List of Harry Potter cast members
Some of the most renowned actors of the United Kingdom and Ireland have voiced or portrayed characters appearing in the Harry Potter film series based on the book series by J. K. Rowling. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have played Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in all the films. When they were cast only Radcliffe had previously acted in a film. Complementing them on screen are such actors as Helena Bonham Carter, Jim Broadbent, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Richard Griffiths, Richard Harris, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Miriam Margolyes, Helen McCrory, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton, David Thewlis, Emma Thompson, and Julie Walters, among others. Thirteen actors have appeared as the same character in all eight films of the franchise.
Some well-known British actors who have not appeared in the series, are asked in jest why they have not been cast. When David Yates was directing the fifth film, Bill Nighy, who had previously collaborated with Yates on three of his television projects, said that he joked with Yates that maybe now he wouldn't be the only actor in England who hadn't been in Harry Potter. "But nobody called", Nighy added. But in 2009, Yates cast Nighy as Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour in Deathly Hallows. Nighy said, "I am no longer the only English actor not to be in Harry Potter and I am very pleased." Jude Law has quipped, "Nobody's asked me. I was a bit too old for Harry". When a reporter compared potions professor Horace Slughorn's obsession with famous names to the series' connection to "every notable British actor," Jim Broadbent, who plays Slughorn said, "Well, not every actor gets invited. I know some who are still waiting."
With the exception of Chris Columbus, each director has had a cameo appearance in his respective film: Alfonso Cuarón appears as a wizard holding a candle during a scene at The Three Broomsticks in Prisoner of Azkaban; Mike Newell is heard briefly as the radio presenter in Frank Bryce's house in Goblet of Fire; and David Yates features as a wizard within a magical moving portrait in Order of the Phoenix. Producer David Heyman also makes a cameo appearance as a wizard featured within a magical moving portrait in the third film, Prisoner of Azkaban.
J. K. Rowling gave a speech during the world premiere of the final film in the series—Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2—on 7 July 2011 in London, England. She announced that she could never have dreamt of the talented actors and actresses who have appeared in all the Harry Potter movies. Rowling also announced that there are seven Harry Potter film series cast members, who she refers to as "The Big Seven", they are Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton, Matthew Lewis, Evanna Lynch and Bonnie Wright.
The list below is sorted by film and character, as some characters have been portrayed by multiple actors.
- (v) indicates the actor or actress lent only his or her voice for his or her film character
- (y) indicates the actor or actress portrayed the role in a flashback scene or when the character was young.
- (f) indicates the actor or actress did not appear in any new footage for the film; footage from an earlier film or films was used.
- A light grey cell (such as the one in the "Charity Burbage" row in the "Philosopher's Stone" column) indicates the character was not in the film adaptation.
- A Often, minor child parts – in this case, Harry as an infant – are played by twins or triplets to avoid overworking the children. The given names of each of the Saunders triplets are unknown; they were credited in the film as "Saunders triplets".
- B Michael Gambon replaced Richard Harris as Albus Dumbledore from Prisoner of Azkaban onwards after Harris's death.
- C Warwick Davis played Filius Flitwick in the first two films as an old dwarf-like man with gray hair. In preproduction for the third film, the producers told Davis there was no role for Flitwick, but that they would like to have him play somebody else, at least for a cameo. Davis played a much younger-looking man with black hair and a moustache who directed the choir at the Hogwarts Welcome Feast, and was credited as portraying "Wizard". During preproduction for the fourth film, director Mike Newell told Davis he wanted to keep his look from the last film, but make this the new look for Flitwick. Davis now considers the character he has played some relative of Flitwick, though he is still credited as "Filius Flitwick". In the sixth film, Harry specifically calls him Professor Flitwick; as does McGonagall in the seventh, calling him Filius.
- D Rob Knox was stabbed to death on 24 May 2008, before Half-Blood Prince was released. The cast and crew of Half-Blood Prince wore white ribbons to the London premiere of the film in tribute to Knox.
- E Vincent Crabbe is a recurring, minor character who appears in every book and dies in a pivotal scene in Deathly Hallows. Jamie Waylett portrays the character in the first six films. During production of the seventh film, Waylett pleaded guilty to charges of growing marijuana. Joshua Herdman, who plays Crabbe's best friend Gregory Goyle, said in August 2009 that Waylett would not be reprising his role and Herdman's character would die instead.
- F A scene with a young Lily Potter was filmed for Order of the Phoenix, but ended up being cut from the theatrical version.
- G A few scenes with the young Lucius Malfoy, portrayed by Tony Coburn, were shot for The Half Blood Prince, but was eventually cut from the movie.
- H Viktor Krum made an appearance at Bill and Fleur's Wedding, but his part was cut from the final film.
- I A scene with Peeves was filmed for Philosopher's Stone, but ended up being cut from the theatrical version.
- O'Sullivan, Michael (2007-05-25). "Underneath It All, He's Still Bill Nighy". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
- "Bill Nighy to star in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". Newsround. 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
- Adler, Shawn (2007-10-04). "Say Jude, Let’s Find You A Role In ‘Harry Potter’". MTV. Retrieved 2007-11-17.
- Boucher, Geoff (2009-01-11). "Jim Broadbent joins the 'Harry Potter' honor roll". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-01-10.
- J.K. Rowling's Emotional Speech at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
- Chris Columbus (director) (2001-11-04). Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (DVD). Event occurs at 2:24:12.
- Chris Columbus (director) (2002-11-03). Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (DVD). Event occurs at 2:25:56.
- Cuarón, Alfonso (director) (2004-05-31). Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (DVD). Event occurs at 2:10:00.
- Mike Newell (director) (2005-11-18). Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (DVD). Event occurs at 2:23:08.
- Yates, David (director) (2007-07-11). Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (DVD). Event occurs at 2:10:52.
- Yates, David (director) (2009-07-15). Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (DVD). Event occurs at 2:23:21.
- Yates, David (director) (2010-11-18). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 (DVD). Event occurs at 2:13:44.
- Yates, David (director) (2011-07-13). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (DVD). Event occurs at 2:01:28.
- Dale, Paul (2010-02-28). "Greenberg revealed at The List Surprise Movie at GFF". The List. Retrieved 2010-07-02.
- Waxman, Sharon (1996-06-06). "Infant TV Actors Are Overworked, Critics Charge; Watchdog Group Presses For Tougher Industry Rules". The Washington Post. p. A1.
- Woodman, Tenley (2004-08-27). "It doesn't take genius to know 'Baby' is bad". The Boston Globe. p. E27.
- Jeff Jensen (2005-10-28). "A Look Back". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2007-10-10.
- "Potter film actor killed in fight". BBC News. 2008-05-24. Retrieved 2008-05-24.
- "Potter stars drenched at premiere". BBC. 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2009-08-11.
- Vena, Jocelyn (2009-07-21). "'Harry Potter' Actor Jamie Waylett Sentenced To Community Service". MTV. Retrieved 2009-08-11.
- Brian Linder (2001-04-04). "Potter Gloucester Set Report". IGN. Retrieved 2007-08-08.
- Greg Dean Schmitz. "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2007-08-08.