Harry Melling, who is known to everyone as Dudley Dursley from the Harry Potter series, finally met with his fans by starring in the popular Netflix production The Queen’s Gambit.
The Queen’s Gambit, based on Walter Tevis’s novel, published in 1983, takes place in the ’60s. It’s basically about a girl, who is a chess prodigy and she uses her intelligence in an area dominated by men and the series strikingly focuses on this subject.
The drama’s leading role, the chess genius Beth Harmon, is successfully portrayed by the young actor Anya Taylor-Joy and 31-year-old actor Harry Melling stars as Harry Beltik, a champion chess player of Kentucky.
Like Anya Taylor-Joy, Harry Melling never played chess before, and thanks to this movie, he learned to play chess by taking lessons, but it was hard for him to think like a real chess champion.
Working on character acting, Melling thinks that his previous roles prepared him for this role in The Queen’s Gambit. When he first read the role, he really found the communication between Harry Beltik and Beth quite moving.
Here’s what he stated:
“The most surprising thing? I had very little knowledge of chess – I had no knowledge of chess before embarking on this project. So, the thing that most surprised me – and I know it’s quite an obvious thing to say – was talking to the people that could really play chess that were around on set all the time. Just how much they’re thinking about at one point, it kind of melts my brain to think about it.
They’re so many moves ahead. Not only are they moves ahead, but they’re thinking about the opponent, and what moves they’d like to do – there’s so many things to consider when playing a match. So, I found that the most intriguing thing to try and get hold of, in terms of playing a chess champion.”
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