12 Famous Actors Who Almost Got Harry Potter Roles: Harry Potter Casting Decisions


Harry Potter took the entertainment world by storm when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released. Although, the books were pretty amazing the magic of the books transferred to the big screen was definitely a step forward. Can you imagine anyone else except Daniel Radcliffe playing the role of Harry Potter? Hard to imagine, isn’t it? Well, it almost happened. So let us take a look at the Harry Potter Casting Decisions and actors and actresses who were almost chosen for a role in the Harry Potter movies.

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Liam Aiken for Harry PotterHarry Potter Casting

He was actually awarded the role of Harry Potter but he lost it a day later because the producers wanted a British actor to play the part. This Harry Potter Casting decision is hard to imagine!

Ian McKellen for DumbledoreHarry Potter Casting

Although the Hogwarts headmaster was portrayed by two different actors Richard Harris and Michale Gambon, McKellen was also approached for the role of Dumbledore.

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Naomi Watts for Narcissa MalfoyHarry Potter Casting

Watts would have played Narcissa’s role if her agency hadn’t rejected the Harry Potter Casting for her.

Tilda Swinton for Professor TrelawneyHarry Potter Casting

Tilda Swinton was offered the role of Professor Trelawney before Emma Thompson played the part.

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Hugh Grant for Gilderoy LockhartHarry Potter Casting

Hugh Grant was cast as Gilderoy Lockhart, the Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher who was a bit narcissistic, but he had to turn down the role due to conflicts regarding scheduling. That left the part open for Kenneth Branagh.

Rosamund Pike as Rita Skeeter

harry potter castingRosamund Pike, the ‘Gone Girl’ Oscar nominee, was approached to play Rita Skeeter, the nosy journalist, but she refused this Harry Potter Casting.

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Tim Roth for Severus SnapeHarry Potter Casting

The Lie to Me star, Tim Roth was up for the role of Snape, but he decided to go for a role in Planet of the Apes movie. Alan Rickman then took the role of Harry’s nemesis.

David Thewlis for Quirinus QuirrellHarry Potter Casting

While David Thewlis didn’t completely miss out the opportunity for starring in the Harry Potter movies, he was originally up for the part of the teacher who was possessed by Voldemort in the first movie, Professor Quirrell.

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Bob Hoskins as Horace SlughornHarry Potter Casting

Horace Slughorn, the teacher who guides Tom Riddle about Horcruxes, is portrayed by Jim Broadbent. However, according to Harry Potter Casting the late British actor Bob Hoskins was approached for the role before.

Jamie Campbell-Bower for Tom RiddleHarry Potter Casting

Jamie Campbell-Bower was up for playing Tom Riddle, but instead of that, he appeared as Gellert Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Hatty Jones for Hermione GrangerHarry Potter Casting

Hatty Jones who is best known for the role of Madeline in adaptation, auditioned for the part of Hermione Granger for the first film. But, as we know, the role of Hermione went to the equally adorable Emma Watson.

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Robin Williams for Rubeus HagridHarry Potter Casting

The first choice for Hagrid’s role was Robin Williams. While Coltrane’s performance as Hagrid was spectacular, it’s hard not to wonder what it would have been like had the role gone into the hands of the late comedian.

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So, what do you think about the Harry Potter Casting choices that were finally made for the Harry Potter Movies? Let us know in the comments below.