HARRY Potter star Harry Melling has admitted that he is no longer recognized thanks to his incredible weight loss.
The 31-year-old actor became famous as a child playing the brutal Dudley Dursley in the fantasy film franchise, but he's completely unrecognizable these days.
Harry is unrecognizable by his Potter alter ego Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty
Harry made his debut in the first Harry Potter film in 2001 and appeared until the first part of Deathly Hallows in 2010.
But he started shedding the pounds while filming and was even close to being recast for the final film – he had to wear a thick suit to keep his role.
He has worked in several other films, including three Netflix hits that were released this year, but Harry confessed that few people realize he once played Dudley.
He's now told people that his weight loss wasn't even intentional, and he's enjoying the surprising side effect of anonymity.
He played Dudley in the fantasy series Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Since he found fame, he has completely changed his imagePhoto credit: Warner Bros.
He stated, "I think it was an unconscious thing when it started. I went to drama school when I was 18 and the weight shifted there, not for any major need on my part, but it's just something that just happened.
"And I've done a lot and done a lot of theater since I graduated from drama school. I think one of the blessings of this type of stage in my life has been the fact that I wasn't recognized.
"I had the story of being part of the films, but I also felt like I had the opportunity to create a fresh start, which I find useful."
Harry appears in Netflix & # 39; The Old Guard, the thriller The Devil All the Time and the brand new show The Queen & # 39; s Gambit.
Fans no longer recognize the actor Photo credit: Getty Images – Getty
Hogwarts & # 39; Neville Longbottom actor Matthew Lewis also had a shocking change after the series ended
The fans were thrilled with the new lookImage Credit: Getty – Contributor
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He's not the only Harry Potter star to have changed since first becoming known. The actor Matthew Lewis from Neville Longbottom is also unrecognizable by his counterpart at Hogwarts.
Matthew caused a stir in 2015 when he showed off his new look in a steamy shoot for Attitude magazine.
The star posed in his pants to show off his new body with rock hard abs.