Matthew Lewis Brings Some Magic to the Midwest for Planet Comicon Kansas City

Dec 02, 2017

Posted by: Kim McChesney

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Matthew Lewis, best known to Potter fans as the actor who played Neville Longbottom in the films, is set to join a full schedule of special guests from all walks of popular culture at Planet Comicon Kansas City.

There’s no doubt that Lewis’s role as Neville, the clumsy little Gryffindor who grew into a valiant yet unexpected hero, was one of the most iconic characters in the series. Fans still adore the uncertain budding Hogwarts student who stood up to his friends in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as much as they cheer for the young man we are reacquainted with in Deathly Hallows, who arguably becomes the catalyst in the quest to defeat the Dark Lord.


Though Lewis’s schedule for the weekend has yet to be posted, he will undoubtedly delight Potter fans in attendance at the midwest Con with some magical stories from his days on set at the Warner Bros Studio Leavesden with fellow cast members Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and company. If they’re lucky he may even share a few rarely-heard insights about his beloved character Neville.

The actor has stayed busy in the industry since the last film, with roles in several TV shows including BBC programs The Syndicate, Bluestone 42 and crime series Happy Valley. Most recently he played Sargeant Samuel “Drum” Drummond in seasons four and five of the BBC/Amazon UK drama series Ripper Street. Lewis went back to his wizarding roots last winter when he joined fellow Potter alumni Jason Isaacs, Tom Felton, and Warwick Davis at Universal Orlando’s annual Potter extravaganza A Celebration of Harry Potter. Lewis also has an active presence on social media, including his recent support of a British talk show guest recovering from depression, his avid allegiance to the England Rugby Team, and an apparent partnership with car maker Acura:

Just a few of the many other personalities scheduled to appear at the Kansas City event include Justice League and Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa, Alex Kingston, Doctor’s wife River Song in Doctor Who, Michael Rooker of Guardians of the Galaxy, and Cooper Andrews of AMC’s The Walking Dead and Halt and Catch Fire. Most recently added to the lineup is Danny Trejo of SpyKids, and Breaking Bad fame.

Leaky was lucky enough to be at the event last year to mingle with hordes of costumed Con goers and meet the incomparable Jason Isaacs, Harry Potter Death Eater Lucius Malfoy, who wowed the crowd with his fascinating anecdotes and brilliant sense of humor. He even showed some love for fans of The Leaky Cauldron:


The convention, which is in its 19th year, is scheduled for February 16-18 at Bartle Hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Officials with the event have indicated that there may be an additional 20 media guests announced prior to the big weekend. Could there be another actor from the Potterverse included in that group? We’ll definitely keep you posted.  

Will you be headed to Kansas City next February to see Matthew Lewis? If so, get your Potter cosplay ready and let us know how it goes. Maybe you’ll even meet Neville!

More information and tickets for Planet Comicon Kansas City can be found here.

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