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Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom. Longbottom always excelled at herbology.
Now that our page for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix has gone live we have begun to receive tons of minor updates from our readers on the film. One such update came in today from 'PWD'. When we announced the OotP page I had mentioned that I hope we get to see more of Neville Longbottom and his improvements thanks to the meetings for DA. Longbottom should become an instrumental character in the film franchise and, to be honest, the character is due.
Remember, Harry and Neville share a certain, well, prophecy and both are due their vengeance.
Matthew Lewis on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
It turns out that the good people over at TLC, reposted at MuggleNet, have caught up with Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) and got the actor to mention on a few details from the set of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
In the interview, Matt discussed Neville's character development that occurs in Movie 5:
"It almost comes off as a different character this year.... He's not the Neville that we all know. He starts off that way then rapidly changes throughout the film. It's been a lot of fun. Definitely a change, but definitely a welcome one."
Matt also speaks of several new faces around the set, including Imelda Staunton, who is playing Dolores Umbridge:
"She [as Umbridge] is the nastiest person you'll ever meet, on the film. She's just cruel and twisted and slightly mental.... You can see she's plotting something. She's plotting how she's going to kill you, later on, when your back is turned."
As those who have read the Potter books know, OotP is easily the most frustrating, or should I say maddening, of the Potter series. I wanted to beat Umbridge with a sack of sweet valencia oranges. Won't leave a bruise but lets her know who's boss.
FYI: It looks like OotP may become a top ten on CanMag earlier than I predicted. At the rate the film's page is being viewed, we may see it on the list before the end of September.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix opens to theatres on July 13th, 2007.
What most Potter readers have come to learn is that author JK Rowling likes to give tons of hints over the stretch of multiple books. She has on multiple occasions hinted that Neville Longbottom may have the strength and ability within to become a gifted and powerful wizard; even if his best topics of study -- herbology -- are not on exactly on pace with what an Auror would need to know.
In Goblet of Fire, Barty Crouch, Jr. -- disguised as Professor Moody -- warns Potter that he must trust and count on his friends if he wishes to succeed in any task; including Neville Longbottom. Neville could have helped Potter during the second Triwizard task by suggesting which plant would give him the ability to breathe underwater -- gillyweed. As we learn in Book V and Book VII, Potter may come to depend on Neville as an experienced, and determined, ally.