50 Magical Facts About The Cast Of Harry Potter

July 16, 2020

The final Harry Potter movie got here out almost 10 years in the past now, however, it stays one of the vital celebrated and iconic sequence of all time. Folks proceed to share theories and fan fiction concerning the world of Harry Potter, proving that it’s one of the vital necessary movie sequences to ever be dropped at the massive display screen. And might we simply admire for a second how good the casting is?

Every movie is stacked with unforgettable performances from iconic actors, a lot of who’ve launched profitable careers all because of the wizarding world that J.Ok. Rowling’s good thoughts dropped at life. To indicate our appreciation for the sequence and the actors who made it what it’s, listed below are 53 details you might not have identified concerning the actors in Harry Potter.

1. Depart the Chaos to Lestrange

Helena Bonham Carter, who you might know higher as Bellatrix Lestrange within the Harry Potter sequence, was concerned in a fairly dramatic love triangle. Within the 1990s, she had an affair with Kenneth Branagh (who performs Gilderoy Lockhart), the husband of Emma Thompson (who performs Professor Trelawney). I’m wondering if it ever got here up on set?

2. A Toast to Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman performed one of the vital unforgettable roles of all time together with his iconic efficiency as Snape. He was a world-class actor of tv, movie, and the stage. The world was shocked to study of his sudden demise in 2016. It later got here out that Rickman had terminal pancreatic most cancers, which he saved very personal. He could also be gone, however, he’ll by no means be forgotten.

3. The Fighter Maggie Smith

Rickman wasn’t the one one who battled most cancers on the set of Harry Potter.  Within the late 2000s, tragedy struck. Dame Maggie Smith, the esteemed actress who performs Professor McGonagall, revealed that she was battling breast most cancers. The actress bravely determined to maintain filming the sixth film, however followers fearful for her well being.

Fortunately, the actress recovered and returned to play McGonagall within the final two films. She is now cancer-free.

4. Well-known Wizard Blues

Harry Potter was a smash hit and rocketed its younger stars to fame virtually in a single day. Some actors didn’t deal with it so effectively, although, together with Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. In an interview with the USA At present, Radcliffe admitted to utilizing alcohol to cope with the stress of being within the public sphere after Harry Potter made him a family title. He says his household and mates helped him recuperate and cope with the stress of fame.

5. Rupert’s Not Right here, Man

Talking of controversies, Ron Weasley’s Rupert Grint made headlines when the press launched {a photograph} of him smoking marijuana from a bong. Possibly this wouldn’t be an enormous deal now that hashish is extra broadly legalized, however, this was on the peak of his fame as everybody’s favourite red-headed wizard. Grint by no means made an announcement, with many saying the photograph was faux.

6. Highly effective Emma Watson

Emma Watson shares so much together with her character Hermione Granger, together with her perspective in the direction of girls’ rights. Watson is an astute feminist. She says these beliefs began when she saw folks calling her “bossy” on the age of eight, whereas boys around her weren’t. She even impressed Malala Yousafzai to name herself a feminist after a transferring speech. You go, lady!

7. Musical Malfoy

Tom Felton was the right option to play Draco Malfoy, however, what many don’t know is that he had a short music profession in the course of the time he was filming Harry Potter. He launched 4 EPs between 2008 and 2011, however, appears to be on a hiatus now.

8. Proudly Self-Partnered

After relationships with Chord Overstreet (AKA Sam from Glee), a British financier, and some rugby stars, Emma Watson just lately described herself not as single, however as “self-partnered.”

9. Evil Runs within the Household

When Harry Potter executives have been on the hunt for the boy who might play younger Voldemort in flashbacks within the sixth movie, they shouldn’t look very far. They solid Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, Ralph Fiennes’ little nephew.

10. The Ups and Downs of Love

Speak about an unlikely pair. Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) fell for her co-star Jamie Campbell Bower (Gellert Grindelwald) on the set of the final Harry Potter film. The 2 turned so critical that they even obtained engaged! Sadly for all of the shippers on the market, they are known as their engagement off two years later. Not a really magical ending.

11. Mad-Eye? Extra Like Dad-Eye

Brendan Gleeson first appeared in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fireplace because of the slightly-unhinged Mad-Eye Moody. Quickly after, his real-life son Domhnall Gleeson nabbed the function of Invoice Weasley. This reality brings particular significance to the scene in Deathly Hallows the place Invoice breaks Moody’s demise to the Order of the Phoenix. Onset, that may have been a son speaking about his dearly departed dad. Move the tissues.

