“Um yeah, I think they made a huge mistake in not casting me,” proclaimed Rupert about the choice not to have him reprise his role as Ron Weasley in the upcoming play and sequel to the original series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In speaking to Rupert at a press event for the Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort, it seemed like he was a bit miffed by the oversight, but then with a laugh, he recanted, explaining he was pleased the baton was being passed on. “No, no. I think it’s going to amazing, that it’s going on, and I can’t wait to see it.”
Phew! Good thing he was kidding. Don’t think there would be a Potterhead on Earth who wouldn’t sign the petition to get him the part if not. But it sounds like he’s really ready to move on from the youngest Weasley son — and he’s not alone.
“I feel like the story arch that Jo wrote and that we tried our best to put on screen was a complete one,” explained Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the franchise. “I took that journey and finished it the way I wanted to. He will always hold a fun place in my heart, but I don’t feel like there is more that I can do with Neville. I’m happy to leave him.”
Then again, while the boys seem happy to leave their wizard roles behind, the same can’t be said about a certain witch.
“I don’t feel that way at all,” insisted Evanna Lynch, better known as Luna Lovegood. “As happy as I am that they are exploring the universe and that there are new stories in the universe, I’m so angry I’m not a part of it…100% I’d go back and do more.”
Sounds like Luna needs her own spin-off movie! Wouldn’t that be great, Hollywoodlifers?!