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Harry Potter Star Calls Rowling ‘Trigger Happy’ for Killing His Character

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Harry Potter Star Calls Rowling ‘Trigger Happy’ for Killing His Character

The latest episode of Entertainment Weekly’s Binge podcast features some interesting new revelations about the “Harry Potter” films from the actor Hugh Mitchell, who played photography enthusiast Colin Creevey in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”

The biggest surprise for Potter-fans might be that Mitchell first found out about Creevey’s ultimate demise in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” from a friend: “When the final book came out, I wasn’t the first to read it,” the actor admits. “People were going up to me going, ‘Oh, I heard about what happened. Are you okay?'”

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Mitchell then went on to consider his character’s death, saying, “There’s a sort of prevailing opinion that I think J.K. Rowling got a bit trigger-happy toward the end — she got a little bit like, ‘Oh, screw it, kill him as well.'” The actor also reflected that “there’s a certain poignancy to Colin’s death just because he was that picture of innocence and also bravery — the whole thing of sneaking back into the castle. So yeah, a lot of people were pretty cut up actually about Colin’s death.”

Like Creevey himself, the original seven-part “Harry Potter” series concluded with “The Deathly Hallows,” but there are still plenty of people who are happy to revisit the wizarding world of Hogwarts. Chief among these appears to be the Potter creator herself, who has recently announced she will serve as a producer on five feature films set in the Potterverse.

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The first film from this expanded universe will be “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” which takes its name from a textbook that is later used by Harry, Ron, Hermione and the other students at Hogwarts.

Directed by Yates, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” stars Eddie Redmayne as magizoologist Newt Scamander and opens on November 18.

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