LA Times Interviews: Matt Lewis on Neville’s “Gryffindor Moment;” VFX Supervisor Tim Burke Talks 3-D


Jun 28, 2011

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As part of their countdown to the release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog has been publishing new and exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of Harry Potter.

Yesterday, actor Matthew Lewis described his character Neville Longbottom as a “beaten, battered war veteran” in the final film. He talks about Neville leading the Hogwarts students during the battle and having his “Gryffindor moment.”

“It’s that weird thing that Jo [J.K. Rowling] did when she wrote the character. Everyone was sort of thinking, “Well, why is he in Gryffindor?” And it just shows that you don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to be a Brad Pitt look-alike hero just to be courageous and help out your friends and come through when it really matters. I think everyone can sort of relate to that in some way, particularly back to people’s school days. Like, I wasn’t on the football team at school or whatever, but it doesn’t matter. You can still make a difference.”

Behind the scenes, visual effects supervisor Tim Burke has worked on the films since “Chamber of Secrets” and reminisces with the LA Times about some of his best work on Harry Potter. Burke admits he is slowly coming to the realization that the films are now complete, and he also gives high praise to the 3-D used in “Part 2.”

“I think people are going to be really pleased. I know everyone’s a little nervous and skeptical of 3-D these days, but the work has been done very, very well. We’ve done over 200 shots in 3-D and in the visual effects as well, because so much of it is CG, so the results are very, very good. I think everyone’s going to be really impressed with it, actually.”

21 Responses to LA Times Interviews: Matt Lewis on Neville’s “Gryffindor Moment;” VFX Supervisor Tim Burke Talks 3-D

Avatar ImageEve13 says: I really admire Neville and I'm excited to see his big scene in DH2! I can't wait to see DH2 in 3D but I have to admit, I don't like having to wear the 3D glasses.Avatar ImageEve13 says: Btw, first comment!Avatar Imagepotetofurai says: I really can't wait to se Neville's "gryffindor moment" I feel like I'm one of the only ones who really loves 3D movies. ><Avatar Imagemollythemuggle114 says: So excited to see Neville! And everyone has courage in them! Also I'm psyched about the 3d :)Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: I don't know. . . . I'm skeptical because those 3D movies never really are 3D, they're sucking three extra dollars from you! And, I was not at all surprised to see Nevile be so courageous! :DAvatar ImageValeria-Johanna says: I'm not entirely sure that I *want* to see certain moments in 3D...Avatar Imagegot2lovme says: @potetofurai I know how you feel. My friends and can't wait to see it in 3d. That's the main reason i had to ride the new star tours ride in Disneyland lol. I did read an article about how tickets for 3d are disappointing. I thought people would be rushing to it. Plus i hear the 3d glasses will be shaped like harry's glasses. That's so cool.Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: I too am skeptical about the 3D thing. Hope it all goes perfectAvatar ImageMariaKeis says: Sorry but, why is there a fugly picture of Daniel/Harry when we are reading about Matthew/Neville? Other than that, I like it xDAvatar Imagesboyer06 says: Im super super stoked, cant wait to see the movie :)Avatar Imagemencia says: i can't wait anymore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: I refuse to wear the goofy glasses...Avatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: cait wait for this part with neville!Avatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: cait wait for this part with neville!Avatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: cait wait for this part with neville!Avatar Imagekiwimci says: I loved the Tim Burke interview you really do need to appreciate how much art, work, effort and attention to detail went into to this one, right down to the wireAvatar ImageGiant Squid says: I'm excited to see it in 3D! And I love Neville! Matt really knows his character so well!Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: It is high time we got Neville's 'Gryffindor moment'. I always knew there was he had it in him. :) And Matt is such a great down to earth guy. Boy would I love to meet him!Avatar Imagealexweasley12 says: actully he has had a few, like in the first one, standing up to the trio Avatar Imagebellatrix15101 says: Awesome interview with Matt, can't wait to see Neville's big moment! :D I've always been kinda on the fence about the whole 3-D fad..... I s'pose it'll be kinda cool with this one though with all the battle sequences... it'll just make it hard to wipe my eyes when I'm crying!Avatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: For the midnight showing, I'm seeing it in 2-D, but for everytime after that (I always go a few more times after) I'm seeing this in 3-D!! I love 3-D, I saw Alice in Wonderland and The Last Airbender in 3-D and they were amazing

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