Rhys Ifans Talks His New Role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as a “Great Guy”


Mar 31, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Late last week, actor Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) announced on the BBC program Friday Night with Jonathan Ross he was joining the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. TLC was first to report that Rhys Ifans would be portraying the role of Xenophilius Lovegood, Luna’s eccentric father and publisher of the Quibbler magazine. In a new interview today with Indie London, Mr. Ifans now goes on to describe joining the cast of the final Harry Potter films, saying “its kind of a real honour” to be asked to join the series, and that his character is “a good wizard ’ a really great guy.” He also notes he is going to be filming a part in Nanny McPhee Two with actress Emma Thompson (who as readers will recall declined to return to Deathly Hallows as Prof.Trelawney in order to focus on the second Nanny film). Full quotage as follows:

Q. Are you taking any time off?
Rhys Ifans: No. I hit the ground running. I’m working with Ben Stiller now. I fly back to LA on Thursday to do Greenberg, a Noel Baumbach film, with Ben, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Then I fly back here to do Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, and after that I’ll do Nanny McPhee 2, with Emma Thompson. So I’m busy, busy, busy.

Q. Who do you play in Harry Potter? And is this something quite new for you, to be doing family orientated movies?
Rhys Ifans: I play a wizard. The last few Harry Potter
films, I think they’re really cool. I was never a real fan of Harry
Potter, but I love how they’ve become darker, and I love how Daniel
Radcliffe and his co-stars have grown up through the telling of the
story. Harry Potter is a little bit of history; it will be. So it’s
been kind of a real honour being asked to be part of a project like
that, and though I haven’t got kids myself, a lot of my friends have
kids, so it’ll be great to do something they can see. He’s a good
wizard ’ a really great guy. In Nanny McPhee, I’m a bad guy, someone you’d boo and hiss at.

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55 Responses to Rhys Ifans Talks His New Role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as a “Great Guy”

