Hero Fiennes Tiffin On His Early Experiences As Young Voldemort In Harry Potter – Exclusive
Few film series have the lasting impact of ‘Harry Potter’. The franchise initially hit theaters in 2001 with “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which drew audiences into the young wizard and his friends as they battle dark forces, stuttering Professor Quirrell, and the normal challenges of school bullies ( we’re looking at you, Malfoy). The series released seven more films, all of which captured the stories of their source material while the final book was split into a two-part cinematic event. By the time Harry and Voldemort battle it out one last time in the Hogwarts courtyard, generations of fans were hooked – it was the movie experience of a lifetime.
To say Voldemort was a bad character is a significant understatement, but the dark wizard wasn’t always the noseless, snake-like creature so many of us came to despise. At one point he was a sad little boy who was largely kept away from the outside world. When “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” hit theaters, audiences were transported back to the early days of Tom Riddle, with actor Hero Fiennes Tiffin bringing the twisted little kid to life on screen. Tiffin, who happens to be the cousin of Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort), is now all grown up and taking the movie world by storm. When we sat down with Tiffin for the premiere of his movie “First Love,” we couldn’t help but ask him about his “Harry Potter” days.
Harry Potter was initially an opportunity for hero Fiennes Tiffin to take a day off from school
There’s nothing quite like playing hooky in grade school — the thrill of skipping class for the day is the closest thing to a rebellious streak in those early days, and for Hero Fiennes Tiffin, the audition process for “Harry Potter” was initially a chance for him to get out of class for the day. During our exclusive sit-down with the actor, Tiffin told us that after getting a small job, the audition for the legendary franchise came up. Despite competing against very talented young actors, Tiffin’s mother told him he could leave school for the day – he entered.
“The next audition, call another weekday, another day off. My motivation for the ‘Harry Potter’ movies was really days off, to audition,” Tiffin told us. “When I got the part, I remember jumping on the couch and burying my head in it and screaming and then sitting up and thinking, ‘Oh, now I’m really nervous. Now I really have to do it.'”
Hero Fiennes Tiffin recalls an ’emotional rollercoaster’ experience on set
We all took a stick off the sidewalk and waved it like a wand, hoping something great would happen. Hero Fiennes Tiffin came as close as a child could get to the wizarding world. Tiffin told us the movie experience was an “emotional rollercoaster” and recalled that the cast and crew did everything they could to make it as comfortable as possible for him.
“Michael Gambon” [Albus Dumbledore] is a kid at heart and was so accommodating and talked to me about sports cars in between takes and undermined the seriousness of it to make me feel so comfortable,” Tiffin told us about the experience.”[Director] David Yates did the same. He was like one of his kind.”
From his career since ‘Harry Potter’, Tiffin revealed that he had scored such an intense role at a young age, and that everything that has come since then felt a little more manageable.
“I had such a rich experience at the highest level in the beginning.” said Tiffin. “Everything else was like, ‘Oh, it’s okay if I don’t get that. It’s okay if I can’t.’ [I’m] very grateful for that experience.”
“First Love” is now running in select theaters and is available for rent and purchase on demand.
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