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Actor Matthew Lewis, renowned for his portrayal of Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series, recently disclosed his preferred character for the upcoming series reboot. Speaking at a Harry Potter panel during MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, on Feb. 4, Lewis expressed his desire to play Defense Against the Dark Arts Professor Remus Lupin in the reboot. He humorously mentioned that he was “too old to play Neville again” and selected Professor Lupin based on his enjoyment of the character while reading the books. Lewis also paid tribute to David Thewlis, who portrayed Lupin on-screen, describing him as “incomparable” and acknowledging that Thewlis’s portrayal of the werewolf character could never be surpassed. Despite this, Lewis expressed interest in portraying Lupin if given the opportunity in the reboot.
Jason Isaacs’s Humorous Choice
Also present at the event was Jason Isaacs, known for his role as the sinister Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films. When asked which character he would like to play in the upcoming series, Isaacs humorously chose Dobby the House Elf. He jokingly cited practical reasons for his choice, such as not needing makeup and being able to casually enter the set, have a cup of coffee, and steal the scene.
Challenges of Casting for the Reboot
Casting for the Harry Potter series reboot has been described as challenging by Warner Bros. Television chairperson Channing Dungey. Particularly, the first two books of the series, “The Philosopher’s Stone” and “The Chamber of Secrets,” present difficulties as the characters are younger, around 11 or 12 years old. The casting process requires careful consideration as the selected actors will age with their characters throughout the series.
Vision for the Reboot
The reboot aims to introduce a new cast to lead a new generation of fandom while remaining faithful to the original books and captivating new audiences worldwide. The series intends to maintain the beloved characters, locations, and intricate details cherished by Harry Potter fans for over 25 years. However, finding a suitable showrunner is necessary before casting can commence. Several names are currently under consideration for the role, promising an exciting journey for Harry Potter enthusiasts eagerly awaiting the reboot.
Legacy of the Original Films
The original Harry Potter film series, comprising eight movies, featured iconic performances by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley, respectively. The ensemble cast included esteemed British actors such as Dame Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, Gary Oldman, and the late Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, and Michael Gambon, contributing to the enduring legacy of the beloved franchise.
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