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20 Actors and Actresses From “Harry Potter” That We’ve Seen in Other Movies

Many actors who acted in the movies about The Boy Who Lived had bright careers before they took part in the Harry Potter films. It’s likely that many of us remember the extravagant Gary Oldman in The Fifth Element or the attractive Ralph Fiennes in Wuthering Heights. But it seems that movies about Harry Potter erased these characters from our memory and we didn’t even notice that Sirius Black is the industrialist, Jean-Baptiste, while Lord Voldemort is the very handsome Heathcliff.

We at Bright Side decided to recall the early roles of the actors who performed in various Harry Potter films, and we were amazed at how familiar their faces look to us.

Robbie Coltrane

Bandit Valentin Zukovsky (The World Is Not Enough) and kind man Rubeus Hagrid (Harry Potter movie series)

Maggie Smith

Gunilla (The First Wives Club) and Professor McGonagall (Harry Potter movie series)

Warwick Davis

Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi) and Professor Flitwick (Harry Potter movie series)

Richard Griffiths

Magistrate Philipse (Sleepy Hollow) and Vernon Dursley (Harry Potter movie series)

Pam Ferris

Agatha Trunchbull (Matilda) and Marge Dursley (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)

Nick Moran

Eddy (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) and Lord Voldemort’s servant, Scabior (Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, part 1 and part 2)

Rhys Ifans

Spike (Notting Hill) and Xenophilius Lovegood (Harry Potter movie series)

John Cleese

R (The World Is Not Enough) and Nearly Headless Nick (Harry Potter movie series)

Shirley Henderson

Jude, Bridget Jones’s friend (Bridget Jones’s Diary), and Moaning Myrtle (Harry Potter movie series)

Gary Oldman

Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (The Fifth Element) and Sirius Black (Harry Potter movie series)

David Thewlis

Paul Verlaine (Total Eclipse) and Remus Lupin (Harry Potter movie series)

Emma Thompson

Elinor Dashwood (Sense and Sensibility) and Professor Trelawney (Harry Potter movie series)

Brendan Gleeson

Ruthless McCloy (Mission: Impossible 2) and evil fighter Alastor Moody (Harry Potter movie series)

Miranda Richardson

Lady Van Tassel (Sleepy Hollow) and Rita Skeeter (Harry Potter movie series)

Jim Broadbent

John Hurt

Writer Giles De’Ath (Love and Death on Long Island) and Garrick Ollivander (Harry Potter movie series)

Mark Williams

Horace (101 Dalmatians) and Arthur Weasley (Harry Potter movie series)

Jason Isaacs

Explorer Ronald Quincy (Armageddon) and Lucius Malfoy (Harry Potter movie series)

Ralph Fiennes

Alan Rickman

Colonel Brandon (Sense and Sensibility) and Professor Snape (Harry Potter movie series)

Who’s your favorite character in the Harry Potter movie franchise?

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