‘Harry Potter’ Actor Bonnie Wright Felt So ‘Strange’ Kissing Daniel Radcliffe: He’s ‘Like a Brother’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson at the 2010 National Movie Awards

Daniel Radcliffe and Bonnie Wright’s first on-screen kiss as Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley is likely one of the Harry Potter movie franchise’s many memorable moments. The romance between the characters constructed up over time culminating in a candy kiss within the Room of Requirement. While followers cheered for Ginny and Harry, the actors had a clumsy time filming the scene. 

Bonnie Wright discovered from pals about Daniel Radcliffe kiss

Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson at the 2010 National Movie Awards
Bonnie Wright, Daniel Radcliffe, and Emma Watson on the 2010 National Movie Awards | Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images

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In an interview with Insider, Wright confessed she discovered from pals that she and Radcliffe would have an on-screen kiss.

“I do remember like friends reading the fifth book or like being further ahead in that moment and being like, ‘Oh my god have you got to page 362?’ Or whatever page it was and I was like, ‘No, no what happened?’” she recalled.

“They didn’t tell me but they were like, ‘Wait till you get to this page,’ as we’re all reading it but they read it faster than me. And then obviously they got to the moment where they kissed so I was like, ‘Oh,’” she mentioned.

She discovered it ‘strange’ to kiss Daniel Radcliffe

Radcliffe and Wright first locked lips in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. As Wright described it, it was bizarre to faux a romantic second with somebody who was extra like a sibling. 

“I think it’s strange when you know someone really well and you’ve had such a long experience with them that they’ve become this friend and kind of like a brother,” she mentioned. “And then strangely, suddenly, you have to do these very intimate scenes in quite a functional environment.”

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Her character, Ginny, had a crush on Harry for years earlier than the Boy-Who-Lived realized he had emotions for her too. Wright made her first look as Ginny, the youthful sister of Harry’s greatest friend, Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), in 2001’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Daniel Radcliffe felt ‘weird’ through the kissing scene too 

Wright isn’t the one one who felt bizarre. Radcliffe did too. In 2009, the actor shared his personal views on the Ginny-Harry kiss. 

“The kiss was… fine,” he informed Access Hollywood. “It was slightly weird at first.” 

“I think I’ve had enough practice over the years,” he added with fun. 

He continued, echoing Wright’s personal feedback.

“It was one of those things where it was slightly odd at first because I’ve known Bonnie since she was 9 and I was 11 … ultimately … you get on with it,” he mentioned. 

The actors had a number of on-screen kisses by the point the franchise led to 2011. And they’re not the one Harry Potter stars who felt awkward throughout their on-screen kisses. Emma Watson and Rupert Grint laughed their approach via their characters’ first kiss.

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