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Harry Potter's Ralph Fiennes reveals why he almost turned down Voldemort

Digital Spy (UK) logo Digital Spy (UK) 15/03/2019 Sam Warner
Dark Lord Voldemort wearing a hat: Harry Potter's Ralph Fiennes reveals why he almost turned down the role of Voldemort. © Warner Bros. Harry Potter's Ralph Fiennes reveals why he almost turned down the role of Voldemort.

It turns out we almost never saw Ralph Fiennes play Voldemort, as the actor has admitted he nearly turned down the role of Harry Potter's nemesis.

The star made his first appearance as He Who Must Not Be Named in 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, going on to play him until the end of the series.

However, during an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show this Saturday (March 16), the actor opens up about why he almost passed on playing the iconic villain.

the face of Dark Lord Voldemort: Harry Potter baddie Voldemort © Warner Bros. Harry Potter baddie Voldemort

"The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books," Fiennes says. "I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in… the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically.

"Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me… Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant. I think the clincher was that my sister Martha – who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10 and 8 – she said, 'What do you mean? You’ve got to do it!' So then I rewound my thinking."

Well thank goodness he listened to his sister. After all, we would've been deprived of classic moments such as this.

In other Harry Potter news, the long-awaited mobile game from the creators of Pokémon Go was unveiled earlier this week.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be an augmented reality game that encourages players to explore real-world locations and help save the wizarding world.

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