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Shakespeare at the Movies- The Harry Potter Series! Part 2

In the second part of our week long celebration of all things Harry Potter, we are going to look at the Shakespeare- related work from the cast of characters introduced in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!

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Jim Norton (Mr. Mason)

Appeared in:

  • Troilus and Cressida (National Theatre, 1976)


Veronica Clifford (Mrs. Mason)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (TV movie, 1965) as the Nurse
  • Life of Shakespeare (TV series, 1978) as Mother Parker
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Shakespeare Company, 1995)
  • Richard III (New Shakespeare Company, 1995)


Mark Williams (Arthur Weasley)

Appeared in:

  • Shakespeare in Love (1998) as Wabash

Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart)

Appeared in:

  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as Laertes
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as King
  • Henry V (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984) as King Henry V
  • Twelfth Night (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1987) Director
  • Hamlet (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988) as Hamlet
  • As You Like It (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988) as Touchstone
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988)
  • Hamlet (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988) as Hamlet
  • As You Like It (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1988)
  • Henry V (1989) as King Henry V*
  • King Lear (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1990) as Edgar*
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1990) as Quince*
  • Coriolanus (Renaissance Theatre Company, 1992) as Coriolanus
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992) as Hamlet
  • Much Ado About Nothing (1993) as Benedick*
  • Othello (1995) as Iago
  • Hamlet (1996) as Hamlet*
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost (2000) as Berowne*
  • Richard III (Crucible Theatre, 2003) as Richard III
  • As You Like It (2006) Director
  • Macbeth (National Theatre, 2013) as Macbeth

*Branagh also directed!


Miriam Margolyes (Pomona Sprout)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (1996) the Nurse
  • As You Like It (1992) as Audrey


Gemma Jones (Poppy Pomfrey)

Appeared in:

  • The Merchant of Venice (Nottingham Playhouse, 1964) as Portia
  • Richard II (Nottingham Playhouse, 1965)
  • The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 1968) as Julia
  • Hamlet (Birmingham Rep, 1969) as Ophelia
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1970) as Hippolyta/ Titania
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1974)
  • The Tempest (National Theatre, 1974)
  • Romeo and Juliet (National Theatre, 1974)
  • The Merchant of Venice (TV movie, 1980) as Portia
  • Macbeth (Cantridge Theatre Company, 1980)
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1981) as Hermione
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1982) as Doll/ Lady Mortimer
  • Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Maria
  • Henry VIII (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Katherine
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1983) as Portia
  • Measure for Measure (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1984)
  • King Lear (Old Vic Theatre. 1989) as Goneril
  • The Winter’s Tale (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992) as Paulina
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1992) as Mistress Ford
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Chichester Festival Theatre)

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Shirley Henderson (Moaning Myrtle)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (National Theatre, 1988) as Miranda
  • The WInter’s Tale (1988) as Perdita
  • Romeo and Juliet (Citizen’s Theatre Glasgow, 1993) as Juliet
  • ShakespeREtold- The Taming of the Shrew (Mini series, 2005) as Kate


Christian Coulson (Tom Riddle)

Appeared in:

  • Romeo and Juliet (Liverpool Playhouse, 2002) as Romeo

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Robery Hardy (Cornelius Fudge)

Appeared in:

  • Macbeth (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1949)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1949)
  • Othello (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1949)
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1949)
  • Julius Caesar (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1950)
  • Henry VIII (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1950)
  • Richard II (Stratford Theatre Festival, 1951)
  • The Tempest (Old Vic Theatre, 1953)
  • Henry IV Part 1, Part 2 (Old Vic Theatre, 1954)
  • Othello (TV movie, 1955) as Cassio
  • Twelfth Night (TV movie, 1957) as Orsino
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (TV movie, 1959) as Oberon
  • Coriolanus (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • All’s Well that Ends Well (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • The Spread of the Eagle- Coriolanus (TV mini series, 1963) as Coriolanus
  • An Age of Kings- Henry V (TV series, 1960) as Henry V
  • An Age of Kings- Henry IV (TV series, 1960) as Henry, Prince of Wales
  • Twelfth Night (TV movie, 1980) as Sir Toby Belch


Julian Glover (Aragog)

Appeared in:

