Is Christmas really Christmas without a Harry Potter binge? No, is the answer. And while everyone always makes a fuss over Harry and if you"re me, Ron (because, let"s face it, Ron is the stand out star here). We all know that the scene-stealer in The Philosopher"s Stone is Quidditch Captain and all-round bae Oliver Wood.
We can all remember the moment we no longer gave a flying Filch about the fact Harry got Seeker, because, wait, WHO IS THAT BABE CARRYING THE QUIDDITCH SET? And so our childhood crush on Oliver Wood was born.
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The actor in question was Sean Biggerstaff, who was 17 when he first played Wood. Growing up near Glasgow, he took part in drama groups from a young age. Then, his big pre-Harry Potter break came when he was 11 and auditioned for a play starring Professor Snape himself, Alan Rickman. He didn"t get the part.
BUT, two years later Alan Rickman returned and cast him in the movie remake of the same play - The Winter Guest, also starring Professor Trelawny, AKA Emma Thompson.
"It was while at the Scottish Youth Theatre that I was chosen for The Winter Guest. Alan Rickman (known to most of the kids as "the bad guy from Die Hard") popped along one day looking for two boys to accompany him to the coldest place on Earth, Fife, for two months to make a film. Myself and the suspicious character that is Douglas Murphy were the lucky ones."
Alan, being the lovely human we always expected him to be, then also recommended him to a London talent agency. Within a week, Harry Potter castings began and Sean bagged the Oliver role.
"When I left school and wanted to try and do this sort of thing for a living, Alan arranged a meeting with his agent. The first audition that agent got me was for Harry Potter," said Sean.
"When I arrived at Leavesden Studios for the first time and met David Heyman for the first time, he told me he"d just had a call from Alan telling him how wonderful I was and that he"d be mad not to hire me. He hired me."
But what has Oliver Sean been up to since those Quidditch-captaining-days? Well, he is still adorable AF for starters and still hangs out with JK Rowling from time to time.
He has continued acting and we mean PROPERLY acting - winning a Best Actor Scottish BAFTA in 2007 for his role in BBC4 TV movie Consenting Adults. He"s also appeared in films like Hippie Hippie Shake with Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy, as well as a ton of theatre roles.
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