LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: (L-R) Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe attend the World Premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 at Trafalgar Square on July 7, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Apparently being part of the “Harry Potter” franchise wasn’t magical for everyone. Rupert Grint, who stars as Harry’s pal Ron Weasley in the movies, says filming “Harry Potter” was “suffocating.”

Speaking to Dax Shepherd on his “Armchair Expert” podcast, Grint says the filming schedule was grueling. He grew up on the screen from 2001 to 2011, and for 10 years he was filming “every day.” While it was a “great experience,” and the cast and crew felt like family, he also admits the intense commitment left him wanting to explore other opportunities.

“It just never ended,” Grint adds. “Every year, we came back. And it was kind of like Groundhog Day because it was the same sets. It was the same people. But it was great. I loved it.”

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