12. Alternate Universe

Many Harry Potter followers don’t understand that the films might have been fairly completely different. Producers wished Hugh Grant to play Gilderoy Lockhart, Sir Ian McKellen to play Dumbledore after Richard Harris died, Rosamund Pike to be Rita Skeeter, and in one other world, Tilda Swinton to painting the lovably foolish Professor Trelawney.

13. Technique Appearing?

Few Harry Potter actors obtained in as a lot hassle as Crabbe actor Jamie Waylett. He misplaced out on his function within the last film for rising hashish in his mom’s home, and the difficulty didn’t finish there. Two years later police arrested the actor for possessing a Molotov cocktail in reference to the England Riots. Oh, and so they discovered extra weed crops after that, too. Oops.

14. He’s No Coltrane

Regardless of being prepared to work totally free, producers turned down Robin Williams for the function of Hagrid.

15. Nudie Potter

Radcliffe made a giant step away from Harry Potter in the course of the Broadway play Equus. The function made headlines as a result of it required the star to hit the stage sporting solely his birthday go well with! As you’ll be able to think about, it was an absolute media frenzy.

16. Hidden Meanings

Actor David Thewlis, who performed Remus Lupin within the film diversifications of the Harry Potter books, revealed a shocking motivation for his character. Without consulting Rowling, the director of the third film, Alfonso Cuaron, advised Thewlis to play Lupin as if the werewolf professor was a homosexual man.

17. It’s The Ice Cream Man!

Grint could also be a star now, however, he has some less complicated goals—like being an ice cream man! He used a portion of his movie earnings to purchase an ice cream truck. The actor even retains it well-stocked, and hopefully nonetheless drives it round to today.

18. Luna’s Secret Wrestle

Harry Potter followers know Evanna Lynch as Luna Lovegood, the quirky and kind-hearted Ravenclaw pupil. However sadly, in actual life, Lynch confronted terrifying struggles. The actress battled a consuming dysfunction for years. Earlier than reserving the function of Luna, she says the JK Rowling reached out to her. To Rowling, Lynch was good for the half, however, she wanted to get effectively earlier than she accepted the work. Lynch managed to recuperate and have become the long-lasting Luna Lovegood we all know and adore to today.

19. Large Roles, Little Folks

Actor Warwick Davis, who performed Professor Flitwick, is the co-founder of Willow Administration. The company seems to solid dwarf actors in roles and was answerable for casting over 40 dwarf actors as goblins within the final Harry Potter movie.

20. Grint and Groome

Rupert Grint retains his personal life fairly personal, however, phrase on the road is that the laidback actor has been in a steady relationship with British actress Georgia Groome since, get this, 2011. In the event you haven’t heard of her, she starred within the hilarious film Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging. I type of love that two iconically humorous characters obtained collectively in actual life.

21. Welp

After Richard Harris died, Michael Gambon took over the function of Dumbledore. Nonetheless, in a controversial selection, Gambon didn’t learn the books earlier than filming and, uh, it type of reveals. In an infamous instance, the guide specifies that Dumbledore “calmly” asks Harry if he put his title within the Goblet of Fireplace. Regardless of this clear course from the guide, within the film, Gambon yells and runs in direction of Harry like a madman. It’s …selection.

22. Relaxation in Peace, Griffiths

Richard Griffiths introduced life to Vernon Dursley, one of the vital hated characters within the Harry Potter universe. Whereas he made us detest him as Harry’s imply uncle, it’s value noting that Daniel Radcliffe completely adored the actor, who additionally turned his good friend and mentor. They laboured collectively on stage and movie and Radcliffe spoke very fondly of Griffiths when he died in 2013 as a result of problems of coronary heart surgical procedure.

23. Celebration Exhausting Dumbledore

Few Harry Potter followers understand that when Richard Harris (the primary actor to play Dumbledore) was younger, he was Britain’s unhealthy boy. Harris was well-known for going out with Michael Caine, consuming up a storm, and tearing up the city. After virtually dying of an overdose in 1978, Harris realized that he needed to change his methods. He stopped partying then and there.

24. Dang Petunia

Do you know that Fiona Shaw, the actress who performs Aunt Petunia, is a proud lesbian? Shaw is married to a Sri Lankan author and financial scholar and beforehand dated the British actress Saffron Burrows. She additionally made stage historical past when she performed the historically male function of Shakespeare’s Richard II. So mainly what I’m saying is that Aunt Petunia is superb.

