Matt Lewis Talks Neville and Nagini in New Interview

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Feb 02, 2009

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Actor Matt Lewis has given a new interview where he briefly mentions his role as Neville Longbottom in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows films. In a online chat held over the weekend, Matt says he has still not yet seen the script for the films which are due to start filming on the 15th of this month, but says he is looking forward to a couple scenes, in particular the dramatic events at the end of the book in the final battle against Voldemort and his followers. Matt responds to several questions on Deathly Hallows, one regarding his favorite Neville moment in Book Seven, and what it is like to play a character so pivotal to the plot line of the book:

Matt Lewis: Deathly Hallows is going to be so much fun to shoot. I don’t have a script yet, so I can’t be exactly sure how everything is going to work out. However, I think my answer will be a bit predictable! The scene I’m looking forward to the most is when Neville swings the sword and kills Nagini. That is going to be intense! In fact, the whole final battle sequence is going to be amazing. Still can’t believe they’re going to trust me with a sword though!

“It’s got to be the sword swinging, snake killing bit I’m looking forward to most. I guess that’s pretty “kick-butt.” I’m really excited about it. I got a taste for the action side of things in Order of the Phoenix and I can’t wait to do some more!


It gives me a great sense of responsibility. I know what the books meant to me when I read them and I imagine the films can mean the same to people and so it’s very important to get it right. Playing a character that has such a crucial role in how the story develops is inspiring and I’m very excited about it- I just have to make sure I don’t mess it up!

Be sure to read more with Matt and the interview with Castlewhitefang.com via this link. Thanks so much James!





