Even seven movies in, there are still going to be new characters showing up later this year when the “Harry Potter” series begins arcing toward its conclusion in the first part of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” One of those characters is Xenophilius Lovegood, father of Luna, played by Rhys Ifans. Speaking to MTV’s Josh Horowitz recently at the press junket for “Greenberg,” the actor discussed the experience of joining the mostly British “Potter” cast.
“That was great,” he said, beaming. “When you’re an English actor and you get the ’Harry Potter’ call– it’s like Batman, you know? You have a phone, you have a normal phone, and then you have one that is made out of wood. That’s the ’Potter’ people. They call you up [and] you get your wand out, you put your cloak on and off you go. It’s a real honor. It’s like getting knighted or something.”
Of course, for all of the excitement over being cast, it cannot compare to actually arriving on set. This is a franchise that’s been operating out of the same headquarters for roughly a decade. As you might imagine, there’s quite a production to be found there.
“It’s such a vast world that they’ve created. You literally are entering another world anyway when you walk on the set,” Ifans explained. “The security on the gate, they have their own zoo– if they want an owl, they call an owl in, it knows the way to the set, it comes on its own. The owl has a publicist. It’s just fantastic. That, of course, in Los Angeles is par for the course, but it is the biggest sort of brand we have in England.”
There’s also the simple experience of sharing the set with so many colleagues. The “Potter” movies sport a sizable British cast, which means that just about everyone has some sort of shared work history with everyone else. “You just sit with all these actors you’ve starved with in the theater… sitting there dressed as wizards [and] having wand-offs. So it’s very pleasantly surreal.”