James and Oliver Phelps MegaCon Tampa Bay Q&A

James and Oliver Phelps MegaCon Tampa Bay Q&A

James and Oliver Phelps MegaCon Tampa Bay Q&A

James and Oliver Phelps MegaCon Tampa Bay Q&A

James and Oliver Phelps MegaCon Tampa Bay Q&A

 

MegaCon seems to have a knack for being able to snag at least one of the cast members from the iconic Harry Potter films. Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) made his typical appearance at MegaCon Orlando earlier this year, and they’ve also managed to book Tom Felton and Jason Isaacs (Draco and Lucius Malfoy) at MegaCon’s Florida conventions. This year for MegaCon Tampa Bay, we were lucky enough to have two Harry Potter stars grace us with their appearance: James and Oliver Phelps.

The Phelps twins are no strangers to comic-conventions and have made their way to MegaCon numerous times over the past five years. Their natural brotherly banter is extremely reminiscent of the twins they so accurately portray in the Harry Potter films, which makes their Q&A’s a panel you don’t want to miss. 

James and Oliver can’t seem to get enough of these conventions, and needless to say, I don’t think that we will ever get sick of hearing the hilarious anecdotes from their days as Fred and George Weasley. This year, they indulged us with their most infamous set pranks, revealed their boggarts and patronuses, and told us about their current relationship with “the boss,” J.K. Rowling.

So in case you missed the panel this year, here are the highlights from the James and Oliver Phelps MegaCon Tampa Bay Q&A session:

 

MegaCon Moderator (MM): One of you was particularly crestfallen when something really awful happens to the other of you late in the movie series. The most epic mourning, if there ever was, in cinema history. How true is this story?

[Side note: He’s referring to the story about the Oliver Phelps’ real life reaction to filming Fred’s death scene in the final Harry Potter film.]

Oliver Phelps (OP): Not…very. It’s kind of one of those moments where we learn and it’s released and… it’s not always true.

There’s a photo from the last movie where I’m crying over Fred. And there’s this whole monologue about how we were very much, you know, we embraced at the end of it and in tears and ‘I can’t anymore’ and this that and the other…

Never happened like that. We actually left James on the floor to sleep.

MM: Emotionally, you weren’t really terribly bothered at all?

OP: No, I was. Yeah, I was. But, it wasn’t the way, whoever wrote this very elaborate story, it wasn’t how they made it out to be.

James Phelps (JP): It was me!

James and Oliver Phelps MegaCon Tampa Bay Q&A

James and Oliver Phelps and Fred and George Weasley Credit: Warner Bros.

 

After a couple questions from the moderator, fans were able to ask their own questions:

  

Fan #1: Prank wars: who were the teams, if there were any?

JP: No actually, I was best man at my best pal’s wedding a couple days/ couple weeks ago. And he played Rupert’s double in the films. And we’ve had a prank war going on since the third movie—give or take.

I mean he’s the one that did the best because he takes everything to heart, but he could give it back as well. We kind of agreed if we’re going to get into pranking someone you have to appreciate that it will come back to you, and you need to accept that.

OP: And to get him back twice.

JP: Yeah. Always get him back. So, I actually made him believe that he’d lost his job on the Potter films.

MM: This is a friend of yours?

JP: Yeah, this is a friend. My best friend.

MM: Your best friend?

OP: Why have enemies!

JP: So we were on a promo for one of the movies and we’re allowed to take a guest with us, so he came with us. And there’s a photo of him doing a load of shots at a bar. And so then we were like, well we need to get out of the way in case we’re seen doing anything like that because we’re here to do promotion. And he said, well I’m going to carry on.

And so we made sure that the next day, everyone that had gone around all social media in Helsinki said we were on the town getting very loud and disruptive and Warner’s going to pull us off the tour because we were sending a bad message to everybody and he’s to blame basically. And we actually had the first assistant director (who was his boss) text him and say, “Don’t bother coming in next week.” So we kept this up for a good four or five hours.

OP: And I guess now, looking back on it, this was while we were doing this amazing private tour of Helsinki on the water; it was this private boat, a lovely restaurant, and he’s there the whole time just like [head down].

JP: But one way he did get me back before was when I was getting my hair dyed back to brown from ginger, and he actually got the hair lady to pretend that she messed up and that I was going to have to have my whole head shaved.

He got quite a good reaction from that as well!

MM: Moral of the story, don’t become friends with the Phelps boys.

Fan #2: What was your favorite prop that you got to use?

