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© Warner Bros. Harry Potter's Ralph Fiennes reveals why he almost turned down the role of Voldemort.
Lord Voldemort is a fictional character and the main antagonist in J. K. Rowling' s series of Harry Potter novels. Voldemort first appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher' s Stone
Actor Ralph Fiennes recently shared in an interview with Digital Spy that he almost didn’t play the role of Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter film franchise. I had seen the first Harry Potter film, and I didn’t feel that sort of material was something that appealed to me…But then my sister rang me up
It turns out we almost never saw Ralph Fiennes play Voldemort, as the actor has admitted he nearly turned down the role of Harry Potter's nemesis.
The star made his first appearance as He Who Must Not Be Named in 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, going on to play him until the end of the series.
However, during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show this Saturday (March 16), the actor opens up about why he almost passed on playing the iconic villain. © Warner Bros. Harry Potter baddie Voldemort
"The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books," Fiennes says. "I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in… the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically.
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Actor Ralph Fiennes talks about his character Lord Voldemort and the final battle between himself and Harry Potter !
Fiennes has played Voldemort in four Harry Potter movies, starting with 2005' s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and ending with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which opens Friday. He was initially hesitant to sign on for the role, not having any familiarity with J.K. Rowling' s book series.
"Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me… Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant. I think the clincher was that my sister Martha – who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10 and 8 – she said, 'What do you mean? You’ve got to do it!' So then I rewound my thinking."
Well, thank goodness he listened to his sister. After all, we would've been deprived of classic moments such as this.
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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be an augmented reality game that encourages players to explore real-world locations and help save the wizarding world.
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Ralph Fiennes plays Lord Voldemort , and it is hard to wrap our heads around such a thought. Don’t you remember in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when Harry and Voldemort have a It almost looks as though he has an aversion to holding a wand altogether, given how strange his positioning is!
Actor Ralph Fiennes was prepared to walk away from the offer to play seminal villain Lord Voldemort until his sister intervened. Unfortunately for them, Fiennes turned them down more than once. The actor admitted he ’d never read the books or seen beyond the first film, but he initially judged Harry
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Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter)
Harry is the title character of the series, who, on his 11th birthday, learns he is a wizard. The films show his evolution in the wizarding world.
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Voldemort ' s Last Stand, also known as Voldemort ' s End, was the conflict that marked the end of the Battle of Hogwarts and by extension the Second Wizarding War. It took place at dawn on 2 May, 1998 in the Great Hall of Hogwarts Castle.
Actor who plays Harry Potter ' s noseless nemesis offers generous new perspective on the Dark Lord. Ralph Fiennes , who portrayed the noseless warlock with the unhealthy cruciatus curse habit, told Newsweek that he got under the skin of Voldemort by imagining him as a lonely, damaged soul.
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger)
Hermione is an exceptionally intelligent witch at Hogwarts. She is a close friend of Harry and Ron.
Watson has since appeared in films including “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (2012), “The Bling Ring” (2013), “Noah” (2014), "Beauty and the Beast" (2017) and "The Circle" (2017). She graduated in English literature from the prestigious Brown University in 2014. She was appointed as a U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador the same year. Watson has also been a part of Burberry and Lancôme campaigns.
Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley)
Ron is Harry’s best friend who comes to his aid whenever needed. Ron’s family, the Weasleys, treat Harry as one of their own and he spends one of his summer vacations at their house.
After his “Harry Potter” stint, the actor has been part of movies like “Into the White” (2012), “CBGB” (2013) and “Moonwalkers” (2015). Grint made his Broadway debut in 2014 with “It’s Only a Play.” His latest TV projects include “Sick Note” (2017- ), “Snatch” (2017- ) and “The ABC Murders” (2018). His upcoming release is “Instruments of Darkness.”
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Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore)
Dumbledore is the endearing headmaster of Hogwarts.
The veteran actor portrayed the character in six of eight “Harry Potter” films (it was initially played by Irish actor Richard Harris, who passed away in 2002). Since then, he has been a part of films such as “Quartet” (2012), “Paddington” (2014), “Victoria & Abdul” (2017) and “The Last Witness” (2018). Gambon also appeared in several TV series, including “The Casual Vacancy” (2015), “Fortitude” (2015) and “Little Women” (2017). The actor will next feature in films such as “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” “King of Thieves” and “Cordelia.”
Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort)
Voldemort is Harry’s archenemy and the main antagonist of the series. Leader of the Death Eaters, he is often referred to as “The Dark Lord,” “He Who Must Not Be Named” or “You Know Who.” His followers are called Death Eaters.
A seasoned actor, Fiennes went on to be a part of films such as “Skyfall” (2012), “The Invisible Woman” (2013), “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (2014), “Spectre” (2015), “Hail, Caesar!” (2016) and “The LEGO Batman Movie” (2017). Fiennes is also a UNICEF U.K. ambassador. Fiennes will next be seen in films such as “Holmes and Watson,” “Official Secrets” and “The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.”
