Matt Lewis Talks Neville Longbottom: “Seeing Neville Become a Fighter Was Great”


Jun 22, 2011

Posted by Mel

In a new interview with Parade Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) about a variety of topics, but mostly his feelings on playing Neville Longbottom for the past ten years. Lewis recalls his audition for the character:

“It was at the Queens Hotel in Leeds, which is where I live. I was a
huge fan of the books, so I asked my mom if we could go down to the
audition. We were in line for about four or five hours and we were given
a raffle number. I remember I was number 463. We just had to wait and
wait and eventually we got in and I had to read a paragraph from the
book, which was the paragraph where Harry is talking about the dragon
egg from the first film. So I read that and left and that was it. It was
two months before we heard anything. We pretty much said, ‘Well, maybe
next year we’ll try out for film two,’ but we got a call asking if I
wanted to come meet Chris Columbus, the director, and it just moved
really quickly after that. I can’t really explain how I felt. It was
just amazing.”

Lewis also discusses how Neville Longbottom has changed over the course of the films:

“In the earlier films, I had a fat suit on, which was not very
enjoyable. I also had bits of plastic behind my ears so they would stick
out, and there were false teeth as well. But as Neville got a bit
older, we started slowly making him a bit cooler, not totally cool, but a
bit cooler. In the last film, Neville’s got no fat suit, no false
teeth, no plastic behind his ears, but I was still in hair and makeup
for a long time because there’s lots of blood and cuts and bruises. I
think the first time we put all the blood and stuff on, I was in hair
and makeup for about two hours.”

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20 Responses to Matt Lewis Talks Neville Longbottom: “Seeing Neville Become a Fighter Was Great”

Avatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: First! The thing about theft suit is hilarious! I have also injured seeing Neville evolve from complete dork to humble heroAvatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: ...I really love that Jo had Neville destroy the last horcrux ,it's really sweet and maybe antispated but not quite sure what he would do heroicallyAvatar Imagecrikeyhunter says: The Witless Wonder!Avatar Imagekyrstalkris says: He wore a fat suit? I wonder how skinny he was when he started! =]Avatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: Oh bat my first comment,,,there are a lot of typos! Sryy I meant to say fat suit Instead of theft suit and also injured is supposed to be injoyec!;bAvatar Imageginny_weasley1998 says: Ong I typoed in that last one too! Stupid miss-spelling spell Check!!!!!Avatar Imageratorr2 says: A fat suit? I had no idea. I just thought he got skinny after the first couple of years. Now I want to watch the movies again. Lol Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: You go Neville/Matt! After years of watching everying else he finially get a chance to kick some major ass! ;)Avatar ImageMudblood_and_proud says: GO NEVILLE!!! in the words of sue, YOU ROCK BABE!!!Avatar ImageKessalia19 says: I always loved Neville. Even when he was a dork. :P Now he's a BAMF! xoxoAvatar ImageFawkes1706 says: Neville is the best, can't wait to see him in action in DH Part 2! Matt and Neville have both changed so much since Philosopher's Stone. Avatar ImageLisa96 says: Huge Neville fan!!Avatar ImageMariaKeis says: Matt is gorgeous .. Fatsuit or not .. xDAvatar Imagekbicprez says: Neville is MY HERO!Avatar Imagesboyer06 says: haha no way fat suit. thats great!!! i love how neville changes, especially in book 7!! GO NEVILLE!!! cant wait to see him in hp7p2!!!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: It beats having to go on a diet!Avatar ImageMrsBeccabear55 says: I knew about the false teeth and the ears, but I had no idea he wore a fat suit. I thought he might have just been a bit round to begin with. :P I'm excited to see him in the room of requirement in the last movie. Hope they do it right!Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: I love Neville and Matt!Avatar Imageprioriincantato says: Your COOL MATT LEWIS... !Avatar Imagesunny2017 says: I always loved Neville....I hated how the movies portrayed him, I really wished they had kept closer to the books. He wasn't just a class clown...even if it was unintetional

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