‘Harry Potter’ Fan Timothée Chalamet Represents a Hogwarts House for ‘Dune’ Interviews
Timothée Chalamet grew up on ‘Harry Potter’
Chalamet was around 6-years-old when the first Harry Potter movie premiered in 2001. He grew up during the franchise’s golden age when the films and books were still being released.
In a 2019 appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, the actor revealed his connection to Harry Potter. And he talked about how starstruck he was meeting Emma Watson on the set of their film, Little Women.
“I grew up on Harry Potter in some way,” Chalamet told Seth Meyers. “I grew up seeing those movies. So, that first time seeing Emma Watson — this is going to be weird for her to see now — that was definitely a weird moment. I had to work past that.”
Timothée Chalamet wore a Hogwarts cardigan during ‘Dune’ promotions
Chalamet is gearing up for the premiere of his new movie, Dune, which hits theaters and HBO Max on Oct. 22. And during one round of press interviews, the actor wore a Harry Potter sweater that indicates his affinity to one particular Hogwarts house.
Chalamet rocked a dark green front zip cardigan sweater bearing the Slytherin House crest. Slytherin is affiliated with some of the most powerful witches and wizards in the Harry Potter universe, including Severus Snape and Tom Riddle (Lord Voldemort).
The Dune star didn’t talk about the sweater or why he was sporting it in the interviews. But just by wearing it, he gave a low-key shout-out to Harry Potter and Slytherin.
He also compared ‘Dune’ to ‘Harry Potter’
Dune is an adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science-fiction novel of the same name. And when talking to Deadline ahead of the Venice Film Festival, Chalamet spoke about the immense fan base Dune has and how much pressure he felt to get his character, Paul Atreides, right.
“I like to think that with every film I’ve done — the character you play is almost a piece of your flesh,” Chalamet said. “And that’s always true, but simply from the perspective of how long the shoot for Dune was, and also the arc that Paul Atreides is on, as well as the huge love and almost biblical connection that so many people have for the book and the original film, it really felt tectonic — Just getting to this finish line feels like, phew.”
The 25-year-old also explained how he felt Dune and Harry Potter connect to their generation of readers. “So much of our pop culture and films and books have been derived from Dune and all the philosophy in the book,” Chalamet said. “I’ve been shocked to learn how many people have a next-level connection to the book. I compare it to how our generation grew up with Harry Potter, and that one makes sense to me.”
Dune hits theaters and HBO Max on Oct. 22, 2021.