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 kid playing the brutal Dudley Dursley in the fantasy film franchise, but he's completely unrecognizable these days.
Melling 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.
Harry Melling is unrecognizable by his Potter alter ego.
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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
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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 make 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.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced with permission
Originally released as an unrecognizable star after weight loss
Since he found fame, he has completely changed his image