It’s never a bad time to traffic in Harry Potter nostalgia, but it’s especially timely on Throwback Thursdays. As such, let’s all recall the very first time Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson shared a scene together in the Harry Potter franchise.
“I loved the Harry Potter books — I was a massive fan. I just felt like that part belonged to me. I know that sounds crazy, but from that first audition, I always knew,” Watson said to Interview before the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. “At the beginning, they were casting the other characters as well — but I always knew I was going out for Hermione. She came so naturally to me. Maybe so much of myself at the time was similar to her.”
Watson was 9 when she auditioned for the role that would mark the early part of her career.
“Of course, all this terrified my parents — there were literally thousands and thousands of girls going out for the audition, and my parents were anxious about what I would do if I didn’t get it. They were trying to make me stay realistic — but I wasn’t having any of it. I was going to get that part,” she said. “This is a sweet thing: My dad did a roast on a Sunday, and he gave me the wishbone, and I obviously made the wish that I would get this role. I still have that wishbone upstairs in my jewelry box.”
Watch Watson’s screen test with Radcliffe and Grint below.