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Melling Reveals DH May Show Durleys’ Fate

Posted by Dijares On April - 26 - 2010

Harry MellingThe end of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book didn’t reveal what happened to Harry’s family, the Dursleys.  However, Harry Melling, who portrays Dudley Durley in the films, revealed on his Twitter that the film may give us a fate for them at the end of the last film. He then went on to remind us that the part may not end up in the film because of the timing and editing of the film.

In his first post earlier today, he stated:

End of HP book does not say what happens to the Dursley family. .. But the movie you will have a big surprise!

In his second post, he followed up with:

Guys! Not sure the Dursleys appear at the end! It depends on the time of the film. .. Please! Do not wait for anything in the end!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I will be released on November 19, 2010 and  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II will be released on July 15, 2011.

Thanks to UHP for letting us know!

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Melling Has to Get Padded Up for DH Dudley Filming

Posted by Dijares On October - 6 - 2009

Harry MellingHarry Melling, who portrays Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films, is padded up for Deathly Hallows.  However, when Melling, now 20, showed up to prepare for filming, he was nearly unrecognizable (see photo here).  The overweight youngster is now a good looking slimmed-up young man – barely recognizable as “Big D.”  So, what to do? Well, get some padding, of course.

So, how did this magical transformation come about?

“It was nearly two years ago,” he says, refusing the offer of breakfast. “I was doing a show at the National Youth Theatre, playing an old man. Before that I had played fat clowns and I thought, ‘If I want to have the career I would like, I am going to have to lose weight.’ I was just starting drama school, and found I was moving around a lot. I also started to eat sensibly. The weight just dropped off. I went from 16st to 11st 5lb.”

He said when he got the role of Dudley he was eating ridiculous amounts of unhealthy foods. So he began losing weight by eating healthier.

He also talked about how he got in for his audition for the Dudley role saying that his mother sent his photo in for a role, thinking maybe he could be an extra.

“She sent off my photos to the producers of the Potter films when I was 10, thinking I might be an extra. A year later I was asked to read for Dudley. When I got the part, I thought: ‘Ooh, I’m in a film’, not that I was cast as fat and ugly.’”

He stated that after he had the part, that nobody ever recognized him, and he kept very quiet about it. Although he wasn’t one of the Hogwarts students and didn’t get to work with Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) or Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), he did get to work with Fiona Shaw (Petunia Dursley) and Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley), and learned a lot by watching them.

He wasn’t in the 6th film, so it was quite a shock for the producers when he showed up for the Deathly Hallows.

Dudley doesn’t feature in the sixth Potter film, so there was a long gap between playing the butterball bully in the fifth, aged 16, and shooting the seventh film, this year. In the meantime, he had changed almost beyond recognition, to the producers’ alarm. “They did this double-take, ‘Oh my God, we are going to have to do something,’ and I felt very guilty. They could have recast, but instead they padded me out.”

He’s currently working with his fictional mother again, Fiona Shaw, playing her son in Mother Courage.

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Video: Shaw & Melling As Mother & Son On Stage, Too

Posted by Lilysowl On October - 2 - 2009

Fiona ShawFiona Shaw and Harry Melling who portray Petunia and Dudley Dursley in the Harry Potter films are once again playing mother and son.  This time,  it is for a stage production of Mother Courage And Her Children by Bertolt Brecht (translated by Tony Kushner) and directed by Deborah Warner at The National, Olivier Theater in London.  Ms. Shaw stars as Mother Courage who is a woman that profits from the Thirty Year War in Poland.  Melling stars as her son “Swiss Cheese”. 

Tickets are available for performances on Saturday, October 3 to Tuesday, December 8.  Click here for more ticket information.

Thanks to Snitchseeker, here is a video from rehearsals of the play, along with comments from the director Ms. Warner, Ms. Shaw, Harry Melling, and Duke Special who composed music for the play.

Click here and here to see photos from the play in the photo gallery.

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Melling Returns As Dudley Dursley For Deathly Hallows

Posted by Lilysowl On August - 29 - 2009

Harry MellingAccording to his agency profile and filmography page, Harry Melling will reprise his role as Harry Potter’s cousin Dudley Dursley for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  Snitchseeker received confirmation from Richard Griffiths’ representative that the actor plans to reprise his role as Dudley’s father, Vernon Dursley.  However, it is unconfirmed whether or not Fiona Shaw will appear as “Petunia Dursley”.  At this time, it is unknown when the Privet Drive scenes will be filming; but we will let you know when we do know.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I will be released in movie theaters on November 19, 2010 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II will be released on July 15, 2011.

Thanks to Snitchseeker

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