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Harry Potter reboot: 21 Dream Actors for Max streaming series

by Conor O'Brien
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A new Harry Potter reboot TV series has just been announced and here is our dream cast.

Twelve years after Deathly Hallows Part 2, a new Harry Potter TV show has just been announced.

It will be for the new streaming service Max, combining HBO Max and Discovery+.

Author JK Rowling will be serving as an executive producer for the new show.

Of course, we will need new actors to step into now-iconic roles in this Harry Potter reboot.

Here are our picks for some of the parts.

Archie Yates as Harry Potter

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Previous Projects: Jojo Rabbit, Home Sweet Home Alone

At 14, Yates is slightly older than Harry but definitely matches the physical attributes of the character.

Bringing in an experienced actor rather than a newcomer may also be a smart move.

After all, it ensures that Harry, as the main character is in capable hands across several seasons.

Tommy Finnegan as Ron Weasley

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Previous Projects: After Life, Our House, Les Miserables

At 10 years old, Finnegan is pretty close to Ron’s age in the first book. He also bears a slight resemblance to a young Rupert Grint.

Vivien Lyra Blair as Hermione Granger

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Past Projects: Obi-Wan Kenobi, We Can Be Heroes, Dear Zoe

Blair has already had a star turn in a huge franchise, with Obi-Wan Kenobi.

By joining the Harry Potter reboot, Vivien would be moving from Princess Leia to Hermione Granger, another beloved character.

Jared Harris as Albus Dumbledore

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Past Projects: Mad Men, Chernobyl, The Crown

Aside from being a talented actor in his own right, Jared Harris is also the son of the original Dumbledore, Richard Harris.

Fans had wanted Jared to take on his father’s old role for Fantastic Beasts, but this never panned out. Jude Law as ultimately cast.

Could we see Jared Harris as Dumbledore in this reboot?

Sir Mark Rylance as Hagrid

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Past Projects: Bridge of Spies, Ready Player One, Don’t Look Up

Oscar winner Rylance has already played one ‘big friendly giant’ in The BFG (2016).

As a highly regarded actor, he could be a great choice to follow the late Robbie Coltrane.

Dame Helen Mirren as Professor McGonagall

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Past Projects: The Queen, Fast & Furious franchise, Prime Suspect

Dame Helen Mirren isn’t just acting royalty, she’s played both Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Elizabeth II.

She also already has a Harry Potter connection, through hosting the game show Hogwarts: Tournament of Houses.

Benjamin Evan Ainsworth as Draco Malfoy

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Past Projects: Pinocchio, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Flora & Ulysses

Ainsworth is a talented young actor who made a big splash with his role in The Haunting Of Bly Manor. He would need to dye his hair blonde and channel that villainous energy into Draco Malfoy.

Adam Driver as Severus Snape

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Past Projects: Star Wars, Girls, Marriage Story

Although the film series cast older, respected actors – characters including Snape and Lupin were meant to be in their 30s during Harry’s time at Hogwarts.

Could Star Wars alum Adam Driver, who already has a strong physical resemblance to Alan Rickman, step into Snape’s robes?

Sarah Lancashire as Molly Weasley

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Past Projects: Happy Valley, Coronation Street, Last Tango in Halifax

In the film franchise, Julie Walters as Molly Weasley was a strong, female presence recognisable to the adult audience.

Fresh off her role in Happy Valley, could Sarah Lancashire become the new matriarch?

Michael Sheen as Arthur Weasley

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Past Projects: Masters of Sex, Twilight franchise, Prodigal Son, Good Omens

Although Michael Sheen has often played dark roles, his appearances on the panel show There’s Something About Movies showed his real-life lighter side.

Having also commented about not being cast in the Harry Potter films, could Sheen get his chance?

He’d be following in the footsteps of Good Omens co-star David Tennant, who was in Goblet of Fire.

Ben Barnes as Sirius Black

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Past Projects: The Punisher, Chronicles of Narnia franchise, Westworld

Like many others on this list, Barnes has already trod franchise territory.

That being said, perhaps we could see the former Prince Caspian as Harry Potter’s multi-layered godfather.

Jack Lowden as Remus Lupin

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Past Projects: Dunkirk, Fighting With My Family, War & Peace

Lowden already counts Christopher Nolan and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as past collaborators.

It would be quite interesting to see him play Lupin opposite Ben Barnes as Sirius within this cast.

Tim Roth as Mad-Eye Moody

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Past Projects: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Lie To Me

Roth was famously a contender for Severus Snape back in the day, ultimately turning the role down.

While Roth has plenty of hits under his belt, could he come full circle by joining the Harry Potter reboot?

Since Snape is already filled on this list, how about Roth as the grizzled Auror Mad-Eye Moody?

Olivia Williams as Umbridge

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Past Projects: The Sixth Sense, The Ghost Writer, Peter Pan

Olivia Williams has a long, varied filmography, including working with Harry Potter alum Jason Isaacs as husband and wife.

Her steely presence could be well-utilized in the role of Umbridge.

Matthew Rhys as Quirrell

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Past Projects: The Americans, Perry Mason, The Owl House

Matthew Rhys famously played an undercover spy on the long-running series The Americans.

Therefore, he could definitely play another duplicitous character in Professor Quirrell.

Stephen Moyer as Vernon Dursley

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Past Projects: True Blood, The Gifted

Moyer already played a vampire for 7 seasons on HBO’s fantasy horror drama series, True Blood.

Why not have him go in the other direction and play Harry’s cruel Muggle uncle?

Anna Paquin as Petunia Dursley

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Past Projects: True Blood, X-Men franchise, Fly Away Home

While we’re at it, let’s have Moyer’s real-life and True Blood co-star Anna Paquin play the Petunia to his Vernon.

They obviously already have the on-screen chemistry and it’s always fun to see familiar actors in different roles.

Aidan Gillen as Cornelius Fudge

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Past Projects: Game of Thrones, The Wire, Bohemian Rhapsody

We’ve already seen Gillen play a wide variety of characters, one of whom was Baltimore mayor Tommy Carcetti in HBO’s The Wire.

Perhaps Gillen could swap Maryland for the Wizarding World in this new series?

Tom Felton as Lucius Malfoy

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Of all the original cast members, Tom Felton seems by far the most engaged with the Harry Potter fandom.

While he can’t reprise Draco in this new series, there could be a fun passing of the torch by casting Felton as Lucius.

It would be a shame to not have at least one cast member from the films make an appearance.

Sir Patrick Stewart as the voice of The Sorting Hat

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Past Projects: Star Trek: Next Generation, X-Men film franchise, American Dad

Stewart is an iconic presence on-screen – and we don’t use that word lightly.

With both Jean-Luc Picard and Charles Xavier on his CV, it might be hard to accept Stewart as a Harry Potter character.

Fortunately, we have a solution.

Stewart also has a very recognisable voice – one that could be put to great use in a fun cameo as The Sorting Hat.

Bill Bailey as Peeves the Poltergeist

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Past Projects: Black Books, Hot Fuzz, Spaced

Peeves was famously cut from the Harry Potter films although comedian Rik Mayall had been cast.

As Mayall died in 2014, why not cast Bill Bailey, who has a similarly eccentric comic style, as the new Peeves for this reboot?

For what it’s worth, Bailey was a Mayall fan so may welcome the opportunity to finish what Mayall didn’t get a chance to.

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