It’s been seven years since Harry Potter vanquished Voldemort during the Battle of Hogwarts, capping off a decade-long franchise. For ten years, Potterheads ceremoniously swarmed theaters across the world to watch J.K. Rowling’s beloved Wizarding World on the silver screen over the course of 8 films.
With a wide-ranging cast of talent, there’s been little room to complain about the casting decisions made for many of the books’ characters. Still, there’s always reason to believe some improvement could have been made, had fans only had their chance at casting the characters.
Working with limited time constraints, it’s impossible to know how differently Hogwarts would have looked had the franchise’s producers been given free rein over the budget and creative decisions that went into each film. Luckily, the Potterverse has an imaginative fanbase that’s proud to share their own unique perspectives when it comes to choosing their own ideal actors for each role.
After some extensive research, we’ve stumbled upon some interesting casting decisions we’d personally love to see come to fruition. Although the likelihood of any of these actors and actresses landing these parts in the future is slim to none, it’s encouraging to see just how lively the Harry Potter movie universe has remained since the franchise’s end.
While not everyone will agree with some of these fancasts, it’s hard to deny that each one would bring another dimension to an already impeccably crafted universe.
Join us as we look over 20 Harry Potter Fan Castings Better Than What We Got.
20 Natalie Dormer as Pansy Parkinson
Born to the Parkinsons, one of the pure-blood Sacred Twenty-Eight families of the Wizarding World, Pansy Parkinson was sorted into Slytherin House in her first year at Hogwarts, where she instantly befriended Draco Malfoy, becoming one of his lackeys.
Perceived as mean-spirited and pug-faced by Potter, most likely due to his enmity for Draco, she was later described by Daily Prophet journalist Rita Skeeter as “pretty and vivacious.”
DeviantArt user yourcherrylips re-imagines Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer in a heated rivalry with Hermione. Borrowing the school girl design from the British comedy St. Trinian’s, Dormer’s version of Pansy wears a similar outfit to Tom Felton’s Draco while noticeably shrugging off Hermione, whose much more school-friendly fashion directly juxtaposes Dormer’s more glamorous, beautified look.
19 Ben Barnes as a Young Sirius Black
As a member of the Marauders, Sirius Black was a pure-blood heir to the House of Black who defied his family’s pure blood lineage when he was sorted into Gryffindor House over Slytherin. Alongside James Potter, Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew, he was a mischievous troublemaker in his youth.
Prior to his imprisonment in Azkaban, Sirius was described as a casually elegant figure with lustrous black hair, pale skin, and grey eyes.
Pictured above during his Maruader days, British actor Ben Barnes, most notable for Jigsaw in The Punisher, has the flowing black hair and aristocratic beauty necessary to play a younger Sirius.
Although too old for the part today, Barnes’ knack for playing courageous fantasy characters would have made for an easy transition into Sirius’ teen years.
18 Aiden Turner as an Older Sirius Black
Framed by Peter Pettigrew for the demise of James and Lily Potter, Sirius Black was arrested by the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban. Due to extreme maltreatment during his twelve years of solitary confinement, Sirius’s looks would diminish over time and by the time of his escape, he appeared with yellow teeth and long, matted hair.
. Although his sunken features and noticeably deteriorated hygiene aren’t a part of his look, his more prominent features such as the long, curly black hair and darkly handsome appearance make Turner an intriguing casting option for an older Sirius.
17 Harry Lloyd as a Young Lucius Malfoy
A member of the aristocratic social elite and the patriarch of the Malfoy family, Lucius Malfoy joined the Death Eaters under the rule of Lord Voldemort in order to fight for the notion that all wizards should be from a pure blood lineage. After Voldemort’s defeat at the end of the First Wizarding World, he convincingly avoided imprisonment by claiming he was under the controls of the Imperius Curse.
As a shrewd and opportunistic man of wealth, Malfoy hid under a veil of respectability.
With his pale, pointed looks and blonde-white hair, many fans have called Game of Thrones actor Harry Lloyd an ideal casting choice for a younger Lucius.
As the immoral and condescending Viserys Targaryen in GoT, Lloyd has experience playing self-deluded characters who come from a crazy family tree.
