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Harry Potter Almost Starred Robin Williams

It has been revealed that the legendary actor Robin Williams was turned down to star in the Harry Potter franchise as one of the lead characters.

The late Good Will Hunting star contacted the movie’s producers asking if he could play the role of Hagrid, but was rejected because of the strictly British-only casting rule.

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Speaking to Huffington Post, the film’s casting director Janet Hirshenson, said:

Robin [Williams] had called [director Chris Columbus] because he really wanted to be in the movie, but it was a British-only edict, and once he said no to Robin, he wasn’t going to say yes to anybody else, that’s for sure. It couldn’t be.


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Now, we can all agree that Robbie Coltrane completely nailed the part of Hagrid during the franchise, and he was also author J. K. Rowling’s number one choice for the role. Rowling’s insistence on British-only actors did too result in Steven Spielberg passing on the opportunity to direct the initial film.

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The Harry Potter film franchise missed out on two of Hollywood’s greats, I for one though cannot imagine it turning out any other way. As a fantastic complete set, the series was incredible from beginning to end, though something at the very back of my mind can’t help thinking that Robin Williams may well have added to it.