Jamie Campbell Bower on Young Grindelwald in Deathly Hallows Part One: “He’s very bird-like.”


Sep 10, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Actor Jamie Campbell Bower has given a new interview where he discusses his character of the young Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In this article with MTV, Jamie says that the character appears in part one, and is indeed a “flashback character.” He speaks of the young wizard who would later go on to play a pivotal role in the quest for the Elder Wand and describes the character:

“I play Gellert Grindelwald, who is an old friend of Dumbledore’s,”
explained the 21-year-old actor. “It’s a flashback character, which is
good fun. I did a little bit before I went off and did ‘New Moon.’” “No, I’m just doing number one,” he answered when we asked if
Grindelwald was scheduled to be in both halves of the
split-for-the-cinema-sequels made from J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and
the Deathly Hallows” novel. “Thus far, I mean. I haven’t seen the
script for the second one; I don’t think anyone has seen the script for
the second one.”

As for the look of Gellert, the actor revealed: “We’re pretty much
keeping it straight; the costume is fantastic ” we had this idea that
he’s very bird-like. He’s described in the book as almost looking like
a crow or something like that, and we [latched] onto that; I have a
nice jacket which makes me look cool.”

In fact, Jamie told us, if you look closely at Grindelwald’s
appearance when the first half of “Deathly Hallows” hits theaters in
November 2010, you’ll see hints of his bird motif. “It doesn’t have
wings or anything; it’s just the way that it’s cut. It’s very subtle,”
he explained. “But, as is true with a lot of things in film, if you
know what the intention is and the background of it, then you can
recognize it ” but if you’re not really watching or paying any
attention, then you’ll miss it.”

As TLC first reported last May, the part of young Dumbledore has indeed been cast with the part going to young actor Toby Regbo. One final casting note courtesy of SS: The part of Hermione’s father has now been cast, with Ian Kelly to take on the part. Back in March we learned that actress Michelle Fairley had been cast as Mrs. Granger.

117 Responses to Jamie Campbell Bower on Young Grindelwald in Deathly Hallows Part One: “He’s very bird-like.”

Avatar ImageMoose_Starr says: That's a cool interview. He seems interested in his character and, knows a lot about him, too. The attention to detail on the costumes is just awesome and, this one seems as though it's not going to disappoint.Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: So they're going to film at least *some* of those flashes into Voldemort's memory that Harry goes through during the book? Yay! :) Wish they would've done the same with the Pensieve memories in HBP, though... I still can't figure out how the bloody h3ll they're going to explain the Hufflepuff cup, nor how Harry can suddenly realise where he's seen the Ravenclaw diadem before, when he *didn't hide the book himself in the HBP film*.Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: OMG! his face made me Not read the article! Avatar Imageemdash84 says: Great! I can't wait to see how he portrays Grindelwald, he seems very excited about the project! YAY for always picking amazing actors for the HP films. LOVE IT.Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: He does look like a young Grindelwald. I need to see what the young DD looks like. How could I have missed that photo?Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: He certainly seems high on the part...Avatar ImageBlatcher914 says: @Mischiefmanaged, me too,me too I like hbp alright its just as I was leaving the film I just kept wondering how is Harry planning on going about his horcrux adventure with no clues on what the others may be. Oh well nothing we can do about it now but appreciate how much thought this actor seems to have delved into Grindelwald and hope for the best :)Avatar Imagepeaceforall says: I think he's gonna be great as Grindelwald! They've cast so many great actors for the last films... SO EXCITED :DAvatar Imageccking says: i love Jamie Campbell Bower , he'll truly be a fantastic Grindelwald!!!Avatar Imageeagleblue says: DID ANYBODY SEE THE SEVENTH FILM'S POSTER ON HERMIONE'S DAD'S WEBSITE?????? http://www.iankelly.net/actor_film_archive/ IT'S GOT THE SILVER DOE!!!!!Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: Well, yes, Grindlewald sounds promising. But I too am concerned about continuing the horcrux story with nothing to go on from HBP...I suppose we'll just have to see.Avatar ImageHBPFan says: @MischiefManaged: Yes, also wandering about that part!! How will they put it together? What was the point of changing that? there wasn't any real need to, was there? Anyway, other that that, Jamie's interview was good, sounds like he's really into it. Can't wait to see him as Gellert Grindelwald...it makes me want to pick up and read the book again!Avatar Imagebettb says: This fellow will make an entrancing Grindelwald! He's so handsome, I can see how it will be easy to show him as someone who charmed Albus Dumbledore right out of his [considerable] better judgement. Ah, to be young and to feel love's keen sting.... didn't a wise man utter those words recently?Avatar Imagemoony_lupin says: Sounds interesting! Great to know he has already filmed the scenes. Can't wait to see the interplay between the young Grindewald and Dumbledore. I'll be sure to look out for the bird references. Avatar Imagegryffinsong817 says: I'm sorry, but just the thought of JCB being in a Potter film makes me go SQUEE! a little....Avatar Imagelonerwolfygirl says: Sounds good so far! He fits the way I invisioned Grindelwald tooAvatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: *@eagleblue*, OMFG! What in the name of Merlin's most baggy Y-fronts is that poster about?? :-o Is it official?? If it is, this is the first time I've seen it! "One man. One fate. One hero." Oh man... I'm almost crying here. And we're still well over a year away from the release of DH Part I.Avatar ImagePhoenix1946 says: Well done eagleblue! A first look at the DH poster.Avatar Imagejrivas1284 says: NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: The poster is fake, we all know that. It is fan made and it's a bit old actually. Hmmm.., in his interview he admitted that he has not read all the books but he has read the Twilight books. Hmph!Avatar ImageHeartbreakDX says: Hmmmm Cool.Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: no offense to him...but he looks much like a bird himself and also, why is it that most people in Harry Potter films play in Twilight and vice versa? we very well may see the trio soon in the Twilight films...lol that would be humorousAvatar ImageFifi says: Wow! Jamie looks just how I imagined Grindelwald! Are you sure that poster is a fake, Mr. Brightside?Avatar Imageliv-wa says: He sounds like he will be really great. I'm excited [:Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: We are closer to determining the exact location in which the two films will separate from each other from the information he has divulged in this interview. That said, I am convinced that he will more than perfect the character and am looking forward immensely to seeing his performance in the seventh film.Avatar Imageaxlgirl says: Yikes! This guy looks a bit boy-bandish. I'm going to have to reserve judgement until I see him in the movie...Avatar Imagegeminidreamatl29 says: the comment jamie made about no one seeing the script for part two is a bit contradicting considering that david heyman said in an interview they are filming both parts now and shell cottage and malfoy mannor are part two stuff. so maybe he hasnt seen the part two script cause he isnt in it! lol.Avatar Imagehermionenluna TZS ROAR! says: awesome!!! Avatar Imagenewwmoon says: Yay ;D Great choice of acter! He's great!Avatar Imagesimos says: I think he'll be great!Avatar ImageFresca says: Oh, this is great news! They are going to keep Hermione's parents in, and do the books proud, with any luck!Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: i can't wait to see the bird-like grindlewald! but there's a whole year till then :SAvatar Imagewandmastercalum says: Hmm a bird? Well that sounds ok.Avatar Imageultraviolet says: im glad hes blonde, i always imagined him kinda like draco but with sharper futures! and hes fit lolAvatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: Do correct me if I'm wrong, please, but I can't recall reading all that much more about Grindelwald's appearance than that he was supposed to have golden curly (?) hair and that he was "a handsome youth" (or something similar). However, when Harry saw Gregorovitch's memory through Voldemort's mind, Grindelwald was described as sitting perched on a window sill like a bird, before he Stunned Gregorovitch and the memory faded. I wonder if that description is where they got the bird-like look of Grindelwald from? Or am I seriously forgetting something here?Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: Awesome! And that poster looks really kool eagleblue!Avatar ImageLisbry says: Well, I guess for the diadem Ginny might help Harry again, or they might even twist it around so that Harry doesn't only see Hogwarts through the mind-connection he and Voldemort share, but perhaps where the diadem is too. Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: he knows his stuff!Avatar ImageRaWr...WeReWoLf says: that's so awesome!!!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: I'm still curious about why they chose him for this part, since I just don't see it.... but it'll be interesting to see if he can really pull it off. Avatar Imagedragonfrog says: I agree with Lisbry - Ginny is likely to help Harry find the diadem in the room of requirement. They might want to give her more to do in the final Hogwarts battle in the movie anyway. Or they will find other cinematic ways to clarify that and other Horcrux info in DH. Including the Hufflepuff Cup. Since the fact of the 6 Horcruxes and what they are is more crucial for the telling of DH, they would save it for DH and would not want to overload the HBP movie with too much specific info that won't get resolved until DH. Avatar Imagekendalllovett says: I loved him in Sweeney Todd. I'm so glad he's doing Harry Potter! My two favorite things. :D That makes FOUR characters that are in both Sweeney and Harry Potter. Oh, how I love the world.Avatar Imagemini bagel says: Sounds like there's going to be some stuff that if you don't watch carefully you'll miss it. I love that kind of stuff! Looks like this will be one heck of a movie!! I can't wait.Avatar Imagecghambright says: Cool. He still looks NOTHING like Grindlewald to me. And I don't remember him being described as "bird-like" so I don't know where that came from. I have a feeling his part will be blink and you miss it, but whatever I can't wait to see Deathly Hallows!!!! Avatar ImageLinnyish says: I love Jamie! :D To anyone put off by the photo, don't be. It's not a great one really.Avatar ImageHPHealer says: I do not remember any bird references from the book. I guess this calls for a re-read! Yay!Avatar Imageshowbiz27 says: I'm guessing, with the whole diadem thing, that they'll just make something up that they find clever...like they did for Dumbledore's death in the 6th film. But you know, whatever, the movie itself was good, Half Blood Prince I mean. I just wish they had kept in some of the things they took out. Also, I don't know why, but I always liked the aspect of Hermione and Ron being prefects and Harry being confused why he wasn't chosen as one during the 5th book...so I think they should've kept that in the fifth movie...but its in the 6th movie as well. It is very good news that they will have memories of Grindelwald and all of that!Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: i cant wait. they finally cast mr. granger. i was wondering about that because of mrs. granger had already been cast. i bet jamie makes a great grindelwald. i cant wait!!!!!Avatar Imagebamatron says: DO i have amnesia here? when the heck does Grindelwald resemble a bird? have I lost my mind? I think he would be a good choice as far as his boyish looks pertaining to Grindelwald? BUT a bird?!?Avatar ImageParkinsonpansy says: Not sure what i think about making that charater look like a bird. Avatar Imagedsm25 says: He looks perfect for young Grindelwald!Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: at least he's pretty keen on his character even though it's a very small role.Avatar ImageFloridianFlounder95 says: @ -MischiefManaged-: Hey, I just thought, you know how Harry asks if anyone seen a Diadem in the RoR, Ginny said Luna would take him to the Ravenclaw Common Room (something I'm almost positive they're going to cut out) Ginny'll probably say she saw a thing that looked like a Diadem in the RoR, but that would cut out the Grey Lady seen...I have a feeling Steve Kloves doesn't like Ravenclaw... I don't like Jamie Campbell Bower that much, he's cool and all but the Twilight roll made me want to gag...he can pick better parts. But I do agree he was a good choice for the part, I loved him in Sweeney