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Grint’s comments during the recently aired 20th anniversary reunion had Watson welling up with tears before he then broke the tension with a joke.
The pair starred – alongside Daniel Radcliffe, of course – in eight films that spanned from their childhood to young adulthood.
It must be hard to go through something like that and not feel strongly – one way or the other – about those who shared such a life-defining journey with you.
Anyway, it seems as if Hermione and Ron are still on very good terms, if the reunion special is anything to go by.
In a touching moment, Grint said: “We’re family, we always will be.
“It’s a strong bond, we’ll always be part of each other’s lives.”
Then, after a heartfelt embrace, he added: “I love you.”
After a short pause, he then added: “As friends.”
The pair then laughed it up, but it seems as if his comments really hit home to his co-star Watson.
Speaking in a later interview with Vogue, the actor said: “When Rupert says things, he really means them. I was taken aback by how vulnerable and kind he was deciding to be so publicly.”
She then confirmed that the moment was the ‘most emotional’ part of the whole reunion for her.
The special, which aired on both HBO Max and Sky, saw many of the old HP stars alongside one another again.
Both Grint and Watson remarked about how they struggled through some of the films, even harbouring thoughts of quitting at times.
The price of fame on actors who were so young clearly affected them all.
Watson said: “It was around the time of Order of the Phoenix when things started getting spicy for all of us.”
Grint added: “I also had sort of similar feelings to Emma, contemplating what life would be like if I called it a day.
“We never really spoke about it.
“I guess we were just going through it at our own pace, we were kind of in the moment at the time.
“It just didn’t really occur to us that we were all probably kind of having similar feelings.”
Now, Watson revealed that the three do stay in touch ‘individually’, but don’t have a WhatsApp group chat or anything like that, due to a mutual dislike for the technology.
Watson added that she speaks to Tom Felton – who played Draco Malfoy – ‘most weeks’.
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