Harry Potter Actors Who've Died (2022)

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Alan Rickman

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Rickman's family confirmed the death of the star, who played Severus Snape, to BBC in 2016. The actor died following his battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 69.

"He was surrounded by family and friends," the family said in a statement to the outlet.

Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger, shared her condolences on Facebook.

"I'm very sad to hear about Alan today," she wrote. "I feel so lucky to have worked and spent time with such a special man and actor. I'll really miss our conversations. RIP Alan. We love you."

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Richard Griffiths

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The British actor, who played Harry Potter's cruel uncle Vernon Dursley, died in 2013 following complications after heart surgery at University Hospital in Coventry, central England. He was 65.

"Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. I was proud to know him," Daniel Radcliffe, who played Harry Potter, said in a statement to BBC at the time.

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Richard Harris

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Harris originated the role of Albus Dumbledore, Headmaster of Hogwarts, in the first two films, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Chamber of Secrets. He died at the age of 72 at the University College of London Hospital after his battle with Hodgkin's Disease in 2002. Following his death, Michael Gambon stepped in to play Dumbledore in the rest of the series.

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Helen McCrory

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Known for her portrayal of Narcissa Malfoy — wife of Lucius Malfoy and mother of Draco Malfoy — McCrory died of cancer at her home in London in April. She was 52. The star's husband and fellow actor Damian Lewis shared the sad news on Twitter.

"I'm heartbroken to announce that after an heroic battle with cancer, the beautiful and mighty woman that is Helen McCrory has died peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family," Lewis posted in a statement on Twitter.

"She died as she lived. Fearlessly. God we love her and know how lucky we are to have had her in our lives. She blazed so brightly. Go now, Little One, into the air, and thank you."

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Verne Troyer

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Although he did not voice the character, Troyer portrayed Griphook in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. English actor Warwick Davis voiced the goblin, who worked at Gringotts Wizarding Bank, and later replaced Troyer, who died in 2018. His death was ruled a suicide, six months after he passed on April 21, 2018.

Troyer, who was 49 at the time, died from sequelae of alcohol intoxication, according to a press release obtained by PEOPLE from the Los Angeles County Department Medical Examiner-Coroner's office.

"It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible," his family confirmed in a statement shared on Instagram and Facebook at the time.

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Robert Hardy

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The acclaimed British actor died at 91 in 2017. Hardy played Minister of Magic Cornelius Fudge in four Harry Potter films: Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix.

The actor's family said he lived a "tremendous life" with "a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years," according to BBC News. "Gruff, elegant, twinkly, and always dignified, he is celebrated by all who knew him and loved him, and everyone who enjoyed his work," the family added.

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John Hurt

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The Academy Award nominee portrayed wand shop owner Garrick Ollivander in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, and returned to the series for Deathly Hallows and Goblet of Fire, although his character was ultimately cut from the third movie. Following Hurt's death in 2017 at the age of 77, author J.K. Rowling paid tribute to the beloved actor on Twitter.

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"So very sad to hear that the immensely talented and deeply beloved John Hurt has died," Rowling wrote. "My thoughts are with his family and friends."

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Timothy Bateson

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The British actor voiced Kreacher the house elf in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix before he died in 2009. He was 83. Following Bateson's death, Simon McBurney took on the part in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

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Terence Bayler

The Bloody Baron, one of the ghosts who haunts Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was played by the celebrated New Zealand actor, who died in 2016. He was 86.

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Robert Knox

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Prior to Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hitting theaters, 18-year-old Knox was stabbed to death outside of a London bar in 2008.

In an attempt to come to the aide of his younger brother Jamie, Knox rushed outside the bar where a 22-year-old man named Karl Bishop exploded in a burst of rage and stabbed a group of five people 10 times with kitchen knives. There, Bishop stabbed Robert five times, including in a main artery, which resulted in his death in a hospital later that night.

The actor had a small part in the Half-Blood Prince as Marcus Belby, and was set to repeat his part in the remaining Harry Potter movies before his death.

"Rob was happy, outgoing and a fun person to be with," his father Colin said in a statement. "Rob always put everyone before himself, was always the first person to stand up against wrong. He achieved so much in his short life."

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Sam Beazley

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The British actor played Professor Everard in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix before he died in 2017. Beazley passed away in his sleep, according to London newspaper The Times. He was 101.

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Paul Ritter

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The British actor, who played Eldred Worple in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, died of a brain tumor, reps for the star confirmed to PEOPLE in a statement on April 6 — adding that Ritter "died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side." He was 54.

"Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill. He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly," the statement added.

