Harry Melling Shares His Thoughts with MuggleNet on the Black Comedy “Smack Family Robinson”

In an exclusive interview, actor Harry Melling, who portrayed Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter series, shares his recent ventures on the theatrical stage as he describes his new play, Smack Family Robinson.

As we described recently, the Robinsons have run a successful family business since the 1960s. They have a comfortable house and expensive cars in the drive. But things have changed; there are new products, more competition, and a bigger market. At the end of the day, though, it’s still all about cash and stock. For this is no ordinary family business – the Robinsons are drug dealers. As son Sean takes over the reins, disturbing things are happening in the previously tranquil streets of Kingston and Richmond. The younger generation isn’t like their dad. And the police are getting interested!

During the interview, we discussed his recent birthday outing, heard his thoughts on some of his recent works in the theater, in particular, working once again with Fiona Shaw – who portrayed his mother, Petunia Dursley, in the Harry Potter series – as well as his next project after he finishes with Smack Family Robinson.

Here are some images from rehearsals of the play: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

The play will have a limited run from March 28 through April 20 at the Rose Theatre Kingston. To order tickets for the show, go online at www.rosetheatrekingston.org or call 08444 821 556. Admission prices are 8–30 GBP.

You can listen to the entire interview right here!


Eric S.

Eric Scull joined MuggleNet in November of 2002. Since that time he’s presided over a number of sections including name origins and Dear Hogwarts, but none so long as the Crazy Caption Contest, which is recently revived. Eric is a hufflepuff who lives in Chicago and loves the outdoors.