16 Cara Delevingne as a Young Narcissa Black
The youngest daughter to Cygnus and Druella Black and youngest sibling to Bellatrix Lestrange and Andromeda Tonks, Narcissa Black was born into a life of luxury, firmly believing the importance of a pure blood lineage and constantly looking down upon Muggles and Muggle-borns alike.
Although she never became a member of the Death Eaters, she was a consummate supporter of her husband Lucius Malfoy’s actions under the rule of Lord Voldemort during the First and Second Wizarding Wars.
Envisioned here by DeviantArt user TheGeekBoutique as a younger, Marauders era version of the character, Narcissa is portrayed by a blonde-haired Cara Delevingne wearing Slytherin House’s signature emerald green colors.
With her fierce, fiery look, Delevingne manages to encapsulate Narcissa’s haughty attitude, giving her the kind of egotistical edge needed to play a younger version of the witch.
15 Freddie Fox as Draco Malfoy
A pure-blood wizard born to Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy, Draco Malfoy was Harry Potter’s arch-nemesis during his first couple of years at Hogwarts.
A strong believer in the preservation of pure-blood lineages, he was an arrogant and spiteful bully who showed little sympathy for Muggle-borns and “blood traitors,” teasing Harry and Hermione.
With his sleek, white-blonde hair and pale complexion, Draco’s pointed features were characteristic trademarks inherited by his wealthy, upper-class family.
Thanks to his striking looks in the film Victor Frankenstein, many fans have been quick to point out actor Freddie Fox’s eerie similarity to Draco.
With his posh fashion choices and pale, blonde-haired resemblance, he’s a match made in Potterverse heaven.
14 Andrew Garfield as a Younger Remus Lupin
Cursed with lycanthropy at an early age, Remus Lupin has always seen himself as somewhat of an outcast. Sorted into Gryffindor House during his first year at Hogwarts, he removed himself from his classmates during his monthly transformations, hiding inside the Shrieking Shack to prevent injuries to other students.
As a member of the Marauders, Remus kept his werewolf identity a secret from his friends James, Sirius, and Peter until they eventually learned the truth, accepting his lycanthropy and becoming Animagi to keep him company.
With his long, slender frame, noticeably shaggy features and scratch marks across his face, the Tumblr image above features The Amazing Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield as a perfect representation of how a young Remus might have appeared in his early years, before the considerable strain of his transformations took a toll on his body.
13 James McAvoy as an Older Remus Lupin
Remus Lupin suffered a great deal of prejudice throughout his life due to his cursed status as a werewolf. Appearing ragged due to his shabby clothing, rugged beard, and facial scars, his transformations took a toll on his body, leaving him with premature lines across his face which worsened with stress.
In the Tumblr image above, actor James McAvoy sports Remus’ slightly oversized grey jacket along with noticeable facial scars along his forehead and cheeks.
His slight smile is evocative of Remus’ peaceful and nurturing nature, which grew from his position as an outcast for most of his life.
With his wavy hair, red beard, and versatile performances, McAvoy is a dream casting choice to play the highly skilled wizard.
12 Martin Freeman as Arthur Weasley
A modest family man and pure-blood wizard, Arthur Weasley worked for the Ministry of Magic. where he staunchly believed in the equality of all magical and non-magical citizens and quickly grew a deep fascination for Muggle culture.
Unable to hide his enthusiasm over his fixation, his curiosity showcased his fun-loving side as he butchering everyday words, incorrectly calling escalators “escapators” and referring to telephones as “fellyphones.”
With his bright red hair and kind treatment to Harry, to whom he acted as a father-like figure, Arthur Weasley is a sentimental and affectionate member of the Weasley family, making Martin Freeman an ideal casting decision.
As imagined by this BuzzFeed image, Freeman’s ability to play mild-mannered yet extraordinarily unique characters makes him a prime fan choice for the part.
11 Rose Leslie as Ginny Weasley
The youngest of Arthur and Molly Weasely’s seven children, Ginny Weasley was a forceful and independent young woman. Although she often displayed an energetic and lively personality, her feelings for Harry initially made her appear withdrawn and shy.
