Who would have thought that Jim Broadbent would be cast as Potions Master Horace Slughorn in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”? Well, you did, of course.
In July, we asked you who you thought should be cast in the key roles for the blockbuster series’ sixth installment, and many of you rightly pegged the Oscar winner as the once-and-future Slytherin head.
Just imagine who you’ll zero in on next.
Now that the final novel, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” has been out for almost two months, we wanted to know who you think should be cast for the remaining key roles. (And, remember, Griphook the Goblin and Ollivander the wandmaker, expanded and important characters in “Hallows,” were already played by Verne Troyer and John Hurt, respectively, in “Sorcerer’s Stone.”) Only British actors need apply for our choices below.
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Book Says: Eldest son of Molly and Arthur Weasley, with the bright red hair to prove it. Sporting a fang earring and a pair of dragon boots, Harry thinks Bill looks “cool,” adding that he wouldn’t be out of place at a Muggle rock concert. Savaged by Fenrir Greyback at the end of “Half-Blood Prince,” his face is terribly scarred. Married to the beautiful Fleur Delacour.
We Say: Who doesn’t want a brother like Bill Weasley? Smart enough to be a curse breaker for Gringotts Bank, brave enough to fight werewolves, resourceful and true enough to be the friend of goblins, cool enough to marry Fleur Delacour. And, best of all, he doesn’t ask questions. (How rad is that?) The best physical match of any would be actor Damian Lewis, who proved capable of embodying all those qualities as Dick Winters in “Band of Brothers.” And he wouldn’t even have to dye his hair.
Alternates: After his many publicized troubles on “Star Wars” you’ll probably never get Ewan McGregor near a big-budget franchise again. But this would be the role for him if he did. Alternately, we like “The Last King of Scotland” actor James McAvoy.
Bathilda Bagshot/ Gran Longbottom
Book Says: Of Bathilda — celebrated author of “A History of Magic.” Ancient. Thinning gray hair atop her stooped head. Of Augusta Longbottom — forceful woman described by her grandson, Neville, as wearing green robes, a fox-fur scarf and a stuffed vulture on top of her hat.
We Say: It’s entirely possible, if not downright likely, that both of these roles will be cut from the “Deathly Hallows” movie. Of the two, Bathilda seems to have the most probable shot at appearing, if only because Harry’s trip to Godric’s Hollow provides him with some clues as to the true identity of the blond-haired boy he sees stealing Gregorovitch’s wand. But, in the interest of time, this information can come from somewhere else. We’ve grouped the old ladies together, however, because, if even one remains, we’d like to see that one played by Dame Judi Dench, a fierce talent who somehow hasn’t yet found her way into the “Potter” series.
Alternate: Brenda Fricker
Book Says: A no-good crook Dumbledore lets into the Order of the Phoenix to keep tabs on the criminal underworld. His eyes are bloodshot and baggy, his clothes tattered and torn. Very short. Never without his pipe, Dung smells of stale tobacco and alcohol. A coward as well as a thief, Dung flees at the site of You-Know-Who.
We Say: A despicable ragamuffin more likely to be selling cauldrons than doing his duty (and, boy, does he have the record for most inappropriately timed disapparations or what?), we nevertheless always had a soft spot for Mundungus. He’s the kind of guy we’d love to have over for a drink of Butterbeer, since we bet he has more stories than Walt Disney. You can tell that Mundungus has lived a full — if scandalous — life. Combine everything, and we can’t stop thinking about Mick Jagger. Hey, if Keith Richards can be in “Pirates”…
Alternate: Somehow we can’t shake the idea that, as an alternative to Jagger’s hard-won edge, Ricky Gervais would be a bit of inspired lunacy, more accurately able to portray Mundungus’ obvious pathetic nature. We can see him now, simpering in the hallway of 12 Grimmauld Place as he’s beaten by a house-elf.
Book Says: Albus Dumbledore’s brother and bartender at the Hog’s Head tavern. Described in “Order of the Phoenix” as “a grumpy-looking old man with a great deal of long gray hair and a beard.” Piercing blue eyes. A bit odd, he was once arrested for performing illegal charms on a goat.
We Say: Count us among the many who don’t like Michael Gambon’s portrayal of the venerable headmaster in the last three “Potter” films. Ironically, of course, he’d be perfect for Albus’ brother, Aberforth — a little bit angrier, more unforgiving and uncompromisingly pragmatic than his more celebrated sibling. But just because Gambon’s off the table, that doesn’t mean producers can’t rectify their mistake with Aberforth. Give us an actor full of piss and vinegar, an actor with deep, blue eyes that speak of regret, hate and remorse in equal measure. Give us the man you should have given us for Dumbledore. Give us Peter O’Toole.
Alternates: If it weren’t impossible to see him as a disheveled wizard and not think of Gandalf the Grey, we’d suggest Ian McKellen for the role. As it is, of course, we can’t. But in his place we offer up Albert Finney, a “Big Fish” with the added benefit of actually looking like Gambon — close enough, at least, that he could reasonably play his brother.
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