25 Celebrities Who Almost Played Your Favorite Characters

Even though you might not be able to picture a frozen hellscape in which Harry Potter is not played by Daniel Radcliffe, the fact of that matter is that someone else almost did.

In fact, the same is true for plenty of popular movie and TV characters. What would “Pretty Woman” be without Julia Roberts? Who else could even legally play Han Solo other than Harrison Ford? These are the hard-hitting questions, friends, and I’m here to give you some answers.

Here are 25 beloved characters that were almost played by other actors.

1. Britney Spears was considered for the role of Allie Calhoun in “The Notebook.” Rachel McAdams got the gig instead.

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2. Are you cringing at the fact that Gwyneth Paltrow almost played Rose DeWitt Bukater in “Titanic”? Same.

3. In that vein, Macaulay Culkin almost played Jack in “Titanic” instead of Leonardo DiCaprio.

4. Jim Carrey was close to playing Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean,” because why the hell not?

5. Can you picture Her Royal Majesty Queen of All Things Angelina Jolie as a valley girl? The casting director of “Clueless” entertained the idea.

Something tells me that Mrs. Jolie-Pitt is more than happy to have left Cher Horowitz off her resume.

6. Human-shaped dumpster fire Nicolas Cage almost snagged the role of John Bender in “The Breakfast Club.” Fortunately for all of humankind, he didn’t.

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7. Instead of the late, great Alan Rickman, casting directors for the Harry Potter franchise almost went with Tim Roth (who for all I know could be a great actor but is also not Alan Rickman) to play Severus Snape.

8. Are you sitting down? Good. As it turns out, John Travolta was originally asked to play Forrest Gump over Tom Hanks, who absolutely nailed the performance in every way.

9. Blair Waldorf from “Gossip Girl” was almost played by Ashley Olsen instead of Leighton Meester.

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10. Johnny Depp came close to playing Ferris Bueller, but then, ya know, didn’t.

11. Molly Ringwald is great and all, but Vivian Ward’s character was basically written for Julia Roberts. “Pretty Woman” would be nothing without Julia Roberts. NOTHING, you hear me?

12. Christina Applegate almost won the bend-and-snap-off against Reese Witherspoon to play Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.”

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13. Gabourey Sidibe’s iconic turn as Precious in the eponymous film almost never came to be, since fellow queen Jennifer Hudson was considered for the role.

14. Jennifer Lawrence almost played a significantly less irritating version of Bella Swan in “Twilight,” but casting directors ultimately decided on Kristen Stewart.

15. Because everything hurts and life is awful, I’m forcing you to come with me and confront the fact that some kid named Liam Aiken almost played Harry Potter. Misery loves company.

16. We all loved watching Maya Rudolph play Lillian in “Bridesmaids,” but I’m sure Mindy Kaling would’ve been just as funny if she’d been given the role after auditioning.

17. Mars was apparently in retrograde when Al Pacino was considered to play Han Solo. Fortunately, Harrison Ford rolled up and was all like, “Nah, man,” probably.

18. If you need me, I’ll be tracking down the person who almost cast Rob Lowe as Dr. McDreamy, otherwise known as Derek Shepherd, otherwise known as a character that should never be played by Rob Lowe under any circumstances, in “Grey’s Anatomy.”

19. Hugh Grant almost played Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” but lost out to Kenneth Branagh in the end.

20. An actor by the name of Thomas Jane fought in what I can only imagine was a slime-ball battle in his own mucus with fellow human slug Jon Hamm for the role of Don Draper in “Mad Men.” Ultimately, Hamm won.

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21. In what would’ve been the cutest swap in history, Harry Potter’s gigantic friend Hagrid was almost played the late Robin Williams instead of Robbie Coltrane, who also happens to be awesome.

22. It’s hard to picture Mia Thermopolis without seeing Anne Hathaway’s face, but Cameron Diaz was the one who initially received an offer from those in charge of “The Princess Diaries.”

23. Will Smith turned down the lead role in “The Matrix,” at which point it was offered to Keanu Reeves.

24. Instead of yelling “INDYYYYYYY” at the sight of Harrison Ford, we could’ve been assaulting Tom Selleck’s ears had the scales tipped in his favor for the lead in “Indiana Jones.”

25. Jeremy Irons was close to overtaking Anthony Hopkins to play creep extraordinaire Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs.”

I just can’t live the same life anymore. John Travolta as Forrest Gump? Tim Roth as Severus Snape? Fortunately, all’s well that ends well.

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27 Struggles “Harry Potter” Fans Know All Too Well

~Waits 17 years for my Hogwarts letter~

We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the hardest part about being a Harry Potter fan. Here are the amazing results.

