Davis talks singing Snape and spies
Warwick Davis recently sat down for an interview with The Independent. Davis worked double time in the Potter films, playing both Griphook and Professor Flitwick. In the interview he discusses his time on set as a family affair and reveals some fun moments with the cast.
Davis described his children’s visits to the sets in the earlier films, including their chance to see the actors in and out of character:
My daughter actually celebrated her 13th birthday in the Great Hall. Seeing Alan Rickman dressed as Snape singing ‘Happy Birthday to You’ is a sight I’ll never forget. Harrison, my son, was born in 2003, so he grew up seeing me playing a goblin or a professor, and he got to know Dan [Radcliffe], Rupert [Grint] and Emma [Watson]. When he first saw the films, he was like, ‘That’s Rupert’. Then the next time he saw Rupert, he was like, ‘You’re Ron Weasley’. But eventually it was just like coming to dad’s office.
The magic of the set visits eventually turned into more; both his son and daughter actually appeared in one of the films and developed a taste for acting:
They both played goblins in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and Annabel is just about to start on a BBC children’s drama series as well, which she got off her own merit. But I’m a realist; I know how hard this business is. People see the red carpet and Champagne and premieres and think that’s what the life of the actor is. There is a bit of that, but then it’s also 4 a.m. starts.
Davis also revealed what sort of roles he has not had the chance to play yet but is still holding out hope for:
I’m a big fan of Will Ferrell’s work. That ridiculous brand of comedy which he does is what I enjoy watching. I’d also like to play a spy character – somebody who has a lot of gadgets in a James Bond-esque way.