Actor who played Neville Longbottom reveals his 'Harry Potter' on set crush
It's safe to say that, in Harry Potter, JK Rowling created a story and a universe that inspired a generation of both children and adults alike. And while film adaptions tend to struggle to stand up against the original novels, the same cannot be said for the Harry Potter movies, which were unbelievable stories in their own right.
Of course, the magic of books is that you can create your own universes: you paint the picture of the characters and how they speak and sometimes films can struggle to match up to your expectations. But the casting team behind the Harry Potter series got every character bang on.
In the same way that my generation grew up on the Harry Potter books, the cast grew up bringing them to life. Seeing as they spent the best part of their teenage years in each other's company, it hardly comes as a surprise that several members of the cast had crushes on each other during the filming process.
Speaking in 2011, Emma Watson admitted to having the hots for Tom Felton (Draco), saying that he was her first crush.
"For the first two movies, I had a huge crush on Tom Felton. He was my first crush," she told Seventeen. "He totally knows. We talked about it – we still laugh about it. We are really good friends now, and that's cool."
However, despite the fact that he was getting crushed on by literally every teenage boy's dream girl, Tom claims that he was oblivious to the whole thing and instead recalls the time when she seemed more than happy to smack him across the face.
"I remember in the second film when I knew this was going to happen I went up to her and told her to slap me (it was slap at the time), to rehearse it. Course she just walked up and slapped me across the face," he said, laughing.
"My male ego didn't quite know what to do with it." And then when did it go from a slap to a punch?
"I'm not sure! Somewhere between that and the third film, it got a little bit more violent. Luckily she didn't actually clock me with her fist. She's got a bit of a mean right hook, Emma Watson."
However, one man who does recall the romance on set is Matthew Lewis (AKA Neville Longbottom). Lewis' character may have been a bit of a joke in the film, but he is something of a hunk in real life. It seems like Neville's new found bravery and desire rubbed off on Matthew, who has since gone on to get muscular and star in a variety of different movies.
The 28-year-old may have plenty of suitors now, but he recalls how during his time of set he only had eyes for one girl.
We started tutoring on set and we were on set all the time, so I think everyone had crushes on everyone else at some point. There was always Valentine’s Day – everyone would write secret Valentine’s cards to different people. I think on the second [film] there was like love notes and love letters flying around.
I probably had a crush on Emma for a couple of years, until I was 13 or 14 – something like that. I mean nothing ever came of it, anyway. It never went anywhere.
Neville and Hermoine; what a couple that would've been. Don't worry though, Matthew, we all had crushes on Emma Watson so you're not alone in that company. I'm sure he's over it anyway, seeing as he got engaged to his girlfriend just a year ago. Tough luck Emma!