12 Actors From Harry Potter That You Had No Idea Were Swapped

Sometimes, the minor roles in famous films have to be replaced because the original actor has another project, wants more money than the studio would pay him, or because they get tired of the part. The following article shows those actors that were booted from Harry Potter. Let’s get into it.

1. Verne Troyer replaced by Warwick Davis – Griphook

When you're thinking about that little goblin from The Philosopher’s Stone, it's not hard to forget because he helped Harry and Hagrid get in the vaults at Gringotts. At that time, the role was relatively small, and the final book had not yet been released, so they ended up replacing him.

Warwick Davis was cast for the part in The Deathly Hallows, though he was actually always the voice of Griphook, including the first movie. Did you know that he was the only actor who played two versions of the same character in the films?

2. Jennifer Smith replaced by Jessie Cave – Lavender Brown

This young black actress was originally seen in the setting of The Prisoner of Azkaban, but she wasn't given any dialogue. When they replaced her with the white actress named Jessie Cave, people were outraged that the movie seemed to be white-washing everyone. 

However, Smith was not really a great actress with experience, while Cave was, and she had a better aptitude for taking on the role of Ron’s lovesick girlfriend in The Half-Blood Prince. She certainly did a great job, but we all despised her because Ron was meant for Hermione.

3. Peter Cartwright replaced by David Ryall – Elphias Doge

The special advisor of the Winzegamot was first played by the renowned British actor, Peter Cartwright in The Order of the Phoenix. Elphias was in the Advance Guard which helped deliver Harry safely from Privet Drive to Grimmauld Place, but no one really remembers him.

He had a slightly bigger role in The Deathly Hallows Part 1 in the wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour, but by then, David Ryall was chosen. Ryall is another famous actor in Britain. Sadly, both of them passed away; Cartwright in 2013 and Ryall in 2014.

4. Emily Dale replaced by Georgina Leonidas – Katie Bell

Emily Dale was in the background as Katie Bell for the first movies, but an uncredited actress appeared in the third film when the character got struck by thunder during a game of Quidditch and had to be taken to the hospital wing.

In The Half-Blood Prince, Leonidas, who was a more experienced actress at the time, was given the role and continued in The Deathly Hallows also. Similarly to the character of Lavender Brown, an extra had to be replaced with a real actress.

5. Derek Deadman replaced by Jim Tavare – Tom the Innkeeper

The famous British Derek Deadman appeared in the first film as the innkeeper at the Leakey Cauldron for Harry’s first trip to Diagon Alley. No one knows exactly why the actor was replaced for The Prisoner of Azkaban, but in the second version was clearly different.

It seems that the character was reinvented entirely for the third movie, so Jim Tavare was seen playing a humpback man who never talked much, but he drew the laughter of audiences in the theater. Sadly, Derek passed away in 2014.

6. Elizabeth Spriggs replaced by Dawn French – The Fat Lady

Aside from the fact that it seemed Hogwarts changed its structure every new school year, the portraits were also switched a lot. The Fat Lady was the keeper of the Gryffindor common room entrance, and Elizabeth Spriggs was seen in The Philosopher’s Stone.

Despite being a well-versed actress, she was replaced by the comedian Dawn French for The Prisoner of Azkaban, and we saw her trying to break a glass with her voice and then became scared because Sirius had tried getting into the common room. Unfortunately, Spriggs died in 2008.

7. Scott Fern replaced by Jamie Yeates – Marcus Flint

There were a lot of extras in the movie, so it’s understandable that IMBD has Will Theakston as Marcus Flint in The Philosopher’s Stone, but he was actually a Slytherin named Terrence Higgs, the seeker for the Quidditch team.

Scott Fern was the real Marcus Flint in the first movie, but he was replaced for the second film with Jamies Yeater, who had a more menacing look, and fit Harry’s description of him when he said that Flint must have troll blood.

8. Nina Young replaced by Kelly Macdonald – Helena Ravenclaw

The ghost of the daughter of Rowena Ravenclaw was seen for a short time in the first movie; she is otherwise known as The Grey Lady. Young was just an extra with no lines at that point, so it makes sense that she was changed for the last movie.

Kelly MacDonald had an important role as she reveals where Ravenclaw’s diadem is hidden during The Deathly Hallows Part 2. The confusing part is that Nina was actually experienced with parts in movies like Tomorrow Never Dies and Sliding Doors.

9. Genevieve Gaunt replaced by Scarlett Byrne – Pansy Parkinson

We never paid much attention to the Slytherins aside from Malfoy and his two friends, and Pansy Parkinson was actually inspired by all the girls that bullied Rowling at school. She was actually played by several actresses in the movies.

Katherine Nicholson played her in The Chamber of Secrets but as an extra. In The Prisoner of Azkaban, Gaunt took on the role but was later switched with Lauren Shotton, though she had no lines. For the final three films, Scarlett Byrne played her perfectly.

10. Jessica Hynes replaced by Sophie Thompson – Mafalda Hopkirk

Most British fans know who Hynes is, but she only lent her voice to the character of Mafalda Hopkirk, who expels Harry in a letter, in The Order of the Phoenix, so she was never seen. However, Hopkirk had to appear in The Deathly Hallows Part 1.

If you remember correctly, Hermione uses Mafalda’s body to infiltrate the Ministry of Magic, and director David Yates thought that the comedy actress, Sophie Thompson, would be an excellent option for the role.

11. Richard Harris replaced by Michael Gambon – Albus Dumbledore

The first two movies had the regal and classically trained actor, Richard Harris, as the Headmaster of Hogwarts, but sadly, Harris passed away in 2002, two weeks before the release of The Chamber of Secrets, so his replacement was a necessity.

However, Alfonso Cuarón did a good job choosing Michae Gambon, although he was notoriously unlike from Harris in every aspect. His Dumbledore was a different person. Now, we have Jude Law playing a young Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

12. Richard Bremmer replaced by Ralph Fiennes – Voldemort

It’s hard to believe that anyone besides Fiennes played the role of the Dark Lord in this sage, but Richard Bremmer had the role when He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named lived in the back of Professor Quirrell’s head. However, the part was bigger by the fourth film.

By then, David Yates opened casting for the role and chose Ralph Fiennes, who embodied Harry’s arch nemesis perfectly. Funnily, Ralph was hesitant to appear in the saga because he never liked the first two movies.

Were you surprised by the changes featured in this list? We cannot even imagine how many extras they rotated throughout the movies, but it is usual with projects of this magnitude. If you liked this article, share it with your friends though we hope you don’t forget the password for the Gryffindor common room. See you next time!

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