The Harry Potter films are classics in and of themselves, but the star-studded casts who appeared in each installment make them much more memorable. There are many familiar faces in each of the eight films, from acting giants such as Dame Maggie Smith to those who have passed away, such as Alan Rickman.
Before shooting Harry Potter, each actor had their breakout role, so we did some research to find out what those were. Some of them may astound you!
After years of performing in the theatre, Gary Oldman made his screen debut in the 1982 film ‘Remembrance’ and went on to play Harry Potter’s Godfather Sirius Black. He Is Regarded As One Of His Generation’s Greatest Actors
Robbie Coltrane made a name for himself as Hogwarts Gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid, but he also made a name for himself as Psychologist Dr. Eddie Fitzgerald in the TV show “Cracker,” which lasted from 1993 to 2006.
Minerva McGonagall, the Head of Gryffindor House and Harry Potter’s Transfiguration Professor, was played by Dame Maggie Smith. In ‘Othello,’ she made her debut as Desdemona (1965)
Emma Thompson is an actress and screenwriter who starred as Divination Professor Sybil Trelawney in the Harry Potter films. Since her debut in the industry, she has played a variety of iconic roles, but her career began on the rock-n-roll TV show ‘Tutti Frutti’ (1987)
Richard Harris was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance as King Arthur in the 1967 film ‘Camelot’ despite having already been in several movies. Before passing away and being replaced by Michael Gambon, he played Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films.
Molly Weasley, the mother of Harry Potter’s best friend Ron Weasley and a mother figure for Harry, was played by Dame Julie Walters. Her award-winning acting career began with the film Educating Rita,’ in which she played the title role (1983)
Professor Severus Snape, the infamous double-agent in ‘Harry Potter,’ was played by Alan Rickman. His Breakout Role As Reverend Obadiah Slope In ‘The Barchester Chronicles’ TV Show Was His Breakout Role When He First Began Acting After A Brief Stint In (Would You Believe It) Graphic Design (1982)
In Harry Potter films, Warwick Davis played not one but two different characters: Griphook and Professor Flitwick. But, at the age of eleven, his rare dwarfism condition made him ideal for the role of an Ewok in the ‘Star Wars franchise.