Matthew Lewis' fears over Harry Potter role

June 27th, 2011

'Harry Potter' star Matthew Lewis was scared he would be replaced in the final movies of the franchise because of his changing appearance.

The 22-year-old actor has played Neville Longbottom - a friend of the three main characters, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) - in all eight films but feared producers wouldn't re-cast him for the latter movies because of his appearance.

He said: "I'd changed quite dramatically in myself - I was wearing a fat suit by this time, I was slimmer and taller than Dan and Rupert. So I thought if they were going to recast, they might recast me, because I don't look like Neville anymore.

"But they didn't, thank God, and went ahead with film five and asked us all back. They made the fat suit bigger and found other ways of making me look a bit more Neville-ish. I guess I owe them for sticking with me!"

And it wasn't just Matthew who feared for his future as he said all the cast were worried they wouldn't be re-hired after filming the fourth instalment, 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire'.

He told Digital Spy: "I originally signed on for one film, with an option on the second. We didn't know where it was going to go. After the first two were made, I signed the same deal for number three with an option to do number four.

"Then nothing came through after number four. We didn't sign up for five and six - we just didn't hear anything for a while. There was a bit of speculation on whether they were going to do a fifth one or not."