OP: I suppose doing Quidditch and having the bat? That’s really boring, let me…

Favorite prop? I know it, because I’ve still got it: It’s one of the bags from Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes.

JP: Hang on. So a bat or a bag?

OP: What was yours?

JP: The Quidditch World Cup programs.

OP: So a book.

JP: Because— if you let me elaborate—there’s actually inside (although in the film all you see is the front side of the program and that’s it) actually inside there was about 15 pages in detail of all the teams that were playing in the Quidditch World Cup. So the attention to detail really went into it. And when we weren’t filming, when we were sitting off set, we could read it. So you could actually do something with it, unlike a bag or a bat hitting an imaginary ball.

Fan #3: My question is, in the third movie they introduce the boggart: what would yours be?

OP: Mine would probably be a giant rat.

JP: And mine would be…the people at the airport security.

There are people at airport security that are like:

“What, I need to take my shoes off?”

“Yes, yes, take them off.”

“My laptop’s fine in the bag though, right?”

“No, no it’s not fine.”

“But I can take this bottle of water?”

“No, you can’t.”

That would be mine. All the moody people.

James and Oliver Phelps MegaCon Tampa Bay Q&A

James and Oliver Phelps MegaCon 2016

Fan # 4 If you had a Patronus what would it be?

OP: Um, we’ve been asked this a few times and like to think I’m a quite mellow chap. So probably like a sloth.

Then oftentimes I think about how long that would take to actually appear.

JP: I did the tests online and I was given an osprey. But I really wanted a hedgehog.

OP: But you messaged J.K. Rowling…

JP: Yeah, I did ask J.K. Rowling and she said, “No, you’re an osprey.”

But we were talking about this a couple of months ago, weren’t we? And another cool one would be like a blue whale? Because it would just like take over the whole room.

I don’t mean it would just swim around, just that like it would drop into the room like bluuurp.

OP: Those dementors won’t know what hit ‘em.

Fan #5: What was your first reaction when you saw Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes or just Diagon Alley in general at Universal?

OP: Yeah when we first saw it at Universal it was an awesome, awesome feeling. Because when we’re filming it, it was mostly, you’ve got the ceiling and you’ve got the light bulbs and everything like that, and it’s actually a lot smaller. So the way they did it at Universal, it was even more immersive than when we filmed it. And obviously it’s cool to have your own shop.

But yeah, the first time we saw it wasn’t open for another week and a half or so, so we had the whole place to ourselves. And we were there earlier this year actually in January when we had A Celebration of Harry Potter. Which was good fun. And James and I at the end of it, we just said we want to have a look at the shop. And it was funny because folks were standing in front of the shop and you see a few people just suddenly start to (turn around) and go Oooooh. So that was pretty special

JP: But I think also ‘cause we knew from the Hogsmeade one that Universal, they don’t just put a sticker on something and say ‘this is an attraction.’ Like he said how immersive it was, that really captured our imagination. But the first time we saw it, they were actually testing the fire coming out of the dragon at Gringotts. Did you know that flame can touch the floor? Like, if they wanted to. So that was pretty cool to see that as well. So yeah, was just blown away by the detail.

 

James and Oliver Phelps MegaCon Tampa Bay Q&A

Bonnie Wright with James and Oliver Phelps at Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes

Fan #6: Of all the items at Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes, which do you wish was real?

OP: Skiving Snackbox. Not for me! But Halloween is coming up, and it would be great for kids coming up to the front door.

JP: You can’t—you can’t poison kids for Halloween.

OP: No, I mean you could—okay maybe that’s the wrong idea.

JP: I would say the dark matter. Then for events like this we could make a big entrance!

Fan #7: Where would you say is the weirdest place that you guys got recognized?

OP: It’s weird because being so close to something, you forget how big it is. So I went to a remote island in Fiji…

JP: You went to Fiji or a remote island?

OP: I went to Fiji and Fiji is made up of a lot of different islands…I went to this tiny, little one and there was this guy though, he was docking the boats, and he was like, “Whoa, hey man!” And yeah, he recognized me, which blew me away because he said he very rarely ever leaves that part. Yeah, that was pretty awesome.

JP: I was swimming in the Gulf of Mexico many years ago. And I was just out there on my own, and this lady kind of bobbed over. And she just goes, “Uh…Weasley?” And I say, “Yeah, yeah.” And she goes, “Oh, cool.” And just swam away.

Fan #8: What is the weirdest/strangest thing that you’ve ever had to do on set?

