Jamie Waylett—known for playing the Hogwarts bully Crabbe in six Harry Potter films—has been handed a two-year prison sentence for his role in last year’s London riots, during which Waylett was caught on a security camera looting and carting around a Molotov cocktail. In all, he ended up getting off rather light: Waylett was facing multiple charges that included possessing explosives, intent to destroy property, and receiving stolen goods, and was even discovered to be cultivating 15 marijuana plants during a subsequent police search of his home—especially egregious, considering he’d previously been arrested for the same offense in 2009.
In the end, all but the charge of violent disorder was dismissed, with the judge noting that although he accepted the jury’s verdict that Waylett didn’t actually intend to throw the gas bottle stuffed with a rag he was brandishing (all while drinking from the bottle of champagne in his other hand), much like Waylett’s menacingly corpulent figure in the movies, “merely being in possession of it would have been terrifying to anyone who saw you.” In Waylett’s defense, his attorney attempted to engender pity for her client, calling him a “withered actor by the age of 22”—which is funny, because he is large—and adding that “although he had the good fortune to be in the Harry Potter films, it turned out to be not so good fortune.”
Indeed, the entire tone of Waylett’s trial, the subsequent press coverage, and even the judge’s statement during sentencing all seem to have been indelibly colored by his role of Crabbe—which, as always, may not make much sense to those who aren’t all that familiar with Harry Potter. Like me, which means just like last time, I had to have an IM conversation with our resident Harry Potter expert Genevieve Koski that went like this:
Genevieve: Did you see this: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/20/harry-potter-actor-is-jailed-for-role-in-london-riots/
Genevieve: that guy!
Sean: you want to write about it?
Genevieve: not right this second, as i'm behind on edits, but maybe in a little bit i'll have time. i assume you don't need it rightthissecond.
Sean: I don't think he's going anywhere
Genevieve: well, assuming the jail he's in has all its anti-disapparating charms in place, no.
Sean: is that an actual thing, or have you drifted into self-parody?
Genevieve: it's a thing. there are charms in the wizarding world to keep wizards from disapparating, or teleporting, in or out of certain places, like Hogwarts or Azkaban, the wizard's prison
Genevieve: I think we should have a weekly podcast where I explain Harry Potter while you act confused.
Sean: or I could just share this dialogue with everyone like we did last time
Genevieve: that works too. I know and accept that my value as Newswire contributor begins and ends with my knowledge of Harry Potter trivia. Make sure you mention how I totes hate Ghostbusters.
Sean: in that case, explain what sort of charms are we talking about so I can sound like I’m mocking you by even asking
Genevieve: Oh, I'm sorry, upon further research, it appears it's a jinx, not a charm
Sean: what the fuck is the difference, jesus fuck
Genevieve: It's only one of the seven main spell types, Sean.
Sean: I AM ASHAMED
Sean: I CAST A SHAME JINX
Genevieve: Too late, I already cast a finger-removing jinx, which means you can't IM-jinx me anymore.
Genevieve: I can tell from your silence it worked
Sean: I'll just type with this from now on
Sean: AND SCENE
Genevieve: better use the engorgement charm first.
Genevieve: NOW AND SCENE
Sean: our best work yet