These days he spends his time defusing bombs in BBC3’s Afghanistan-set comedy Bluestone 42, but Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis says that if the call came he’d love to bring back his bumbling, but equally heroic, wizard Neville Longbottom in his own film series.
“If it came to it that I was offered that sort of deal – I want to say I’d consider it – but I’d probably jump at the chance, absolutely!” the actor told RadioTimes.com.
“I’m not itching, just yet, but I’d absolutely, definitely consider it, and love to be considered for it.”
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However, the actor says he’s not sorry to have left Neville behind for now, calling his current role as Corporal Gordon “Tower Block” House in Bluestone 42 is “as much fun as I’ve ever had.”
“I saw Emma Watson the other day and we were chatting about Potter,” Lewis said, “and I realised as much as I miss certain aspects of it, since I finished it I’ve just had such an amazing time.
“Potter was an amazing and a unique experience that I was privileged to have been a part of, but I’ve never been as involved with or as proud of a project as I have with Bluestone 42 – I’ve had so much fun being a part of it, so much more than I’ve ever had before as an actor, definitely.”
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“One of the things that ruined all the films for me was that I had to watch myself in them – it was a nightmare,” Lewis said. “But I can go to watch the new films without any kind of fear of my own performance.”
The upcoming movie trilogy will begin with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on the companion book to the Harry Potter novels, and Lewis is convinced the talent involved will make the films a success (even without Neville).
“I was up in Edinburgh chatting about it with [Harry Potter creator] Jo Rowling, and [director] David Yates was there too.”
“Just knowing that those two are back together again, Jo and David Yates, with [producer] David Heyman – that magical team are together, making these films – it cannot fail to be a success. I can't wait to see it – and not be a part of it!”
Bluestone 42 returns to BBC3 next month