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10 Movie Stars You Wouldn't Believe Were Almost Cast For Harry Potter

by Ellie / September 27, 2016

When the first Harry Potter film hit the big screen nearly 15 years ago in 2001, all the characters just seemed so perfectly fitting. By now, most of those who read the books almost cannot imagine any other face when imagining the fictitious characters. But did you know, these 10 celebrities were definitely considered and some almost took the role? It would have changed everything!

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Liam Aiken – Harry Potter

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Liam Aiken, from Stepmom fame, was initially the top contender to take to role of the Boy Who Lived. He had everything he needed for the part except for one crucial flaw – he wasn’t British – and so he lost the part of course to Daniel Radcliffe. Aiken would later star in another adaptation of a beloved book, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004).


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Tim Roth – Severus Snape

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Alan Rickman is Professor Snape. It’s so hard to imagine things any other way. In fact, it has always been rumored that Rickman was hand picked by J.K. Rowling. However, Tim Roth (Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction), was also in heavy talks to take the role, but instead chose to take on General Thade in Planet of the Apes (2001).


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Sir Ian McKellan – Albus Dumbledore

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Gandalf the Grey was almost not the only grey, bearded wizard portrayed by Sir Ian McKellan. He was slated to take the role of Dumbledore, in a move that seemed to make a lot of sense to many fans – perhaps because of his part in the Lord of the Rings. Philosopher’s Stone and The Fellowship of the Ring were released just one month apart, so it would have been very interesting to see how things would have played out had Sir Ian starred in both. In the end, it was most likely his commitment to LOTR that barred him from appearing in Potter, and the role ended up with the late Richard Harris, and later Michael Gambon.


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Tilda Swinton – Sybill Trelawney

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This would have been quite an incredible sight. Tilda Swinton was offered the role of the quirky Professor Trelawney before it was given to Emma Thompson. Retrospectively, Tilda would have made so much sense – but we’re more than happy with Thompson in the role.


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