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Dave Legeno

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Authorities said Legeno, who played werewolf Fenrir Greyback, died from heatstroke in California's Death Valley in November. He was 50 years old when the Inyo County Sheriff's Department said hikers found his body in a remote area of the desert park. Legeno's manager, Rick Bassman, confirmed the death on Nov. 5. There was no sign of foul play.

Peter Cartwright

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The veteran actor played Elphias Doge, member of the Order of the Phoenix and close friend of Albus Dumbledore, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix before he passed away at 78 in London in 2013. British actor David Ryall replaced Cartwright as Doge in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 before he passed a year later at 79 on Christmas day in 2014.

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Derek Deadman

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Tom, the landlord of the Leaky Cauldron, was played by Deadman in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone before he died in 2014 from complications of diabetes, according to Seventeen. He was later replaced by Jim Tavaré — who had a completely different look — in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

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Hazel Douglas

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Well into her 80s, Douglas landed the role of Bathilda Bagshot in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Bagshot, the author of A History of Magic, a textbook used at Hogwarts school, was one of Douglas' most prominent roles until she died at 92 in 2016.

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Alfred Burke

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Before Albus Dumbledore, Armando Dippet was Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Burke played Dippet in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets before he died at the age of 92 in 2011.

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Jimmy Gardner

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The English actor played Ernie Prang, the driver of the double decker Knight Bus, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Gardner died in 2010 at 85 years old.

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Elizabeth Spriggs

If you wanted to get into Gryffindor Tower, you had to get past the Fat Lady (played by Spriggs) with the right password. Spriggs, a longtime actress with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theater, was 78 when she died in 2008.

FAQs

What actor from Harry Potter died recently? ›

Robbie Coltrane

Robbie Coltrane is the most recent Harry Potter loss fans have mourned. The actor, who played the tough-on-the-outside-soft-on-the-inside gamekeeper died at the age of 72 on October 14, 2022.

Which child actor died in Harry Potter? ›

Robert Arthur Knox (21 August 1989 – 24 May 2008) was an English actor who portrayed the character of Marcus Belby in the film Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and had signed to appear in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Who killed Fred Weasley? ›

In 1998, Fred participated in the Battle of Hogwarts, defending the castle's passageways with his twin. While fighting alongside his brother, Percy, he was killed in an explosion possibly caused by Death Eater Augustus Rookwood.

Who is the weakest Death Eater in Harry Potter? ›

Weakest: Rabastan Lestrange

He was also present in all of the major battles after Voldemort released him, his brother, and sister-in-law from Azkaban prison during The Order of the Phoenix. Rabastan was easily stunned by Harry in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries.

Who killed Snape? ›

Erroneously believing Snape is the master of the Elder Wand and that Snape's death will make him the master of the Wand, Voldemort kills Snape by having his pet snake Nagini bite him through the neck.

Is Mrs Weasley still alive? ›

Whilst there is no announcement of a third Mamma Mia film, Dame Julie Walters is thankfully still alive and well.

What Weasley twin dies? ›

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Fred is killed in an explosion. Before his death, Fred reconciles with his estranged brother Percy, who arrives at Hogwarts to participate in the fight and apologises to the family for not believing them.

How many students died in Harry Potter? ›

Each death is listed under the book in which it is first mentioned: e.g. Moaning Myrtle died before the events of the first Harry Potter books, but she is not mentioned until the second book. 158 known individuals have been confirmed to have died.

Who killed Ginny Weasley? ›

Rowling's tweet, “Today marks one year since Ginny Weasley was killed by an ISIS wizard. #RIPGinny” was immediately set upon by fans of her book and movie series, picking up thousands of likes and retweets within the first hour of her posting.

Did Hermione sleep with Fred? ›

Let us break it down for you. Because the Weasley house is so packed with people going to visit Fred and George's new shop, Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, Hermione ends up sleeping in Fred's bed. Fred's not in it with her, unfortunately, but she's sleeping there nonetheless.

Who killed Hedwig? ›

According to the films, Hedwig's killer might have been Selwyn, who was known to be pursuing Harry and Hagrid at the time since Hedwig's death in the film happened quite a while into the fight when there was only a couple death eaters following them, or it might have been Stanley Shunpike under the Imperius Curse.

Who is Voldemort's favorite Death Eater? ›

It was most certainly Severus Snape, even though Bellatrix Lestrange believed and proudly insisted that she was the one, and Voldemort probably lied to her about this just to make her happy. As far as Voldemort knew, Snape was his most loyal, most powerful, and most useful servant.

