Rhys Ifans to Play Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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 ComingSoon.net 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!
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.
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 help..as they say in show biz break a leg rhys. HGROSS AUROR
Yay for Xeno! I can’t wait to see his scenes.
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.)
How very fitting he looks in that fuzzy red robe (coat)! XD
Two very good news points. YAY
I think he’s brilliant! :)
The funny man. . . . . :) great i like him. . .
But i always imagine like spiderman’s newspaper’s editor. . . . . N he looks little young too. . .
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.
Ooh I hope Fleur comes back – and I can’t wait to see “The Boat That Rocked”!
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!
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!!!
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!!!
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