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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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
3. LeVar Burton
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.
“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
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