Daniel Radcliffe said he was “an absolute dick” to his costars when they had to kiss on screen.
Ron and Hermione share a kiss in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.”
Radcliffe said he teased them, saying he was going to come to set to watch them kiss.
Daniel Radcliffe said during HBO Max’s new “Harry Potter” reunion special that he was “an absolute dick” teasing his costars Emma Watson and Rupert Grint about their on-screen kiss in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”
The kiss takes place in the Chamber of Secrets, after Ron (Grint) and Hermione (Watson) destroy one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes with a fang from the basilisk skeleton in the chamber. Both stars have spoken about how awkward the kiss was given that they’re, as Watson said in the special, like “siblings” who had grown up together on the Harry Potter set.
The third member of the “sibling” trio, Radcliffe, apparently wasn’t much help.
“I did not make this better, because I’ve been told significantly that I was just being an absolute dick about this and was like, ‘I’m gonna come on set and watch you guys kiss,'” Radcliffe recalled. “I’m sorry about that, guys.”
“Everyone wanted to be on set for it,” Watson said. “Cause everyone was like, ‘this is gonna be good, guys.'”
Radcliffe and Watson also shared an on-screen kiss in “Deathly Hallows: Part 1,” as part of an illusion conjured by another one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes. Grint told The Seattle Times in 2010 that he was on set for the kiss, but Watson sent him out because he “kept laughing.”
Ron and Hermione’s kiss was a culmination in a relationship that “Deathly Hallows” director David Yates said “bubbles away below the story” throughout the entire series. By the final film, he said, “the audience are desperate to see these two kiss.”
Watson said in the special that while the kiss was “one of the hardest things” she’s ever done, she was the one to take the initiative and make the kiss happen, because she didn’t think that Grint would.
“Kinda think I blacked out,” Grint said. “I just remember your face getting closer and closer to mine.”
“Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts” is available to stream on HBO Max beginning January 1.
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