Natalia Tena Looks Back on Playing Tonks & Harry Potter Fame

Harry Potter star Natalia Tena has reflected on her role as Tonks in the Wizarding World franchise and what the experience was like.

What did Natalia Tena say about being in Harry Potter?

When asked by ComingSoon about the impact of being in the Harry Potter series early in her career, Tena revealed that her first audition was a bit bumpy.

“I’d already done a few bits and bobs in other films, so that helped … With Harry Potter, when I did the audition the second time — because the first time, I really didn’t do well — the second recall, I had read the books and then I got really into it as a world,” Tena revealed. “But I still hadn’t watched the films and I wasn’t nervous about it at all when I walked in.

“It’s only when I got to the studio and I saw the scope of how big it was. And actually, when I went to the first premiere, that is when I was like … when I did the sixth film when I was already in it, that’s when I was like, ‘Oh God.’ I kind of felt it because before that, I was like, ‘Isn’t it some weird kids film? I don’t really get it.’ And then suddenly, I could visually see the impact of the people and the paparazzi and the fans and I was like, ‘Okay, I’ve entered into another dimension.’ [Laugh]. Yeah.”

The actress was also asked about her experience with the Harry Potter fan community, leading her to go into what makes the franchise so appealing.

“I do some conventions and that’s always really nice because you get to meet fans,” Tena stated. “But at the same time, a lot of people, they might have a favorite character, but it’s more that they’re not really thinking about you. They’re thinking about the world and I think the world is what everyone’s obsessed with, really.

“I think Harry Potter works so well because at the core of it, if you think about it, it’s about a kid that is suffering child abuse and finds his family not in family, but in friends. I think that’s such an amazing message and, obviously, it’s coupled with magic, which we all want to want to be real, all of us. And it’s coupled with really trying to process death as well, which is why I think it’s such a successful thing. Because it does all those things for children, but for adults as well.”

Natalia Tena played Nymphadora Tonks in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Part 1 and Part 2 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.