Harry Potter star James Phelps has relived the moment he found out his character Fred Weasley had died in the final book – and we’re not okay.
The actor, who starred alongside his brother Oliver (George Weasley) in the magical series, opened up about the single most heartbreaking moment of franchise. We said what we said.
Chatting to Metro.co.uk as the twins partner with Lego for their new Diagon Alley set, James explained: ‘I was actually doing some travelling in Japan.
‘The book had just come out that day, so I found an English copy. And I was actually on a bullet train. And I read the part when Fred died, and so I’m a bit shell-shocked at this point, because I didn’t realise how attached I got to the character, and so that caught me by surprise, I was surprised that he died.
‘So I’m kind of all going over these different emotions. At the same time the ticket officer is coming around asking for tickets. And he just kind of prodded me saying “ticket, ticket”. And all I could do is look at him and I actually said, “Mate, come on, I’ve just died here, let me have a bit of time to myself!’
Meanwhile, Oliver was similarly shocked to find out that George lost an ear at the beginning of Deathly Hallows – but by the end discovered he’d been let off the hook in a big way.
‘I’ve spoken to a few other cast members and some people say they went through the same thing and others say they just read it as a story. But whenever I read the book for the first time, it would almost be almost like a quick read,’ he said.
‘And then you’d see the character name and be like, “Right what’s happening with George right now?” And then at the beginning of the story when he gets his ear blown off, I was actually thinking, “Oh no, this is awful! What’s happened? Oh no!” And then obviously reading what happens to Fred a bit later on, I thought, “…Well, it could have been worse.”
‘So that was kind of how we found out, from reading the books […] and I suppose in one way, at least it wasn’t the first film!’ Oliver pointed out.
We’re definitely glad it wasn’t!
Most recently, the actors have partnered with Lego for their new Diagon Alley set, with the Weasley twins being front and centre.
The twins’ joke shop Weasley Wizard Wheezes is featured, and the characters present the augmented reality video that comes along with it when fans scan a QR code.
Chatting about their partnership with Lego, Oliver admitted: ‘Even like playing Lego as a kid when we were younger and everything like that – it’s one of those things that you can just pick up and go straight back to,
‘And be able to do that with a set from ourselves in the films, it’s just so so cool.
‘And especially having the Weasleys Wizard Wheezes and also Fred and George in there as well. It’s like a life ambition met.’
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