With her flaming red hair and pale, freckled complexion, she later became admired by many at Hogwarts.
As an accomplished flyer, Ginny was also quite well established as a Chaser and Seeker for the Gryffindor Quidditch Team, later becoming a professional player for the Holyhead Harpies.
In the image created by DeviantArt user missknow-it-all, Game of Thrones actress Rose Leslie is imagined as a slightly older Ginny. With her similarly freckled complexion and fiery red hair, Leslie is an optimal choice for the future Holyhead Player of the Year.
10 Kaya Scodelario as a Younger Bellatrix Lestrange
Born into a privileged lifetsyle, Bellatrix Lestrange was the eldest daughter of Cygnus and Druella Black and was ruthlessly devoted to cleansing the Wizarding World of all blood traitors, half-bloods, Muggle-borns, Muggles, and half-breeds.
Sorted into Slytherin House during her years at Hogwarts, she immediately displayed signs of becoming a prodigious duelist with her interest in the Dark Arts.
Displaying little affection towards other human beings, Lestrange’s cruel personality bordered on megalomaniacal.
In the above image, courtesy of Tumblr, British star Kaya Scodelario portrays a much younger, more elegant version of Bellatrix.
Donning the Slytherin House’s snake emblem patched onto her emerald green outfit, Scodelario’s reputation for playing the self-destructive Effy Stonem on the British drama series Skins makes her a suitable actress for a Marauders movie.
9 Eva Green as as an Older Bellatrix Lestrange
A slavishly devoted Death Eater, Bellatrix Lestrange was a pure-blood believer prone to violent outbursts. Punished for her criminal acts during the First Wizarding War, she was imprisoned in Azkaban for the torture of Frank and Alice Longbottom before breaking out in 1996.
Once described as a great beauty of the House of Black, Bellatrix’s imprisonment would weigh heavily on her physical appearance as well as her psyche, giving her a pale, disheveled look. With her smokey eyes, long dark hair and versatility as a performer, actress Eva Green is no stranger to odder, villainess type roles.
Pictured as Bellatrix in the Tumblr image above, her pale complexion and sultry appearance make her an easy fit for a slightly older version of the character.
8 Jared Harris as a Younger Albus Dumbledore
With his kind eyes, raised brow and playful smirk, Jared Harris not only has the air of wit and danger about him to successfully pull off a younger portrayal of Albus Dumbledore, but he also has the wizard lineage to justify his fancasting.
As part of an online petition for the Fantastic Beasts franchise, fans started an uproar when they demanded Harris star as the young Headmaster of Hogwarts.
He would replace his father Richard Harris, who played the role in the first two Harry Potter films.
Starring opposite Johnny Depp’s Grindlewald, this re-imagined casting would envision Dumbledore in his 60s, prior to his ascension to the Headmaster position at Hogwarts.
Battling with his former friend, Harris would be a logical and ideal choice to replace his father, though the actor himself has admitted he’ll likely never play the part.
7 Michael Caine as an Older Albus Dumbledore
In his later years as the Headmaster of Hogwarts, the wise Albus Dumbledore became a benevolent peacekeeper of the wizarding school. Calm and collected although stern when he needed to be, he exhibited a serene composure at all times and expressed interests in relaxing hobbies such as knitting.
Despite his benign nature, he was a cunning individual whose superb talents as a wizard were unmatched by everyone but Lord Voldemort.
With his warmth and wit as well, as his history of playing mentor roles to the likes of Bruce Wayne, Michael Caine’s inclusion on this list as a possible candidate to play Dumbledore is a logical one.
His matching tall, slender frame and calming demeanor fall right into place with the long silver beard and flowing hair, making him a perfect fit.
6 Benedict Cumberbatch as Lord Voldemort
With his deeply sinister, reptilian features and long skeletal frame, Lord Voldemort’s dastardly inhuman appearance is the result of the Horcruxes which divided his soul into seven pieces. T
hanks to his piercing eyes, sharp cheekbones, deep baritone voice, and gift for playing highly intelligent, often polished characters, Benedict Cumberbatch fits the description of the pathologically maniacal Dark Lord in both looks and performance.