Todd. :) I mean I should've *seen* that DD was gay, but no I must be as slow as a Turtle on Dial-up. :PAvatar ImageCindy Potter says: he is is quite the looker isn't he!!! The picture of him made me catch my breath!! :) as for the trouble with the memories and the identification of horcruxes. oh my mind buggles... I really don't know how they are going to do it and i really don't understand why they changed it!!!!Avatar ImageCatherine says: awesome!Avatar ImageDawna says: Checked out Ian Kelly's page...love that poster!Avatar ImageCindy Potter says: I believe the bird like reference reffered to the description of Krum and not Grindelwald. I could be wrong but that is what I remember.Avatar ImageVictoireWeasley28 says: ~loved him in sweeney todd!!! <3Avatar Imagehufflepuffqueenxo says: Well he sure sounds excited to be involved... hopefully he'll be good :)Avatar ImagecrazyforSeverus says: Can't wait to see his costume. The Grangers are going to be in it!?!?!?Avatar Imagelightningwolf says: wow! he looks just like i thought grindelwald would!:DAvatar ImageSybilT says: Jamie is gorgeous! And so enthusiastic about his role! Maybe they'll have some flashbacks showing how Voldemort acquired the horcruxes. I hope so.Avatar ImageHufflepuffler says: Sweet, that's somehow how I pictured him!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: hmm. interesting.Avatar Imagealegria35 says: i'm excited for this. JCB is so cute, i guess they have to get a really cute actor to play the young Grindelwald so it will be understandable how the young Albus Dumbledore felt for him. I guess, too, that he will be in the 2nd part as the old (and dead) Albus Dumbledore recalls that scene when Arriana died. Can't wait to see the next HP movies.Avatar Imagealegria35 says: I googled Toby Regbo and found some pics of him, he's cute too, softer features than JCB.. he has black hair, and darker skin than JCB... Avatar ImageCandyCane2304 says: Great news.Avatar Imagedeadtree says: He looks exactly as I pictured Grindelwald-- the casting people never cease to amaze me! Avatar ImageZivlok says: I would let him kill my sister.Avatar ImageMissDracothan says: Ah, Ian Kelly, he's fab!Avatar ImageSigourney1990 says: at least we know we're getting some flashbacks! yay! i think this is a really good piece of casting, not necessarliy exactly how i pictured Grindewald, but pretty good :DAvatar ImageLeeann says: I think/hope he'll play a good Gellert Grindelwald.Avatar ImageSnapesSilverDoe says: Oo first time I've seen his photo and heard this. He looks perfect for the role, exactly how the character looks in my head!Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: What a really wonderful interview. Squee!Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: cool Avatar Imagewing says: hahahahahahahaAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahahahahaAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahahahahaAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahahahahaAvatar Imagewing says: hahahahahahahaAvatar ImageWeird One says: I think he has the perfect face to play Grindewald, he looks a little wild and joyous!Avatar Imagekiwimci says: It concerns me too about how they're gonna bring in the other horcruxes, it'd have to involve an entire running thread of plot to take him from one to the next, unless they decide to be lazy and oh Dumbledore just shuved it in his will. That would be lame- or he just scribbled it in the index of Beedle the Bard. Anyway JCB (not the digger) looks perfect as GrindlewaldAvatar ImageBartimeus Crouch says: I think he's going to be a great Grindelwald. I hope they'll also show the duel between Grindelwald and Dumbledore in the flashbacks. Avatar ImageMiliMalfoy says: Aww he looks so handsome in that picture. Hooray for another great actor in HP =DAvatar ImageJananae says: I'm really interested in meeting Hermione's parents since we never really got that opportunity in the books.Avatar Imagesilvia_storti says: I think that if Grindelwald got to play himself, he'd sound just like him :) I can't wait to check out the bird outfit now! I don't remember if there was any Dumbledore/Grindelwald after Malfoy Manor, but if there is they might have just bundled it up together in the first halfAvatar ImageMiliMalfoy says: i'm just a little bit tempted to burst into song,, 'i feel you joanna!'Avatar Imagemjkalldaway says: wow, he looks just like i imagined GrindewaldAvatar ImageTamyris