29 September 2000: First day of filming! On a minibus heading up to Goathland railway station, Dan Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson sat together pretending to be DJ's on a radio station. They were on their way to film the final scene of Philosopher's Stone with a couple hundred of extras. What a first day that must've been!
"Harry Potter stars look back on nine years of magic" CNN.com
'It was September 29, 2000,' Daniel Radcliffe, now 20, told CNN with a hint of nostalgia about his first day on set in Goathland railway station in northern England.
'Me, Emma [Watson], and Rupert [Grint] had all traveled up that day in a minibus, and we sat on the back seat — which was undoubtedly my influence — pretending that we were DJs on a radio station.'
14 December 2000: First teaser poster for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. No trio yet on these posters, but the momentum was continuing to build!
23 February 2001: The first official batch of image stills from film one are released. Included in the bunch is our first look at Rupert in costume as Ron Weasley with his now trademark Weasley expression!
1 March 2001: On this day, Warner Brothers released the first ever teaser trailer for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone via the official Harry Potter website. While there was very little dialogue, the trailer was accompanied by the now famous Hedwig's Theme and provided a glimpse of some favorite scenes!
Early April 2001: That's a wrap! Filming on Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was completed during this month, but it wouldn't be long until the cast was reunited again.
22 April 2001: Just a few days later, Rupert was already back in front of the camera! This time, it was for his first non-Potter role in Thunderpants.
"Thunderpants Synopsis" By Perry Seibert
The family-oriented comedy Thunderpants, directed by Peter Hewitt, concerns an unfortunate ten-year-old who suffers from nearly incessant intestinal gas issues. Patrick Smash (Bruce Cook) is shunned by much of his family and his classmates because of the unpleasant odors that are forever emanating from him. Only his nerdy friend Alan A. Allen (Rupert Grint), who has no sense of smell, will help Patrick in his goal to become an astronaut.
Eventually, Patrick becomes involved with representatives of the United States space program, as well as an opera singer (Simon Callow) who needs Patrick to "play" an exact note at a perfect moment. Ned Beatty and Stephen Fry round out the cast of this quirky comedy.
13 June 2001: Meanwhile, while still filming Thunderpants, the press was eager to report on anything and everything having to do with Harry Potter. A brief interview from the set was conducted with Rupert, but he had to be very tight-lipped about what info he spilled!
"Intervew from Thunderpants Set" CBBC Newsround (original article no longer online)
The scale is down quite a bit from what he was accustomed to on the Harry Potter set.
'On Harry Potter there were loads of people rushing around. Thunderpants is smaller, it has less special effects,' says Grint.
He wouldn't let much slip about Harry Potter but one little detail did get loose. 'I don't actually get on a broomstick,' he says. 'It hits me in the face!'
19 June 2001: Filming is completed on Thunderpants.
28 June 2001: Second trailer for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone is released by AOL. This trailer had much more dialogue featured ("She needs to sort out her priorities!"), and it was also the first time we got to see Rupert's acting chops.
5 September 2001: Vanity Fair's esteemed photographer Annie Leibovitz took several portraits of the Potter cast. The most popular one is most often referred to as "Gryffindor vs Slytherin."
14 September 2001: Only a few months left until Rupert's big screen debut! Entertainment Weekly runs a cover story in preparation for the film's release.
"The Secrets Behind Harry Potter the Movie" Entertainment Weekly
Apparently, Radcliffe, Grint and Watson -- who alternated between four hours of camera work and three hours of schoolwork -- shouldered the pressure with older-than-their-years aplomb.
And if they weren't acting or studying, they were, well, being kids. 'They'd throw things at each other and play their Game Boys,' laughs Coltrane. 'They liked to get the makeup people to give them gashes. Daniel got one to give him a black eye, and he came in the morning, and the other ones said, 'OMIGOD! What happened?'
Relevant Site Links
Philosopher's Stone Filmography Section
Thunderpant's Filmography Section
RupertGrintMedia.org's Philosopher's Stone Section
RupertGrintForums.com's Philosopher's Stone Forum
RupertGrintGallery.com's Philosopher's Stone Gallery
RupertGrint.net's Press Archives