He starred in one of the biggest movie franchises of all time – but Harry Potter fans would be hard pushed to recognise Harry Melling these days. The 27-year-old, who found fame as Harry's chubby tormentor Dudley Dursley, stepped back into the spotlight on Thursday at the premiere of Lost City of Z, and stunned onlookers with his dramatic weight loss. Harry, who has kept a relatively low profile since starring in the series, was in high spirits as he posed for the cameras, dressed in a sharp black suit and a pink shirt.
Harry Melling showed off his dramatic weight loss at the premiere of Lost City of Z
Harry caused a stir on Twitter last summer when he shared a photograph of himself looking drastically different, having dropped from 16st to 11st 5lb. He previously revealed that he had lost so much weight that he was almost recast for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One, but ended up wearing a fat suit. "I do look a bit different because Dudley was a very piggish character and about three years ago I lost a considerable amount of weight," he told The Movie Network. "It was quite funny because I had a big fat suit on in this film and face prosthetic. It was bizarre, you feel really big, and my mobility was affected. However, it is amazing to feel light but within someone that should feel really heavy. So that was a fascinating contrast."
The 27-year-old star is best known for playing Harry Potter's Dudley Dursley
The star has also spoken about his experience working on Harry Potter, and the subsequent success of his co-stars, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson. "I'm very happy they're doing what they're doing, but I wouldn't compare myself to them," Harry, who has appeared a number of times at the National Theatre, told the Economist. "I don't feel jealousy or anything like that really, because they're just different situations. I'm not one of 'the three', so I'm not going to be in that position. But equally, that allows me to get on the tube."
Harry at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004
He continued; "The thing with [having played] Dudley is that you get a call every now and again going, 'We're looking for a really fat rattish guy.' And then my agent has to go, 'Oh, no, sorry. He's changed.'"