99 Responses to Matt Lewis Talks Neville and Nagini in New Interview

Avatar ImageKaraDawlish says: omg matttttts going to be like sexiest man of 2010... 2011 idk whenever DH comes out but its going to be amaaaaaazing!!!!Avatar ImageDina says: Oh... I love Neville. He is such a wonderful character and Matt has portrayed it faithfully. I agree with him on the sword swinging, snake killing bit. It is so kick-ass. Go Neville. Btw Melissa monday where she explains what is so great about Neville....perfect! :DAvatar Imagecdewson says: they better keep that part in the movie. i can see them killing Nagini some other wayAvatar Imagecdewson says: they better keep that part in the movie. i can see them killing Nagini some other wayAvatar ImageBrianaTheBard says: Oh wow I love Matthew Lewis... I'm going to be fawning over him when he's all scarred up and buff for Deathly Hallows, ready to kick some snack butt :DAvatar ImageLoonyLoopyLunaLovegood says: So. Amazing. I love him so much. This makes me so excited! Avatar ImageGinevra86 says: I'm definitely looking forward to that moment for Neville, too. I hope Matt has a lot of fun with it, because I sure would!Avatar Imagepunkedup88 says: Oh Matt, it's yours/Neville's time to shine. (If they give that scene to someone else, we're going to be sooooo furious!)Avatar ImageDrome says: It was very nice to read about this. Matt - is - just - perfect. Avatar ImageRosalie says: I think everyone is looking forward to the Nagini scene! Matt will make it rock.Avatar ImageGF_of_Seamus says: I am sooo excited for DH part 2 when Neville/Matt gets to kick butt. But honestly, isn't anyone else concerned that he hasn't gotten a script for part 1. I figured that he would at least be in a scene or two where they quickly cut to the kids in the castle and what they are up to while the trio camps for 9 months.Avatar Imagebeewell says: I can't wait until this movie(s)! They are going to be awesome! I'm sure that the actors will probably get a script right before they start the shooting. Could be that they won't get it until the day they start shooting. Since they are all pros, I'm sure that they will be able to handle it quite well. On another note, why does the point boxes sit where they are? I can't finish reading half of the comments since they started to appear!Avatar ImageProfessorPotter says: Actually, as well as the Nagini sword scene, I also look forward to my next favourite scene where Neville appears for the first time in Aberforth's bar sporting several scars and behaving much like an underground warrior leader. When Harry couldnt decide whether to be more concerned with Neville's scars or the fact that Neville dismisses them matter of factly, made me lol. Its uncanny how Matt has grown up perfectly to play the evolving Neville in each movie. Avatar ImageProfessor Cassandra says: The Nagini scene should be awesome; I'm sure Matt will do a great job!!!Avatar Imagemomentofzen says: Oh wow, I am so excited for that part it's not even funny. Go BAMF Neville!Avatar Imagespiritbound says: Can't wait for that scene, it's gonna be awesome. Matt is a great actor im sure he will do it great justice. Avatar Imagethereshegoes says: I look forward to see him in DH! I loved Neville so much in that book. Matthew Lewis seem to be a great guy as well and I think he'll do excellent :)Avatar Imagegaminette says: <<>> Who *isn't* looking forward to our wee Neville going all Sam Jackson on Nagini! Wooo!Avatar ImageIngvia says: I can't wait till that scene with Neville using the sword on Nagini! I really hope they'll include it, 'cause that's one of the most important scenes in DH! Matthew is great as Neville, hope he'll continue with acting after HP! Avatar ImageRazzylolli says: I'm so excited to see that part in the film, I'm sure Matt is gonna give an awesome performance of Neville kicking butt!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: can't wait for the snake scene. wow.Avatar ImageLemonFaerie says: I cannot wait to see him swing that sword! And I love hearing him in interviews, it's great when you know the actors are as interested/invested in the stories as we are.Avatar ImageWhisperwing says: "Still can't believe they're going to trust me with a sword, though." He's so Neville! And just like Neville, we know he'll take that sword and be victorious! Even if it's only over his own feared clumsiness.Avatar Imagefireflys_locket says: Matt Lewis is the best. ^_^ Neville in movie(s) 7 will be amazing.Avatar Imagevicky granger says: I'm so excited for that movie, and especially that part ! Neville is such a great character, and we really see this in DH, I think Matt's going to be amazing ! I love it how he says the books mean so much to him, it's good to have characters who are really into the books.Avatar ImageWntrHeart28 says: Matt is so awesome! I'm very much looking forward to seeing him in DH. The scene where come comes into Aberforth's pub to bring the trio into Hogwarts will be amazing. It will be like the unveiling of the "hero" Neville that we've known was there ever since he joined the DA!Avatar ImageWntrHeart28 says: Matt is so awesome! I'm very much looking forward to seeing him in DH. The scene where come comes into Aberforth's pub to bring the trio into Hogwarts will be amazing. It will be like the unveiling of the "hero" Neville that we've known was there ever since he joined the DA!Avatar Imagephantomdave79 says: It's great to see someone dedicated to the character they play like Matt is.Avatar Imagebookmonster79 says: Ahh, Great minds think alike. I can't wait to see how that scene plays out as well, Matt!Avatar ImageKneazle_Bait says: Neville is my favorite character, I have been