Published on Nov 8th 2021
Bonnie Wright made her debut as the fearless and talented Ginny Weasley almost 20 years ago in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. As we approach this milestone anniversary of the first film, we chatted to Bonnie about her favourite Wizarding World memories.

Bonnie Wright spent ten years fully immersed in the world of Harry Potter and brought an important character to life. As it’s the 20th anniversary of the Philosopher’s Stone, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to ask Bonnie 20 questions about her time as Ginny Weasley. We certainly learnt a lot, from who was the funniest on set to what she loved about her character and even which other Hogwarts house might take her fancy.

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1. Firstly, we know you’re a Gryffindor but what would your second choice be?

Slytherin! Why not give the other side a turn?

2. How does it feel knowing that the Philosopher’s Stone was released 20 years ago?

Honestly, I still can’t believe it. I think because it is still loved by so many people it feels like it came out yesterday.

3. Were you surprised at just how popular Philosopher’s Stone (and subsequent movies) became?

Yes, which I shouldn’t have been really because we all know the books are so brilliant, but I am pleased it unfolded how it did. There was a sense of the unknown that enabled me to be totally present to the experience.

4. What is your favourite moment from the first film?

I love the scene when Hagrid takes Harry to Diagon Alley. We get introduced to the wizarding world through Harry’s eyes. Everything is so magical!

5. What is you earliest memory of being a part of the Wizarding World?

Being actually 9 and ¾ years old on platform 9 ¾! When you’re that young age is important ha! The best part of the entire series for me was being a member of the Weasley family.

6. What was your reaction when you found out you were going to play Ginny Weasley?

My brother Lewis and I rolled down the windows of the car and screamed. My family and I were all so excited.

7. What Ginny moment made you feel the most proud of her?

Standing up for Harry being bullied by Draco Malfoy in Flourish and Blotts, it was so cute and endearing.

8. What do fans tell you they most admire about your character?

How fierce, kind and loving she is. She has this amazing power that she balances with softness so well.

9. If you had the chance to play another character, who would it be?

I could never do it justice, but I always loved Bellatrix Lestrange.

10. We know that filming a movie can involve a lot of gaps between takes/scenes. How would you entertain yourself during that time on set?

Well, we were kids, so we loved to be kids and be goofy but at the same time we also had school to stay on top of. So as soon as we weren’t on set, we were in the classroom together.

11. Who was the funniest person on set and how did they make you laugh?

Rupert was always the funniest, I laughed the most during our scenes at The Burrow.

12. When meeting the cast for the first time, was there anyone who made you particularly starstruck?

Well, I was so young, so I was pretty naive when it came to knowing who was famous. Julie Walters who played my mum became a motherly figure to me on set when I was young, explaining what was happening around me and just making me feel protected. I then watched more of her films and was like wow she is incredible – I am nervous now!

13. When Harry, Ron and Hermione went through the trapdoor to rescue the Philosopher’s Stone in the first film, they faced many obstacles. There was Fluffy the three-headed dog, the Devil’s Snare, the flying keys, the giant wizard chess board and the Mirror of Erised. Which one would you feel most confident taking on and how would you tackle it?

Fluffy mainly because I have always loved the idea of playing the harp. I better get practicing!

14. And which two characters would you choose to help you rescue the Philosopher’s Stone and why did you pick them?

Neville and Luna, because we did so well together at the Ministry of Magic in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

15. If you could have one spell, or one type of magic, that you were able to use in your day-to-day life, what would you pick?

A Portkey, I would love to be able to travel carbon emission free.

16. What is your favourite Harry Potter book and film? And are they different to each other?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is my favourite book because I love all the characters who are Order members. My favourite film is probably Deathly Hallows Part 2 just because it was the big finale and strongest still in my memory.

17. We know that Ginny had a pet Pygmy Puff, but what would be your wizarding pet?

I was always sad that there weren’t more dogs around Hogwarts. So, I would bring my dog, Billy Blue.

18. What form would your Boggart take and what would your Animagus form be?

My Boggart would definitely be a rat. I wish my Animagus could be a dolphin, if I was cool enough to have that power.

19. Which Wizarding World moment made you the most emotional?

The last scene, being back on platform 9 ¾ and this time as a mother married to Harry. It was so surreal. The actors playing our kids were the same age as we were when we began. It was a true full circle moment full of a lot of emotions.

20. Why do you think the Harry Potter series is still so loved today?

It explores the most important theme, love. Unconditional and unjudgmental love. Good triumphs over evil because of love. I think fans and myself find a home in Hogwarts. No matter what is happening in our own lives, it is always there to welcome us.


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