Matt Lewis Discusses “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″


May 29, 2011

Posted by Mel

In a new interview with Empire Magazine, Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) shares his thoughts on his role and the evolution of his character in “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″:

Neville started off rather timid and nervous, but he ends up very different, wouldn’t you say?

It was sort of method acting really. If you look at some of those early
films when I’m looking terrified in front of Alan Rickman or whatever,
it’s probably because I am! But when it got to the last film, Deathly
Hallows, I could just have a chat with Alan, so it sort of evolved the
same way as the character, I suppose.

We didn’t really see Neville much in Part 1. But Part 2 is, judging by the books, his finest hour.
felt quite lucky to have been in Part One, to be honest, because the
character’s not actually in the book until the end. But, you know, David
said he wanted to stick him in just to remind people what was going on
back at school. And it was just nice to have been in, because it means I
was in all eight films even if it was only for one line!

Lewis also discusses the way the movie departs from the book. Warning, there are some potential movie spoilers:

What sort of thing has been added?
stuff where you see what the students are getting up to while they’re
in this war. The book’s focused very heavily on Harry Potter. But the
film keeps coming back to the students and the teachers and what’s going
on. And the whole war is very real. It is really life and death. I
won’t give too much away, but the whole thing for me was just so much
fun because there was so much in. There was a bit of light humour at the
beginning; a bit of, sort of, French Resistance stuff. But then the war
kicks off and there’s action to do and there’s a lot of drama as well
because there are people dying around us, and Neville’s in charge of
these people who are dying. I just got to do so much different stuff. It
was great.

You’ve said before in interviews that Neville’s seen carrying a dead body.
that’s right. I mean, because Neville is the leader he’s determined to
act like one so he’s always on the frontlines. I think he feels
responsible for every student that dies because he knows that he’s the
one putting them out there. But it was a challenge. I really hope they
keep it in because it really shows Neville at his best. There’s all this
fun stuff where Neville’s very adrenalised and on autopilot. But that
bit brings him back down to Earth for a minute. And I really hope they
keep it in.

You can read the rest of the interview here. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ will be released in the US and UK July 15th.

21 Responses to Matt Lewis Discusses “Deathly Hallows: Part 2″

Avatar ImageLemonFaerie says: I'm so glad they gave Neville his heroic moments, he absolutely deserves them. Can't wait for this movie!!!!!Avatar Imagebellatrix1994 says: Omg guys! The last Harry Potter soundtrack is completed! LOOK: POTTERFORTHEPEOPLE.COM!!!!! I AM SO SAD!Avatar ImageLove is the greatest magic says: I'm really looking forward to his scenes in the film. I love his character so much and I think he does a great job of portraying Neville. I really hope they show us more of what Neville, Ginny and the rest of the students went through than the book did. I love the book to bits but I'm greedy and would have liked a little bit more. Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: I'm glad that they did put Neville in the first part, it's nice to see how he became so brave toward the end, like in the movie, he says, "Hey, losers, he's not here," to a couple of Death Eaters. Pretty amazing, huh? When Matthew Lewis says something about going back and forward to Hogwarts and the trio, did you guys see that in Part One? Cause I only saw that when they were in the train. . . . Or is he talking about Part Two?Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: I love hearing for Matt, and I cant wait to see all his scenes. They are some I am really looking forward to. Empire isnt out in the US yet, but once it is it is so MINE!!!! :):):):) Avatar Imagecloethebelatrixlover says: Yay neville! I cant wait until the snake scene...Avatar Imagejoeys_mommy says: I think Neville's scenes may end up being my Favs. Neville has always been one of my Fav characters and I have always considered him to be one of the main characters of the book. I mean you can't just NOT love Neville!Avatar Imageratorr2 says: This post just doubled my excitement for the movie!! I can't wait to see it!!!Avatar ImageFarahey Sama Kabir says: =DAvatar ImageMahin says: Aww... At last, Neville's gonna prove that there was actually a reason the sorting hat put him in Gryffindor! :) Avatar ImageHalfbloodPrince08 says: Important role the one of Neville in this movie!!Avatar Imagemencia says: neville did deserve a brilliant send off, he couldn't be in Gryffindor, be the son of two aurors and not be a brave leader he just had to find his true self.Avatar ImageNevilla says: I am so proud that seven years ago I started using the name Nevilla. Even before the books ended, I felt/hoped that Neville would be a hero, and he absolutely was!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: Good ol' Neville!Avatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: OMG I AM SO SUPER EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE! i am totally the number 1 fan!harry potter is on the brain 24/7 pretty much! Avatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: OMG I AM SO SUPER EXCITED FOR THIS MOVIE! i am totally the number 1 fan!harry potter is on the brain 24/7 pretty much! Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: I love Neville, and the new stuff they've added sounds great! So much for my plan not to read any spoilers...Avatar Imageathena lupen says: IM SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXITED 4 THE NEXT MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar Imagehewy says: Neville was the most evolved character of them all. What an amazing difference between SS and DH. WOW!! He definately deserves the screen time!Avatar ImageErin Lovegood says: Neville has been my favorite character from the beginning. I am delighted that they have always sought to develop his character much more in the films than in the books. I cannot wait to see General Neville, leader of Dumbledore's Army and killer of Nagini. :DAvatar Imageazaadpotter says: Great

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