Matthew Lewis Cool on 'Harry Potter' TV Series Return: "Not Rushing It"

Exploring Matthew Lewis's potential return to magical roots

by Zain ul Abedin
Matthew Lewis Cool on 'Harry Potter' TV Series Return: "Not Rushing It"
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Recently, Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in all eight films of the "Harry Potter" series, said that he was hesitant to join the TV series. In an interview with People magazine at the Harry Potter New York store, Lewis could open up about his view regarding the reprise of the role.

The versatility of Lewis’s career can be characterized by the different positions and spheres of his acting activity. "The reason I got into this job in the first place was because I have a very short attention span," Lewis explained.

"I am very, very poor at maintaining anything for any length of time. I’ve had many, many hobbies and passions over the years. Not a single one do I still do. I fall madly in love with things and then almost immediately forget about them."

Lewis Open to Return

Still, there is something that does not let Lewis reject the idea of coming back fully as an adult Neville Longbottom, which may hint at character development that can be interesting for him.

"It’s not something I’m looking at or want to do but would not turn my nose up at," Lewis added. "I’d be very interested to see if it was Neville as an adult - a whole different vibe. That could be interesting.

I would certainly look at that and consider it." The company behind the "Harry Potter" series, namely Warner Bros. Discovery, has grand plans for the series to run for ten years, with each season being based on a book by J.

K. Rowling. The first season of the series is planned to premiere on the Max channel in 2026 and will introduce a new vision of the popular story. Another main cast from the initial movies, Daniel Radcliffe also expressed a similar opinion last year.

He stressed that the producers wanted to restart the series on their own, which probably meant that the old actors would not be invited. "My understanding is that they’re trying to very much start fresh, and I’m sure whoever is making them will want to make their own mark on it and probably not want to have to figure out how to get old Harry to cameo in this somewhere," he said at the time. "So, I’m definitely not seeking it out in any way."