Harry Potter: The Exhibition – Boston, MA, USA

From October 25, 2009, to February 21, 2010, Harry Potter: The Exhibition was hosted at the Museum of Science in Boston, Massachusetts. This was its second North American stop and second stop overall.

The Boston stop of Harry Potter: The Exhibition had a special event featuring Matthew Lewis, who portrays Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films.

I was able to attend a roundtable discussion with him, and these are some of the things he said:

The scale of [Part 2] is enormous. [Neville is] a bloody and battered resistance leader, a battle-hardened veteran.

Lewis stated that he has the script for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and will start filming the final battle scenes in the coming weeks. He also talked about a scene that was cut from the filming of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire after seeing his own dancing shoes in the exhibition.

I can’t dance. They told me Neville is a good dancer. My partner was Bonnie, Ginny Weasley, and we learned the waltz. Which wasn’t too difficult. I was okay with the waltz. You follow it back, to the side, back, to the side. That’s easy. I can do that. Then we had to learn the tango. Now, you see, the other guys, like Dan and Rupert, they were fine because they were told they were supposed to be rubbish. It was supposed to be uncomfortable. Neville, however, was supposed to look like Fred Astaire. And so we did this tango, and we spent months on this tango, and I have got two left feet. It was totally embarrassing, and Bonnie was probably cringing herself, but she was pretty good. And then we never even shot it. We never even did it. We never even got around to filming it. So that reminded me, with the dancing shoes.


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Kat Miller

I am a 40-something Ravenclaw/Slytherin from Massachusetts. I've been lucky in life and can attribute a lot of that to Harry Potter. Without it, I wouldn't have at least 80% of the things I do today, including my career & closest friends. I truly despise Sirius Black.