The amazing transformation of Matthew Lewis and more Harry Potter children then and now

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Lewis said in the Mantality Podcasting this year that his growth experience was actually “relatively normal, to be totally honest,” although he knew that some of his co-stars might tell a different story.

“I was very, very lucky and I don’t know if it’s something from Leeds, something from Yorkshire, maybe I was just lucky, my classmates at the school I went to, I really didn’t care,” Lewis recalled. “I was gone for months and when I came back, people barely brushed off an eyelid. Suddenly I was on the bus one morning … and I kept that.”

He still hangs out with a lot of those old buddies, too, when he’s in town.

“It was kind of, just, really normal,” Lewis concluded, “which I think really helped me later in life … I don’t feel like I lost my childhood like so many young actors do.”

And he recognized that the advantages of being part of Harry Potter are not bad. “Fame comes with pros and cons,” he said. “… You can’t take one without the other. If I want to enjoy all the things that come with being recognizable, and I do, I do those things, I can’t deny that, then you have to deal with it. On the other hand, people want to meet you. and talk to you and take pictures of you. “

But since he’s a movie and TV fan himself, and having been treated as badly and warmly by other actors he admires, Lewis has decided that he won’t be the type to ruin a Harry Potter fan’s day. . “I think there is no excuse for being a jerk,” he said. “If someone is a true fan who just wants to say hi, that’s amazing! Many people on this planet would give their right arm for having that kind of respect for something you’ve done in a profession. How hard is it to say? Hello ? “