'I would not turn my nose up': Matthew Lewis talks returning to Harry Potter for new TV series

Matthew Lewis shot to fame playing Neville Longbottom credit:Bang Showbiz
Matthew Lewis shot to fame playing Neville Longbottom credit:Bang Showbiz

Matthew Lewis "wouldn't turn his nose up" at appearing in the 'Harry Potter' TV series.

The 34-year-old actor shot to fame after playing Neville Longbottom in the wizarding movie series and though he is "not in any rush to go back to the world" for Max's planned reboot, he'd still give the project fair consideration if he was asked to return.

He told People magazine: "It's not something I'm looking at or want to do but would not turn my nose up at.

"I'd be very interested to see if it was Neville as an adult — a whole different vibe. That could be interesting. I would certainly look at that and consider it."

Matthew explained he loves his job because it constantly changes and he never has to "stick with one thing".

He said: "I've been a nurse, I've been a police officer, I've been a soldier, I've been a wizard, I've been all these different things.

"I never know what's up next, and I love that."

In February, Matthew and Jason Isaacs - who played Lucius Malfoy - were asked who they would like to portray, away from their original characters, in the TV series.

Jason chose Dobby the house elf "because you don't have to go to make-up", while Matthew insisted there wasn't anyone else he would "want to even attempt to play.”

However, after much encouragement from his friend, he eventually admitted Remus Lupin - who was played by David Thewlis in the movies - had been one of his favourite characters in J.K. Rowling's novels.

He said: “If I was to have a go, that would be one that I’d do."

Meanwhile, Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry himself, has ruled out appearing in the series.

He told ComicBook.com: "My understanding is that they're trying to very much start fresh and I'm sure whoever is making them will want to make their own mark on it and probably not want to have to figure out how to get old Harry to cameo in this somewhere."

Some fans have been hoping Daniel might make a little appearance alongside Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), but he doesn't think it's on the cards.

However, the 'Miracle Workers' star insisted he wishes the team "all the luck in the world" with bringing the 'Harry Potter' books to life for a new audience.

He added: "So I'm definitely not seeking it out in any way.

"But I do wish them, obviously, all the luck in the world and I'm very excited to have that torch passed. But I don't think it needs me to physically pass it."

The new series was announced by Max - formerly known as HBO Max - in April last year, with each season of the show focusing on one of the seven books.

They are expected to air over a decade as the actors grow old with the characters, while author JK Rowling will serve as an executive producer alongside Neil Blair and Ruth Kenley-Letts.