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Rupert Grint remembers getting a little 'shady' to steal a prop from 'Harry Potter' set

Who wouldn't be tempted to swipe a prop or two from the Wizarding World?

By Josh Weiss
Rupert Grint; Hogwarts Letter

It should come as no surprise that security on the set of Warner Bros.' eight Harry Potter films was tighter than Gringotts Wizaring Bank, but where there's a magical will, there is most definitely a magical way. Recently sitting down with People, actor Rupert Grint (who played the role of Harry's best friend, Ron Weasley) admitted to pilfering a very bizarre object from the multi-billion dollar franchise.

"They were really strict," he said. "The last few days, there was security at the gates literally searching cars. But I did get away with the door number of Harry's house. I had to unscrew it. It was so shady."

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That number, of course, is a 4 ... as in Number 4 Privet Drive, Little Whinging, Surrey — address of the magic-hating Dursley family that took Harry in following the murder of his parents by Lord Voldemort on that fateful Halloween night in 1981. A practical location in Martins Heron was used for exterior filming on Sorcerer's Stone, though it ultimately became more prudent to construct a life-sized replica at the Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden complex for the subsequent installments.

Grint can currently be seen as the dubious Redmond in Knock at the Cabin, the latest mystery-thriller project from writer/director M. Night Shymalan (this is their second collaboration after Apple TV+'s Servant).

"It combined two of my biggest nightmares: home invasion and the apocalypse," Grint explains in a behind-the-scenes interview provided by Universal Pictures. "It stayed with me a long time because I think it forces you to put yourself in the situation and think, 'What would you do?' It's just deeply distributing and such a fever pitch of conflict ... and all confined in this one space."

He continued: "What we're seeing from [Shyamalan] now is some really bold storytelling. He kind of expects absolute perfection and it's brilliant because you can never really sit back and relax, even if you're in a scene and you're just [sitting] in a chair in the background. He can see you and you have to be in it. I find it quite a thrilling way to work."

Click here to purchase tickets for Knock, and click here to read our interview with the award-winning author whose 2018 novel inspired the movie, which co-stars Dave Bautista, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abby Quinn, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, and Kristen Cui.

Want to relive the magic of Grint's Wizarding World performance? Head over to Peacock for all eight Harry Potter movies.

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