is a transcript of a Q&A chat with Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) which took place on January 4th, 2004. Questions were asked by MuggleNet visitors.
Question from hp_rocks
What's your favorite subject in school?
My favourite subject is probably IT (Information Technology) or PE (Physical Education).
Question from Cydni
Was Neville your first choice for a part in Harry Potter?
Well, I originally went for everything, and Harry wouldn't have been bad at all but I guess I'm lucky I got anything, so I'm really happy with Neville.
Question from Jessica
What was your reaction when you got the part?
My reaction? Well, I went mental, I ran around the house jumping on the sofa and generally being mad!
Question from Melissa
Do you believe you have anything in common with your character?
Not a lot, but I am very clumsy and I rush things which I then have to re-do.
Question from Devon
What's the most exciting part about working on the Harry Potter films?
Probably being able to say that I have worked with people like Alan Rickman, Kenneth Brannagh and Dame Maggie Smith, etc.
Question from Katie
Were there any boring stages of being on set?
Yeah, loads. The majority of the time we are either waiting around or in tutoring (obviously very boring). When we're on set we wait around a lot too, awaiting resets and camera reloading, etc.
Question from Leandra
What would you say to someone who wanted to become an actor?
Perseverence and determination. Acting is about talent but there are thousands of actors out there that have what it takes but can't get a break. Don't give up, if you keep at it you'll eventually get there!
Question from Anamaria
What was your most embarrassing moment on the set of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?
Probably when I had to step over a small broken wall and I tripped on one of the rocks. I only stumbled but Alfie (Dean Thomas) was giggling right next to me!
Question from Leah
What kind of music do you like and what are your favourite bands?
Rock and Punk. Feeder, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Sex Pistols.
Question from Brittany
After you've finished with Harry Potter, do you plan to continue acting?
I'm not sure. I mean, it's great and a good career but honestly I don't know, if I get lucky and get into other things, I'll probably continue.
Question from Kaitlyn
If you could play any other character in the Harry Potter movies who would it
Hmm... I think probably a bad guy but I can't think of anyone except Malfoy so maybe Ron, but I think Rupert does that job perfectly. I couldn't match him!
Question from Hannah
Any pranks played on you or by you on the set? Any funny stories to share?
Not really played by or on me but there was the one time where somebody put a fart machine in a bag in the great hall and during a line from Michael Gambon, it went off. Very funny!
Question from PepperPrincess
What's the weirdest gift you've ever received?
Obviously it has to be the pepper that you gave me pepperprincess! *see below*
Question from Carolyn
Do you get recognised a lot on the street?
Not really. I mean, some people do but not often.
Question from April
Have you read all the Harry Potter books?
Yes, I have read them all. I finished Order of the Phoenix about 2 months ago, very riveting stuff.
Question from Richard
What do you think will happen to Neville in future books?
I think that it would be really cool if Neville realised he can never become the hero that Harry is but because he's weak he is manipulated by Voldemort and becomes evil! Yes, that would be very cool.
Question from Ellen
What countries have you seen or visited because of HP promotions?
None, I am going to New Zealand and maybe taking a tour of the US for conventions though.
Question from Sydney
Do you have any role models in the acting world or away from it?
Hmm.. Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise!
Question from Tim
Is it hard to come back and have to pick up the character after the break from each film?
Not really. You see, when you're on a break from filming you see the film that many times. You're never really away from it. The read-through before the film helps too as you can think about how you're going to say each line.
Question from Elizabeth
If you could have any magical power what would it be?
The magical ability of charm, so that you could just smile and people would let you do anything.
Question from Heather
Do you like the LOTR movies? If yes, which character would you like to play?
12Yeah, they're awesome, I saw Return of the King not long ago, what a film! I'd probably like to be Legolas because he's an elf and because he uses a bow and arrow!
Question from Matt
JWhat was it like filming the Boggart scene in POA? Was it funny seeing Alan Rickman dressed in those clothes?
You can't imagine how funny it was. Alan Rickman is a really, really nice guy but he's still really, really scary so to see him dressed like that was hilarious.
Question from GinnyRedHead
How does it feel going on the Internet and finding websites devoted to you?
Mental, really crazy! But it's good to know people appreciate your work! Fans are what make you who you are in the film industry.
Question from Sammy
Who are your best friends on the set?
Everyone is really great fun to work with but my best friends are probably Dan, Rupert and Alfie! But like I sai, I get on well with everyone!
Question from Marvin
Have you ever met JK Rowling?
Yeah, I've met her a few times. She came and had lunch with us one time at the studios. She's really friendly and great to talk to.
Question from Nigel
WDo you have any pets? What are their names?
No, I used to have a rabbit called Buttons (ran away) and a Canary called Charlie (died). I really want a dog though! I'd probably call it Angelus after David Boreanaz's character in Buffy and Angel.
Question from Tyler
What do you like doing in your spare time?
Playing football and badminton, going to the cinema and playing computer games.
Question from Rachel
IWhat do you think Alfonso Cuaron, the new director? Is his work very different from that of Chris Columbus?
12Alfonso is great and so was Chris. They both have different visions of the Harry Potter universe but they are both excellent directors.
And that's all we've got time for tonight! Thanks very much to Matt for agreeing to part in this online Q&A session. We hope you've all had fun. Incidentally, this chat network is open 24/7 so if you'd like to come and chat, please feel free. A transcript of the chat will be available soon.
Note: Regarding the question from "PepperPrincess," this refers to Collectormania 4 where Matthew was handed a whole pepper as a gift!