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Robin Williams got turned down for a lead role in Harry Potter

Cosmopolitan logo Cosmopolitan 4/01/2017 Anna Lewis
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When you think about the Harry Potter films, you have to admit each one is pretty much perfect, right?

The sets are incredible, the costumes are absurdly good, the special effects are ridonculous, and, of course, the cast is the best cast in the history of films.

But, let's be honest, every single film EVER could be improved by a certain actor having a starring role: Robin Williams.

But on this occasion it just wasn't meant to be.

The late actor apparently got turned down for a major role in the film franchise, based on J.K. Rowling's books.

Can you guess which lead character he was gunning for?

No, not Dolores Umbridge (although, judging on how good he looked as a sassy middle-aged woman in Mrs Doubtfire, maybe that could have worked…).

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According to the films' casting director, Janet Hirshenson, Robin – who tragically passed away in 2015 – was after the role of Hagrid.

He even phoned up director Chris Columbus to show his interest, but because of J.K. Rowling's very strict rule about only casting British actors for the films, it just couldn't happen.

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Janet told Huffington Post: "Robin had called [director Chris] 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."

In fairness, he would have been amazing as Hagrid, but Robbie Coltrane totally nailed the part of Hogwarts' gamekeeper in the movies, so we're kinda happy with how it turned out.


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