Catching up with old childhood friends as an adult can be awkward. Do you have anything in common anymore? Did you have anything in common in the first place, besides the fact that you were roughly the same age in roughly the same time and place? Are they going to try to rope you into a multi-level marketing scheme? Fortunately, there is one powerful force that can unify even the most distant childhood friends: gossip about their other childhood friends.
Take, for example, Rupert Grint. Perhaps you had fallen out of touch with him since he stopped playing Ron in the Harry Potter movies, but this week, while promoting his new thriller series The Servant on Entertainment Tonight, Rupert offered up some good gossip about your other Harry Potter friends, Emma Watson and Tom Felton. According to Grint, the pair, who have been rumored to be dating, definitely had “a little bit of a spark” back when they were playing Hermione Granger and Draco Malfoy.
“But we were kids,” Grint added. “It was like any kind of playground romance.” As for his own romances onset: “I didn’t have any sparks. I was spark-free.”
Although Watson admitted on The Jonathan Ross show in 2012 that she had “a really terrible crush” on Felton when she was between the ages of 10 and 12, in a recent interview with British Vogue, the 29-year-old described herself as “self-partnered.”
“I like it!” Felton said when the Daily Mail asked him about Watson’s self-coined relationship status. “It’s the first I’ve heard of it, but it’s great. I’m in the same category to be honest with you, quite happily self-partnered.”
So maybe the sparks never turned into a full flame. Still, what matters is that we got to reconnect with our old friend Rupert along the way. Now, sadly, we move on to the next chapter of adult friendships — rescheduling drinks with each other again and again until eventually we fall out of touch.