The slit nose, chalky white discoloration, and veiny bald appearance are added here, courtesy of Colin Douglas Gray Photography.
This playful recreation of Potter’s nemesis perfectly places Cumberbatch in a role he seemed destined to play.
Having already portrayed the gold-hoarding dragon Smaug in the Hobbit movie franchise, Cumberbatch already knows a thing or two about playing fiery, reptilian antagonists, making this an a easy transition which should come naturally to him.
5 Mark Strong as Severus Snape
Withdrawn and cruel to the students of Hogwarts, Severus Snape served as the Potions Master, Defence Against the Dark Arts professor and later Headmaster for the renowned wizarding school.
In his youth, his lack of interpersonal skills as well as his bitterness towards others, particularly Gryffindor students, resulted in his constant bullying, ultimately drawing him towards Lord Voldemort’s inner circle.
As a complicated individual who hid his emotions from the world, Snape was a multi-layered sorcerer who served as a member of both the Death Eaters as well as the Order of the Phoenix.
Dressed in all black attire with shoulder-length, black hair, Mark Strong’s character from Stardust, the cold-blooded Prince Septimus, has been called a picture-perfect example of how many Potterheads imagined Severus Snape on the big screen.
4 Karen Gillan as Lily Evans Potter
As a morally astute and vivacious individual with an uncommonly kind personality, Lily Evans Potter was described by Remus Lupin as a selfless person with the capacity to see the good in others– a trait that Harry inherited despite never having met her.
With her almond-shaped, green eyes and red hair, her distinctive appearance was so beautiful that even when confronting Voldemort during the First Wizarding War she appeared radiant beyond compare.
In the above picture, DeviantArt contributor ruxandramaria fittingly re-imagines actress Karen Gillan, most known for playing Doctor Who companion Amy Pond in the British sci-fi series, as a younger version of Lily during her days at Hogwarts.
Along with her pale complexion, flowing red hair, and green eyes, Gillan’s energetic personality makes her an ideal candidate for Lily should the opportunity ever arise.
3 Aaron Taylor-Johnson as James Potter
Mischievous and boastful during his youth, James Potter was an only child, born into a wealthy household and pampered by his parents, resulting in a proud yet charming personality. He was also quite the bully and could often be seen hexing Severus Snape.
Despite his immaturity, he rarely perceived himself as better than others and was personally disgusted with the prejudices about half-blood individuals.
With his unkempt black hair and thick-rimmed spectacles, James was said to share a striking resemblance to his son Harry.
It’s easy to see why any Potterhead would cast him as a young version of Harry’s father.
2 Dev Patel as Harry Potter
Conceived of in 1990 while J.K. Rowling was waiting for a delayed train from Manchester, England to London, the eponymous, bespectacled wizard of her billion-dollar franchise was created as a way to reach young children and adults alike through literature with a suitable and relatable role model.
In this re-imagining, Tumblr user lilabeanz envisions Dev Patel, the Oscar-nominated actor, as an older portrayal of Potter.
Replacing his Hogwarts outfit for a more sophisticated father-figure look, his hair appears noticeably shaggy with a matching beard to show his age.
Perhaps the most interesting addition to this new fancasting design, however, is Harry’s signature lightning bolt design, which changes from a single red scar to an actual scar of lightning that branches out across most of his forehead.
1 Collin Farrell as Gellert Grindelwald
A student at the Durmstrang Institute, Gellert Grindelwald was a dark wizard who caused disruption among the Wizarding World in the 1920s. Kicked out of school for experimenting in the Dark Arts, he later befriended Albus Dumbledore, only to become obsessed with finding the Deathly Hallows in an attempt to end the International Statute of Wizarding Secrecy.
At the end of the 2016 HP spin-off film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, it is revealed in a twist ending that Percival Graves, the director of Magical Security for the Magical Congress of the United States of America, played by Colin Farrell, is actually none other than Grindelwald.
Since the reveal, many fans have petitioned to have Farrell return to the role to replace the franchise’s controversial star, Johnny Depp.
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