So you were you obsessed with Harry Potter as a kid?
I was obsessed from when the time my Dad read me The Philosopher’s Stone. Or The Sorcerer’s Stone as I Àrst came to know it because we’re not allowed to know as much esoteric history as in the UK. I love this wizarding world very much.
Did you listen to the audiobooks too? Yeah, the audiobooks were huge for me. My dad read me the Àrst three books then I started reading them and then I started listening to the audiobooks and that became an obsessive practice. I would listen to them for, like, seven hours a day.
You’re obviously a big fan. Did you get to go to Hogwarts in this movie?
This is something that makes me very upset... No I’m just kidding. I do constantly give the members of our cast who did get to go to Hogwarts a lot of grief for not texting me to just say “Hey, I know this is your life and it’s everything to you so maybe you want to come see Hogwarts?” No, no one did that.
What was your favourite scene to film?
I really loved being able to see the magical French boulevard, the equivalent of Diagon Alley in France. I just love that. I love French culture and art and I have some Alsatian
heritage – that’s sort of German and French by the way, not the dog. It was amazing to see all the stores, like the “Baguette Magique” store which makes me laugh in the lower belly.
What’s a baguette magique?
It’s a wand! I don’t know if I’m supposed to reveal that…
Did you get to meet JK Rowling?
Yeah... freaking out, dude! But also she’s so good at chilling that she charms you, she puts a charm on you. It sort of starts to Áoat away. I remember the reality where you were the most important author in my life but that was JK Rowling and you’re just this person who’s super chill. So that’s helpful.
Have people been trying to get spoilers out of you?
Of course. I have a lot of really devout Potterhead friends and they squeeze me.
Have you had any great fan interactions? I did meet this one excellent fan who’s also clearly a very gifted actor. I don’t know how he would like his performance form to be identiàed – actor, cosplayer, mime… But he was at a Comic Con in Cleveland. He was dressed as Credence from the Àrst Àlm.
Credence has an intense haircut in the first film. Did he have the hair?
He had the hair! Which is a commitment. Let’s just start there. The look was impeccable but beyond the look he was fully channelling my very strange, contorted performance of that character. I was just very impressed. For a while I stayed in it with him and honestly, I broke Àrst! He was too committed and it freaked me out. I was like okay, I need your real voice now, I’m worried.
“JK Rowling is so good at chilling that she charms you”