Matthew Lewis didn’t need a seat booked on the Hogwarts Express to return to J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.
The actor, who played Neville Longbottom in the eight Harry Potter films, saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London over the weekend, and posted his enthusiastic (or, should we say, spellbound) review of the play on Instagram.
“A giant congratulations and an even bigger thank you to these guys and the rest of the cast of [Cursed Child],” he captioned a photo with members of the play’s cast. “To be in the movies was a dream come true but it became work and I forgot what it was to be a fan a long time ago. However, over the last two nights I was able to enjoy the world of Harry Potter once again. To lose myself in a story so rich and so powerful and, more importantly, that I had nothing to do with was truly magical. I felt like I was nine years old again, discovering it all for the first time and it is very, very special.”
Lewis isn’t the first member of the Harry Potter films’ cast to take in the two-part play by Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne. Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, and Helena Bonham-Carter have all seen the show — but Daniel Radcliffe, who played The Boy Who Lived, has said it might be a while before he joins them.
“I want to see the show, I am genuinely intrigued and I hear it’s fantastic,” Radcliffe said over the summer. “I just feel like sitting in an audience that will, for the most part of the near future, be very enthusiastic Harry Potter fans might not be a … relaxing way to see a show. So, I guess, not for the time being.”