As soon as I wrote the title, I knew what I was going to talk about. This has bothered me from the very first time I saw these films.
52. A film that you think would have been better with another actor/actress.
Without a doubt, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
Can you guess the character?
Dumbledore, of course.
Oh, Richard Harris… you left so GIGANTIC shoes to fill. Dumbledore was a very difficult role for anyone, after what you did…
And along came Michael Gambon, looking so different! Different beard, different hat… speaking like I never thought Dumbledore would. I think it was more shocking because Professor Flitwick had a very different look too, and he also appears at the beginning of Prisoner of Azkaban.
As I have mentioned before, I had multiple problems with Prisoner of Azkaban, but that is another story. Funnily enough, as much as Dumbledore was one of those problems, he was a minor one. I just didn’t enjoy him that much.
And then came Goblet of Fire.
The moment after the Goblet spits out Harry’s name, Dumbledore is supposed to call him, ask him if he put his name in the Goblet, and accept what Harry says as true. Also, he’s supposed to show in front of the others that he believes Harry. Instead, he calls Harry, the second time he shouts his name, then proceeds to run (???) after Harry, pretty much shake him and demand the truth from him (still shouting). I remember being outraged. “Dumbledore would NEVER do that!!!”, was what I was thinking all the time. Seriously, Gambon? But then I learned he hadn’t read the books. How can you portray a character accurately only from reading a script? Didn’t he even see the first two movies? What a disappointment.
He did a bit better in Order of the Phoenix, even better in Half Blood Prince, and he finally did an excellent job in Deathly Hallows. It took him too long, didn’t it?
Who do I think would have done a better job? Well, Peter O’Toole, Ian McKellen (alas, he was already Gandalf), John Hurt (already taken)… or even Michael Gambon, but having READ THE BOOKS and understood the character.
Well, that was the rant of the day. What about you? Do you agree? Is there a movie you think would have been better off with a different actor/actress?
See you soon!