portrayal of Ron in charge is precocious and delightful.
Spiders, Butterflies and Slugs in Chamber of Secrets
By their second year at Hogwarts, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, (Warner Bros. Pictures, 2002), the trio — Harry, Hermione and Ron — have become inseparable, which leads to loyalty, which leads to Ron standing up to Draco Malfoy, a student in the House of Slytherin. After Malfoy rudely addresses Hermione, Ron wastes no time by aiming his broken, taped-up wand at Malfoy and casting a spell … which promptly backfires. Seconds later, Ron is belching up slugs. “Disgusting,” he says later that evening, before he heaves yet again into a large bucket.
Ron is more than disgusted at how he and Harry have to resolve a mystery involving random attacks at the school: they are advised to seek counsel in the thick forest outside the school … by following hundreds of golf-ball-sized spiders into the darkness. Ron considers this, finds the plan lacking in taste, beauty and comfort, and wonders why they couldn’t be aided and guided by butterflies instead.
Injured in Prisoner of Azkaban
Ron is injured in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Warner Bros. Pictures, 2004). While he, Harry and Hermione are once again solving a mystery he is bitten on the leg by a large dog. During a quiet moment Hermione checks on his injuries. Perhaps flattered by the attentions of a smart, pretty girl and hoping to prolong her concern, Ron exaggerates how much the small bite hurts; how much he is bleeding; how he might have to get the leg amputated. The scene slowly fades to another as Ron continues to list the reasons he may be severely and permanently injured
Backhanded Compliment in Goblet of Fire
In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Warner Bros. Pictures, 2005), Ron and his fellow Gryffindor students are without dates for Hogwarts’ Yule Ball. After some thought he appraises Hermione, assumes a cavalier attitude, softens his voice and hints that perhaps she might be an option for him. Unimpressed, Hermione informs him she already has a date, and later suggests he might have more dating success in the future by not being so tactless. Grint’s portrayal of Ron pretending to be unconcerned yet slightly aware of his mistake, which has caused a rift in a valuable friendship, is bittersweet and amusing.
Love Potion in Half-Blood Prince
In a dimly-lit, quiet scene in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Warner Bros. Pictures, 2009) the camera provides a close-up of Ron’s face. He is dreamy, spacey and unusually misty-eyed. The camera pulls back to reveal Harry, who is puzzled, and a trail of empty candy wrappers conspicuously leading to Ron.
The candy was a gift for Harry, who is slightly irritated at this blatant theft. He makes several sarcastic remarks, but Ron remains unfocused, starts rambling, and eventually confesses to an obsession with a girl he has never met, due to the effects of a magical love potion. As Ron, Grint moves from sappiness to anger to confusion and back to sappiness with ease.
Rupert Grint wants darker roles
In a 2009 interview with John Wilde from London’s Daily Mail, actor Rupert Grint said he would welcome roles different from, and perhaps darker than, the character of Ron Weasley. While he has proven he can handle serious roles, such as his work in Cherrybomb (Generator Entertainment, 2009), Grint should consider lighter roles as well. He has demonstrated through his performances in the Harry Potter films that he has a gift for comedy.