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Brittany Boyd
January 28, 2017 1:36 pm

Like several of his fellow cast members, Harry Potter actor Matthew Lewis feels a certain kinship with his character, Neville Longbottom. Transitioning from an awkward teenager into an articulate (and attractive!) man hasn’t come without hardships for Lewis, either. But, much like Neville, Lewis has no problem playing the part of the underdog.

Matthew Lewis talked about the darker side of playing Neville during a panel discussion at Universal Orlando’s Celebration of Harry Potter.

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Lewis joined co-stars Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), and Warwick Davis (Griphook the goblin and Professor Flitwick) on the panel.

It’s no secret that Lewis transformed over the years that he played Neville Longbottom.

Just like everyone, his body began to change when he hit puberty. Who wants to reminisce on that, right?

Though he admits that the compliments he gets now are flattering, he said he “doesn’t get it.” Costar Tom Felton disagreed, saying:

Well, we can’t say he’s wrong.

More importantly, Lewis has also embarked on an emotional journey since his days at Hogwarts.

He added:

Lewis’ advice is something we can all take to heart. Like he said:”we’re all just on this planet trying to figure out what the hell we’re doing…We’re all just trying to make our way.”

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