JP: Probably the, in the Goblet of Fire, you know when Fred and George have their beards grow and they age? Well we were asked to, the director said, “You guys have to fight. Because it’s gone wrong, you have to get angry with each other.” So we’re like okay—and we kind of start pushing each other. And he’s like, “No, you’ve got to fight!”

So Mike (Newell) just dives on top of Oliver and they’re just wrestling on the floor. And then all of a sudden Mike stops and he [grimaces] and he says, “Okay, just do that.”

We later learned that Mike broke his rib. So my brother broke the director’s rib.

OP: Totally by accident! He wouldn’t even let on; he didn’t tell us until about six months later that it happened. So that’s how much of a cool guy he is.

And I was just happy I made the edit after that.

James and Oliver Phelps MegaCon Tampa Bay Q&A

Goblet of Fire scene Credit: Warner Bros.

Fan #9: What were your favorite pranks you played on set?

JP: There was one where, every trailer had the same TV in it. Every TV was the same and every remote was the same, so you could use the that remote on every TV.

So we were in—I think it was Rupert’s— yeah, we were using Rupert’s TV, the big one. We all hung out in there. And so we got him to believe that (of course, we’ve got the remote out of view), we got him to believe that when you put your hand up, the volume went up. And if you stomped twice— the channel moved up. Three times— it went down. And it you blinked hard enough, the subtitles went on. It was quite a good one! Feel free to use that one!

Fan #10: If you were in the Fantastic Beasts series, who would you team up with?

JP: Niffler.

MM: I’m wondering what kind of role J.K. Rowling continues to play in your lives? She’s watched all of her creations grow up and on the movie screen and she interacts with you guys on social media. She seems to visibly still make sure that she checks in on you guys. What’s your relationship with J.K. Rowling at this point?

OP: I mean for me, it’s never really changed. She’s still— the boss.

JP: Still slightly shy.

OP: Still very shy around, with any interaction with her. Definitely. She’s just an incredible woman. Who I owe, pretty much more than half my life because of her. She’s been very, very good with us.

 

This article is [sic] and transcribed to the best of my abilities. I apologize for any incorrect wording. A full video of the Q&A can be found here!

 

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15 Magical Cosplays From A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018

15 Magical Cosplays From A Celebration of Harry Potter 2018

 

Every January, Harry Potter enthusiasts get the chance of a lifetime to attend Universal Orlando’s annual Celebration of Harry Potter event. Besides getting the chance to see actual props used in the films and checking out cool things like VR and Pottermore experiences at the Expo, there’s the cast Q&A and, of course, cosplays.

This is the one time of year that Universal allows full-out cosplays, and man, did I see some FANTASTIC ones. Queenie from Fantastic Beats seemed to be the most popular character this year, but it’s always great to see the Lunas, Harrys, and Rita Skeeters running about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. So to give you a glimpse at just a handful of the incredible cosplayers that came to the event this year,  here are 15 magical cosplays from a Celebration of Harry Potter 2018:

 

 

Rita

One of the very first noticeable cosplays at this convention were the various Rita Skeeters scattered about. You have to admit– she’s kind of hard to miss. In this photo, @kutryb plays Rita Skeeter, who seems to be trying to get the latest scoop from a female Durmstrang student with her Quick Quotes Quill. Love it!

 

The Unbreakable Vow

The Unbreakable Vow.  Is there any other kind? This cosplay group shot is a cryptic flashback to the first scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film. Kudos to Tory Taylor, Eric Rhodes, and their friend (unlisted) for pulling off very convincing Bellatrix, Snape, and Narcissa Malfoy cosplays!

 

The Golden Snitch

Okay, how genius is this? Not only is this a clever and unique Harry Potter cosplay interpretation, but Minxycosplaycreations looks absolutley stunning as the Snitch. This cosplay is a combination of corset, rhinestones, and intricate attention to detail, all of which can be seen on Jacqueline’s Instagram page. Universal also seemed taken with this unique cosplay, as they put her on the forefront for much of their advertising!

 

Fawkes

“Fawkes is a phoenix, Harry. Phoenixes burst into flame when it is time for them to die and are reborn from the ashes.”

But was Fawkes ever reborn to be so glamorous?? Unlikely. Here, Niky a.k.a @nikysama took one of monumental characters in Harry Potter and turned it into something  slightly more resemblant of what Fawkes symbolizes in this series: a beacon of hope.

