When it comes to Harry Potter-related casting, stakes are always going to be high. Countless readers fell in love with Rowling’s series, tried to picture what the book’s characters would look like in real life, and eagerly waited to hear who would play each highly coveted role once the books were being turned into movies. I mean, can you imagine the pressure casting directors must have felt to get it right?
trial-and-error when it came to certain characters. At this point, your brain probably associates the name Daniel Radcliffe with Harry Potter, BUT did you know that he wasn’t the first pick for The Chosen One? And just wait until you hear about who was asked to play the iconic Dumbledore…
Try to say, “Turn to page three-hundred and ninety-four,” without imitating Alan Rickman’s voice. Seriously. We can’t even read this simple statement without hearing his voice in our heads.
Alas, Rickman almost lost the part of Snape before it was even in his grasp! (Which is a tough situation for us to picture.) Instead, Tim Roth was up for the role, but decided to give it up so that he could play Thade in
. While this does make for an impressive IMDb profile, we still have to wonder: Does Roth regret giving up the role of Snape? Or, does he feel that Rickman was the perfect choice in the end?
When you think of Jamie Campbell-Bower, what characters come to mind?
Despite his Grindelwald connection, Campbell-Bower had initially wanted another role: Tom Riddle. For this part, he was up against Frank Dillane (who plays Nick in
). While he didn’t end up acting as this infamous antagonist, he
get to play Dumbledore’s childhood friend/adult enemy (which is still
Before the lovely Emma Thompson joined forces with the Wizarding World to play the cooky Professor Trelawney, someone else was offered the part: the equally wonderful Tilda Swinton. Based on the
movies, we all know that Swinton has dabbled in the magical arts, so we can’t help but think she’d be just as perfect for the role. Then again, Emma Thompson is
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