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Rhys Ifans to Play Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Posted by: sue
March 27, 2009, 07:39 PM

Tonight, scores of readers let us know that actor Rhys Ifans announced on the Friday Night with Jonathan Ross program broadcast this evening on the BBC that he would be appearing in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. While Mr. Ifans did not state which role he would be portraying, TLC can report that Rhys Ifans will be taking on the part of Xenophilius Lovegood, Luna's eccentric father and publisher of the Quibbler magazine. A rather fitting photo of Mr. Ifans as an elaborately garbed person can be seen here. During his appearance, TLC reader Neil writes that Rhys Ifans said  the "HP wardrobe people flew out to Spain to fit him for his robes while on the set of Mr Nice," a film which is now in post production. Rhys Ifans has appeared in many films, notably Notting Hill, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and the soon to be released The Boat that Rocked. Update: You can now see additional photos of Rhys Ifans here in our Image Galleries. Also thanks to we can see video of his announcement via YouTube.

On a related note, UHP emailed us to let us know they spoke with agents for actress Clemence Poesy about her possible return to the part of Fleur in Deathly Hallows, however the negotiations are ongoing, and nothing is certain yet. We are working to learn more on this and will update when we can.

Please note: As with all the others, WB has not yet officially confirmed any of these casting reports, and we continue to await a formal release on these, however TLC believes the casting of Mr. Ifans as Xeno to be correct.

Thanks to SS, and especially Will, Nick, Neil, and all the readers who emailed about the Jonathan Ross announcement!

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403 Points

I was really hoping for Bill Nighy (Love Actually, I Capture the Castle) When i read Deathly Hallows, he came into my head and wouldn’t go way, thus becoming my Xeno. However i like this guy and think he will be great.

Posted by HeatherD on March 28, 2009, 12:20 AM report to moderator
524 Points
I hope he can pull it off. as xenophilius must be older than he is and a little plumper, I wish him the best, as makeup can do a lot to they say in show biz break a leg rhys. HGROSS AUROR
Posted by HGROSS44 on March 28, 2009, 12:56 AM report to moderator
6921 Points

Yay for Xeno! I can’t wait to see his scenes.

Posted by badger666 on March 28, 2009, 01:39 AM report to moderator
634 Points

Nooo! Usually I trust them but this is all wrong. He’s supposed to be weird and quirky, not idiotic like he usually plays. He doesn’t seem old enough to father a 16 year old.

Where’s Billy Connolly or Stephen Fry? (Have I mentioned that I’ll be furious if Stephen doesn’t make it into one.)

Posted by Flourished Blot on March 28, 2009, 02:05 AM report to moderator
2162 Points

How very fitting he looks in that fuzzy red robe (coat)! XD

Posted by Noella_Mansrot [Raven] {WBM} on March 28, 2009, 02:13 AM report to moderator
892 Points

Two very good news points. YAY

Posted by Kara000 ~ROAR~ on March 28, 2009, 02:19 AM report to moderator
2702 Points

I think he’s brilliant! :)

Posted by Mairéad on March 28, 2009, 02:39 AM report to moderator
2235 Points

The funny man. . . . . :) great i like him. . .

Posted by Sidish_black6 [WBM] on March 28, 2009, 02:48 AM report to moderator
2235 Points

But i always imagine like spiderman’s newspaper’s editor. . . . . N he looks little young too. . .

Posted by Sidish_black6 [WBM] on March 28, 2009, 02:50 AM report to moderator
390 Points

Hahaha I thought for a second TLC was the TV channel… wow it’s late. Yeah it’s a bit more credible if it’s coming from Leaky.

Posted by Terra Firma on March 28, 2009, 03:22 AM report to moderator
241 Points

Ooh I hope Fleur comes back – and I can’t wait to see “The Boat That Rocked”!

Posted by Linnyish on March 28, 2009, 03:24 AM report to moderator
28416 Points

Hi everyone, don’t get so obsessed with how old someone looks, as already pointed out Rhys is 40, he is just fortunate enough to look younger, with his outlook on life there is no reason why Xenophilius couldn’t look reasonably young too and we don’t actually know how old he is do we? Rhys can play an eccentric with great style I’m looking forward to it, hope we get the lines about the Gernumblies!

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on March 28, 2009, 03:28 AM report to moderator
2016 Points

Yes he’s a brilliantly funny actor but… Not for Xeno – no way, no how!!!

Bob Hoskins (Smee from Hook) – JKR PROMISED him that there was a part PERFECT for him. It was around the him that we found out about Broadbent for Slughorn… Just before DH came out… So as soon as I read about Xeno I knew this was the part she meant.

Billy Connolly would have also been a good chose but… We need BOB! He can be funny and serious – I’d totally believe the Death Eater scene with him playing it!!!

So Yay Ifan as a Potter actor but for once I’m hoping that Leaky Has got it’s owls crossed!!!

Posted by JustSuperMione on March 28, 2009, 04:02 AM report to moderator
2016 Points

Oh by the way – Clemence Poesy HAS to come back for DH – and the have to finish their talks soon… They’re filming Shell Cottage after EASTER!!!

Posted by JustSuperMione on March 28, 2009, 04:05 AM report to moderator
7475 Points

really not what i imagined at all…but i think he can do a good job as long as he doesn;t look like a hobo haha

Posted by Luce-Lupin !~ROAR~! on March 28, 2009, 04:20 AM report to moderator
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