Earlier this year, a strange but tantalizing photo graced our feeds. Tom Felton and Emma Watson, former child co-stars whose career paths have taken drastically different directions, huddled cozily together in pajamas, their fingers grazing as Felton adjusted Watson's hand on a guitar fretboard. The photo, from August, was geo-tagged in South Africa and posted to Felton's Instagram with the flirty caption "Quick learner x." Watson followed it up with a post of the duo on the beach, congratulating her "dear friend" on his new sci-fi web series Origin.
Harry Potter fans were whipped into a frenzy. Was the original and most scandalous Harry Potter fan-fic fantasy finally coming true?
We still don't know for sure, but bless his heart, Rupert Grint has confirmed that Felton and Watson's flirty vibe was a reality on-set back in the day. "There was always something," the actor told ET while doing promo for his new AppleTV+ series The Servant. "There was always a little bit of a spark."
Prefacing that he didn't want to cause any drama, Grint continued: "But we were kids. It was like any kind of playground romance." As for him: "I didn't have any sparks. I was spark-free."
Sad news for normie Ron-Hermione shippers, but don't cry for Grint. It's rumored he'll soon propose to longtime girlfriend Georgia Groome, best known for starring Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging.
If Felton and Watson are seeing each other, they're not doing so publicly. The December cover star for British Vogue, Watson recently made headlines for her proclamation that she wouldn't describe herself as single, but rather "self-partnered."
Honestly, over nearly a decade of filming we never got the real-life Harry Potter romance we deserved. While tabloids suggested Watson was secretly dating nearly all of her male co-stars (starting before they'd hit puberty) at some point, none of the core cast members ever actually got together. Ginny did have a romance with the guy who played young Grindelwald, and there was the whole Helena Bonham Carter-Kenneth Branagh-Emma Thompson disaster. But that's nowhere near as fun as Dramione.
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