This video is part of a play entitled “The Queen’s Handbag”, but is often referred to as “Children’s Party at the Palace”. The “Children’s Party at the Palace” was the event where the play took place. We are henceforth using the official title “The Queen’s Handbag”.
“Hey, Neville, your gran isn’t the Queen, is she?” (Rupert Grint in The Queen’s Handbag)
Directed by Claire Popplewell and Ben Warwick, The Queen’s Handbag stars Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Matthew Lewis. A pre-recorded video clip which was part of a play about the Queen’s stolen handback, The Queen’s Handbag was screened on 25 June 2006 at Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday party at Buckingham Palace and was broadcasted live on BBC1 and CBBC.
Shortly before the Queen’s 80th birthday, a group of baddies from children’s literature, among them Captain Hook (from Peter Pan) and Cruella de Vil (from 101 Dalmatians), learn that they have not been invited to the birthday celebration. After several failed attempts to ruin the party, they steal the Queen’s handbag, which contains her reading glasses and the closing speech.
Numerous good characters from the literature, among them four Gryffindor students, try to find the handbag, to enable the Queen to hold her speech at the party…
Ron Weasley and his friends Harry Potter and Hermione Granger enter the Gryffindor Common Room to find a letter from Buckingham Palace, asking for help in the search of the Queen’s handbag.
After summoning several handbags, Hermione has an idea how to help, while Ron struggles with the contents of Neville’s grandmother’s handbag…
- The first two scenes are from the first Harry Potter film, Sorcerer’s Stone, as are the last two
- The letter is addressed to “Hogwarts School”.
- Ron says Voldemort’s name.
- The stage on which the play The Queen’s Handbag took place was designed to look like Buckingham Palace.
- The show is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book The Big Friendly Giant. His granddaughter Sophie Dahl played herself in the show.
- The Queen played herself and appeared on stage to deliver the last lines.
Filming: on the set of Order of the Phoenix (2005/2006)
Behind the Scenes
- The Queen’s Handbag was the highlight of the Children’s Party at the Palace, an event to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday.
- 2000 children aged 4 to 14 and 1000 adults were selected by ballot to attend the party.
- Queen Elizabeth’s birthday is actually on 21 April, but the celebrations always take place in June.
- Rupert Grint and his co-stars Emma Watson and Matthew Lewis attended the Children’s Party and sat in the royal box during the play, right in front of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip. J.K. Rowling was also present and read out of her books during the party.
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
Sophie Dahl (herself, live on stage)
Queen Elizabeth II (herself, live on stage)
Directors: Claire Popplewell, Ben Warwick
Writer: David Wood
Production Coordinator: Sylvia Mukasa
Production Manager Harry Potter shoot: Fred de Bradeny
Producer: Lorna Dickinson
Runtime: Complete Play appr. 80 min; Hogwarts Clip appr. 3 min
On show 25 June 2006
Distributor: British Broadcasting Corporation
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Hermione: That doesn’t make sense. Hags aren’t vegetarian.
Ron: Hermione. It’s a joke.
Harry: I think it’s from the minister.
Ron: Git. What’s he ever done for us? I’ll get rid of it. I’ve been practicing my Conflaguration Spell
Ron: Sounds a bit desperate…
Hermione: Her Majesty the Queen’s handbag has been stolen!
Ron: Voldemort’s getting really inventive.
Neville:What are you doing with my gran’s handbag?
Ron: Hey, Neville, your gran isn’t the Queen, is she?
Ron: Could you hurry? I’m losing the circulation in my finger!