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What happened to Neville Longbottom?! Fans in frenzy after Matthew Lewis shares photo of himself sporting beard

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Matthew Lewis has officially said goodbye to his alter ego as the loveable yet baby faced Neville Longbottom from the Harry Potter franchise with this latest photo shoot, which shows the star sporting a handsome beard.

 The 26-year-old, who is currently starring in the romantic film Me Before You, shared a snap of himself during a photoshoot for Fault Magazine. Dressed in a burgundy jumper with his hair pushed back, the star looked dashing in the snap. He wrote: "Little teaser from @fault_magazine shoot I did sometime last year. Well don't remember my beard getting that out of control. Full interview and shoot available on Friday."

Fans were quick to praise the actor's full beard look, with one Instagram user writing: "I'm waiting for him to play Bond in the future you know," while another wrote: "You have a bit of a wolverine look going there!"


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In an interview with the magazine, Matthew also opened up about hearing the news about his Harry Potter co-star Alan Rickman's passing away, saying: "I was at Leavesden Studios, visiting the set of Fantastic Beasts and I was with the producer who did all the Harry Potter films. He was taking me around the studio when the news came through. We were both just completely stunned.

"But also, to be in the studio when that came through, suddenly every room that I went into, every corridor that I walked down on, I suddenly remembered a story or an image of Alan. It got a bit odd. It was quite surreal. But also, powerfully moving as well. It was quite nice to be there.

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Matthew is best known for his role at Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter franchise 

"On his last day, I had a cup of tea with him in his trailer and we just sat and chatted about the future of my career and what I should do. He just offered me advice in where I should go and he said some things to me that filled me with a lot of confidence. And when you hear those sorts of things from someone of his stature, his ability, it means a lot."