Rupert Grint Loses Tax Legal Case, Attends 'Harry Potter' Play And Meets The New Ron Weasley

Rupert Grint, the English actor, rose to fame through his portrayal of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise, with the trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint immortalizing the on-screen characters of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley in the film versions of the Harry Potter franchise.

Even though the Harry Potter film series ended in 2011, Rupert Grint's portrayal of Ron Weasley has been etched permanently in the minds of Harry Potter fans. Recently, the actor resurfaced again when his name was featured in the media after losing a $1.68 million tax refund case against the British Government. The actor was liable to pay a hefty tax that was levied on a massive fortune of $31.2 million that he had made while acting in the epic eight-movie Harry Potter franchise.

Rupert wanted a refund from the taxes that he had paid in the 2010-2011 financial year as he was of the opinion that the respective tax calculation needed to be done by considering the earlier 40 percent tax rate that was prevalent in the 2009-2010 financial year. However, the British Government had increased the tax rate to 50 percent in 2010-2011 and the actor was taxed as per the ongoing rate.

Rupert's lawyers put forth the case on the grounds that their client had never evaded tax payments before and all that he wanted was a tax refund. In fact, Rupert Grint had suggested that the payable tax was required to be calculated based on the accounting dates provided by his accountant. However, the Moonwalkers actor's plea wasn't strong enough to persuade the legal authorities. In fact, Rupert Grint himself admitted that he never looked into his own finances as it was his father and his accountant who managed his personal finances. According to News Australia, a tax tribunal judge rejected Rupert Grint's appeal against HM Revenue & Customs department and ruled that the actor's earnings were to be taxed at the 50 percent tax rate.

Rupert Grint may have lost his legal battle against the Government. However, the defeat has not dampened his spirits. In fact, the actor made it a point to remain close to his on-screen character of Ron Weasley by making his presence felt at a performance of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a stage show that is the newest iteration of the Harry Potter franchise. Apart from Rupert Grint, Emma Watson has gone to watch the stage show that was written by J. K. Rowling.

After enjoying the critically acclaimed show, Rupert went backstage to have a conversation with the play's cast members. According to the Independent, an enthusiastic Rupert did not show any inhibitions or reservations in meeting Paul Thornley, his on-stage counterpart who plays an older Ron Weasley.

In fact, an Instagram photo highlighting the exciting meeting evoked unforgettable memories of the earlier Harry Potter movies in which Ron teamed up with Harry Potter and Hermione to battle the evil forces.

The immense popularity of the show and the endorsement of actors like Rupert Grint have ensured that the show will go on uninterrupted at least until December 2017. It is speculated that Rupert's visit to the theater might goad his co-star Daniel Radcliffe to also attend, as the Harry Potter star is yet to see the play. Rupert Grint and other actors from the Harry Potter film series have remained like a close-knit family since 2011, the year in which the last movie from the film franchise was released. For Harry Potter fans, it is always heartwarming to see actors like Rupert Grint supporting the franchise that made them so famous.

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