Neville Longbottom Actor Confesses Harry Potter Crush


Matthew Lewis may be happily engaged but back in the day he had his eyes set on Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson.

Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, was besotted by Watson as a young teenager when filming the Harry Potter franchise.

He described how the cast would send each other ‘love letters’ during filming.

Lewis said, according to Insider:

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.

Effectively for us, it was like being in school. We started tutoring on set and we were on set all the time, so I think that 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.


He added:

She knows about that. It’s not something we’ve not talked about or anything.

Lewis is currently engaged to Angela Jones, an employee at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios, Orlando.

His relationship with Watson remains friendly.


Speaking about the end of Harry Potter to Interview magazine last year, Lewis reflected:

It was an exciting time and quite strange [having done] them for 10 years but I was very ready to finish when we came to the last one.

After playing the character for that amount of time, I wanted to do different things, I wanted to find new characters, and explore new avenues. I literally had no idea what I was going on to…

I wasn’t keen to jump back into a robe and be a wizard in something anytime soon but [I was interested in] anything that came up, really.

I felt very much that I was starting at the bottom rung again and that being in Harry Potter was no gimmick; I was going to have to leave that behind to lose the Neville Longbottom tag and prove I could do other things, learn, and understand.

Seems like a genuine guy. A Yorkshire lad, too. Wish him and Angela all the very best.