Louis Cordice Recalls His Favorite Scene and Most Dangerous Harry Potter Stunt
At LeakyCon 2018 in Dallas, Texas, Louis Cordice spoke about his character, Blaise Zabini, during the Antagonists panel. Blaise first appeared in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as a new member of Draco Malfoy’s crew of baddies. This wasn’t the first time Cordice was in a Harry Potter film though, as he was originally Alfred Enoch’s student double in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Unfortunately, Cordice was dropped after the first film because he got too tall. When he landed the role of Blaise and came back to set, Cordice described it as returning from holiday. “So when I got back to set, I just had to take it all in,” he said. “Because I had been on the other side and thinking I wasn’t going to get to come back. So being back, I just enjoyed every minute of it.”
When asked what his favorite scene to film was, Cordice responded with the Room of Requirement sequence in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
“The set was unreal. I had to do about a month’s worth of stunt training before actually being allowed to go on set. And I’ll never forget that Tom and I were on top of the table pretending like we’re having to be rescued. It was one of the scariest scenes I’d ever filmed. But at the same time, the most exciting. We’re up there, and I’m not even exaggerating, it was probably, the table was literally as high as this ceiling. And you’re strapped in, but I’ll never forget, we get up there, and they’re like, ‘All right, Louis, Tom, we need you to, uh, really look scared.’ And we’re like, ‘We don’t have to act this scene.’”
After that, Draco and Blaise are rescued by Harry and Ron as they fly out of the burning Room of Requirement. Cordice recalled performing the stunt in which he’s saved by Ron, and then standing around waiting for Tom Felton to perform his rescue via Harry. “And they bring the stunt double,” Cordice said. “I was like, ‘Where’s my double?’ So that was interesting to see the stunt double when I’d just finished the scene before. Realized how dangerous it was.”