25. The place You Go, Madam Hooch?

Within the first Harry Potter film, viewers are handled to Madam Hooch, the yellow-eyed Quidditch teacher. However sadly, she by no means returned after that one look. Years later, we lastly know why. Apparently, the actress who performed Hooch, Zoe Wanamaker, mentioned that the producers have been “notoriously imply.” She additionally revealed that her pay was extremely low.

26. Nailed It!

Ralph Fiennes knew his Voldemort make-up was on level when he made a baby cry. Allegedly, the kid of a script supervisor was lowered to tears when Fiennes walked previous him.

27. “At all times…”

When Alan Rickman first took the function of Severus Snape in Harry Potter, the ending of the guide sequence had not but been revealed. So, to ensure that he might greatest painting the difficult character, J.Ok. Rowling revealed a key piece of details about the character to him. Rickman died by no means revealing what that piece of knowledge was, however, Rowling ultimately let followers in on the key.

She advised him what lies behind the phrase “At all times.” It implies that Snape would at all times love Lily Potter, that he would at all times defend Harry, and that nothing on the earth, no quantity of torment or hazard, might change that. So whereas audiences have been left guessing as to Snape’s allegiances till the ultimate movie, the actor himself knew all alongside.

28. Mrs Weasley, Secret Rule Breaker

Within the books, Mrs Weasley retains her brood of ginger youngsters in line, however in actual life actress Julie Walters was a little bit of a nasty lady. Apparently, she was such an insurgent in highschool that her lecturers begged her to depart.

29. No One Stated Magic Was Straightforward

In 2004, after a profession downturn, Gary Oldman bounced again together with his function as Harry Potter’s godfather Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Oldman would admit to taking up the function principally as a result of “he wanted the work” and hadn’t acted for greater than 12 months. Furthermore, the elements happy his sons, making him a hero amongst his youngsters and youngsters’’ mates.

However good issues hardly come simple: Oldman described the function as surprisingly difficult and even, in contrast, it to a type of weighty Shakespearean dialogues.

30. A Siriusly Unhealthy Begin

Gary Oldman had a really stormy childhood. His father was an alcoholic who deserted the household when Oldman was solely seven years outdated. On the age of 16, Oldman dropped out of college. He then labored in a slaughterhouse and was rejected from England’s premier performing faculty earlier than lastly breaking into theater.

31. Silver Medal?

The actress who was initially going to play Bellatrix Lestrange needed to drop out when she turned pregnant, however, she truly returned to the sequence in a giant function afterwards. Helen McCrory was the primary solid as Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix earlier than ultimately being recast as Narcissa Malfoy, Bellatrix’s sister and Draco’s mom.

32. Fluctu-weighting

Throughout the filming of Deathly Hallows Half 1, Harry Melling (Dudley Dursley) needed to put on a fats go well with, as he had misplaced a lot of weight. Today, he’s saved up his newly slim body, just lately showing within the new His Darkish Supplies TV present.

33. Nice Pores and skin-Care

Shirley Henderson was in her late 30s when she performed the function of deceased teenager Moaning Myrtle in Chamber of Secrets and techniques. No matter she’s doing to look that younger, it’s working.


34. First “Cho Chang,” Now This?

The Harry Potter films stoked a substantial quantity of controversy once they changed an actress. Initially, Lavender Brown was portrayed by Kathleen Cauley and Jennifer Smith within the second and third films. Each has been actresses of colouration, however lo and behold, when Lavender lastly obtained greater than a pair strains, she was abruptly recast with a white actress, Jessie Cave.

35. Luna Would Be Proud

Evanna Lynch is a devoted vegan and activist. She is the proprietor of Kinder Magnificence Field, a month-to-month subscription field that sends subscribers vegan-friendly magnificence merchandise in sustainable packaging.

36. Decline, Unsubscribe, No

Hindsight actually is 20/20. Again within the 1960s, Michael Gambon took to the stage in a number of Shakespeare performs, however one function specifically makes for very uncomfortable viewing. The esteemed actor portrayed Othello…in full blackface. Yikes.

