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Interview with Andy Linden (Mundungus Fletcher) on His Role in "Deathly Hallows"

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Posted by: Mel
October 12, 2010, 09:43 PM

Harry Potter Fan Zone has an exclusive interview with Andy Linden (Mundungus Fletcher), where Linden discusses a variety of things, among them the scenes Mundungus appears in:

HPFZ: When did you start filming Deathly Hallows?
AL: That would have been late February/early March 2009. I do believe mine was the very first scene [shot].
HPFZ: Was that the Seven Potters scene?
AL: No, that was later on. This was a scene in Diagon Alley. The scene is set where it's absolutely chucking it down. It's [raining] relentlessly. Needless to say, I was quite the big drip all day.
HPFZ: Could you talk about what other scenes Mundungus appears in? There's another scene in the book where he gets attacked by a house-elf.
AL: Yes, Dobby and Kreacher attack him in the kitchen. I do believe it's Kreacher that brings him back from Diagon Alley because he stole the [locket]. Eventually, he's questioned by the three of them regarding it. There are three very good scenes and it's a lovely little cameo. I had such a great time doing it.
HPFZ: Does Mundungus appear in Deathly Hallows: Part II at all?
AL: No, alas, Mundungus is not in Part II which is a shame really, but he's a joy to play.

Linden also goes on to discuss the technical aspects of the Seven Potters scene:

HPFZ: What was it like doing special effects scenes for example transforming into Harry?
AL: Time consuming [laughs]. It's all highly technical so consequently all the scenes are broken up if you know what I mean. You're kind of acting to nothing really. It's hundreds of little series of eye liners and pulling faces and trying to anticipate what's coming next.
HPFZ: Daniel Radcliffe mentioned that that sequence took ninety-five takes to film.
AL: Yes, and that really wasn't the inability of the actors. It was technical. It was [the crew] having so much coverage that they're spoiled for choice if you know what I mean.
HPFZ: Did you get to ride on a broom as well?
AL: Yes, I did [laughs] but in the guise of Harry Potter. By then everybody had taken the Polyjuice [Potion]. Consequently, we're all decoys. That particular scene took a long, long time simply because Daniel had to replicate all our different expressions and movements.
HPFZ: It sounds like it was a pretty intense process.
Yeah, somewhat elongated shall we say. But I had a great time on Harry Potter. I thought the cast were wonderful; the crew are fantastic as well. You've got a crew there that know exactly what they're doing. They've been doing it for ten years and you're in good hands.

You can read more of the interview here. Thanks very much to Harry Potter Fan Zone!

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45 Points

I can’t wait!

Posted by hermionelily on October 13, 2010, 03:24 PM report to moderator
4881 Points

Oh, I’m very anxious to see him in DH1 as Mundungus, it seems like he’s going to do a very good job! :)

Posted by HBPFan [ITC!] - CatPhoenix14 on October 13, 2010, 04:14 PM report to moderator
4852 Points

Wow! It sounds like a lot of work to film the 7 Potters! I am sure it will turn out fantastic!!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on October 13, 2010, 07:11 PM report to moderator
112 Points

He looks awesome for Dung I can’t wait to see what he does with the character plus from what he says it sounds pretty close to the books which is really exciting

Posted by Alec wick. *ROAR* on October 14, 2010, 01:38 AM report to moderator
10839 Points

i love it! poor Dan.. hahaha such a tough scene to film but its the one we are all looking forward too … cant wait..
mandungus gets whacked by kreacher with a frying pan, it be awesome if we get to see it haha

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on October 14, 2010, 02:53 AM report to moderator
4481 Points

Great interview, thanks for posting. I’m sure there is a lot of “standing around” because of those technical aspects.

Posted by Smitch on October 14, 2010, 02:13 PM report to moderator
350 Points

He looks so perfect for the role, like guy who woke up on the steps of a pub.

Posted by Bless_the_children on October 16, 2010, 04:04 AM report to moderator
1542 Points

He looks like Mundungus. Good casting. :)

Posted by Beatrice Jean Granger on October 17, 2010, 04:30 AM report to moderator
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