At this point we all know what Longbottoming is, right? In case you've been living under a Harry Potter free rock for the last few years, it's when someone emerges from the treacherousness that is puberty and is not only unscathed, free of acne-ridden battle scars, but actually comes out even better on the other side.
Case in point, the original Longbottom, 26-year-old Matthew Lewis who went from this adorable, albeit slightly awkward little guy...
To this absolute stunner! *fans self*
If Matthew Lewis, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Bonnie Wright, Tom Felton, etc. aren't enough to prove that the magic of Harry Potter exists beyond the books and movies, then maybe the other Harry, Harry Melling that is, will help convince you!
When Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone came out in 2001 we were introduced to Harry Melling's portrayal of Dudley Dursley. Chances are you remember him looking like this:
And saying absolutely atrocious things like this about his birthday presents...
No doubt he had real talent for playing such a horrible little child, but who knew he had a talent for Longbottoming as well?
Like his character, Melling started shedding his Dudley Dursley baby weight when he hit puberty - as many of us do - and kept slimming down! For his scenes in Harry Potter and the Dealthly Hallows: Part 1, Melling actually had to wear a body suit to look more like his former self.
Over a decade later, 26-year-old Harry Melling has gone from everyone's least favorite and most annoying cousin to a full-fledged adult, and is all grown up. Here's what he looked like just last year:
Not only has Melling transformed into a physically svelte man, but his career has taken a fascinating turn as well.
These days, Melling has mostly left the silver screen and instead has shifted his focus to the stage. In 2014 he performed his own work, a one-man monologue titled 'Peddling,' which ran in the Arcola Theatre in London this year.
While promoting Peddling a few months back, Melling talked to The Economist about his life after leaving the Harry Potter franchise and what life has been like outside of being a Dursley:
"The thing with [having played] Dudley is that you get a call every now and again going, “We’re looking for a really fat, rattish guy.” And then my agent has to go, “Oh no, sorry, he’s changed.” And so I think that if my career was going to take off, it would take off in that sort of way. I had no desire for that to be my career, or to be my life, and to cash in on that. It was completely against everything that I wanted to be. My measure for fulfilling my ambition has always been the roles [I’m playing]. That’s the only thing to go by really. When that notion of career takes over the notion of why you’re doing it in the first place, that’s when it gets dangerous."
From the sound of things, Harry Melling seems to be doing really well. Whether it be by stage or screen, hopefully we'll be seeing even more of him in the future.
In the meantime, we can always look back on his last scene as Dudley Dursley. The extended version may have mostly been cut from the film, but we have this awesome fan-made version by YouTuber Mc Gloomy that used some crafty editing to tie all of the unfinished scenes together.