Blackpool Harry Potter actor David Thewlis on why he wasn’t in reunion special

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The 58-year-old is known for playing Professor Lupin in the films in the episode

 

David Thewlis as Remus Lupin in Harry Potter.
David Thewlis as Remus Lupin in Harry Potter. (Image: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Enterta)

The Harry Potter 20th anniversary reunion special was released over the new year weekend warming the hearts of book and film fans.

But some fans were left wondering why Blackpool-born David Thewlis wasn’t in the special episode.

The 58-year-old is known for playing Professor Lupin in the films.

He did not return to appear alongside actors such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.

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But David took to social media to joke that he was ‘banned’ from appearing because of a backlash from fans over an Instagram post last year.

He wrote: “Well, last year, as some of you may recall, I foolishly posted what I thought was an amusing picture of a Lupin action figure to which I had attached some comically large feet.

“It seems I did this on a sensitive anniversary, upsetting many.

“This led to an enormous number of fans (and some cast members) taking to the streets in protest and signing a petition demanding that I be banned from any future Potter celebrations.

‘”In my defence, it was my wife’s idea.

“I did not realise the significance of the date, and following the advice of my legal team, the post has since been removed.

“I hope that has cleared things up.”

So, while there was no official explanation given for his absence, it looks like he’s taken the whole thing in good humour.