In week 4 of EW's BINGE podcast, Stanislav Ianevski details the Hermione-Ron drama that could have been
Episode four of EW’s Binge podcast has arrived, and we know exactly which names we’re pulling out from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
This week, podcast hosts Triwizard Tournament judges Marc Snetiker and C. Molly Smith break down the 10 biggest disasters of book four and catch up with not one, but TWO very special guests: Stanislav Ianevski, who played Bulgarian Quidditch star and Triwizard champion Viktor Krum, as well as costume designer Jany Temime, the wardrobe genius who worked on Prisoner of Azkaban and loved it so much, she stayed all the way through Deathly Hallows — Part 2.
So did Ianevski – almost. You already know that Viktor and Hermione’s torrid affair in Goblet of Fire was a fleeting moment in Potter history, but you might not know that director David Yates sought to bring Viktor back for a little drama in Deathly Hallows at the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour.
“[Yates] invented a new story that wasn’t in the books, a love triangle between Viktor Krum, Hermione, and Ron,” Ianevski explains, “but that was cut out of the film because it obviously didn’t fit with all the horrible things that happen in the last book.” Maybe it didn’t fit, but Ianevski went on to explain what could’ve been: “We did a new dance scene, I sort of stole [Hermione] from Ron,” he recalls. “She remembered our old times, Viktor was acting like a gentleman again, happy to see her, she was happy to see him. Ron was sitting on the side, was jealous, and then Viktor took her to the dance floor.” Ianevski believes that tension could have continued from there, and that Viktor might have won over Hermione in the end.
“I don’t know how far they could go,” he says, with a laugh. “If the story from the seventh [film] that David Yates invented extended itself then maybe they would’ve gotten into a fight with Ron, and Viktor would obviously win and then live happily on forever with Hermione.” Let the fanfiction ensue…
As for the canon stuff — Hermione and Viktor’s Goblet of Fire romance — we wondered how close the characters really got during those stolen moments at the Yule Ball. “I think it’s their little secret, God knows,” Ianevski quips. “Well, they did enjoy it. It was obviously difficult for them to understand each other… He wouldn’t really understand much. He would just sit and watch her, sort of observe and protect. Maybe he was, being the world’s best Quidditch Seeker obviously he has a big ego, so he would defend loved ones.”
Romance found its way off camera too, in part because of the environment fostered on the fourth film’s set. “It was like three different schools coming together for real,” Ianevski explains. “We were filming for like 11 months, plus. It was bound to happen. We were like the strong Durmstrang … we had the Durmstrang boys trying to hook up with the Beauxbaton girls.”
For more from Ianevski’s interview — such as which task was the most challenging to shoot and what he imagines Viktor is up to now — and for Temime’s interview, subscribe and listen to the podcast. Send your questions and comments on Twitter to @marcsnetiker and @cmollysmith, or email email@example.com. EW’s Binge is produced by EW’s Cristina Everett and edited by Will Malnati of At Will Radio.