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Matt Lewis On Missing the St. Mungo Scene and More as Neville Longbottom

Posted by: sue
July 01, 2009, 03:46 AM

Actor Matt Lewis is the subject of the latest article from the LA Time Hero Complex blog series counting down until the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. In this new interview, Matt speaks about his role as the beloved Neville Longbottom, in particular regarding a scene that had fans lamenting when it was cut from Order of the Phoenix, that being the emotional visit with Neville and his parents at St. Mungo. Quotage:

JP: Back to acting then ... Was there anything you didn't get to do as Neville?

ML: There was some stuff that we got to do that was cut out, which is always a shame.  Remember in the "Order of the Phoenix," the big battle at the end in the Ministry of Magic?  We shot a lot that wasn't included in the film. The room with the brains in it I was kind of looking forward to seeing ... The one scene in particular that I really wanted to do as an actor was the St. Mungo's Hospital scene where we see Neville's parents for the first time.  It was just something that I thought was really important to the character cause it showed a really soft side to him.  His parents were there and they didn't recognize him and there was that lovely bit where they give him the sweet ... I remember when I was reading it in the book and it was tear-jerking and really, really endearing.  I just thought in that one scene it really showed what Neville was all about.  How he's got all this heart, and even though the doctors are saying that they don't know who you are, he still believes in them.  And I thought 'That's Neville.'  That heart, that courage, that belief showed what Neville Longbottom was all about.  And as an actor, it's a shame that we didn't get to do that.  I've never really had to do anything on that level emotionally, so that would've been a great challenge.

Matt also looks forward to Deathly Hallows, as well as the soon-to-be-released Half-Blood Prince.

JP: You're filming or about to film 'Deathly Hallows,' and Stuart Craig said the films have always been dark, but how do you feel about the films' increasing darkness?

ML: There has been an element of darkness all the way through.  You have this evil element in Voldemort, a sort of ultimate evil all the way through.  But the previous films have always had a sort of happy ending and they all develop friendship and love, and it started to get -- towards 5 and now 6 -- where the happy endings were not so easy.  And especially here in the "Half-Blood Prince," it's not a 'nice' story.  It's very dramatic, very dark, and it's really got this sense of foreboding throughout the film that just keeps getting worse because Voldemort's getting away with it every year.  Harry's not saving the day anymore.  In that respect, it's definitely getting darker.

I will say one thing about "Half-Blood Prince," though.  Though it is much more sinister, there's a lovely balance this year with the comedy as well that makes it more relatable.

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3266 Points

matt lewis is <3
I really really really would have love to see this seen with him in the movies, as it is one of the most touching seens in the seris.

Posted by Cheimonas on July 02, 2009, 04:02 AM report to moderator
23764 Points

I wonder why they didn’t put the extra scenes on the OotP 2nd DVD? Maybe because it was all green screen stuff and would have just looked silly?

Posted by PhoenixFlight [ITC!] on July 02, 2009, 04:10 AM report to moderator
328 Points

I love Matt! and i love Neville i relate to him so well!

Posted by Hobgoblin 13 on July 02, 2009, 04:24 AM report to moderator
61 Points

They should put out a dvd of just the stuff they cut. That would be amazing. Once again Matt Lewis proves himself to be made of awesome.

Posted by vivianlovegood123 on July 02, 2009, 04:59 AM report to moderator
388 Points

Maybe someday they will issue the directors cuts of each movie.
Sit down and watch the series for a week.

Posted by Hydrus on July 02, 2009, 05:02 AM report to moderator
3048 Points

It is a pity that they did not incorporate these pivotal scenes in the development of his character into the movie. I wish that, at the least, they had included this footage in the DVD, as fans would have immensely enjoyed the opportunity to see what could have been.

Posted by Kirk on July 02, 2009, 05:41 AM report to moderator
360 Points

ahahhahah…mattt iss great….cool interview :)
tankksss TCL :D

Posted by potterrock on July 02, 2009, 05:52 AM report to moderator
2121 Points

You mean they filmed the extra stuff in the Ministry? They actually FILMED the brain room? WHY ISN’T IT ON THE DVD?!?!?!

Posted by Bookworm_Weasley {HS} {ROAR} on July 02, 2009, 05:59 AM report to moderator
872 Points

The scene with the brains would have been great!

Posted by Heavenly_Horcrux on July 02, 2009, 06:11 AM report to moderator
2525 Points

He is one of my fav. actors!!

Posted by The Nerd on July 02, 2009, 06:15 AM report to moderator
159 Points

Yes, there should come an extended with ALL the deleted scenes in. Such as Peeves, the Hourglasses remove 150 points, Dumbledore tells Harry about Priori Incantatem, the vampire boggart, the original battle between Sirius and Bellatrix and so on…!(:

Posted by Lilleby on July 02, 2009, 06:55 AM report to moderator
6921 Points

It is too bad they didn’t do the St. Mungo’s scene. It would have been good. But at least Neville will have some awesome scenes in DH.

Posted by badger666 on July 02, 2009, 02:54 PM report to moderator
6690 Points

i completely agree with him on the whole order of the phoenix thing….i would have liked to have seen more of the dept of mysteries stuff but definately definately definately neville should have had the moment with his parents, it explains exactly why he is the way he is…he isnt just an idiot, i was really upset that they took that away from the character in the movies

67 Points

Do not worry my Potter friends ! I’m sur after last part of DH, Warner will release a complete set with extended versions of the movies (like Lotr) that why they only put small deleted scenes in the dvd extras, not the major ones ! After all Yates once declared that he made an almost 3 hour long movie.
Thanks Matt for letting us know that there is more for Ootp that we saw.

Posted by WeasleyBoy on July 02, 2009, 09:19 PM report to moderator

I was very disappointed in the St Mungos scene being cut, as Ml said it was very important to Neville’s character and gave such an insight to the trio about what the DE’s were capable of. As for the brain room why it was comical but not near as important.

Posted by mrscole on July 06, 2009, 02:44 AM report to moderator
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