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Harry Potter , “a skinny boy with no extraordinary magical talent” had again defeated Lord When Voldemort tried to duel with Harry he got another surprise: his and Harry ’ s wands shared the same core Anyone brave enough to say ' Voldemort ' would have their locations immediately revealed to
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Gary Oldman (Sirius Black)
Sirius is Harry Potter’s godfather, who was best friends with his father James ‘Prongs’ Potter at Hogwarts.
Oldman played the character in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004), “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005), “Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix” (2007) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” (2011). Following which, he acted in films such as “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012), “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” (2014), “Child 44” (2015), “The Space Between Us” (2017) and “Darkest Hour” (2017, for which he won the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role). Oldman’s upcoming movies include “Hunter Killer,” “Mary” and “The Woman in the Window.”
Alan Rickman (Severus Snape)
Professor Snape is a skillful wizard who protects Harry throughout the series. He acts as a double agent for Dumbledore and the Order of the Phoenix. Described by Harry as “probably the bravest man I ever knew,” he was killed by Voldemort in the Battle of Hogwarts.
The actor, who played an array of characters in his long career, appeared in films such as “A Promise” (2013), “CBGB” (2013), “A Little Chaos” (2015) and "Alice Through the Looking Glass" (2016). He died battling cancer on Jan. 14, 2016, aged 69.
Maggie Smith (Minerva McGonagall)
Professor McGonagall becomes the acting headmistress at Hogwarts after Dumbledore’s death.
The Academy Award winner has an impressive resume which includes films, TV and theater. After her “Harry Potter” days, she acted in films like “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2011), “Quartet” (2012), “My Old Lady” (2014) and “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2015). She is also known for her portrayal of Violet Crawley in the historical period drama “Downton Abbey” (2010-15). The actress was last in the animated movie “Sherlock Gnomes” in 2018. She will reprise her character of Crawley in an untitled “Downton Abbey” project.
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Madam Undersecretary Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge (b. 26 August, year unknown) was a half-blood witch and Ministry of Magic bureaucrat who served as Senior Undersecretary to the Minister for Magic under Ministers Cornelius Fudge, Rufus Scrimgeour, and Pius Thicknesse.
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Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory)
Cedric Diggory was two years senior to Harry. He is killed by Peter Pettigrew (Timothy Spall) on Voldemort’s orders.
After making his big-screen debut in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005), Pattinson was cast as vampire Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” series and went on to become an international heartthrob. He has kept busy with films such as “Remember Me” (2010), “Water for Elephants” (2011), “Bel Ami” (2012), “The Rover” (2014), “Queen of the Desert” (2015), “The Lost City of Z” (2016), “Good Time” (2017) and “Damsel” (2018). The actor’s upcoming releases include “The Lighthouse,” “The Devil All the Time” and “The King.”
Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy)
Draco is a cunning wizard who is Harry’s nemesis at Hogwarts.
The actor’s work after “Harry Potter” includes films such as “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (2011), “The Apparition” (2012), “Belle” (2013), “Risen” (2016), “Megan Leavey” (2017) and “Ophelia” (2018). He has also appeared in several TV shows including “Labyrinth” (2013), “Murder in the First” (2014) and “The Flash” (2016-17). Felton will next be seen in “Whaling” and the TV series “Origin.”
Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom)
Neville Longbottom is a pure-blood wizard. Through his school years, he remains an introvert, clumsy boy.
Following his “Harry Potter” role, he was seen in several TV shows, most notably in “The Syndicate” (2012), “Bluestone 42” (2013-15), “Happy Valley” (2016), “Ripper Street” (2016) and “Girlfriends” (2018). He also appeared in films such as “Night of the Loving Dead” (2012), “Wasteland” (2013), “Me Before You” (2016) and “Terminal” (2018). He was last seen on the show, “Nutritiously Nicola” in 2018.
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Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid)
The half-human, half-giant Hagrid is later revealed to be a member of the Order of the Phoenix.
The actor continued to act in films such as “Great Expectations” (2012) and “Effie Gray” (2014). He also voiced the character of Lord Dingwall in the movie “Brave” (2012). Coltrane was last seen in the TV mini-series “National Treasure” (2016).
Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange)
Bellatrix is one of the few female Death Eaters. She is an ardent follower of Lord Voldemort.
Helena Bonham Carter
The actress was seen in films such as “Great Expectations” (2012), “Les Misérables” (2012), “The Lone Ranger” (2013), “Cinderella” (2015), “Suffragette” (2015), “Alice Through the Looking Glass” (2016) and “Ocean’s Eight” (2018). She was also seen in the TV series, “Love, Nina” (2016). Her upcoming appearances will be in the TV show, “The Crown” and the film, “The Land of Sometimes.”
