J.K. Rowling Almost Played a Major Harry Potter Character

J.K. Rowling came up with the idea for the series while stranded on a delayed train to King’s Cross in London in 1990: a young child who discovers he’s a wizard. “Harry Potter and Sorcerer’s Stone” was published almost a decade later, propelling Rowling to unprecedented fame. Alan Rickman as Potions Master Severus Snape, Maggie Smith as Transfiguration Professor Minerva McGonagall, and Helena Bonham Carter as loyal Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange, to name a few all-stars in the “Harry Potter” film franchise. Another well-known personality, J.K. Rowling, who brought Harry Potter and the world of Hogwarts to life, came close to appearing on the big screen.
Rowling had previously battled financially and mentally; having her work adored by the masses was a huge step forward, especially considering her lifelong passion for storytelling (via Insider). She wrote six more sequels, and the entire series was adapted into eight epic films, followed by the “Fantastic Beasts” movies.

Rowling was involved in the creative process behind the scenes and even appeared briefly in front of the camera in the first film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” released in 2001.

In the Mirror of Erised, J.K. Rowling came close to playing Harry’s mother.

One thing about ‘Boy Who Lived’ is evident from the start of the “Harry Potter” series: Harry’s parents, Lily and James, were killed by Lord Voldemort, who used the Killing Curse on them. Harry yearns for true parental love after growing up with his sad Muggle aunt, uncle, and cousin.
Harry ventures through school at night after being given his father’s Invisibility Cloak by Headmaster Albus Dumbledore (Richard Harris) in “Sorcerer’s Stone.” He comes upon the enigmatic Mirror of Erised, revealing a person’s deepest desire. When Harry looked in mirror, he sees his parents standing proudly behind him.

Geraldine Somerville plays Lily, but she wasn’t the filmmakers’ first choice. Rowling was, in fact, their first pick. The author, on the other hand, desires to remain anonymous. On her website, she stated, “The producers asked me to play Lily Potter in the first film’s Mirror of Erised scene, but I’m not cut out to be an actress, even if it’s only to stand there and wave. I’d have botched it up in some way.”
Novelists frequently make cameo appearances in film adaptations of their works. Consider Stephen King, who appears in “Pet Sematary,” “It Chapter Two,” and numerous more films. Rowling’s presence in the first “Harry Potter” film would have been a nice touch, but her hesitation is understandable given her lack of acting experience.

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