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

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Sir Ian McKellen turned down the role after Harris passed

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Next in line to play Dumbledore after Harris passed was Sir Ian McKellen. However, he did not feel comfortable taking on the role because Harris once called him a “dreadful actor,” saying that he was “technically brilliant but passionless.” Imagine trying to fill the already gigantic shoes of someone who didn’t even like you. Not to mention, McKellen had already played Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings films, and the character of yet another old wizard was just too similar. So instead the role went to Michael Gambon.

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