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Matthew Lewis Had to Wear Dentures and Fillings

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  • Tom Felton wrote about “Harry Potter” lead actor Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) in his new memoirs.
  • Felton said Lewis has become “more handsome” and “a little less Neville-like” over time.
  • Lewis was given “a wedge behind his ears, dentures, and a slightly fat suit” to look more like his character.

Tom Felton said that “Harry Potter” lead actor Matthew Lewis had to change his appearance in the movie franchise as he continued to get “handsome” in each movie.

Felton, who starred as Draco Malfoy in all eight films released between 2001 and 2011, released Tuesday’s “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Sorcerer Breeding.”

Lewis initially played Neville Longbottom, a shy and awkward Gryffindor student in the “HP” movies. Over time, the courage of the character became more evident. This resulted in Voldemort’s (Ralph Fiennes) heroic killing of his last Horcrux, Nagini, using the Gryffindor Sword in the final movie.

Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter and Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

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Outside of Neville’s character development, Lewis had matured physically and began to look less like the round-faced boy introduced at the beginning of the series.

“Matthew Lewis, who played Neville from the very beginning, was very similar to the role in the first film,” Felton wrote in his memoirs. “He had ears, he had a face, he had a cute accent. He was Neville from head to toe.”

Felton continued, “But there was a problem. Every year, when we all got together to make the next movie, Matthew got a little bit more handsome, which meant he looked a little less like Neville, physically speaking.”

“He got to the point where in later movies they had to give him a wedge behind his ears, dentures, and a slightly fat suit to keep him from looking like the hunk he had turned into,” Felton said.

Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2”.

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Lewis recalled his experience of transforming into Neville using dentures and fillings in an interview with Metro in 2021.

“It happened when I came back from the hiatus between the second and third movies,” he said. “It’s been a bit longer than usual because they went from a winter to a summer blockbuster, and when I came back I was a lot taller than everyone else and I think I was thinner than I was.”

“They tried to stuff my cheeks with cotton, which was disgusting, then they cut these sponge pieces out of the creature effects and put them in there,” Lewis said.

The actress said her cheek fillers “absorb saliva, so after a full day this is pretty vile.”

He also confirmed that he was given oversized shoes, “plastic behind the ears to keep them sticking forward,” and dentures.

Matthew Lewis as Neville Longbottom in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

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Since the franchise ended more than a decade ago, Felton and Lewis have remained close.

“Matthew is a great example of everything good about ‘Potter,'” Felton said. “He’s a charming, friendly guy, humble about everything. His knowledge and interest in all kinds of topics ensures great conversation, which makes him one of my favorite people to drink beer with.”

“Of all the Potter alumni I’ve met, Matthew is one of the ones I enjoy seeing the most,” he added. “Any Slytherin-Gryffindork rivalry is long forgotten.”