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Jamie Campbell Bower Compares His Twilight and Harry Potter Experiences

By November 7, 2009

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Name the two biggest film franchises currently in production. Now name one actor who's in both. Jamie Campbell Bower (best known for his role alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd) is fortunate enough to be a supporting player in the second Twilight movie, New Moon, and in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2. Bower plays Caius, a member of the Volturi, in New Moon, a role he'll reprise if/when the final Twilight book, Breaking Dawn, is made into a movie. And in Harry Potter #7 and #8 Campbell Bower portrays Gellert Grindelwald, a character who makes his first appearance in the series as the Harry Potter franchise winds to a close.

"He's an old friend of Dumbledore's, a possible lover," offered Campbell Bower at the LA press day for New Moon.

Asked to compare the experience of working on Twilight with working on the Harry Potter franchise, Campbell Bower said, "The Twilight phenomenon cinematically is relatively young so there's still a lot of growth there to go with the film, and there's still a lot of connections to be made between cast and crew and stuff, whereas with Potter they've been going for 10 years now. It's a machine, Potter. You go in, you do your thing, and then you go on. Whereas with this, it's a lot more finding out about everything and a lot more exploration to do in general."

Campbell Bower's not quite done filming his scenes in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows yet. "At the moment, I've only worked on it for about a week. I think I've got another week and a bit to go," revealed Campbell Bower. "They're still working on it. They're shooting simultaneously because they've obviously got lots of time scheduled and they have to do both side by side. Whenever they can, they will do that, I think."

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November 8, 2009 at 12:24 am
(1) David says:

Cool, I love what he said.

November 8, 2009 at 7:30 pm
(2) ME says:

I agree. Harry Potter is definitely a machine. They know what works at this point. They’ve figured things out, but I still love how they try new things. Every film is different, so they’re still learning as well. I love it.

May 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm
(3) Carmen C. says:

Hello! I`d like to know if J.K.Rowling wrote the Harry Potter best seller after her own dreams “stories”. I had during my childhood many similar (not the same,just similar !) experiences in my dreams.Thank You for yor time.

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