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INTERVIEW: Dallas Welcomes Gryffindor Alumni Luke Youngblood (aka Lee Jordan)

Everyone’s favorite broadcaster (with maybe the exception of Slytherin students) is headed to Dallas for next month’s LeakyCon. Luke Youngblood, who portrays Lee Jordan in the Harry Potter film franchise, is scheduled to appear as a guest in the celebrity lineup. Avid fans of the series will recognize the character as Harry’s ally and opinionated Quidditch announcer who used his radio talents to help the resistance fight Lord Voldemort.

Since the conclusion of the Battle for Hogwarts, Luke has moved on from his magical role to become a bit of a television sensation. In recent years he has played major characters in two cult classics, Galavant and Community. His comedic personality and unmatched energy have managed to spotlight him in shows that are cluttered with other standout stars.

Luke might be enjoying a rise in fame but he has not forgotten his roots in the Harry Potter films. The movies not only helped project his career but also served as the foundation for many of his friendships. In an entertaining twist, I was able to conduct an exclusive interview with the voice of “Potterwatch” to find out a little more about his character, career, and personal life.

With LeakyCon coming up we definitely have to start out with some questions about your experience filming Harry Potter. Lee Jordan was in the Deathly Hallows book but never made it to either movie. There are reports out there that you had filmed some scenes but they didn’t make the final cut. Is this true and if so what did they consist of?

I actually didn’t film anything in the Deathly Hallows at all. I know in the books the character was part of it but I didn’t do any filming for either of those movies. Regrettably, whatever sources you heard those from are wrong.

Speaking of your time on set, what do you remember most about the whole experience?

I think it was probably meeting everyone and forming lifelong friendships. I got to play quite a few pranks with James and Oliver, who are still some of my close friends and played the twins in the movies. All of us were just kind of thrust together and were immersed in this huge world that we didn’t even know was going to be as big as it was.

Now I have to ask, what were some of the pranks that you and the Phelps brothers tried to pull off?

There were some that involved the production people. James has got a scar on his left cheek. We would come up with these elaborate stories about how we had gone to some farmers land up by where they lived and the farmer had got a bb gun and shot him in the cheek. We said that is how we could identify James from Oliver and everyone believed it for pretty much the entire time we filmed. It all just kind of went on from there really.

In the books, Lee Jordan was notorious for causing trouble with the Weasley twins. It sounds like you three stayed true to your characters!

[Laughs] Us three were cast pretty well considering the mischief that we may have gotten up to during filming.

Lee is a pretty underrated character. I mean the guy plays a critical role in fighting the rise of Lord Voldemort but doesn’t even get screen time in the final movies. What are your thoughts?

Yeah, right? Basically when they translate the book to the film, due to it being so rich in information and so packed, there is just too much to fit into the movie. I think the original cut of the film was like 4 ½ hours long and to get that down to 2 ½ hours there was so much that had to go. Even Peaves was cut out, and he is a major character in the whole book. So, I totally get it. I think it is a shame that it has to happen to a lot of our characters, but I totally understand when it comes to requesting that people sit down for over 2 ½ hours to watch a film.

Let’s face it; Lee is pretty unappreciated in general. He is key for communicating to the underground resistance and even participates in the Battle for Hogwarts. Yet he is often overlooked when people talk about the characters. Even J.K. Rowling penned an “Unsung Heroes” piece on Pottermore for him. Don’t you agree?

Yeah! I think Lee has a lot to offer and I would have liked to see more of him, Fred, and George’s antics. There are a few nods and references here and there, but it would have been good to be able to show more of that.

You are the leading expert since J.K. Rowling isn’t around to answer this question. Lee spent time training with Harry to produce a patronous with the D.A. What was his patronous?

Ohhhh, I don’t know… That is a very good question; nobody has ever asked me that. He has a pet spider and I kind of like that idea… I feel like it would have been maybe some type of a flying animal like a hawk, eagle, or something like that, which would move very swiftly.

He is quick-witted and crafty, so that would make sense. If you had a patronous what would it be?

Mine? Mine would be a cheetah just because they are the fastest land animal, and I am all about the speed. Let’s get it going! The fastest rollercoasters, the fastest cars, you know? I just want to get things done, and it to be efficient. So yeah, I think mine would be a cheetah.

Did you happen to take any “souvenirs” from the set?

We were not allowed to take a single thing. I heard a rumor that someone stole a chalice or something. Obviously production found out, and that person was let go, so to speak. I can’t speak on how true that is, but I believe it would be. We were reminded quite frequently that nothing on set was to leave the set at all. But if I were to have taken something, it probably would have been a cup, plate, knife, fork, or table setting just because we were in the Great Hall so much and became so accustomed to eating nonstop.

Were you ever sorted into a house on the Pottermore website?

I did it once a long time ago. Believe it or not, I am a Gryffindor. I was pretty pleased. I was very, very happy to be a Gryffindor. Some people just really know. They are like, “Oh, I’m Slytherin.” They feel it, they own it, and are okay with it. But I was just like please let me be a Gryffindor. It was like it almost heard me.

Lee’s favorite hobby was watching Quidditch matches. What are yours?

My hobbies? I am an adrenaline junkie. Anywhere I go I try to hit up one or two theme parks. I’m hoping on my trip to Dallas I can do a quick Six Flags moment because I haven’t been to the Six Flags there yet. I just love theme parks so much. I like going to the beach. Traveling is also another big, massive one of mine. I enjoy taking in different cultures. I think that I deny this and I don’t know why, but I am also a bit of a foodie as well. Anytime I am traveling I like to try different things.

Finally, I have to ask this for some personal closure, are they ever going to bring back Galavant?

I don’t know. The door is always open. There have been a few talks about whether they would do it and how they would do it as well. Like, would they do it in a movie type situation or take it to Broadway perhaps? There are a few different ideas that are floating around. We only had 18 episodes and two seasons. I feel like maybe, in years to come, it will be something that a lot of people are back on. People will be like, “Oh my gosh! That was amazing!”, and the conversation will come up again, and they will rehash it. Fingers crossed! I’m sure all of us would love to have another crack at it and enjoy being silly again.

Do you know what they had in mind for season 3, or what was to become of Sid?

No idea. They are very tight-lipped about what they are going to do. They have an idea of how the season goes, but as we are filming they watch the playback and get new ideas as they come in. It is always changing and evolving as the show is being filmed.

 

While those dreams of someday finding Lee Jordan in deleted scenes of the Deathly Hallows may have been dashed at least there is still the possibility for a Galavant revival! Be sure to attend LeakyCon on August 10-12 to find out more from Luke Youngblood and his Harry Potter co-stars. If you don’t have tickets to the sold out event don’t panic just yet because there is still the opportunity to earn your way in by working as a volunteer! To see the newly released schedule, find information about LeakyCon, or apply to volunteer click here!