During our interview, however, Jamie did reveal one key fact that might not be met with such enthusiasm: Despite reports to the contrary, he’s only expecting to be in one of the final two “Potter” movies.
“I play Gellert Grindelwald, who is an old friend of Dumbledore’s,” explained the 21-year-old actor. “It’s a flashback character, which is good fun. I did a little bit before I went off and did ’New Moon.'”
“No, I’m just doing number one,” he answered when we asked if Grindelwald was scheduled to be in both halves of the split-for-the-cinema-sequels made from J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” novel. “Thus far, I mean. I haven’t seen the script for the second one; I don’t think anyone has seen the script for the second one.”
As for the look of Gellert, the actor revealed: “We’re pretty much keeping it straight; the costume is fantastic — we had this idea that he’s very bird-like. He’s described in the book as almost looking like a crow or something like that, and we [latched] onto that; I have a nice jacket which makes me look cool.”
In fact, Jamie told us, if you look closely at Grindelwald’s appearance when the first half of “Deathly Hallows” hits theaters in November 2010, you’ll see hints of his bird motif. “It doesn’t have wings or anything; it’s just the way that it’s cut. It’s very subtle,” he explained. “But, as is true with a lot of things in film, if you know what the intention is and the background of it, then you can recognize it — but if you’re not really watching or paying any attention, then you’ll miss it.”
In our interview with him, Jamie went into greater detail with his thoughts on the “Twilight” franchise versus “Potter” … and being the only star other than Robert Pattinson to ever set foot in both immensely-popular fantasy realms. But, as he explained to us, when the jobs began coming his way, he only had time to read one of the book series before it was time to begin work.
“I haven’t read all the ’Harry Potter’ books, no; that’s a bad thing,” he admitted. “But I have read all the ’Twilight’ books!”
If you had a friend who’d never read either book series, which one would you tell them to read first: “Twilight” or “Potter”?