May 27, 2004 – CBBC Azkaban Exclusive: Neville Longbottom
Matthew Lewis plays the nerdy Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter movies.
Newsround Online caught up with Matt to see what he thinks of Azkaban and what he’s up to now.
Have you seen the film yet?
I have hardly seen any of it at all! It will be a surprise, apart from the bits I actually filmed. I’ve never been to one of the US premieres before either so that’s one of the reasons I’m really looking forward to it
What do you think the fans’ reaction will be?
I’m hoping some of them will find it a bit scarier, but not find it too scary so they are frightened. I obviously want them to enjoy it too. The Dementors do look quite scary in the trailers.
What’s your fave bit?
The scene with Hagrid when he takes his first lesson in Care of Magical Creatures. When he first brings in the Hippogriff.
How is this film different to the others?
It is scarier and hopefully better than the others. It seemed different to the others when we were filming it. It seemed different because the whole film felt darker and more sinister, which I think will make it better.
Is this something to do with Alfonso Cuaron?
I think so yes. He has had a lot of different influences on the film. That’s a good thing.
What was it like working with some of the new actors on POA?
David Thewlis was really, really nice, he plays Prof Lupin. It was great working with him. I met Gary Oldman just once and he seemed really cool. He came down once on set when we were all sitting around playing cards and he was nice.
Do you think this film shows how much the actors have changed and grown up?
Yes it does. When you compare it to the first two films, it really show how we’ve all grown up.
What are you doing now?
I’ve started filming on the Goblet Of Fire. I started a couple of weeks ago. I’ve just been working on a few difficult scenes so far. But I’m off now til July. There’s a lot of things to prepare for before filming really starts all the time. There’s a lot of stuff to do with Dan. It seems to be getting pretty busy though once I am back in July. They have given us a schedule but I don’t trust it – ha! Film schedules don’t usually go to time.
Are you looking forward to GOF?
Yes I’m really looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to playing Neville again, no specific scene, just being back there filming and back with everyone
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