Vincent Crabbe was a terrifying presence as an over-sized bodyguard for Draco Malfoy (blonde hair in photo).
“The actor [Jamie Waylett], of West Hampstead in north London, refused to give evidence in court, but insisted in a police interview that he had only taken possession of the Molotov cocktail because he felt intimidated by peer pressure.” source
How did he end up in such a bad position?
The story continued saying that Waylett was seen drinking champagne from a bottle looted from a supermarket. He said that a friend had given it to him.
Waylett likes to smoke pot. The last time he was arrested, it was for growing cannabis at his mother’s home.
I’m seeing a pattern developing here. Did Waylett learn to be a follower by playing the back-up bully during his formative years?
Vincent Crabbe, school bully at Hogwarts and on the wrong side of the Wizard’s War
I first became aware of the magical world of Hogwarts when I sat next to a woman on a cross-country flight. She barely looked up from the book she was reading for the entire flight. When she finally took a break on our descent into LAX, I asked her what she was reading.
Her eyes sparkled as she explained all about Harry Potter from Book one. I was enchanted by the story. Her enthusiasm stayed with me. On my return trip home, I was the one with my nose glued to a book for the entire six-hour journey.
When I heard the book would be turned into a movie, I wondered about the unlucky children and grown-ups chosen to play the roles of the “bad guys.” Professor Snape. Voldemort. Dudley. Draco Malfoy and one of the members of his posse, Vincent Crabbe. The roles of Draco and his henchmen were the ones I wondered about most of all. Whoever played them would have to bear the dislike of children all over the world.
Tired of playing the character that no one likes
What if one of the kids on the wrong side decided he or she didn’t want to play that role any more? Other people are loved for being in the movie–but not Draco and his boys. Everyone has permission not to like them. For a sensitive, big kid like Waylett, escaping into his cannabis farm must have felt like a safe haven.
In court, Waylett explained that kids picked on him. He felt that there was nothing he could do about it. Maybe it was an unfortunate effort to fit in that made him accept the champagne and the gas bomb.
In real life, “Mr. Waylett, 22, who played the all-around Hogwarts bully, Crabbe in six “Harry Potter” films, was found guilty of violent disorder during the July riots by a London court on Tuesday, but cleared of intending to destroy or damage property, after video footage showed him holding a gas bomb.” source
What a sad state of affairs for this young man. Because of his recognizable face, he was picked out of the crowd on the CCTV footage. From bad to worse, now he’ll spend two years in a place where likely, he will be bullied. In a strange turn of events, Waylett may have to finally take responsibility for himself and grow up.