is an exclusive interview conducted by
myself (Cruticus) down-under in Sydney,
Australia, with Matt Lewis at Sydney’s
Pop Culture Expo. Below is the entire
interview from the first words, to the
very last words. Enjoy.
Cruticus (C): Hi,
this is Chris from harrypotterspage.com.
I just want to ask you some questions.
I’ve read that your favourite
authors are Darren Shan and JK Rowling.
So you’ve read the Harry Potter
books, have you?
Matt Lewis (ML): I
have. I was a fan on the first four
books before I went for my audition,
and I think they’re great. I really,
really enjoyed every single one of them
and I’m looking forward to see
how they turn out – book seven.
C: That’s cool!
Have you met JK Rowling? I mean, being
a great author that she is, she would
have been a great guest?
ML: Oh yeah, I’ve
met her a few times. The first time
I don’t think I could physically
speak ‘cause it was amazing ‘cause
like you said, she is one of my favourite
authors. And I was just a huge fan of
Harry Potter, and it was great to meet
her, and she’s actually really,
really nice. She just spoke to us all
individually and we had lunch with her.
She is great to talk to. You can talk
with her, and she’s nice. And
yeah, it was great to meet her, I got
a few pictures with her.
C: What do you like
about her writing? What struck you about
ML: It’s a good
question because before Harry Potter,
I really could never finish books. I
don’t know what it was. I used
to get through a book and then I used
to be like err, I just get bored towards
the end. I just get bored really. But
there’s something about her writing,
I don’t know whether it’s
every page at the end of it, but there
is something you want to turn over for.
I don’t know what that is really.
At the end of every chapter, you’re
always thinking, nah, I can’t
stop here, I’ve got to carry on
going. And I think that’s what
it is. It’s the fact that she
always leaves you on a cliff hanger.
And you know the characters so well
you have to know what happens to them,
you can’t just leave it there.
C: Just on a personal
note. What do your bothers and sister
say when they know they have their brother
in a Harry Potter film. Do they gloat
about you or show you off?
ML: Uh, I don’t
think so. Well, one of my brothers is
an actor already and he’s been
acting since he was ten. And he’s
ah, (turns to his parents sitting beside
him) how olds he? Twenty, twenty-two?
Twenty-two, yeah. (Back to the interview)
He’s twenty-two now, so he’s
been acting for a long time. And he
was the reason I got into this [Harry
Potter films] the first place. He’s
really, really proud of me and he’s
happy for me. And if I have any problems,
I want to go through a script or whatever,
I can go to him. So, he’s great.
And my other brother, also in the business,
he’s on the other side of the
camera. He’s an editor, cameraman,
that sort of thing. So both of them,
they’re great about it. I don’t
know, they might go and gloat. That’s
pretty nice if they do, they never told
me they have. That’s cool.
C: What was it like
working with Mike Newell and other cast
members for Goblet of Fire?
ML: It’s almost
un-describable; it was very, very cool.
I know Mike Newell, he’s a great
director. I’ve seen Four Weddings
and a Funeral, it’s such a good
film, and I’ve only seen it recently.
Oh mate, it was so good, and when I
first seen that, I was really looking
forward to working with him. I know
the other actors, like Alan Rickman
and Maggie Smith, they’ve done
so much good films, like Robin Hood
and Die Hard, some of my favourite films,
so to work with him and to be able to
say you’ve worked with him; it’s
C: Did you get to
see Ralph Fiennes as the Dark Lord?
ML: I never did. I’ve
seen like some of the drawings and the
Art Department’s work, but I never
actually saw him in the make-up, so
I’m really, really looking forward
to see that on film; I’ve not
seen it yet, so it should be good.
C: That’s good!
Did Daniel Radcliffe actually explain
to you or describe his work with Ralph
Fiennes as the Dark Lord?
ML: No. I never really
spoke to Dan after they finished the
final bit with Voldemort. So I don’t
really know much of what went on. All
I know is the set is very, very good
and it’s pretty scary apparently.
I’m really looking forward to
C: Were there any
funny pranks at the Goblet of Fire set?
ML: Um, let’s
think Goblet of Fire. (He ponders) I
mean everyone has a laugh. Mike Newell
is a really funny guy. We had a lot
of fun. I can’t think of a really
funny prank that was played. But I can
think of one from other films. There
has been some good ones…I remember
on Prisoner of Azkaban, I don’t
know if you remember the scene where
they are all sleeping in the Great Hall,
all the kids and Snape and Dumbledore
are walking through the hall, its all
really, really quiet, they’re
having a whispered conversation and
then (he laughs) suddenly a fart machine
goes off at the back. And everyone’s
trying to keep a shirt [act normal]
and you just hear the odd sort of snigger
in the background and everyone starts
laughing. And they’re like, “well,
what’s that? What went on?”
Alfonso Curon, the director; he was
in on it. And Dan Radcliffe, (he laughs
again) had put a fart machine in someone’s
backpack and set it off half-way through
the scene. But Alfonso loved it. He
loves a good joke. So he was really
funny, he had everyone laughing. There’s
been a few, it’s been funny.
C: That is very funny.
Now, I’ve got just a quick word
association game. I’ll just say
a word and you tell me the first word
that comes to you mind. (He laughs as
I explain the concept) Ready. Alright.
ML: Oh man, um, James Phelps used that
word a lot. So James would be the word
that comes to my mind.
C: Harry Potter?
ML: (laughs hysterically)
Glasses. (Laughs again)
C: And finally Snape?
C: Cool thanks very
ML: It’s been