Before he was Wes Gibbins in How To Get Away With Murder, Alfred Enoch was one of the lucky ones to snag a role in J. K. Rowling's #HarryPotter series.
Playing Dean Thomas, a prominent member of Dumbledore's Army, he also participated in the Second Wizarding War and was there during the great Battle of Hogwarts. All in all, he will always remain one of the Gryffindors that continue to hold a very special place in our hearts.
And although he's one of the few child actors who managed to make a swift transition into grown-up Hollywood and still live to tell the tale, he's still eager to engage in some Potter nostalgia from time to time – especially considering the release of #FantasticBeasts is finally upon us.
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In particular, he recently revealed a snippet of behind-the-scenes information that made all of our jaws drop in one fell swoop. Apparently, when #JKRowling was asked about an unknown character called Gary in an old illustration for the book series a while ago, it was revealed that it was the name she had originally set aside for Dean Thomas. Learning of this, Alfred Enoch admitted that his mind was blown, saying:
"It was going to be what? Gary? Wow, that is nuts…Can you imagine if like, it wasn’t going to be Harry Potter; it was going to be Brian? Great name, but difficult to process at this late state of the game.”
He then added:
“Wow, Gary? No, I can’t work with Gary. That’s such a trip in my head. There we go, obviously again [Rowling] made the right choice. I respect the hell out of that. That’s great.”
Well, we're pretty glad it all worked out in the end too – especially considering how beloved Dean came to be as a character in the series. Speaking of his admiration for his character Alfred also said:
"In the books, he was a very real part of it to me because he’s from a Muggle family — or so he thinks — and he goes into this world and he likes football — he supports West Ham. Obviously, Harry is our touchstone character, but he’s got a whole different thing going on. I always felt Dean was quite funny, he’s like an ordinary guy. He’s not an ordinary guy, there’s lots to him, but he’s come from the Muggle world and it’s like ‘Oh, this is cool.’ He wasn’t locked in a cupboard all his life.”
"I always thought, he’ll be alright. Not that he had it together, but well yeah, he had it together. He went out with Ginny. I think he seems cool, popular, him and Seamus get on very well, and he seems to be having a nice, normal — the enjoyable version of a childhood at Hogwarts, not the Harry Potter nightmare experience.”
Here's Gary – I mean, Dean – snogging Ginny Weasley to the disgust of Ron:
Do you prefer the name Gary or Dean?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)