Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom on the series, shared a sweet story about Professor Snape’s actor Alan Rickman.
Harry Potter Star Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the franchise, shared a sweet story about Alan Rickman. From 2001 to 2011, the actor grew up on screen as Gryffindor’s resident bumbling student in all eight screen adaptations of the iconic books. His memorable character became more developed in the fifth film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenixas it was immersed in its backstory. For the grand finale of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II, Lewis’s Longbottom gained hero status for destroying Voldemort’s final Horcrux: his serpent Nagini.
In his post-Potter In his career, Lewis has joined the chorus of co-stars who are frustrated by the box they’re in. He has said it although he is grateful Harry PotterHe can’t help but be seen as Neville Longbottom. Echoing similar statements made by Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, Lewis said it’s disappointing to be seen as a character he hasn’t played in over a decade. Still, with a seasoned actor like Rickman as a co-star, it’s easy to imagine a young actor seeking career guidance, but Lewis reveals how he nearly missed his chance.
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During an interview on the podcast Inside of You with Michael RosenbaumLewis recalled that he finally had a candid conversation with Rickman. After being too shy to speak to the prolific talent, Lewis said he finally plucked up his courage on Rickman’s last day of filming. He told host Rosenbaum:
“I went to his trailer. And I just said, ‘Hey, I know it’s your last day, and I just wanted to say that it’s been amazing, having worked with you for so long. I know we haven’t really talked much, but I just wanted to say that It was because I was terrified, but you were amazing … Thank you for allowing me to work with you for 10 years and never yell at me or treat us like anything less than your equal. And he was like, ‘Go ahead.’ And he put the kettle on to boil, we had a cup of tea and we chatted about what he was going to do in my career and what he recommended me to do. “
Lewis fondly remembers the moment and reveals that he has never done that with another actor since. After their complicated teacher-student relationship on screen, it’s comforting to know that Rickman was such an incredible leader off screen. Lewis’s story fits in with the general reputation Rickman left behind. Despite his dark portrayal of Snape while the cameras rolled, the Golden Globe winner was known for his kind demeanor, particularly with children, once the directors called for cut.
Even in real life Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, has proclaimed Rickman’s generosity. Radcliffe and Rickman were friends, and the latter gave the boy a copy of Catcher in the rye. He previously said that spending time with considered talent at such a formative age was essential to his journey. Another notable testimony among the stacks was Tom Felton (Draco), who was fortunate to share many life-changing talks with Rickman, whom he affectionately calls a hero. In the end, Rickman exemplified true magic throughout his life: kindness.
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