28 Magical Facts about Dumbledore You Probably Haven’t Heard Before

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Richard Harris almost turned down the role of Dumbledore in the films

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Richard Harris portrayed Albus Dumbledore in the film versions of both The Sorcerer’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets, but unfortunately passed away before being able to film The Prisoner of Azkaban. Richard Harris’s Dumbledore is a fan favorite among Potterheads, but it almost didn’t happen. He initially wanted to reject the role because he knew his health was bad and he wouldn’t be able to see the series through to the end. However, his 11-year-old granddaughter threatened to never speak to him again if he turned down the opportunity. Clearly she won.

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