That’s exactly how Daniele Radcliffe first got to know his future Harry Potter costars Matthew Lewis (who played Neville Longbottom) and Rupert Grint (who played Ron Weasley), when they were taken to a WWF show nearly 15 years ago.
Radcliffe posted a picture of the moment to his social media account on Friday, along with some details from the night:
“Found this and thought I’d share it with you all. Two days before the start of HP1 our producer, David Heyman, took Matthew Lewis, Rupert Grint and me (in my super-cool lime green zip-top!) to WWF INSURRECTION in Sheffield (this was prior to it becoming WWE),” the Swiss Army Man explained.
“Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of the whole group. Judging by the sign behind us I think William Regal was making his entrance! And judging by our faces we weren’t quite brave enough to boo him,” he joked.
For the non-wrestling fans out there, the WWF (World Wrestling Foundation) changed its name to the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) in 2002, one year before the first Harry Potter film was release. And the wrestler Radcliffe mentions, William Regal, is a British pro-wrestler known for playing the villain.
“It was very good night!” Radcliffe added, before offering his fans some weekend TV suggestions. “Go watch the brilliant Mr. Lewis in season 2 of Happy Valley on Netflix! Happy Friday everyone! – Dan”