 

Hagrid, Harry, and Ron

It’s been almost twenty years since I first read Harry Potter, and it still warms my heart to see younger generations still impacted by these books the way I was all those years ago. And not only that, but the magic of Harry Potter is still alive in the adults that read or watched the series growing up. This photo of @snckfrnk (Ron) and @snckdve (Harry) and their fellow Hagrid depicts this sentiment perfectly.

 

Dumbledore

I’m not quite sure who this cosplayer is, but his rendition of the late Richard Harris from the first two Harry Potter films is just about the best Dumbledore cosplay I’ve seen. I’m sure many enjoyed Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in the remainder of the Harry Potter films, but Harris truly encapsulated the demeanor that was the Dumbledore that J.K. Rowling created.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

This is the first adult Harry cosplay that I’ve seen that illustrates Harry Potter from the Sorcerer’s Stone film. And I have to say– it’s absolutely spot on. He actually looks like he came straight from the book cover! When @johnnythealchemist isn’t creating art, he’s “probably watching Harry Potter.” Which explains his attention to detail in this simple, yet superb, cosplay.

 

Newt Scamander

Lights, camera, action! Is this actually Eddie Redmayne in disguise as his character Newt from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? You could have fooled me; Olen Humphries is a dead ringer for the Fantastic Beasts  actor. This seems to be his first cosplay post (at least recently), but I definitely encourage him to do more!

 

Holyhead Harpies

Throughout the past five years at these annual Harry Potter celebrations, I’ve seen Harry and Ginny in their Quidditch garb, I’ve seen the Ilvermorny U.S. Quidditch team, but this is the first time I’ve spotted an entire clan of Holyhead Harpies. For those who don’t know, the Holyhead Harpies are an all female Wales Quidditch team that Ginny ends up playing for after she leaves Hogwarts.

These incredible group of ladies deserve credit, so leave a comment below if you know who they are!

 

Beauxbaton Girls

Even though Universal routinely has their own clique of Beauxbaton girls to perform their delicate dances, I’m always impressed to see homemade Beauxbaton uniforms. Here we have Cassy Trejo and Tori in their very well-made light blue silk dresses. From the hat to the heels, these girls’ Beauxbaton cosplays are strikingly beautiful.

 

Professor Trelawney

Okay, but did you read that caption? Brenna Mazzoni seems to encompass Professor Trelawney inside and out. Fortunately, this is only one photo in her brilliant recreation of our favorite Divination professor. Brenna is normally a makeup artist and body painter, but she clearly has a knack for cosplaying as well.

 

Luna Lovegood

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There were so many incredible Lunas at this year’s Celebration, that it was hard to choose just one to show. But I was drawn to Nicolette’s version of Looney Lovegood, and a further look into her page shows an overwhelming amount of cosplay talent. The most noticeable details in her Luna cosplay have to be the tweed jacket and the ever-present Quibbler in hand. Everything about this cosplay is reminiscent of Luna, and I give Nicolette props for embodying this entertaining character.

 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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You may have seen this one already because it’s a photo complete with today’s most inspiring cosplayers. On the left we have House of Phoenix Cosplay who was first noticed on the cosplay scene for his uncanny resemblance to Jacob Kowalski. Next we have Lexie Grace who impersonates Porpentina Goldstein’s facade almost flawlessly. Then we have Alyson Tabbitha who is the queen of cosplay transformations, having expertly transformed into Newt Scamander and all his glory. And on the very right we have Anna Faith,  who should probably be Alison Sudol‘s stand-in in the next Fantastic Beasts  film since she looks exactly like Queenie!

 

The Golden Trio

Jackie aka @jabberbird makes a beautiful young Hermione alongside her Ron and Harry cosplayer friends. They represent the golden trio in their final moments after the Battle of Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. From the Extendable Charmed purse to the bloody battle scars, just about every detail is refined in these cosplays. 

 

Weasley Clan

And finally, we have the happiest group of Weasley’s you ever did see. This looks like a photo that you would have seen on Ginny’s graduation day at Hogwarts. This photo is courtesy of Jessica Medley who is a Youtuber, Harry Potter fanatic, and true Gryffindor at heart. 


Honestly, I’m going to have to stop there because there’s just too many amazing Harry Potter cosplays. And for reference, I cosplayed as J.K. Rowling on Saturday in the dress she wore for the final  Harry Potter premiere. So if you missed the celebration this year, just remember there’s always next year and “Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you home.”

Tag @cosplayandcoffeenews on Instagram to get your Celebration of Harry Potter cosplay featured!