1. You try to keep your cool when someone asks, “Isn’t Harry Potter for children?”

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2. You have best friends who aren’t obsessed with the series like you are.

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3. A part of you dies when Dobby, Fred Weasley, and Professor Dumbledore die.

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4. You cancel your Friday night plans to watch the Harry Potter weekend marathon on ABC Family.

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5. No matter how hard you try, your broomstick will only be good for sweeping the floor and not for playing Quidditch.

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6. You have a million questions for J.K. Rowling, but she’ll never answer them.

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7. It’s a constant battle trying to get through every movie without hysterically crying.

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8. You still haven’t received your Hogwarts letter in the mail.

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9. You use Harry Potter references in everyday conversation, but it takes a while for people to catch on.

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10. It’s always annoying when someone asks you to explain your Deathly Hallows tattoo.

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11. Movie. Ginny. Weasley.

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12. Anytime you go to Netflix to search for Harry Potter, nothing shows up.

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13. You read so much fan fiction that you forget what is real and what is fake.

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14. You’ll never stand in line at a bookstore at midnight to buy a new Harry Potter book.

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15. You want to have deep conversations with the characters you grew up with.

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16. You don’t know what your Patronus is.

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17. Attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry isn’t actually possible.

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18. You don’t know how to deal with the people who only watched the movies.

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19. You date someone who doesn’t fully appreciate the beautiful world of Harry Potter.

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20. It’s always difficult to hear someone hate on Hufflepuff when they’re actually amazing.

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21. You always have the desire to reread the books, but you know bad things will always happen.

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22. You can’t go to a bar and order Butterbeer.

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23. It’s hard learning someone didn’t finish reading Deathly Hallows because it’s “too boring.”

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24. You’ll never get to experience this magical world for the first time again.

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25. Anytime you say “Accio remote!” it doesn’t come to you.

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26. The word “always” brings you to tears without fail.

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27. And the overwhelming feeling you get whenever you explain how important Harry Potter is to you.

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These Are The Coolest Celebs Ever. They Must Really Love Their Fans.

Some people will tell you to never meet your idols because it always ends in disappointment, shattering the perfect image you had of them. Well, I guess whoever those people are, they must not have met Aaron Paul.

The Breaking Bad alum, and several of his co-stars, are among the coolest celebrities out there. They will go out of their way to show their fans how much they care. These incredibly awesome celebrities will restore your faith in the famous.

(At least until you see someone playing the Kim Kardashian game again.)

1. Richard Simmons

2. Fabio

3. LeVar Burton

4. Rihanna

5. One Direction

6. Daniel Radcliffe

7. Christopher Eccleston

8. Matt Smith

9. Jenna-Louise Coleman

10. Jeff Bridges

11. Bill Cosby

12. Blake Shelton

13. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

14. David Bradley

15. RJ Mitte

16. Giancarlo Esposito

17. Aaron Paul

Basically, my new goal in life is to meet Aaron Paul.

Share with your friends and see if they have any good celebrity-encounter stories up their sleeve.

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8 “Wishbone” Episodes For The Modern Reader

Maybe we should just stick with the classics.

1. The pup who lived!

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2. May the paws be ever in your favor.

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3. Team Edward, team Jacob, or team Wishbone?

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4. I want you to scratch me behind the ears, as hard as you can.

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5. The adventures of a young pup whose principal interests are violence, Beethoven, and kibble!

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6. Winter is coming, get my tiny sweater!

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7. Do you like Huey Lewis and the Dogs?

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8. Mr. Wishbone will see you now.

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Complete Trailer of ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’, Summer Showing July 15

“Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information.

Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simmering with jealousy but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.”

Release Date: July 15th, 2009 (wide)
Directed by: David Yates
Screenplay (adaptation) by: Steve Kloves
From the novel: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by: J.K. Rowling
Starring:
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter
Emma Watson Hermione Granger
Rupert Grint Ron Weasley
Tom Felton Draco Malfoy
Helena Bonham Carter Bellatrix Lestrange
David Bradley Argus Filch
Robbie Coltrane Rubeus Hagrid
Warwick Davis Professor Flitwick
Alan Rickman Severus Snape
Maggie Smith Minerva McGonagall
Natalia Tena Nymphadora Tonks
David Thewlis Remus Lupin
Bonnie Wright Ginny Weasley
Jim Broadbent Horace Slughorn
Michael Gambon Albus Dumbledore
Helen McCrory Narcissa Malfoy
Julie Walters Mrs. Weasley
Matthew Lewis Neville Longbottom
Hero Fiennes-Tiffin Tom Riddle – Age 11