The Harry Potter books were adapted into eight films, but one crucial character didn’t get as much screen time as they would have hoped.
In the wizarding world, Bonnie Wright portrays Harry Potter’s girlfriend Ginny Weasley, as well as Ron Weasley’s younger sister.
Ginny appears in all eight films, but while she was a fan favourite in the novels thanks to her typical wit and feisty nature, reviewers have long said that the films don’t do her credit.
Ginny’s on-screen presence is limited to a few one-liners in the films, including ‘Good luck,’ in the first, and ‘I’m not wearing that, it’s dreadful,’ over Ron’s dress robes in the fourth.
Indeed, in the latest episode of Michael Rosenbaum’s Inside of You podcast Bonnie revealed how not being able to fully flesh out Ginny on screen made her ‘anxious and frustrated’.
‘I definitely feel there was anxiety toward performing and doing the best thing as my character built, for instance,’ she said.
‘Like, “Oh gosh, will I do justice to this character that people love?” So that was always hard to do, especially when, inevitably, a lot of the scenes of every character were chopped down from the book to the film. So you didn’t really have as much to show in the film.
‘Sometimes that was a little disappointing because there were parts of the character that just didn’t get to come through because there weren’t the scenes to do that,’ she continued.
‘That made me feel a bit anxious or just frustrated, I guess.’
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At the time, Bonnie didn’t protest about the slimming of her role from book to screen as there was ‘no room for much change in those scripts.’
‘I think what I maybe took, which I don’t take so much to heart now, is I kind of felt that maybe my anxiety was about, “Oh, I’m going to be seen as badly portraying this character,” rather than later realising that I wasn’t really given the opportunity to do that. So it wasn’t really my fault, exactly,’ she said.
Bonnie said that her character was always ‘well-respected’ and she herself felt very’supported’ throughout the filming process, despite arriving on set at the age of nine and departing a decade later at the age of 19.
Bonnie explained that when fans expressed their dissatisfaction, they claimed it wasn’t her fault, but they just wanted more Ginny, as they did with other characters.
Time will not be an issue in the next Harry Potter TV adaptation, as each season will cover only one book.
This comes after the actress revealed that she is expecting her first child with husband Andrew Lococo, whom she married on March 19, last year.
Source My Celebrity Life.