37. Good Man Voldemort…Ish

Based mostly on how effectively he performs the function, it’s simple to neglect how good a man Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) is. Not solely is he an envoy of UNICEF UK and the charity Artists Towards Racism, he has additionally accomplished work the world over like Uganda and India. Fiennes additionally was married to Physician Who‘s River Music (Alex Kingston)! Although in an extra villainy twist, Fiennes’ extramarital affair ended that.

38. The Royal Connection

Helena Bonham Carter is definitely a distant cousin of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. Seems she’s so much classier than her depiction as Lestrange would have you ever imagine.

39. Three For One

Listed below are three small details concerning the sequence’ supporting actors. Joshua Herdman, who performed Gregory Goyle, is now knowledgeable MMA fighter. Scarlett Byrne, who performed Pansy Parkinson, is married to Hugh Hefner’s son. And Luke Youngblood, who performed the Quidditch commentator and the Weasley Twins’ greatest good friend Lee Jordan, additionally performed Magnitude within the cult TV present Neighborhood. Pop-pop!

40. Dramione Lives

In summertime of 2019, Dramione shippers had an absolute meltdown with Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) posted Instagram photographs of the duo on the seashore. Whereas they haven’t confirmed that they’re in a relationship, Rupert Grint mentioned he wouldn’t be too shocked if it occurred. Apparently, there was a spark onset.

41. A Black Coronary heart

Altogether, Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) has been married 5 occasions. He left his first spouse, Lesley Manville, in 1989, and in a particularly unhappy twist, he mimicked the instance set by his personal father by departing simply three months after the start of their son, Alfie. At present, Manville and Oldman have moved on, reconciled, and turn into mates. Within the 1990s, Oldman additionally briefly married actress, Uma Thurman. The pair divorced after simply two years collectively.

42. Gambon’s Want for Pace

Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore) appeared on High Gear and infamously went round a nook so aggressively that his automotive drove on two wheels solely. The final nook of the take a look at observing is now named Gambon in his honour.

43. The Guide Fairy

Emma Watson began a feminist guide group known as Our Shared Shelf, meant to share feminist and female-written booksCertainly one of their hottest stunts is to depart feminist books on subway seats in England for folks to seek out.

44. Duh

In keeping with science, Alan Rickman’s voice is “good.” They traced choose members reactions to a number of voices, and located essentially the most constructive reactions got here after listening to Alan Rickman and Jeremy Irons. How might Lily Potter have stood that soothing voice up?

45. The Rat Who Swam

Timothy Spall (Wormtail) is an skilled sailor. He owns a $350,000 Dutch barge together with his spouse, and the 2 even sailed it across the British Isles for a BBC 4 sequence known as Timothy Spall: …at Sea. Doing all your interest and earning profits? That’s the dream. And PS: His son is the actor Rafe Spall from films like Lifetime of Pi and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. 

46. Finest. Audition. Ever.

When Grint auditioned for the part of Ron Weasley, he knew he needed to do one thing to face out. He selected to do a rap about how a lot he wished to be Ron Weasley. It was a dangerous transfer, however, clearly it laboured out fairly effectively.

47. Trelawney Followers Unite

Emma Thompson is keen about a number of social causes together with girls’ rights, the setting, refugee rights, and making certain that folks with AIDS are handled with care and respect. She and her husband have an organic daughter and just lately adopted a former little one soldier from Rwanda named Tindyebwa Agaba. The actress additionally made headlines when she wrote a passionate letter supporting the #MeToo motion.

48. Thompson’s Woes

After Emma Thompson’s marriage to Kenneth Branagh broke down, the actress spiralled right into a darkish melancholy. She mentioned that engaged on the Jane Austen adaptation Sense and Sensibility helped her put the items again collectively, however, the actual hero was her youthful co-star Greg Sensible. Regardless that he performed the baddie within the film, Sensible and Thompson fell in love. They’re collective to today.

49. If Solely

Some actors turned down roles in Harry Potter due to boring issues like scheduling conflicts—however, some had way more scandalous causes. Apparently, Rosamund Pike didn’t wish to decide to multiple films and Tilda Swinton didn’t wish to be in a sequence that glorified boarding faculty (um, okay). However, by far essentially, the most tragic purpose is Ian McKellen’s.

50. Stand Tall, Hagrid

After Harry Potter wrapped, Hagrid actor Robbie Coltrane entered a heartbreaking state of affairs. The actor is in ache and confined to a wheelchair. He suffers from osteoarthritis and is ready to undergo a surgical procedure to try to repair this. Pray for Coltrane!

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