Rupert was there to support his sister Samantha, performing under her stage name Ghost of Samantha, and hadn't planned to take part...until his mum volunteered him!
When Harlyn Primary School began organising a World Book Night, they decided to ask for messages from some of the children's favourite celebrities, to encourage reluctant readers to try their favourite book.
One Rupert Grint was a very popular suggestion, not only because the children love him (and the school awards a Harry Potter scroll to children who have read the entire series), but because, during the Olympic Torch Relay last year, he took over the Olympic torch from the one hundred-year-old great-grandmother of James and George, two of the boys involved in the Book Night, and whose mother volunteered to track down a message from Rupert.
Luckily, she contacted RGN and we were only too pleased to help her.
And Rupert, being Rupert, replied with not just a title and a 'good luck!', but with something simply perfect for primary school age children :
"My favourite book as a child was 'Green Eggs and Ham' by Dr.Suess. All of the doctor's books had some kind of effect on me, but it was this story I could never and probably still can't get out of my head, I was obsessed, I knew every word off by heart, everything about it was perfect, the simple surreal rhyming style and the sometimes quite haunting illustrations, my mum even made me green eggs and ham for dinner once, with green food colouring, it was actually quite disgusting, but I just needed to try it!"
As you can imagine, everyone at the school was utterly thrilled. The children have made Rupert his own BAFTA, which apparently he is welcome to collect any time he likes, and have this message for him :
We were really excited to hear from you! We think you must really like reading books because your reasons for liking the Dr Seuss book Green Eggs and Ham was very descriptive. What great memories you have.
Most of us at book club have read all of his books too. Our best words to describe his books are; short and snappy, funny, weird and random. He's quite unrealistic and weird but we think that's why we will never forget them!
In our photograph we have your email reply in a frame so that everyone in the school can read it.
We will treasure your reply forever as you wrote from the heart and that was so special for you to share that with us. We made you a "Book Club Bafta". Now can you see how much we loved hearing from you! You are awesome!!!!!
Thank you from all of us at Harlyn Primary School, we are holding your Bafta! (ready for you to collect! Lol!)
PS try Nigella Lawson's version of Green Eggs and Ham, it looks quite yummy!"
They sent us this picture of some of the children with their favourite books, Rupert's award and his framed quote.
Remember how, when Delia Smith would use cranberries in a recipe, and all shops in the UK would sell out of cranberries? Well, with the number of green eggs being demanded of Harlyn Primary parents, I suspect local supermarkets should stock up on green food colouring...
This past December, Steph and I visited the Harry Potter Exhibition in Times Square. We’d been excited to visit for almost 2 years, since the first time it stopped in NYC.
To me, there’s no-one in the world who knows Rupert’s (or possibly even the Harry Potter) history like she does. If you visit Steph’s house, she has various versions of both the book and movie series carefully arranged on a shelf in her room...as well as an action figure or two.
The same goes for magazines she’s collected over the years with the trio (or Rupert) on the cover. Lovingly organized in her office, they’re kept safe in the manner of a true fan who cherishes the history of the last ten years.
When we reported together from the last Deathly Hallows press conference in 2011 it was, despite having worked on RG.net together since 2005, the first time we had met in person. I remember Rupert entering the room and Steph and I taking turns playfully jabbing one another in the ribs...he’ll never lose that effect on us. Steph got to ask the first question which, to this date, she can’t remember.
If there’s one thing I can tell you, it’s that Steph is usually quite a cool character. But in those moments, I’ve never seen her more excited.
However on the flip side of this, when she got sorted into Hufflepuff on Pottermore almost two years ago, I’ve never seen her more annoyed.
“I’m a Gryffindor!” Steph ranted, “What the hell does Pottermore know anyway?!!”
“Oh sure,” I joked, “You know...it’s not like it was written by J.K. or anything.”
So it came as a surprise to me when we entered the beginning area of the HP Exhibit, where guests sit with the Sorting Hat, and Steph *willingly volunteered* the fact that she was Hufflepuff to be sorted as such, with that little bit of badger pride. And I couldn’t help but smile.
Because the truth is, Steph’s always been a Hufflepuff.
From the point that we met in 2004 on Livejournal and started our long journey here, her task of reporting news on Rupert to his fans has been a relentless one filled with love and dedication.
And if there’s a second thing I can tell you, it’s that there would be no RupertGrint.net without Steph.
So, please join us in wishing her the best birthday yet through the comments and giving a great big huge ‘thank you!!!’ for all of her hard work over the last 8 years.
We love you, S!
Sad news this week as word came out that CBS did not pick up Super Clyde for a full season. The news is pretty surprising for many people given the pilot's unique premise, strong cast and notable creator, Greg Garcia.
Today, Entertainment Weekly provided some reasoning behind this decision and why it ultimately didn't work out with Super Clyde and CBS:
"CBS was high on Grint, and still is. But the concept was deemed off-brand for the network and the net’s other comedies came in strong. Plus, successful comedy blocks are about creating flow, and there was also nothing compatible that CBS had to pair it with."
Courtesy of staffer Celine, we've got some great high res images from CBGB! Some may or may not be new to your eyes, but they all feature Rupert as punk guitarist Cheetah Chrome so why not check them out again!?
Click the thumbnails below to be brought to the gallery!
In other exciting CBGB news, the movie will be screening at the Cannes Film Festival this month for international distributors. According to ScreenDaily, a U.S. deal for theatrical distribution is expected to be announced soon!
This month, in honor of Rupert Grint's upcoming CBS show, Super Clyde, we asked fans to record themselves covering their favourite superhero theme songs. Today, we have something very special for you!
Our pal Jaron Ferrer chose the end theme to the TV show The Powerpuff Girls and has covered the song on steel drums with his friend Garrett, exclusively for us!
You can check out this unique cover, and learn more about Jaron, by clicking the link below!
Also, if you'd like to see how Jaron and Garrett did, here is a link to the original song, for comparison!
Into the White