  • The Tempest (Theatre Royal, 1957)
  • Cymbeline (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Gaoler
  • King John (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1957) as Gaoler
  • Hamlet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Barnardo
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1958) as Conrade
  • King Lear (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Duke of Albany
  • Coriolanus (Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, 1959)
  • Othello (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Montano
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1959) as Snug
  • An Age of Kings- Richard III Part 1 (TV series, 1960) as King Edward IV
  • An Age of Kings- Richard III Part 2 (TV series, 1960) as Earl of Oxford
  • An Age of Kings- Henry VI (TV series, 1960) as Edward
  • An Age of Kings- Henry V (TV series, 1960) as Earl of Westmoreland
  • An Age of Kings- Richard II (TV series, 1960) as Groom, Lord Marshal
  • Antony and Cleopatra (1972) as Proculeius
  • Hamlet (National Theatre, 1976)
  • Julius Caesar (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Coriolanus (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1977) as Tullus Aufidius
  • Measure for Measure (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Richard III (National Theatre, 1977)
  • Henry V (TV movie, 1979) as The French Constable
  • Henry VIII (TV movie, 1979) as the Duke of Buckingham
  • Hamlet (Old Vic Company, 1979)
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1991) as Escalus
  • Henry IV Part 1 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1993) as Henry IV
  • Henry IV Part 2 (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1993) as Henry IV
  • Julius Caesar (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Caius Cassius
  • Hamlet (Norwich Playhouse, 1996) as the Ghost
  • Romeo and Juliet (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1996) as Friar Lawrence
  • Macbeth (Albery Theatre, 2002) as Duncan, Porter
  • Richard II (Old Vic Theatre, 2005) as John of Gaunt

The celebration continues tomorrow, with a focus on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

Shakespeare Was a Muggle

J.K. Rowling is one of the bestselling British authors of all time. Her books are internationally beloved. However, there is another author from England who is equally renowned. That writer is none other than William Shakespeare himself. There may be few apparent connections between the magical world that Harry Potter and his friends live in and Hamlet’s Denmark, Shylock’s Venice, or any of the other characters and settings in Shakespeare’s works. Yet, there is something about the two author’s works that inspire crossovers, if not with plots then with people. The Harry Potter franchise has had some of the world’s best Shakespearian actors and actresses take on the roles of muggles and wizards alike.

Here is a list of some Shakespearian Actors and their connections to Harry Potter:

Kenneth Branagh – Professor Gilderoy Lockhart


Professor Lockhart may not be the most memorable character from the Harry Potter franchise, but when portrayed by Shakespearian heavyweight Kenneth Branagh on screen, it is difficult not to pay attention. Away from Harry Potter, Branagh is known for his abilities to bring the Bard to the big screen. His film adaptations include Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Hamlet, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. He has also appeared onscreen as Iago in Oliver Parker’s Othello. Aside from his films, Branagh has been connected to countless stage productions.

Emma Thompson – Professor Sybill Trelawney

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The former wife of Branagh, Thomson has acted in Shakespeare adaptations on and off the screen. She appeared alongside Branagh in Henry V before taking on a lead role in his Much Ado About Nothing. She has also been involved in several stage productions of Shakespeare’s works throughout her acting career. Though her portrayal of sharp-tongued Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing may make her unrecognizable as the helter-skelter Professor Trelawney, Thompson’s acting can be enjoyed in whatever project she’s involved with.

Alan Rickman – Professor Severus Snape


Though often difficult to love in his role as Professor Snape, Alan Rickman is capable of much more than the monotone portions master. He is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and his formal training has involved him in many Shakespearian productions. Romeo and Juliet, As You Like It, and Antony and Cleopatra are only a few of the many projects that Rickman has participated in throughout his acting career.

Maggie Smith – Professor Minerva McGonagall

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Maggie Smith has had a long acting career spanning across the globe from the London stage to Stratford, Ontario. Her work with the Stratford Festival landed her roles as Lady Macbeth and Cleopatra. She has also starred as Desdemona in the 1965 film adaptation of Othello. At eighty years old, Dame Maggie Smith is still acting and will probably appear on stage again.

Ralph Fiennes – Lord Voldemort

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Another Royal Shakespeare Company alum, Fiennes has taken on roles from Hamlet to the one “who must not be named” himself, Lord Voldemort. Since the mid-eighties, he has played many of the great Shakespearian roles from lovesick Romeo, to aging Prospero. He received a Tony Award for his portrayal of Prince Hamlet on Broadway, and made his debut as a director with his adaptation of Coriolanus. Though his role as Voldemort is finished, Fiennes continues to be heavily involved in Shakespeare productions.

Fiona Shaw – Mrs. Petunia Dursley 

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It may not be easy to picture tight-lipped Mrs. Dursley as Richard II, but Fiona Shaw has successfully tackled both roles. She has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her most memorable appearance in a Shakespearian production was in her role as Richard the II in 1997 gender bending rendition of the play. She remains one of the top classical actresses working today.