Any talk of Neville Longbottom immediately sends us a little weak at the knees (this is Deathly Hallows Longbottom, of course), and Matthew Lewis has been discussing a potential cameo in Fantastic Beasts
Neville Longbottom. The accidental hero. The alternative hero. And, the guy who set the internet on fire with his extraordinary transformation from small, chubby imbecile, to Hollywood heart-throb. "Doing a Longbottom" is now a widely used term for anyone who has *ahem* benefited from their teenage years; not a bad phrase to coin, we're sure you'll agree. Playing Neville in the Harry Potter film franchise was nothing short of a revelation for Matthew Lewis, as his performances shot him to super-stardom in a matter of years. Since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 aired a few years ago, Lewis has been working the British TV drama scene, and his latest venture sees him join Ripper Street, a murder mystery-cum-drama show set in Jack the Ripper's days. He took time out of filming to discuss the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them trilogy with MTV, highlighting the "incredible talent" involved (such as Eddie Redmayne, who recently discussed Scamander's threads): "I'm sure it's going to be absolutely fantastic," he stated (pun definitely not intended).
Asked where he would consider playing a cameo role in the film, Lewis said: "Maybe. Isn't Neville like minus 70? Isn't it like really old?" Aye, that it is. Would it be just too ridiculous to imagine future Professor Longbottom grabbing his hands on a Time Turner and heading back into the past? Quite probably, but who knows, maybe Lewis could play one of Neville distant relatives. It would be wonderful to see him back amongst the magic, but we wouldn't recommend getting your hopes up. J.K. Rowling is of course heavily involved in Fantastic Beasts, having written the script, and she recently paid a visit to the set! Lewis, on the other hand, can't envisage himself doing the same: "I loved it, and it was a huge part of my life, but after ten years, I'm not sure how much more I can really do with it. You can love a project and be so passionate about a character, but as an actor, we love becoming different people. Finding that person to begin with is just so much fun," he shared. So the jury remains out on whether we will see any of our favorite Harry Potter personalities in the Fantastic Beasts film this year, but don't go holding out for Neville! Who would you like to see make a cameo?