Get ready to brew a big batch of amortentia . . . Neville Longbottom aka Matthew Lewis — living proof that magic is absolutely real — turns 27 today, and we are celebrating his golden birthday the best way we know how . . .
For more than a decade, we've watched little Neville grow into his own, from a timid, forgetful misfit into the brave badass who just kills it (literally) in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2. But the transformation from boy to man wasn't just on the big screen; the actor who plays Neville has emerged as the breakout stud from the Harry Potter franchise since around 2011, eliciting "is that really Neville?!" responses from fans everywhere.
I interviewed Matt at the red carpet for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Diagon Alley, where he proved to be just as charming and handsome as you could imagine — and elicited plenty of screams from the females in the audience. He told People magazine that he's "incredibly flattered" by the attention he's received, adding, "I don't know what to make of it." So for all the ladies who dig the dorky guys, we give you before photos of Neville as well as a shameless collection of hot pictures of Matthew Lewis that'll have you attempting to slip love potion into Neville's Butterbeer.