Who is Voldemort's most loyal Death Eater? ›

Bellatrix Lestrange (née Black) is the first female Death Eater introduced in the books. Aunt of Draco Malfoy and Nymphadora Tonks. She was introduced in Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix. She is the most faithful member of Voldemort's inner circle.

Who are the 12 Death Eaters? ›

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  • Draco Malfoy. ...
  • Pius Thicknesse. ...
  • Quirinus Quirrell. ...
  • Gibbon. ...
  • Nott. ...
  • Jugson.
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Who killed Dobby? ›

Arriving at Shell Cottage, Harry discovers that Dobby has been fatally wounded by Bellatrix' thrown knife. Dobby dies moments later, his final words being "Harry Potter". Harry is deeply grieved and decides to dig Dobby's grave by hand without using magic. Ron and Dean join Harry and labor with him.

What was Voldemort's last words? ›

"Avada Kedavra"

The evilest character in Harry Potter, Voldemort utters the killing curse in a desperate bid to end Harry in the final book. The curse rebounds since Harry was already the master of the Elder Wand and therefore immune, making 'Avada Kedavra' the Dark Lord's dying words.

What spell killed Voldemort? ›

Some would say there's no spell worse than Avada Kedavra, the Killing Curse that Voldemort used so indiscriminately. But it's definitely not the wizarding world's only Unforgivable Curse. And beyond those three, there are other types of magic that arguably do more harm than anything else.

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Who is the saddest person in Harry Potter? ›

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Who is the cruelest person in Harry Potter? ›

#1: Lord Voldemort

The main antagonist of the series, Voldemort was there from the beginning, when he murdered Harry's parents, to the end, when he waged war on Hogwarts.

What is the most painful spell in Harry Potter? ›

Cruciatus Curse ('Crucio')

The second Unforgiveable Curse, Cruciatus causes such excruciating pain that when Voldemort used it on Harry, it was 'so intense, so all-consuming, that he no longer knew where he was…'

Who killed Hedwig? ›

According to the films, Hedwig's killer might have been Selwyn, who was known to be pursuing Harry and Hagrid at the time since Hedwig's death in the film happened quite a while into the fight when there was only a couple death eaters following them, or it might have been Stanley Shunpike under the Imperius Curse.

What Weasley twin dies? ›

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Fred is killed in an explosion. Before his death, Fred reconciles with his estranged brother Percy, who arrives at Hogwarts to participate in the fight and apologises to the family for not believing them.

What was the least successful Harry Potter? ›

The third movie in the series and the only one not to feature Voldemort, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is (undeservedly) the lowest-earning movie out of the series.

How many students died at Hogwarts? ›

Each death is listed under the book in which it is first mentioned: e.g. Moaning Myrtle died before the events of the first Harry Potter books, but she is not mentioned until the second book. 158 known individuals have been confirmed to have died.

What does Harry fear the most? ›

He says it in response to Harry's admittance of his greatest fear—dementors. “That suggests that what you fear most of all is—fear. Very wise, Harry.”

Who is more evil than Voldemort? ›

Dolores Umbridge's authority – especially her authority over children – is what makes her just so terrifying. In modern-day, she is more of a realistic threat to us Muggles than the Lord Voldemorts of the world.

Who is the true villain in Harry Potter? ›

When talking about the real villains of franchises, it can often get complicated but let's be honest: The real villain of Harry Potter is Dolores Umbridge and her evil pink suit. Voldemort often gets the bad wrap for being the villain of the Harry Potter series but we know the truth.

What is the scariest monster in Harry Potter? ›

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  • 5/5 Quintaped.
  • 4/5 Boggart.
  • 3/5 The Nundu.
  • 2/5 Blast-Ended Skrewt.
  • 1/5 The Lethifold (Living Shroud)
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What is the scariest Harry Potter spell? ›

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  • Confringo. ...
  • Diffindo. ...
  • Imperio. ...
  • Sectumsempra. ...
  • Crucio. ...
  • Fiendfyre. ...
  • Avada Kedavra. The last of the Unforgivable Curses, this spell emits a flash of green light and immediately kills the target without a trace of evidence.
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What is the scariest spell in Harry Potter? ›

1. Avada Kedavra. No prizes for guessing that the deadliest of them all would be this one. Avada Kedavra, or the Killing curse, is another Unforgivable curse, the most dangerous one ever.

What is Dumbledore's strongest spell? ›

Firestorm. Firestorm was a spell that created a large ring of fire around the caster's wand. This spell is one of the last and most powerful spells that Albus Dumbledore cast using the elder wand before his death.

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