Avatar Imagecalliet2b4g says: yay luna's dad!Avatar ImageMobius says: Excellent choice for this quirky but loveable character. Hopefully they will include ALL the Xenophilius Lovegood scenes in the last two movies.Avatar ImageLulu42 says: I think he will be an amazing dad for Luna. I think they will feed nicely off each other. I can't wait!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Cool. I can't wait to see him all in costume and stuff! :]Avatar ImageNatalie says: I love this choice...(as all the actors they choose really...)... Oh God!!! It's the beginning of the end already!Avatar ImageJodiie15 says: I hope he will be good for the role! :)Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I cannot wait until we see pictures of him performing in this particular role.Avatar Imagespicefan1978 says: I can't wait to see these films! I'm sure he'll be great!!!!!Avatar Imagemoglet says: Here's hoping that we DO get the wedding and that they dress Xeno and Luna in yellow and we get Auntie Muriel saying that bit about Xenophilius looking like an omlette (actually I don't mind too much if Muriel isn't there but surely someone has GOT to say that line!)Avatar ImageLeander21 says: he has a lot ridding on his shoulders cause that character has a big part in the bookAvatar ImageDances with Dobby says: He sounds good enough for me! Hope they include him in the wedding scene as well. Then again, they probably will have to if they don't want the Trio randomly saying at a certain point in the movie "Oh, I've heard that Luna's dad will probably know about this symbol. Let's go ask him".Avatar ImageSTARZOE says: wow!! he will be brill! he was so fun as spike in notting hill! Avatar ImageRazzylolli says: Rhys will be awesome! I cannot wait to him all dressed up in his robes haha!Avatar ImageDobbyandWinky says: He will be awesome!Avatar Imagetinagin says: I love this guy. I think he'll be great Xeno!Avatar Imagekalb says: Great choice for Xeno. Rhys does eccentric characters so well, so I think he'll be a great fit for the role. Avatar Imageskiving snackboxes says: He's going to be a great Xeno!Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: can't wait to see him as Xenophilius :]Avatar ImageBell Dema says: I don't think he knows anything about Xeno. He's not a very good wizard and quite obviously not a great guy. He's a batty old man with a good heart and a daughter he absolutely adores. He reminds me a bit of Gambon now; never read the books, not knowing how the character is like in the author and fans' minds... Well, let's hope his fictional daughter will help him get the character right- Evanna is as much of a canon junkie as the best of us. Avatar ImageBradyboy says: Never seen him act , hope he does a good job. Avatar ImageJustSuperMione says: I'm still upset that it's not Sir Bob but it'll be nice for his career and he'll make a good Xeno all dressed in BRIGHT yellow with the sunflower... Avatar Imageweasleyalltheway says: i dunno is xeno is a "great" wizard. he's kinda a scum bag...yet again, they may have written his part differently in the film. okay dude, welcome to a part of history!Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: This should be great, but I still think he looks too young. Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: When the article first appeared, I didn't remember the actor by his picture alone. But when they mentioned Notting Hill, it came to me who he is. He's a very good actor. I have seen him in other things so I figure he will do Xeno Lovegood's role justice. This is the first new actor they have mentioned that is making me excited for the movie.Avatar ImageBookworm_Weasley says: "I play a wizard" No, really? We'd never have guessed that, in a film about WIZARDS. Jeez, I doubt he's even read the books. Does he even know what his character is called?!Avatar Imagecghambright says: He's really starting to grow on me. I already LOVED him as an actor...he's really great with quirky roles like the guy he plays in Notting Hill and of course Xenophilius so I definitely think he's going to do an AWESOME job!! And he kind of looks like Evanna Lynch so it's great, but I don't think he knows alot about his character because Xenophilius is definitely NOT that great of a person. I mean he betrays the trio, lies to his daughter, and he wears a Deathly Hallows symbol around his neck...I mean his reasons definitely go deeper than that, but I dont' think he's that great of a guy. Avatar Imagebookmonster79 says: I don't think Xeno's that bad of a guy. He was just put into a bad situation. He doesn't lie to his daughter, they both actually BELIEVE all that quibble. He only betrayed the trio because he was desperate to save his daughter. Many would have done the same thing. Not ALL, but many a good wizard would have.Avatar Imagemoglet says: Please don't start picking on Rhys because he doesn't appear to have read the books his idea of what his character is like is probably from a brief description given to him by the film makers. I think Xeno is perhaps a weak man not a bad one, the Quibbler had been supporting Harry, but the Death Eaters have taken Luna and he is being threatened, when the trio arrive he actually tries to put them off without letting them in, he knows that he will have to betray them if they stay because he is terrified of the consequences for his daughter who he really loves. Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: This guy has such a great sense of comic, yet sincere, acting - I think he's a terrific choice for Xenophilius Lovegood!Avatar ImageBookworm_Weasley says: @Moglet: Well, I don't know about anyone else, but if it was me I would have read up on the character- the parts of the books he was in at the very least- before I accepted the part. I get the impression he's taken the part because he knows how much it will boost his status. I'm not saying he's not a good actor, I just wish they would take the time to find someone who actually knows something about the character they're taking on.Avatar Imageavrenim says: it seems like he'll be perfect for the part :DAvatar Imageele0206 says: Ok, in my opinion he will be.... REGULUS BLACK! Tell me what you think on my parchment. Just add me, and write to me.Avatar ImageWeird One says: I absolutely love this guy when he plays the eccentric - he will be brilliant. He seems younger than I had imagined Xeno but nevermind he make the role his own.Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: YAY!!!Avatar ImageGF_of_Seamus says: Interviewer: So, Rhys who are you going to be playing in the next Harry Potter film? Rhys Ifans: a wizard. ummm...DUH! I have never liked this guys previous work, I am not excited to see him in DH. hopefully he will be one of the Ministry people that Ron or Harry change into and we won't really have to deal with his "acting." ugh I hate this guy.Avatar Imagekayzz says: This is really cool, I haven't been part of the fandom before when they are just putting out casting news, so I think it's so cool to see all these actors they pick to play my favorite book characters. Jeez I'm such a PottHead. He seems really cool and I can't wait to see him as Luna's dad. And I'm glad someone still has time to do Potter and Nanny McPhee 2 if u catch my drift...Just joking, I respect Emma Thompson's choices and I know she's writing it and directing it too.Avatar ImagetaystarHP says: OMG I just saw the movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age in class for the end of my term. He was AWESOME! I hope he is as eccentric as Luna. I can't believe my casting dreams for Deathly Hallows is coming true. They are going to have all the members in the book. Now I need to be in the movie and My life will be complete!!!!!Avatar ImagePureblood-Slytherin says: i can't wait.. ahhh!!!!Avatar ImageEeyore says: I think he's a great choice for Xeno, quirky enough to portray him well. But I do think he's either been misinformed about the character he's going to play or they've changed the part considerably. Xeno was, after all, the one who betrayed the trio to the Death Eaters, even though his reason was understandable from a parent's point of view. We'll see.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: I can't wait to see what he will do as Xeno!Avatar ImageHGROSS44 says: I hope he can do the part justice as he is not the xeno type most people think about when they read the book. But he is a good actor, will wait to see how he preforms his part. Avatar ImageAraminta1987 says: He doesn't look anything like how I picture Xeno, but I'm still really excited - he's such a great actor, he's bound to make it interesting - and hell funny!Avatar Imagemoglet says: @Bookworm_Weasley, I do take your point about an actor preparing by researching the part, but I don't think that Rhys really needs to boost his profile by doing DH, he has been, and still is apparently, very busy with other work. It is possible that he has not had time to really research the part and may yet do this. I like the fact that he is obviously really pleased to be asked, and as it is the end of the series the chance to be part of it would not come again. Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: I hope he'll be a good Xeno!Avatar Imagesnapealicious says: I think he'll be great.Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Can't wait to see Xeno!Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: Woah! I can't believe so much new about DH. It's so close, yet so far. I don't want it to end. He'll be great, I'm sure. Avatar Imagerebel says: I think he'll be great as Xeno, I can't wait to see it!Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: It seems like forever before the film will come out. I am glad they are continuing to cast great actors. Avatar ImageSidish_black6 says: My fren create a group "ppl workin to free modern day slaves" please join n support her n for the cause. . . . www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/myleaky/groups/3651 thnx, lets make the world a better place to live. . . . Avatar ImageSidish_black6 says: My fren create a group "ppl workin to free modern day slaves" please join n support her n for the cause. . . . www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/myleaky/groups/3651 thnx, lets make the world a better place to live. . . . Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: That's cool. He seem like a great guy! xAvatar Imagebecmajec says: it seems as though they are really including HEAPS in deathly hallows. i suppose they have the time with two movies. such an awesome idea!Avatar ImageMichelleEarls says: I'm SOO excited about this!! Rhys Ifans as Xenophilius cannot be described in mere words! This guy is awesome!!Avatar Imagenoe_lover_42 says: ok cool :)

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