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Daphne de Beistegui
Biographical information
Born

26 March, 2000
Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Nationality

English

Gender

Female

Eye colour

Blue

Hair colour

Blonde

Family
  • Sophie (sister)
Career
Years active

2009-present

In Harry Potter

Lily Potter

Daphne de Beistegui (b. 26 March 2000)[1] is an English teen actress who portrayed Lily Luna Potter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. To date, this is her first and only professional film acting role and she has not appeared in any future work since.

Career

She was cast as Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley's youngest child and only daughter somewhere either in 2009 or early 2010 given that the production of the Deathly Hallows films—both parts one and two—were shot back-to-back as one film from 19 February 2009 to 12 June 2010.[2][3] Her casting was first announced late in June 2011.[4][5]

The first King's Cross shoot was filmed on location in May 2010. After the film had wrapped, it was decided by David Yates that the Epilogue scene be reshot in December due to dissatisfying results with the first shoot. The reshoot took place at Leavesden Studios on soundstages instead of reusing the real station, which made filming difficult during the previous attempt.[6]

According to her on-screen brother Will Dunn (James Potter II), Daphne followed Daniel Radcliffe through the set always hugging him—even when they were not filming, she would be hugging him.

Daniel Radcliffe later mentioned in an interview for Total Film Indonesia:[7]

"My children are adorable. My children are fantastic. They’re wonderful, sweet, all of them. [...] And then there’s Daphnie [de Beistegui] who plays Lily. She was amazing. She’s just like this little, incredible creature. She kind of basically adopted me as her father for the days that we were filming. So she would sort of be hanging onto me as we were walking around the set, which was great. And she’s really, really sweet. They’re all so smart, Arthur, Will and Daphne are all very bright."
—Daniel Radcliffe on his on-screen children

Personal Life

She lives in Birmingham, England and has an older sister named Sophie.[8]

Daphne de Beistegui circa 2011

Daphne circa 2011 with her older sister, Sophie

Behind the scenes

  • Based on personal photos of her, Daphne is naturally blonde and has blueish-grey eyes, unlike her on-screen character Lily Luna Potter who may have inherited her mother's ginger hair and brown eyes.
  • During the first King's Cross Epilogue shoot in May 2010, it looks like the filmmaking team either had her hair dyed ginger or she wore a red wig,[9] although during the reshoot in December, it looked as though they might have not bothered since it appeared more blonde, or a strawberry blonde on camera, possibly due to the lighting.[10]
  • Many online sources have confused Daphne with fellow Harry Potter actress Ellie Darcey-Alden, possibly due to a slight resemblance in their appearances, as well as which young Lily each of them played—Harry's mother, the late Lily Evans or Harry's daughter, Lily Luna Potter.[11][12][13]
  • She attended the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 world premiere on 7 July 2011 in Trafalgar Square in London.[14]

External links

Notes and references

  1. Happy birthday to Daphne De Beistegui, who played Lily Luna Potter in the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2! MuggleNet Official Tumblr. 26 March 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  2. Harry Potter at Leavesden. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  3. Schwartz, Terri. 'Harry Potter' Filming Wraps -- For The Last Time. MTV News. 14 June 2010. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  4. Young actress playing Lily Luna Potter in Deathly Hallows: Part 2 epilogue revealed. SnitchSeeker.com. 27 June 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  5. Daphne de Beistegui to play Lily Luna in "Deathly Hallows – Part 2" Epilogue. MuggleNet. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  6. 'Harry Potter' stars say final scene was a challenge for the ages. HeroComplex. 5 August 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  7. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part Two Special Coverage: TF Interview: Daniel Radcliffe. Total Film Indonesia. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  8. Photo: "It's Daphne and Sophie some time ago." Daphne de Beistegui Facebook Fan Page. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  9. Photo: "DH London Epilogue May 2010." SnitchSeeker.com. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  10. Photo: "DH Epilogue Reshoot December 2010." Harry Potter Kids Facebook Fan Page. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  11. Young Lily Evans cast for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II. SnitchSeeker.com. 22 August 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  12. Deathly Hallows Part 2 was disappointing (Rant Alert). Quibblo.com. 1 September 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2014.
  13. Photo: "This is the girl who plays Lilly Harry's daughter." Tumblr. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
  14. Photo: "A pic of Daphne and the other kids at the Premiere." Daphne de Beistegui Facebook Fan Page. 27 January 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2014.

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