The film adaptation of the Harry Potter book series was a massive success. The eight movies, released between 2001 and 2011, brought the magical world of Hogwarts to life on the big screen. The movies were well-received by both fans of the books and new audiences, making the franchise one of the highest-grossing film series of all time.

Harry Potter
Harry Potter

Over the years, Harry Potter has amassed a large and dedicated fanbase, often referred to as “Potterheads” or “Wizarding World fans.” The series’ enduring popularity is a testament to the captivating storytelling, richly imagined world, and relatable characters created by J.K. Rowling.

Dumbledore Saw No Point in Reading the Harry Potter Books

Harry Potter' Star Michael Gambon as Dumbledore
Harry Potter Star Michael Gambon as Dumbledore

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As the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Dumbledore played a large role in the series. But to horrify the Potterheads, Dumbledore played by Michael Gambon never read the Harry Potter books before appearing in the 2004 film. The choice not to read JK Rowling’s book series, he explained, was deliberate and he pointed out that costars Ralph Fiennes and Alan Rickman had not taken up the books either.

“You’d get upset about all the scenes it’s missing from the book, wouldn˜t you?” Gambon said via phone from New York, where he was promoting the opening this Wednesday of the sixth “Potter” film. “No point in reading the books because you’re playing with [screenwriter] Steve Kloves’ words.”

“He’s got to be a bit scary,” Gambon said of his Dumbledore. “All headmasters should be a bit scary, shouldn’t they? A top wizard like him would be intimidating. And ultimately, he’s protecting Harry. Essentially, I play myself. A little Irish, a little scary. That’s what I’m like in real life.”

Through his acting as Dumbledore, Potterheads found the character a bit harsh as the headmaster and wished he could have been less harsh.

Even Tom Felton Lied To Get Cast in the Movie

Tom Felton in Harry Potter Movie
Tom Felton in Harry Potter Movie

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Tom Felton is best known for his portrayal of Draco Malfoy, the antagonistic Slytherin student in the Harry Potter film series. Born on September 22, 1987, in Epsom, Surrey, England, Felton began his acting career at a young age and landed the role of Draco Malfoy when he was just 12 years old.

When Felton went for the audition of Harry Potter he had no idea what Harry Potter was, but he knew everyone was talking about it. Felton recalled that one of the first things that he and a group of other hopefuls were asked was “What was your favorite scene in the book?” After hearing another boy say that his favorite scene was Gringotts, Felton mimicked his answer. Years later, Felton felt that Chris Columbus who directed the first two films in the franchise saw straight through his answer and hoped it gave the director a laugh.

Harry Potter fanbase is an enduring and influential community that has played a significant role in the continued success of the franchise and it remains unchanged forever.

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Source: CheatSheet

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