Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Harry Potter Cast Receives Honorary Degrees, David Yates, David Bradley, Matthew Lewis

Director David Yates, Actor David Bradley (Argus Filch), and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) have received honorary degrees from their respective universities over the summer.

Director David Yates who was at the helm of the last four Harry Potter films of the 8-film series received an honorary degree from the University of Essex. He had originally graduated from Essex in 1987 with a Bachelors in Government. During his graduation speech, and visit to Colchester Campus, Yates urged students and graduates to not lose their sense of “spirit, energy, conviction and enthusiasm” he had seen during his visit to the Colchester Campus. source

David Bradley who played the lovable yet bitter squib of Hogwarts, Argus Filch, received an honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of Warwick. The actor's career has included work on stage, on-screen, and television programs since 1971. The actor was a former Liverpool football star, and is the new Head of the Civil Service. Since the ending of his role in Harry Potter, Bradley has gone on to be cast in the seventh series Doctor Who. source

Matthew Lewis received an honorary Master of Arts degree at the graduation ceremony at Leeds Metropolitan University. The young actor who portrayed the awkward Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films was overjoyed with receiving the award, saying the he still lives in Leeds and the acknowledgement from the university was quite overwhelming. source

Congratulations to the Harry Potter cast
and crew for their achievements!

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