biting my nails hoping they won't give killing Nagini to Ron or something. I just can't wait to watch Neville kill Nagini!Avatar Imagehepburn says: Yeah ! Neville rocks !Avatar ImageCrazy4Neville says: omg, cant wait for that scene either its so exciting!!!!Avatar Imagekbicprez says: Neville is my favorite HP character too and I think Matt plays him beautifully!!! Every time I picked up a new HP book, I wondered what would happen with Neville. JKR made me cry in OOTP when Neville & his Gran were visiting his parents in St Mungo's. Then she made me VERY HAPPY in DH!!! We never hear too much from Matt, so I'm really glad to see this chat. He sounds like such a great guy! Hope we get to hear a lot more from him.Avatar ImageA Chocolate Frog says: Matt Lewis is absolutely the perfect person to play Neville. He sounds just like the character in a lot of ways. I am sooooooooooo excited for that scene!!Avatar Imagerinanorreh says: I think it's great that Matt loves the books as much as we "ordinary" fans do. :)Avatar ImageeiVega says: Aww...Matt is so cute! I love it when the actors are just as invested as the fans! What a great character and a great person! :)Avatar ImageSaffron says: I wonder if we'll see a bit of him in the epilogue stuff??Avatar ImageZivlok says: Oh, Matt. The fandom loves you. And we can't wait to see you in total BAMF mode, either.Avatar Imagekbicprez says: I meant to say before that I love Matt's comment about Evanna Lynch: "Well, when I first met Evanna I thought it was the most perfect casting I had ever witnessed. She was just Luna Lovegood in every way. However, she has changed so much in the last few years. I've seen her mature and change a lot as a person yet when she's on screen she is always able to capture Luna Lovegood perfectly. I think to say that she IS Luna Lovegood would detract from her talent slightly - she really is a great actress". What a guy! Love ya Matt!Avatar Imageathena024 says: Oooh that scene is going to be epic! I cannot wait for DH!Avatar ImageMcGiggles92 says: I can't wait to see that scene in the movie. If WB does it right, the whole Battle of Hogwarts is going to be the most awesome thing in movie history. Avatar ImageTheProphecy says: Matt doesnt even have to say anything! He can play Neville by just standing there and STILL be badass!Avatar ImageAlatarielle says: I cant wait for DH Neville kicking butt!! :DAvatar ImageThio says: Cool!! We all have avatars now? You won't mess it up Matt. Go kill that snake!! \o/Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: I hope that they don't mess up his part in the movies. Neville has always been a favorite of mine. Surely they will allow Matt to be the handsome man that he is and not have him look so nerdy as they do in the movies. This will be his time to shine. Avatar Imagegeneliz says: i'm excited about the "the sword swinging, snake killing bit " as well. woooo matthew lewis <3 !! :)Avatar Imagekiwimci says: Aw dam how come we didn't hear of this? I wanted to hear how depressed Matt has become, from one Leeds United fan to another :( Tough times!Avatar Imagehptwerdfighter says: Matt is going to rock in DH. Can't wait!!1Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: That is going to be an amazing scene and Matt will do a great job.Avatar ImageKamzie13 says: yeah i can´t wait to see that scene, and they had better to it justice!Avatar Imagehercurvestofear says: I love Matt Lewis! He is going to be so great in Deahtly Hallows, I just know he will. I love that hes so excited. Avatar Imageravenclawguy1972 says: kind of a no brainer what his most anticapated scene would be, that being said the scene should be awesome and i know matt will nail it err slice it? lol. as for him not getting a script yet for part one its not that big of deal as neville doesn't apper in DH until the chapters leading up to the battle of Hogwarts and i cannot expect any other them willbe inthe first part as its my belief they will split it at the point Ron leave or when he comes back Avatar Imageravenclawguy1972 says: kind of a no brainer what his most anticapated scene would be, that being said the scene should be awesome and i know matt will nail it err slice it? lol. as for him not getting a script yet for part one its not that big of deal as neville doesn't appear in DH until the chapters leading up to the battle of Hogwarts and i cannot expect any other them willbe inthe first part as its my belief they will split it at the point Ron leave or when he comes back Avatar Image.bother says: Are there any recent pictures of Matt not in costume? I'd love to see how he looks these daysAvatar Image.bother says: Are there any recent pictures of Matt not in costume? I'd love to see how he looks these daysAvatar Image.bother says: Are there any recent pictures of Matt not in costume? I'd love to see how he looks these daysAvatar Image.bother says: Are there any recent pictures of Matt not in costume? I'd love to see how he looks these daysAvatar Image.bother says: ooops sorry about so many postsAvatar ImageHROAR Mudblood Proud says: They'd better leave Neville's scenes in. I loved learning about how much of a Potter fan Matt is from Harry, A History.Avatar Imagepurplekim says: Go Neville. I'm going to find it difficult not to cheer when he lops Nagini's head off - maybe should save that for when I have it on DVD and am watching it at home.Avatar ImageKaylie Marie says: I'm so glad Neville's importance grew throughout the series. I love Matt Lewis, he's the perfect Neville!Avatar Imagecamsammom1 says: OMG! This is going to the best scene ever! Neville is so awesome! Matthew is awesome too. Deathly Hallows better be worth the wait.Avatar