Remembering the 'Harry Potter' actors who have died

Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman, and Michael Gambon are just a few of the "Harry Potter" stars no longer with us.
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  • Several stars of the "Harry Potter" franchise have died in recent years.

  • These include Alan Rickman, Robbie Coltrane, and Michael Gambon, who died on Thursday.

  • Here, we remember those who helped bring the wizarding world to life.

Michael Gambon

michael gambon dumbledore
Michael Gambon as Albus Dumbledore.Warner Bros.

Michael Gambon took over the role of Albus Dumbledore from Richard Harris in "Prisoner of Azkaban" until the conclusion of the series.

The British-Irish actor died in September 2023 following a bout of pneumonia, according to a statement released by his family. He was 82.

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman as Severus Snape in Hogwarts
Alan Rickman as Severus Snape.Warner Bros. Pictures

Alan Rickman played the potions professor, Severus Snape. He was also known for his roles in "Die Hard" (1988), "Sense and Sensibility" (1995), and "Love Actually" (2003).

Rickman died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 69 in January 2016,  just over a month short of his 70th birthday. He did not go public with his cancer, revealing that it was terminal to only a few of his closest friends, per The Independent.

Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory as Narcissa Malfoy.
Helen McCrory as Narcissa Malfoy.Warner Bros.

Helen McCrory portrayed Narcissa Malfoy, the wife of Lucius Malfoy and the mother of Draco Malfoy.

McCrory died of breast cancer at the age of 52 in April 2021. At the time, her husband Damien Lewis, stated on Twitter that she had died "peacefully at home, surrounded by a wave of love from friends and family."

Robbie Coltrane

Robbie Coltrane as Rubeus Hagrid.Warner Bros. Pictures

Rubeus Hagrid, Hogwarts' lovable half-giant gamekeeper and care of magical creatures professor, was played by Robbie Coltrane.

The Scottish actor died in October 2022 at the age of 72, with his official cause of death being listed as multiple organ failure, complicated by sepsis. According to the BBC, Coltrane had been ill for two years prior to his death.

Richard Griffiths

Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley.
Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley.Warner Bros.

Harry's miserly uncle, Vernon Dursley, was played by Richard Griffiths in the film adaptations.

Griffiths died from complications following heart surgery in March 2013. He was 65. His final acting credit was in "About Time" (2013), which was released a few months after his death.

Richard Harris

Richard Harris as Dumbledore
Richard Harris as Dumbledore.Warner Bros.

Before Michael Gambon took over the role, Albus Dumbledore was played by Richard Harris. Harris portrayed the Hogwarts headmaster in "Sorcerer's Stone" and "Chamber of Secrets," the latter of which was his final film role.

Harris was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in mid-2002 and died just a few months later in October 2002 at the age of 72.

John Hurt

John Hurt as Garrick Ollivander.
John Hurt as Garrick Ollivander.Warner Bros.

John Hurt took on the supporting role of expert wandmaker Garrick Ollivander in the first and final two "Harry Potter" movies.

In 2017, the actor died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 77. The actor had been first diagnosed two years earlier in 2015.

Roger Lloyd Pack

Roger Lloyd Pack as Barty Crouch Jr.
Roger Lloyd Pack as Barty Crouch Jr.Warner Bros.

Roger Lloyd Pack played Ministry of Magic official Barty Crouch Sr. in "Goblet of Fire."

The actor, who was also well known for his roles in British sitcoms "Only Fools and Horses" and "The Vicar of Dibley," died of pancreatic cancer aged 69 in January 2014.

Verne Troyer

Verne Troyer as Griphook.
Verne Troyer as Griphook.Warner Bros.

Verne Troyer portrayed Griphook, one of the grouchy goblin employees at Gringotts Bank in "The Sorcerer's Stone."

While his character appeared in the final installment, the role was played by Warwick Davies.

Troyer, who audiences may recognize from his comedic turn as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" sequels, died at age 49 in April 2018. His death was ruled a suicide by alcohol intoxication, per a coroner's report seen by the Washington Post.

Paul Ritter

Paul Ritter as Eldred Worple.
Paul Ritter as Eldred Worple.Warner Bros.

Paul Ritter played Eldred Worple in "Half-Blood Prince," a wizard writer who offered to pen Harry's biography for him.

The actor's death was announced in April 2021, when his family shared a statement confirming that he had died at the age of 54 from a brain tumor.

Robert Hardy

Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge.
Robert Hardy as Cornelius Fudge.Warner Bros.

Robert Hardy played Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic, in four of the "Harry Potter" movies.

The actor died in 2017 at the age of 91, his family confirmed in a statement to the BBC, although they did not provide a cause of death.

Robert Knox

Robert Knox as Marcus Belby.
Robert Knox as Marcus Belby.Warner Bros.

Robert Knox played Marcus Belby in "Half-Blood Prince," one of the students Harry meets after being invited to Horace Slughorn's "Slug Club."

The actor died at the age of 18 when he was stabbed while trying to defend his younger brother in a fight, per ITV.

Terence Bayler

Terence Baylor as The Bloody Baron
Terence Bayler as The Bloody Baron.Warner Bros.

The Bloody Baron, one of Hogwarts' resident ghosts, was played by Terence Bayler.

The New Zealand-born actor died in 2016 at the age of 86, according to The Guardian.

Dave Legeno

Dave Legeno as Fenrir Greyback.
Dave Legeno as Fenrir Greyback.Warner Bros.

Dave Legeno played Fenrir Greyback,  a werewolf and Death Eater in the latter "Harry Potter" films.

The actor died at the age of 50 in 2014 after going missing on a hike in Death Valley, California. According to the BBC, there were no signs of foul play and the coroner found that he had died from heat-related health issues.

Correction: September 29, 2023 — An earlier version of this story mistakenly included an image of John Cleese playing Nearly Headless Nick rather than Terence Bayler playing The Bloody Baron. The photo was replaced with one of Bayler.

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