James and Oliver Phelps talk about their time on Harry Potter, and who they’d fantasy cast themselves as in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
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The Phelps twins are on a roll this month when it comes to Harry Potter appearances. First James Phelps took a group of American fans on the “ultimate” Harry Potter Tour in London. Then the boys spent a week at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter opening in Universal Studios Hollywood. Then they topped it off with an appearance at a panel dedicated solely to them at one of the largest comic conventions in the States, Emerald City Comic Con, in Seattle.
The pair, who played mischievous twins Fred and George Weasley are a huge favorite among the Potter crowd and got a fantastic reception, according to MuggleNet. The twins talked about their time on the Potter set, all the way from their first audition, where they admitted they were so green, it didn’t occur to them to dress alike when they showed up, and had to run out to a department store while they waited to audition and buy matching outfits.
They also talked about discovering their fate on the series–especially James, who played the now deceased Fred Weasley. Apparently he read the final novel while on a train, and had to try and process “his” death while being interrupted by the the conductor for his ticket As for Oliver’s reaction to his brother’s death?
“It could be worse.”
But the most interesting part was when the panel turned to the brother’s impression of the brand new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Both brothers have decided they want to stick with acting, even though before they ever tried out for the parts, it was never on their radar. Oliver Phelps stated he would love to host TV programs, perhaps on the Travel Channel, while James Phelps has already started trodding the boards on live theater stages, and is clearly hooked. But both would drop everything for a chance to be in Fantastic Beasts. Their idea? 1920s era Weasley twin, naturally.
“They say that twins, they have multiple genes in every generation, so maybe there would be twin girls and we would have to drag up a bit.”
Drag or no drag, I’m certain every generation of Weasley Twins are certain to be major troublemakers. I would suggest Newt and Tina steer clear of them when returning to the UK in later installments, but then again, it looks like we’ve just discovered Newt Scamander has brought on quite a bit of trouble in his own days at Hogwarts. Perhaps he and a set of Weasley twins from his own generation would get along like a house on fire.
For more details on their panel, check out MuggleNet’s full write up.