In week two of EW’s Binge of Harry Potter, we’re going as close as possible to the inside of the Chamber of Secrets.
This week, podcast hosts Marc Snetiker and C. Molly Smith tracked down actor Hugh Mitchell, who played first-year shutterbug Colin Creevey in 2002’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. (If you missed episode one, click here to read up on director Chris Columbus’ stories from Sorcerer’s Stone.)
As the little Gryffindor who stalks Harry around Hogwarts, Mitchell was a key player in the second film and keeps the world of Harry Potter close to his heart. Colin is just one of the 10 most important new characters introduced in the film (which Marc and Molly break down on this week’s episode) and Mitchell was more than game to share tales of his entrance onto set for EW’s Binge.
One of the biggest highlights from the actor’s podcast chat came when the conversation shifted to the fate of his character, who never appeared in another Potter film but bravely died in the Battle of Hogwarts. Apparently, others had filled him in on Colin’s death before he even got to experience it for himself.
“When the final book came out, I wasn’t the first to read it, and people were going up to me going, ‘Oh, I heard about what happened. Are you okay?’” he recalls. And despite Mitchell’s recognition that Colin could border on the annoying side, he doesn’t think Colin deserved the fate he was handed.
“There’s a sort of prevailing opinion that I think J.K. Rowling got a bit trigger-happy toward the end — she got a little bit like, ‘Oh, screw it, kill him as well,’” says Mitchell with a laugh. “I think there’s a certain poignancy to Colin’s death just because he was that picture of innocence and also bravery — the whole thing of sneaking back into the castle. So yeah, a lot of people were pretty cut up actually about Colin’s death.”
For more from Mitchell’s interview – including the one really weird thing he took from the Potter set – subscribe and listen to the podcast. Send your questions and comments on Twitter to@marcsnetiker and@cmollysmith, or email email@example.com. EW’s Binge is produced by EW’s Cristina Everett and edited by Will Malnati of At Will Radio.
But that’s not all! Listeners of EW’s BINGE have the chance to win a pair of tickets to EW PopFest where Eddie Redmayne will reveal an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Just listen to the new episode and email your answer to the trivia question below to firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be chosen at random. EW PopFest runs from Oct. 29-30 at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles. For more information, go to EWPopFest.com.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What role did Hugh Mitchell audition for in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets?
And in honor of one of the film’s most memorable characters, enjoy this little game we play in the podcast episode.