#LukeforNewt! That’s the Twitter campaign started by Luke Newberry fans (some of whom may or may not work in the RadioTimes.com office) who think he’d be perfect for the part of JK Rowling’s magizoologist Newt Scamander in the upcoming Harry Potter movie spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
But how does Newberry – a self-confessed Potter geek – feel about the idea? We think it’s safe to say he’s interested…
“Of course! It would be incredible just to be considered for that role,” he tells RadioTimes.com. “It’s a world that I’m familiar with and love – I love Harry Potter – so yes I’m very grateful to my fans for thinking of me, it’s a great honour… Yes, yes, I’d love to!”
When asked whether any formal approaches have been made, Newberry refuses to be drawn but it wouldn’t be the first time he’d been considered for a role in a Potterworld movie.
The In the Flesh star actually filmed scenes as Teddy Lupin – son of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks – who was originally meant to appear in the “19 years later” epilogue to the Harry Potter film series but didn’t make the final cut.
“That was the most exciting week of my life and to get the chance to play Teddy Lupin was just amazing,” says Newberry. “[It was] gutting [having my scenes cut]! It was my dream! But I was technically there, on set.”
If he does end up playing Newton Artemis Fido “Newt” Scamander, author of the titular Hogwarts-approved textbook, Newberry may thank his lucky stars that the original Potter role didn’t come off – the film will form part of a trilogy, which means he’d be trading those lost few minutes as a minor character for hours as the star of the show…
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