During EW's Binge of Harry Potter podcast, Hugh Mitchell, who played the photography-loving Colin Creevey in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, shared a but of what it was like to play the role. From his grueling audition process to exploring the magic behind-the-scenes, Mitchell's interview is chock-full of Harry Potter goodness.
Sadly, like many beloved young wizards in the series, Colin Creevey died after sneaking back into the castle during the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Though it's been almost 10 years since the final book was released, the now-27-year-old Mitchell still vividly recalls learning of his character's fate.
Even worse, perhaps, for Mitchell was learning about the death of Colin from friends and family before he could read it himself.
“When the final book came out, I wasn’t the first to read it, and people were going up to me going, ‘Oh, I heard about what happened. Are you okay?’”
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During the Battle of Hogwarts, there were over 50 casualties including Severus Snape, Fred Weasley, Remus Lupin, Nymphadora Tonks, Lavender Brown and young Colin Creevey. According to Mitchell, some have posited Rowling was a bit "trigger-happy" when killing off some of these characters.
“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' (laughs).
"I think 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.”
While I do see where Mitchell is coming from, I think calling Rowling's decision to kill off those characters "trigger-happy" is a bit rash. After all, senseless killings are a necessary and perpetual characteristic of war. And as he went on to address, Colin's death did serve a greater purpose.
To listen to Mitchell's interview in full, check out EW's Harry Potter Binge on iTunes podcasts.
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[Source: EW's Binge]