Warning: Contains Spoilers
Harry Potter fans will be familiar with the concept of ‘Longbottoming’.
For those who don’t know, it’s the process of going from that geeky-looking child who got Petrificus Totalus-ed in his PJs to suddenly bagging a shirtless spread in Attitude magazine.
And anyone who has already gotten around to watching the eagerly anticipated Game of Thrones finale will probably have already noticed a moment just like that.
Obviously, if you haven’t seen season 8 episode 6 then you should *probably* look away now, because some major spoilers lie ahead.
Enter: Robin Arryn, aka ‘sweet Robin’, Mother’s ‘good strong boy’ and Lord of the Vale – Lysa Arryn’s son. Yep, the very same one who once wiped away as breastmilk moustache while he lay on his mother’s lap while the court looked on in disgust. The very same.
Played by Lino Facioli, who is now 18 years old, Robin appeared on the finale of Game of Thrones season 8 after the uncomfortable embrace between Jon Snow and Daenerys Targarygen took place. He was seen in among the ladies and lords of Westeros, who were there to decide who should rule the Six Kingdoms after the North decided to become a separate nation.
It’s fair to say Faciolo’s appearance didn’t go unnoticed, and it turns out the actor took notice of said fans taking notice.
On Monday morning, Faciolo tweeted out an article that (correctly, we believe) suggested he is the Neville Longbottom of Game of Thrones.
— Lino Facioli (@Lino_Facioli) May 20, 2019
Definitely didn’t expect my morning to start off like this.
Faciolo’s coming of age certainly isn’t too dissimilar to that of Matthew Lewis, who played Longbottom in Harry Potter.
Lewis first appeared as a chubby-faced child in 2001 and now he has abs of steel in his late 20s, and his incredible transformation impressively coined the term ‘Longbottoming’, which has got to be an achievement to proud of.
Viewers were quick to point out #HotRobinArryn’s transformation on Twitter…
— Ruth Kinane (@ruthiekinane) May 20, 2019
— Emily Ginn (@ginn_emily) May 20, 2019
— kierarktina (@AelinsRowan) May 20, 2019
— 𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐱 𝐥𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐬 𝐥𝐨𝐤𝐢 ४ (@grimescallies) May 20, 2019
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Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist at UNILAD. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining the LADbible Group team in 2017.