says: Cool! Nice choice. He is cuter than I thought Grindelwald would be.Avatar ImageMalfoyluva says: luv himAvatar ImageLoSushi says: ahh a new moon actor too? ugh he will be much better in DH Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: He looks really good. Avatar ImageVerity Weasley says: Fantastic casting. He really does evoke the image of the laughing young blond man described in the book.Avatar Imagebecmajec says: i think he'll be good as grindelwald. quite good indeed. Avatar Imagesgreeter8888 says: Wait, are they filming Hermione wiping away her parents' memories? It is funny to be seeing more of something in the movies (Hermione's parents) than we ever get to see in the books. Usually it is the other way around. I didn't know this guy was in New Moon. Avatar Imageparselmouth94 says: Wow he looks a lot like what I imagined the young Grindelwald would look like.Avatar Imageshellybasson says: Hhmmmmm. Yum.Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: Looking at that pic of JCB, like many others I think he's gonna make a pretty good Grindelwald. He's not exactly like I imagined Grindelwald to be when reading the book, but I'm sure he's gonna fit the part quite nicely. The way I imagined Grindelwald, based on the book and my imagination, was perhaps someone a bit more round-faced (though otherwise skinny), possibly with dimples, and with hair resembling that of Lockhart's but longer. A bit like those traditional images of cherubs, beautiful/handsome but with a twinkle in his eyes and a mischievous/cunning smile rather than the angelic look cherubs have. *@Sil [SFTC!]*, there are definitely scenes in the book with Dumbledore/Grindelwald after Malfoy Manor. For example, when Aberforth describes the events of the night Ariana died to Harry, Ron and Hermione, and when Dumbledore recalls the events of the same night to Harry in King's Cross.Avatar ImageTheGriff says: i'm really pleased with the casting of young dumbledore and grindewald and Ian Kelly looks very dentisty :DAvatar ImageDespina says: He'll make an excellent Grindelwald! And may I also add, he would have been a perfect Jasper Hale in Twilight, rather than Aro... just look at his hair in this lovely pic!Avatar ImagehellomotoCOOP says: very nice looks good for the partAvatar Imagebookgirl3000 says: never imagined grindlewald to be that hotAvatar Imagegirlatty1 says: Too bad we won't see too much of Grindeward. He's a very interesting character.Avatar ImageBrosia23 says: And that is how I have always pictured him, but did not have a name to go with the face. Good choice for him!Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: He looks like a perfect Grindelwald!Avatar ImageProsophules says: I'm not English, so I don't know this actor. But he looks exactly like young Grindelwald did in my imagination!Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: That’s a cool interviewAvatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: yeah, i always thought about the bird thing!! i like the enthusiasm of him :) i cant wait 2 see him in new moon, either :)Avatar ImageAma.Dear says: SQQQQQQQQQQUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! I love young Grindelwald, he IS very birdlike, JCB is awesome, and even this picture looks perfect! GRINDELDORE FOREVER!Avatar Imagesairah says: He looks really good! I cant wait to see the actor the pic for Dumbledore : DAvatar ImageMikaMaxwell says: I can't get over Anthony and Caius and Grindelwald all being portrayed by the same guy XDAvatar ImageHGROSS44 says: I am sure his part is cool and he will do a good job.Avatar ImageWerewolves Rule says: Its going to be interesting to see him in New Moon and then in DH. I wonder who he plays in New Moon!Avatar Imagemuggle118 says: he was good in sweeney todd cant wait to see him in this and new moonAvatar ImageQuestyourdreams says: Oh my goodness! He played in Sweeney Todd! And since he was one of the few non-evil people in that movie (Seeing as how Sweeney himself wasn't exactly good), I think it will be kind of funny seeing him playing the young version of one of the most dark wizards! (Besides Voldemort of course) lolAvatar ImageAsta says: Coooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he'll be awesome as gellert grindelwald!!!Avatar ImageAsta says: Coooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he'll be awesome as gellert grindelwald!!!

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