Imagenetsrikb says: I am sooooo excited! =] I love Matt and Neville! =)Avatar Imagekrismiss says: I will definitely be wearing my shirt that has a picture of Neville and says My Hero to the movie. Neville rocked in Deathly Hallows. Avatar ImageAga Veneficus says: I'm too excited for DH without even having seen HBP! Oh, it's gonna be awesome. :)Avatar Imagelinnie95 says: This is my favorite part of the book when Neville kills Nagini. Can't wait until the movie to see Matt scarred and kicking butt. Good Luck Matt with filming this!!!!!!Avatar ImageLunaGinervaBlack says: Precious!Avatar Imagesquibcloakmaker says: I can't wait to see what the do for Neville in the 7th movies, I mean they are going to have two movies so they should be able to have good Neville moments. Which should be yes "kick butt"!Avatar Imagelaughing laurel says: aww! yay Neville! So excited for when he totally rocks DH! Matt is so hot!Avatar Imagethewandofdestiny says: Wow! I'm sooo excited and happy. I'm sure Matt will be "absolutly fantastic!" in the Nagini scene. I can't wait! Go BAMF Neville! It makes me happy that Matt's giving interviews, doing chats, etc. We don't see too many... YAY!Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: I just read the entire interview and what struck me the most was that he seemed like such a nice guy! I can't wait until the next three movies come out! Avatar Imagefudgemonkey says: thank you matt lewis he actually read the bookAvatar ImageGraymayne says: I don't think that the production team will downplay such a cinematic moment! They have said that they want to do full justice Jo's epic story and the continued resistance of the DA members will link back so nicely to OotP. The wireless underground group should feature in the first film and alert the audience, as well as the trio, that others are fighting the work of the Death Eaters. I'm looking forward to a great cinematic climaxAvatar ImageHogwarts Horror says: Yeah, I cried at that scene in the book! Neville power!!! They just can't miss it out! and omg what happened to geeky neville! Matt Lewis is like, unrecognisable!! Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: I'm not a good writer, so I can't wait to see the entries [and or winners]. I absolutely LOVED the 'Ron Weasley' card! Go for it, folks!Avatar Imageeleanoreleanro says: I can't wait to see this! Matt Lewis does such a great job as Neville :)Avatar Imagewendybird3 says: I really hope they do it right and let Neville have his moment. I look forward to seeing him chop off Nagini's head. And Matt has grown up so handsome...Avatar Imagestarkitty313 says: What a great interview! I love reading about Matt's insights on the other HP actors, like Rupert and Evanna. He really understands Neville's character. I'm so excited to see Neville in this movie.Avatar ImageCassia Lenoir says: How could he mess up, he's like Perfect :pAvatar ImageLeron_Weasley_616 says: I'm so excited to see Neville's BAMF moment!! I love Matt too...hope he has fun with it!Avatar ImageDuckyLynn says: I am so excited for that. Matt does such a great job of portraying Neville, he's going to be amazing!Avatar ImageBallerinasROCK says: I really hope that they don't change that scene.Avatar Imagekatem4 says: Yes! I love Matt and Neville! I can't wait for the whole Nagini scene. Neville needs a big part in that film. It was one of the best bits in the book, in my opinion.Avatar Imagewizardinventor says: I can't wait to see those scenes also!Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: Matt is the best. I hope he's got an okay role in HBP (Deathly Hallows still seems far, far away).Avatar ImageThe Hufflepuff Giraffe says: Matt is the best. I hope he's got an okay role in HBP (Deathly Hallows still seems far, far away).Avatar ImageKara000 says: Best. EVERAvatar Imageplacebowiz says: Neville!Avatar ImageEmily Erland says: Oh, Matt. I'm definitely looking forward to that scene as well, and won't be disappointed at how you portray the role! I'm going to keep my fingers crossed and hope that everyone else putting the film together makes the right choices to help you make that scene the best it can be!Avatar Imagemaddypuff says: Aww he sounds so excited! I'm excited too [:Avatar Imagehpfrk736 says: Neville is my absolute favorite character because he starts out not being that important and ends up being very important. That scene is going to be AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageL Lawliet says: That'll be awesome to see. BTW, I'm in Calgary, n on April 25-26, Neville's in town!Avatar ImageTami says: Ah I love Matt. And I agree completely I can't wait to see him kill Nagini. I loved seeing Neville develop into this strong character in the books and I can't wait to see it in the film. The boy who could have been the chosen one taking down part of Voldemorts soul, so awesome. And I love that Matt gets how much the fans care about the actors getting it right.Avatar Imageugurbocegi says: Matt Lewis is the perfect Neville. I think he'll continue doing great job as Neville. I cannot wait to see the Nagini scene.Avatar ImageTheCupcake says: I'm excited to see Neville kick butt! Avatar Imagesparkplug3690 says: GOOOO NEVILLLEEEE!!!!Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: I can't wait to see him in DH. He should be great. Avatar ImageBradyboy says: Matthew Lewis has to be one of the nicest actors in the harry potter films.. Go Neville. Avatar ImagecrazyforSeverus says: I'm glad he's taking the role seriously. I agree with what he says about not wanting to let the audience down. But this is Matt Lewis, he could never let me down. He's awesome!

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