David Thewlis (Remus Lupin)
Lupin, a beloved teacher at Hogwarts, is later revealed to be a werewolf.
Thewlis has since appeared in films such as “War Horse” (2011), “The Zero Theorem” (2013), “The Theory of Everything” (2014), “Macbeth” (2015), “Wonder Woman” (2017) and “The Mercy” (2018). He also acted in the TV series, “Fargo” (2017). He will be next be seen in the TV series “The Feed” and the upcoming sequels of “Avatar.”
Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
Ginny is the youngest of the Weasley siblings and has a secret crush on Harry. She later gets married to him.
After “Harry Potter,” Wright has appeared in films such as “The Sea” (2013), “Before I Sleep” (2013) and “Sweat” (2015). She has also dabbled in screenwriting and directing and also owns a production company called Bon Bon Lumiere. Her upcoming projects include “A Christmas Carol” and “Those Who Wander.”
James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley)
Fred and George are the mischievous twins of the Weasley clan and pranksters of Hogwarts.
James and Oliver Phelps
The two brothers have since been seen together in “The Hogwarts Express” (2014) and “Danny and the Human Zoo” (2015). Their upcoming releases are “Own Worst Enemy” and “7 Days: The story of Blind Dave Heeley.”
Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas)
Dean Thomas is a half-blood wizard.
Enoch appeared in seven out of the eight films. Since then, he continued to appear in TV shows such as “Broadchurch” (2013), “Sherlock” (2014) and “How to Get Away with Murder” (2014- ) and “Troy: Fall of a City” (2018- ). He was last seen in the film, “Red” (2018).
Katie Leung (Cho Chang)
Cho is the first love interest of Harry Potter.
Leung appeared in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005) and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (2007). She has since acted in the films “T2 Trainspotting” (2017) and “The Foreigner” (2017). She was also a part of TV shows, including “Run” (2013), “One Child” (2014) and “Strangers” (2018). The actress’ upcoming releases are “The Feast,” “Moominvalley” and “Chimerica.”
Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood)
Luna is a witch who is isolated at school initially for her bizarre ways.
Seen in the last four "Harry Potter" films, Lynch went on to appear in films such as “G.B.F.” (2013), “My Name Is Emily” (2015) and the TV movie “Danny and the Human Zoo” (2015).
Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy)
Lucius is a senior Death Eater and father of Draco.
Following his appearance in the franchise, Isaacs was seen in films like “Abduction” (2011), “A Single Shot” (2013), “Fury” (2014), “A Cure for Wellness” (2016) and “The Death of Stalin” (2017). The English actor has also been seen in TV shows like “Case Histories” (2011-13), “Dig” (2015), “Star Wars Rebels” (2014-16) and “Star Trek: Discovery” (2017- ). His next projects include “Look Away,” “Hotel Mumbai” and “London Fields.”
Brendan Gleeson (Alastor Moody)
Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody is an Auror who is killed by Voldemort.
Gleeson’s final appearance in the franchise was “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” (2010). He has since been seen in films like “The Guard” (2011), “The Smurfs 2” (2013), “Calvary” (2014), “Edge of Tomorrow” (2014), “Suffragette” (2015), “Assassin’s Creed” (2016), “Hampstead” (2017), “Paddington 2” (2017) and “Captain Morten and the Spider Queen” (2018). His forthcoming project is “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”
Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown)
Lavender is Ron’s first girlfriend.
The role of Lavender was initially played by Jennifer Smith (in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004)). Cave took it up five years later in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” She has also appeared in several TV series, like “Pramface” (2013), “Wizards vs. Aliens” (2013), “Glue” (2014) and “Trollied” (2015- ). She will next be seen in “Benjamin” and “Anna, Island.”
Clémence Poésy (Fleur Delacour)
Fleur is a quarter-Veela who later marries Bill Weasley.
She appeared in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” (2005) and both parts of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” (2010 and 2011). The actress has since appeared in both films and TV series, such as “Birdsong” (2012), “Last Love” (2013), “7 Minutes” (2016), “Final Portrait” (2017), “The Tunnel” (2013- ) and “Genius” (2018- ). Her upcoming release is “Le Milieu de l'horizon.”
Toby Jones (voiced Dobby)
Jones voiced the character in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” (2002) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1” (2010). Following which, he appeared in films such as “My Week with Marilyn” (2011), “The Hunger Games” franchise (2012-15), “Snow White & the Huntsman” (2012), “Serena” (2014), “Dad’s Army” (2016), “Morgan” (2016), “Atomic Blonde” (2017), “The Snowman” (2017) and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” (2018). Jones’ upcoming release is “The Last Thing He Wanted.”
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