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Naseeruddin Shah says he turned down Dumbledore in Harry Potter


The veteran Hindi film actor refused to audition for the pivotal role of Hogwarts headmaster after the death of Richard Harris.

Mayur Lookhar

Naseeruddin Shah

He is no stranger to Hollywood, having played a leading role in the multi-starrer dud The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003). Now, it appears that Naseeruddin Shah could have played a pivotal role in the popular Harry Potter franchise as well.

The veteran made this stunning disclosure while having a Twitter chat with The Times of India. According to Shah, the makers of Harry Potter were keen on him auditioning for the role of Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore following the death of the original actor Richard Harris.

Shah said his agent had asked him if he would be interested, but the actor turned it down. The role then went to Michael Gambon.

Irish actor Harris played Dumbledore in the  first two Harry Potter films – The Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and The Chamber of Secrets (2002). He died in October 2002, leading the makers to hunt for a new Dumbledore. It was then that they thought of Shah as a possible replacement.

Much to the dismay of Indian cinema fans and Harry Potter fans, Shah turned down the offer and went on to play Captain Nemo in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Such is life.