As the kids say, former Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint is down bad. And as Gen Xers and millennials say, he was Ethered.
During the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts special that hit HBO Max on New Year’s Day, there’s a moment where the three lead actors in the franchise — Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Emma Watson (Hermione), and Rupert Grint (Ron) — reminisced about Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger’s climactic kiss in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2, and for some unknown reason, Watson chose unmitigated violence, describing the moment as, and I quote, “the most horrifying thing either of us ever had to go through.”
Grint, the poor lad, simply responded by saying “Yeah.” Ouch. His face basically epitomizes the infamous lyric “Hello darkness, my old friend.” To make matters worse, you’ve got to imagine that Grint — similar to the rest of us — had a massive crush on Watson, which was likely only amplified by working with her and pretending to be romantically involved for multiple years.
And, look, while Emma Watson may be the childhood (and adult) crush of an entire generation — I almost remember seeing Hermione Granger for the first time as a seven-year-old and not having a clue what was happening in my brain — that still does not give her the right to commit emotional terrorism in front of millions upon millions of people. Just ruthless.
Hermione didn't have to do Ron like that 💀 pic.twitter.com/nbsnvwPUlJ
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) January 3, 2022
Harry Potter fans, obviously, were quick to pick up on the moment:
Emma Watson telling the world about how horrible the kiss with Rupert Grint was and Daniel Radcliffe screaming ‘Oh’ was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. Bless little Rupert
— BurkE (@ebxrke) January 3, 2022
It’s been a few days since the Harry Potter reunion premiere, so I think it’s safe to finally say that Emma Watson did Rupert Grint dirty in their interview about them having to kiss.
— Brad (@BradTheLionsFan) January 3, 2022
— Cat@Hogwarts (@Cat_at_Hogwarts) January 3, 2022
why does emma watson constantly go out of her way to tell rupert grint how HORRIFIC and REVOLTING it was to kiss him like i’m cringing poor guy pic.twitter.com/kRuPEPzKSh
— eva saw nwh (unfortunately) (@xdayas) January 4, 2022
— Nick C (@np_caswell88) January 2, 2022
Best actor goes to Rupert Grint for smiling while Emma Watson described how awful it was to kiss him. pic.twitter.com/RR9owM24b9
— Pops Fury (@FuryPops) January 2, 2022
I feel sorry for Rupert Grint because I feel like he’s always felt something for Emma Watson and when she described their kiss as awful he looked a bit sad #ReturnToHogwarts
— Mel_456 (@Mel4562) January 1, 2022
— 🌎ye (@FreeGuyR) January 4, 2022
I’d simply vanish into thin air. Cease to exist. https://t.co/anNPVMEGB2
— Volk (@Volkerstime) January 4, 2022
— Breathtaking (@Samthemanmanmen) January 4, 2022
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is now streaming on HBO Max. The next film in the Wizarding World franchise — Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore — will hit theaters on April 15, 2022.