Let’s be honest: none of us anticipated that Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” would develop into such a breathtakingly attractive man, but here we are (via The Things). Lewis’ co-stars did grow up to be extremely beautiful, it’s true, but in comparison to the rest of them, the actor who portrayed the awkward, misunderstood, but eventually, brave Hogwarts student seemed unrecognizable.
The series’ concluding picture, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2,” debuted in theatres more than ten years ago, which is difficult to fathom. Most of the younger cast members have gone on to have highly successful acting careers outside of the wizarding community.
Lewis is no exception, having starred in critically acclaimed British TV shows including “Ripper Street,” “Happy Valley,” and “All Creatures Great and Small,” as well as movies like “Terminal,” “Me Before You,” and others (via IMDb).
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But there is also something more about Lewis’ life after Potter that he appears to have greatly liked, or at least have enjoyed in the past. And a large part of that has to do with how dissimilar his actual appearance is from his character’s.
Matthew Lewis Shared That He Liked the Relative Anonymity
In the lead-up to the release of “Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” Matthew Lewis said in an interview with Sky Movies (reprinted at MatthewLewis.com) that he valued the relative anonymity he enjoyed in relation to his character. Because I don’t fully resemble Neville, he explained, “I can go to the stores while I’m off-set, and it’s alright.”
“I get the best of both worlds because I get to do all the great stuff, like the premiere and the European tours.” Daniel Radcliffe, on the other hand, was subjected to intense scrutiny throughout his years as “the child who lived,” which, at least in the past, affected him significantly.
Because Lewis matured so quickly and lost most of the pudge that was a vital component of Neville’s appearance in most of the books and movies, he didn’t look quite as much like his character. From “Prisoner of Azkaban” on, production required Lewis to wear a fat suit, as he revealed to Sky Movies. He just had to remove it for the last two movies.
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Lewis added that he still calls his hometown of Leeds in the north of England home, in contrast to many of his co-stars who have moved to London, Los Angeles, or other significant entertainment destinations. Lewis remarked, “My home life has kept pretty the same because I still live in Leeds and I still have all my old pals.