Rupert explains his absence from Tokyo premiere

  November 22, 2005 at 9:26 PM ET
  Geri     HPANA (via News Tip)
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Previously we showed you some video and picturesopens in new window from the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire press conference and premiere that took place in Tokyo this past weekend. A new video has appeared online in which a letter is read from Rupert Grint explaining his absence.

Rupert's letter translation:

I cannot go to Japan because my grandfather died recently, I'm really sorry. I am bearing the sorrow with my family in London.
I really loved him and he was a real Harry Potter fan. So I was really glad that he was able to see the newest film before he died.
I'm going to be filming Order of the Phoenix in February.
I hope everyone likes Goblet of Fire.
Please enjoy!

I hope this answers the many emails I have received asking why Rupert did not appear on any U.S. TV shows or why he was absent in Tokyo. Rupert, our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family during this difficult time.

You can view the video hereopens in new window (Windows Media), thanks to Carol via Pageopens in new window for the video link and translation.

Carol also let us know that Oliver and James Phelps will arrive in Japan on November 24th, and that they plan to hold autograph sessions in eight places. Will we try to find the locations of any fans who might want to attend.


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