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Who Turned Down Harry Potter Films
See which of your favorite actors reportedly turned down roles in each of the Harry Potter films.

 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Carole Bouquet
Carole Bouquet was considered by director Mike Newell to play Madame Maxime but she was under contract with Studio Canal at the time.

Henry Cavill
Fans petitioned for him to get the part of Cedric but were unsuccessful.
Actor who got the part: Robert Pattinson

Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Pike turned down the role of Rita Skeeter so she could portray Jane Bennett in 'Pride and Prejudice.'
Actor who got the part: Miranda Richardson

John Williams
Composer John Williams passed on an offer to score this film so he could work on Memoirs of a Geisha.

Kate Winslet
In Spring of 2004, it was reported that Kate Winslet was in talks to star in the fourth Harry Potter movie as the French wizard Fleur Delacour.


 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Anna Friel
Lobbied to play the role of "Nymphadora Tonks."
Actor who got the part: Natalia Tena

Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet was reportedly approached to direct the film.

Helen McCrory
Originally set to play Bellatrix Lestrange, she had to drop out due to pregnancy.
Actor who got the part: Helena Bonham Carter

Mira Nair
Mira Nair turned down the chance to direct Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, saying "Obviously it's a fantastic opportunity... but I can't tell you yet if I have the mettle for it."


 Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
Richard Attenborough
Richard Attenborough is said to have lobbied for the role of Dumbledore.

Marc Forster
According to IMDB, Marc Forster was offered the director's chair but chose to direct "Finding Neverland" instead.

Robson Green
Robson Green was reportedly considered for the role of Sirius Black.

Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee was reported to be in the running to take over the role of Dumbledore.

Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen turned down the role of Albus Dumbledore afer Richard Harris passed away. He was quoted as saying "I had enough trouble living up to one legend. Two would be too much to hope for." (referring to his role as Gandalf in Lord of the Rings)
Actor who got the part: Michael Gambon

Peter O'Toole
Considered to replace close friend Sir Richard Harris as Professor Albus Dumbledore but politely refused.
Actor who got the part: Michael Gambon

Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton was reportedly originally offered the role of Professor Trelawney but declined.
Actor who got the part: Emma Thompson

Guillermo Del Toro
According to IMDB, Guillermo del Toro was considered to direct but he chose to do Hellboy instead.

Paul Whitehouse
Originally, Paul Whitehouse had a much more significant role as Sir Cadogan but it was almost completely cut from the film.


 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Liam Aiken
Liam Aiken was turned down for the role of Harry Potter.
Actor who got the part: Daniel Radcliffe

Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme was considered to direct and even pitched his ideas to WB on how would direct first Harry Potter movie.
Actor who got the part: Chris Columbus

Cody Linley
Cody Linley auditioned to play Harry Potter but was turned down. He was in the 5th grade at that time.
Actor who got the part: Daniel Radcliffe

Patrick McGoohan
McGoohan turned down Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films for health reasons.
Actor who got the part: Richard Harris

Rosie O'Donnell
Several sources claimed that Rosie O'Donnell might play Mrs. Weasley. One report said that O'Donnell offered to play the role for free, but the producers turned her down because they wanted an all British cast.

Haley Joel Osment
Was considered to play the lead role (when Steven Speilberg was considered to direct) but was turned down as JK Rowling wanted a british actor to play the role. At the end neither he or Steven Speilberg got a part in the movie.
Actor who got the part: Daniel Radcliffe

Tim Roth
Turned down Snape because he wanted to be in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes.
Actor who got the part: Alan Rickman

M. Night Shyamalan
Shyamalan says he turned down the offer to direct the first "Potter" movie because of being busy on his own "Unbreakable."
Actor who got the part: Chris Columbus

Steven Spielberg
Spielberg was considered to direct the Harry Potter series, but was reportedly rejected by Rowling who kept close control of the film.
Actor who got the part: Chris Columbus

David Thewlis
Thewlis auditioned for the part of Professor Quirrell in the first film, but instead got cast as Remus Lupin in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Actor who got the part: Ian Hart