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Harry Potter stars relive awkward moment they got Rupert Grint in trouble with JK Rowling


James and Oliver Phelps got into all sorts of mischief on set (Picture: Getty)

It’s no secret that Harry Potter stars James and Oliver Phelps were pretty much the real-life versions of their characters, Fred and George Weasley.

As can be expected, a big part of their experience on the set of the movies was causing mischief – and getting their on-screen brother Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) involved.

However, not everyone was impressed by their antics, with the trio getting caught one day by JK Rowling.

Speaking on their new podcast Normal Not Normal, which has been exclusively shared with Metro.co.uk, James told Luna Lovegood star Evanna Lynch: ‘When we were making the fifth film we were hanging out in Rupert’s room a lot because he had the biggest dressing room out of the three of us.

‘And I remember they bought him a dart board because we kept disappearing all over the studio, so they brought in a dart board to keep us inside playing darts.

‘But that got a bit boring so we decided to make a crossbow and were playing darts with the crossbow. I remember one day someone quite high up walked into the room…’

James and Oliver played Fred and George Weasley (Picture: FilmMagic)

Oliver interjected: ‘Quite high up?! She wrote the books!’

‘She just looked at what was going on, turned around and walked back out,’ James admitted.

Reassuring the pair, Evanna pointed out: ‘I bet she loved it though.

‘That’s so your characters. I love when there are parallels like that. I even love that you’re hosting a podcast because in the books you [the Weasley twins] do Potterwatch!’

James and Oliver, now 34, are set to revisit their time on set in the podcast, which begins in January, featuring a host of special guests.

The pair are set to host their own podcast (Picture: Normal Not Normal )

Meanwhile, their darts situation definitely wasn’t the only time the twins have caused chaos on set, with them previously revealing one of their favourite pranks.

‘[Opposite] Leavesdon Studios, they were building the BT offices,’ Oliver recalled to Metro.co.uk. ‘So if you see the studio tour now, opposite that there’s this big glass building. And at the time they were building and everyone had walkie-talkies at the studios to obviously say “Come down to set” and stuff like that.

‘So we borrowed one of these walkie-talkies. And we realised that on a certain channel […] was the same channel as the building site over the road.

‘To which Bonnie Wright [Ginny Weasley], James and myself, we’d have fun looking at these guys from a long distance away saying, “Hey, guys, you can go home now we’ve got a missed order” or something like that.

‘And you’d physically see people downing tools, and then the gaffer coming on and probably didn’t realise he was dealing with children with his language, but wasn’t very happy that we told his workforce to go home for the day.

‘But I suppose if you were to look back and say, yeah, you had the Weasleys telling your workforce to go home. It’s not really going to be believable when he goes to his boss about it.’

Normal Not Normal begins on January 1.

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