Bonnie Wright and Dohmnal Gleason Talk Marriage and Motherhood in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' Parts 1 & 2
Bill is the eldest brother of the wizarding Weasleys -- but it isn't until the last installment of the Harry Potter films that we get a fuller picture of the family, thanks to an unforgettable wedding. In "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Part 1 (out on DVD on April 15) and Part 2 (out in theaters July 15), Bill (played by Dohmnal Gleason, son of "Mad Eye" Moody actor Brendan Gleason) and Fleur get married, and Ginny (played by Bonnie Wright) ends up married to Harry, as revealed in the final film's epilogue. Gleason and Wright talk about what it's like to give the series a happy ending.
Q: We finally get the wedding that people were hoping to see but didn't know if it would happen...
DG: Yeah, I was desperate to get married! I've been waiting for it for so long. It was pretty, wasn't it? It was cool. I had never done this before. I hadn't been in the other films, so I joined late on, and it was really cool to join, see it come together. It's a cliche, but we really were like a family. Really warm.
Q: Where's Bill been this whole time? Did you fill in the backstory for yourself?
DG: He's been working in Gringotts, hasn't he? That's where he met Fleur, so yeah, he'd been away, and recuperating from his werewolf bites, and yeah, he had kind of a crappy year...
BW: ... but he's back. [Laughs]
DG: Whoo-hoo! [Laughs]
Q: So both of your characters get to have some love and happiness, at least according to the epilogue scene coming in Part 2 -- you and Fleur get to have a child, Victoire, and Ginny gets to marry her love...
BW: Yeah, that was quite fun, actually, ending the film on a different kind of note, jumping forward to see them all aged to about 35. In my crazy imagination, I was filling in the backstory of the family, and how they all lived. But I think it was good Jo Rowling put that there, that ending, so that the story will go on and generations will continue to go on to Hogwarts.
Q: So what's it like being 35 years old with three kids?
BW: It's like being old and being young! It's really hard to suddenly be the mother of three.
Q: Does Ginny turn into her mother -- is she like Molly?
BW: Definitely not. I mean, I don't think so. She's more calm than being flustered running around the house. And the three kids that play Albus, James, and Lily were massive fans of the books and were so excited to be a part of it, and reminded me of when I was that age when I first started it, seeing how big it was for them to be in just that one scene. I kind of saw them as the Ron and Hermione of their generation. It took me back to my first rehearsal.
Q: Was it bittersweet?
BW: Yeah, it's strange, the energy that goes into finishing the film, and the joy you've completed it, but then the other side, "Oh, wait, we're not going to be here again." So I liked that balance, really. I think it's exciting for everyone. It's a sense of achievement. It was a quite few difficult weeks there.
DG: It's also finishing in the biggest possible way, to have this huge massive war at Hogwarts.
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