Interview with Andy Linden (Mundungus Fletcher) on His Role in “Deathly Hallows”
Oct 12, 2010
Harry Potter Fan Zone has an exclusive interview with Andy Linden (Mundungus Fletcher), where Linden discusses a variety of things, among them the scenes Mundungus appears in:
HPFZ: When did you start filming Deathly Hallows?
AL: That would have been late February/early March 2009. I do believe mine was the very first scene [shot].
HPFZ: Was that the Seven Potters scene?
AL: No, that was later on. This was a scene in
Diagon Alley. The scene is set where it’s absolutely chucking it down.
It’s [raining] relentlessly. Needless to say, I was quite the big drip
HPFZ: Could you talk about what other scenes
Mundungus appears in? There’s another scene in the book where he gets
attacked by a house-elf.
AL: Yes, Dobby and Kreacher attack him in the
kitchen. I do believe it’s Kreacher that brings him back from Diagon
Alley because he stole the [locket]. Eventually, he’s questioned by the
three of them regarding it. There are three very good scenes and it’s a
lovely little cameo. I had such a great time doing it.
HPFZ: Does Mundungus appear in Deathly Hallows: Part II at all?
AL: No, alas, Mundungus is not in Part II which is a shame really, but he’s a joy to play.
Linden also goes on to discuss the technical aspects of the Seven Potters scene:
HPFZ: What was it like doing special effects scenes for example transforming into Harry?
AL: Time consuming [laughs]. It’s all highly
technical so consequently all the scenes are broken up if you know what I
mean. You’re kind of acting to nothing really. It’s hundreds of little
series of eye liners and pulling faces and trying to anticipate what’s
HPFZ: Daniel Radcliffe mentioned that that sequence took ninety-five takes to film.
AL: Yes, and that really wasn’t the inability of the
actors. It was technical. It was [the crew] having so much coverage
that they’re spoiled for choice if you know what I mean.
HPFZ: Did you get to ride on a broom as well?
AL: Yes, I did [laughs] but in the guise of Harry
Potter. By then everybody had taken the Polyjuice [Potion].
Consequently, we’re all decoys. That particular scene took a long, long
time simply because Daniel had to replicate all our different
expressions and movements.
HPFZ: It sounds like it was a pretty intense process.
Yeah, somewhat elongated shall we say. But I had
a great time on Harry Potter. I thought the cast were wonderful; the
crew are fantastic as well. You’ve got a crew there that know exactly
what they’re doing. They’ve been doing it for ten years and you’re in