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Emma Watson & Rupert Grint Almost Quit Harry Potter

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We couldn’t imagine the Harry Potter series without our core cast of characters, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), and Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint). However, as the cast and crew sit down 20 years on from the first film, the Harry Potter reunion special reveals just how different everything could have been.

When discussing the lead up to the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, director David Yates remembered how he was told, “Emma is not sure she wants to come back to do another Potter.” It appeared the immensity of the role and fandom had become overwhelming for the Hermione Granger actor.

“People forget what she took on and how gracefully she did it,” Felton added, “Emma was not only younger, she was by herself.” Watson spoke about how she found a diary entry from the time that was quite disheartening and she could see “that at times I was lonely”.

In a candid conversation between Grint and Watson, she said, “I think I was scared… it felt like it got to a tipping point where you were like – this is forever now”. Even Grint revealed how he also had “Similar feelings to Emma… contemplating what life would be like if I called it a day.”

From Radcliffe’s perspective, he explained how he wasn’t aware of the full threat of Watson’s potential departure, “We never talked about it on the film because we were all just kids”. Grint added, “It just didn’t occur to us that we were all probably having similar feelings”.

For Watson, “The fame thing had finally hit home in a big way” and made her seriously consider her position on the film series. Luckily for us, she changed her mind and decided to stick it out until the end.

She gratefully concluded that in the end “No one had to convince me to see it through. The fans genuinely wanted you to succeed and we all genuinely have each other’s backs – how great is that?”

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts is available on New Year’s Day exclusively on Sky and streaming service NOW. NOW members can watch the TV specials with a NOW Entertainment Membership and enjoy all ten movies with a NOW Cinema Membership.

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‘And Just Like That’ Episode 9 Outfits Are Perfectly Impractical

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The best outfits seen on episode nine of “And Just Like That,” a “Sex and the City” reboot.

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The Best Memes & Tweets About the UK Government’s ‘Partygate’

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In December 2021, news broke that a series of alleged staff parties and lockdown breaches had occurred within Downing Street and Whitehall offices during the height of lockdown. In the weeks following, it’s been almost impossible to avoid the increasing amount of headlines and buzz regarding what is now being dubbed “partygate”.

The ongoing scandal has so far led to the resignation of former government advisor, Allegra Stratton, after a video in which she joked about a Downing Street Christmas party was leaked to the press.

Since then, things have only gotten worse for Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party. Downing Street and Whitehall have been accused of hosting No. 10 garden drinks in May 2020, hosting two parties on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, and hosting multiple leaving-dos for Downing Streets aides and advisors, among other alleged parties. That’s a lot of parties…

More recently, ITV News reported that around 30 people attended a birthday event for the Prime Minister in June 2020. Downing Street later admitted the gathering took place — and this latest revelation will likely form part of the ongoing investigation into parties in No 10 during lockdown, which is being lead by the senior civil servant, Sue Gray, BBC reports.

Per The Guardian, the scandal has not gone down well with some Conservative MPs, many of whom are reportedly planning to send letters of no confidence in Boris Johnson — which could see him ousted from his position as Prime Minister.

Naturally, social media has had a lot to say about the “partygate” scandal. Tweeting in response to one Tory MP’s claim that Johnson was “ambushed with a cake,” culinary queen Nigella Lawson wrote, “Ambushed by Cake: it just has to be the title of my next book! #AmbushedByCake.”

Others were quick to join in with their own hilarious takes. The Scotsman correspondent, Alexander Brown, joked, “Have you been ambushed with a cake that wasn’t your fault? You may be entitled to compensation.”

Meanwhile, in response to reports of Downing Street staff filling a suitcase with wine, the official Co-op account tweeted, “I’m afraid we don’t sell wine by the suitcase. Only by bottle. If you want to bring your own suitcase feel free.”

Here are some more of the funniest memes and tweets from across the internet about ‘partygate’.

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Mel C Memoir ‘Who I Am: My Story’: Release Date, Pre-Order & What to Know

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Despite previously saying fans would have to wait until she was 80-years-old for an autobiography, Mel C – otherwise known as Melanie Chisholm – is finally set to share her spiced up world with readers this autumn. Taking inspiration from her 2021 single “Who I Am”, Chisholm’s Who I Am: My Story will cover everything from her days as Sporty Spice and her successful career as a solo artist, as well as her experiences with mental health and “the difficulty of finding yourself when the whole world knows your name.”

Set to hit bookshelves on Sep. 22, 2022, you can pre-order Who I Am: My Story from Waterstones for £20 and WHSmith for £16 – both of which include a signed edition of the book. You can also pre-order the Kindle edition from Amazon for £10.39. Who I Am: My Story will also be available as an audiobook.

“It’s taken a long time to feel ready to tell my story,” Chisholm said in a statement. “The last few years have given me an opportunity to reflect on the incredible career I’ve had and the huge obstacles I’ve managed to overcome.” The singer has been very open about her experiences with mental health – particularly depression, body image, and an eating disorder – which occurred frequently during the height of her success in the Spice Girls and as a solo artist.

I had everything I’d ever dreamed of, and was desperately unhappy,” as she told The Guardian in 2020. “It’s often forgotten that people in the public eye are human.”

Chisholm has had years of retrospection, including becoming a mum for the first time as well as returning to the world stage with the Spice Girls in 2019. “I’ve really enjoyed going back and reminding myself of the wonderful journey life has been so far,” the artist said. “I’m very excited to share my experiences with you all.”

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