Original “Harry Potter” Cast Members React to New Max Series – Part 2

With a new Harry Potter TV reboot in the works, we’ve been taking a look at how some of the original Harry Potter cast members have reacted to the new Max series.

Read on for part 2 to discover more reactions from the cast of the Harry Potter films.


James and Oliver Phelps

James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley) expressed their interest in returning to the Potter universe in a recent interview, with Oliver saying, “I suppose so,” when asked if he would return. He continued by commenting on how their age means they wouldn’t be able to play the Weasley twins again. 

It’s one of those things where it’s never really a chapter closed in your life… Whether as our characters, that’s a totally different thing – we’re not quite looking like high schoolers anymore! If it does happen, we only know as much as you do. But, it’s nice that there’s a lot of intrigue around the show.


James and Oliver Phelps.

James and Oliver Phelps attend a Harry Potter exhibition opening.


James also mentioned the “very close bond” they have with many of their Potter costars, which is understandable given they spent 10 years of their lives growing up together while filming Potter

It’s like friends from high school or college. You’ve gone through a lot together.


Tom Felton

When asked what advice he would give to the new generation of young actors who will be joining the television series, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) joked to Collider that they should “steal more props.”

I would only say take more pictures and try and steal more props. I’m joking about the last one, but take more pictures because when I find one that I haven’t seen for a long time now, it reminds me of how much fun we were having. Bearing in mind, we didn’t have camera phones then or anything like that, so it’s a bit easier now.

Felton also expressed his delight at the continuation of the Harry Potter universe, saying that he is “very excited to hear that the Wizarding World fandom flame is not dousing anytime soon.”


Jason Isaacs

Tom Felton’s onscreen father, Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), “can’t wait” to see the new adaptation, but he also commented to RadioTimes.com on how it may be strange to see a different version of the franchise. 

It’s no weirder for me than it is for everybody else who’s seen the films. I happen to be in the films too…. There was a ton of stuff in the books that we left out…. It’s an odd feeling, but it’s no odder for me than it is for anyone else. I can’t wait to see them and see what they do.

Isaacs also joked during an interview at MegaCon that he’d love to play Dobby in the reboot “because you don’t have to go to make up” and that he could just “steal the whole scene” when playing Dobby. 


Jason Isaacs as Lucius Malfoy confronting Dobby in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”


Helena Bonham Carter

While we’re on a roll with the Slytherins, Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) doesn’t think the casting team of the new Harry Potter TV reboot will “come near” her because she is in the films. However, she did add, Never say never.”

Admitting that her childlike version of Bellatrix was very much something she came up with herself,  Bonham Carter thinks whoever is chosen to play the wicked Slytherin in the reboot should consider playing a version of Bellatrix that is more true to the one we see in the books. 


Natalia Tena

Natalia Tena, who played the lovably clumsy Nymphadora Tonks in the films, admitted to Screen Rant that she wasn’t so sure about the idea of a reboot to start with. Once she warmed to the idea, however, she decided she’d love to play a character in it, and it’s not Tonks. 

I think there’s that initial thing as an actor where you’re like, ‘Oh, don’t remake something…’ But then I was like, ‘No, it’s gonna be amazing!’ I got really excited about it. And then I was like, ‘Do you think I’m old enough now to play one of the teachers? How can I get another gig on this amazing project?’ So, I’m definitely putting that to my agent.


We’ll be keeping our eyes peeled for any more of the original Harry Potter cast members’ reactions to the upcoming TV reboot.

Whom would you love to hear from, and which of the original Potter cast members do you think would be perfect to play a role in the series?

Grace Hurley

I'm an animal-loving Ravenclaw with a Masters Degree in Writing and a passion for the Harry Potter universe since the age of five.