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Harry Potter actor speaks out on potential reprisal of iconic character

Matthew Lewis, known for his role as Neville Longbottom in the original Harry Potter film series, has addressed speculation about his potential involvement in the upcoming Harry Potter reboot by HBO Max. The actor, who portrayed the nerdy and shy character Neville, underwent a significant character development throughout the movies. Initially overshadowed by his more renowned friends Harry, Hermione, and Ron, Neville eventually emerged as a key figure in Dumbledore’s Army and played a crucial role in defeating Voldemort by destroying the final Horcrux, the snake Nagini.

Despite fans’ hopes for a return of the original cast in the reboot, Matthew Lewis indicated that it is unlikely he will be part of the project. In an interview with People magazine, Lewis shared his perspective, stating, “It’s not something I’m looking at or want to do but would not turn my nose up at.” He reflected on his tendency to pursue various interests due to his short attention span, expressing openness to revisiting the character of Neville as an adult, envisioning a fresh interpretation of the beloved wizard.

While Matthew Lewis may not be reprising his role in the Harry Potter reboot, HBO Max has confirmed plans to launch a TV show based on J.K. Rowling’s iconic book series in 2026. The upcoming adaptation will feature a new cast, offering a fresh take on the beloved characters and magical world that captured the hearts of millions worldwide.

As fans eagerly anticipate the revival of the Harry Potter universe on the small screen, the absence of familiar faces like Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom opens the door for new actors to bring their own interpretations to these beloved characters. The upcoming reboot promises to reignite the magic of Hogwarts and the wizarding world for both dedicated fans and a new generation of viewers.