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The Harry Potter Play Made Neville Longbottom a Devout Fan All Over Again

"It is very, very special"

The cast of the Harry Potter films are responsible for bringing the characters from J.K. Rowling’s beloved novels to life on screen. But for Matthew Lewis — who played Neville Longbottom in the franchise — acting in the series apparently made it more difficult to enjoy — that is, until he saw the Cursed Child play.

The 27-year-old actor took to Instagram Saturday to share a photo of himself with several of the stars of the two-part West End production, expressing his gratitude to them for helping to renew his love for the wizarding world.

To be in the movies was a dream come true but it became work and I forgot what it was to be a fan a long time ago. However, over the last two nights I was able to enjoy the world of Harry Potter once again. To lose myself in a story so rich and so powerful and, more importantly, that I had nothing to do with was truly magical. I felt like I was nine years old again, discovering it all for the first time and it is very, very special.

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