‘Terrible! I was insulted,’ explains why a major UK star dropped out of the Harry Potter franchise after just one film.
Because author JK Rowling was determined to keep the franchise quintessentially British, many UK national treasures appear in the HARRY POTTER films.
However, after only one film, one well-known actor walked away from the multi-billion-dollar franchise.
JK Rowling was adamant that Hollywood not Americanize her Wizarding World when she sold the film rights to her best-selling Harry Potter books.
Stars from across the pond, such as Robin Williams, lobbied hard for roles like Hagrid and Lupin, but Rowling was adamant about keeping Hogwarts a British institution.
Her personal favorites included Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith, and Alan Rickman, but there was one British actor who did not enjoy the franchise.
In the first year movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Zo Wanamaker plays Madam Hooch, a Quidditch instructor.
However, fans have noticed that the My Family actress never reprised her role in the remaining seven films.
According to The Telegraph, the 72-year-old was “terrified” by the pay she was offered.
“Some actors signed three-film deals, but the money was so poor that I was insulted, so I just signed for one,” she told the outlet in 2001.
“They’ll have to increase their rates if they want me for a second.”
Wanamaker also expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of royalties from merchandise bearing their likeness.
For the tie-in Harry Potter video game, this included being “cyber-scanned.”
She did, however, reprise Madama Hooch in the iOS RPG Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery in 2018, alongside a number of other actors from the films.
Richard Harris, who played Dumbledore in the first two films before his death, appeared to be content with his pay.
“They kept offering me the part,” Harris had said.
“And the more I declined, the more money they offered me.”
Return to Hogwarts, a 20th anniversary Harry Potter reunion that can be seen on NOW and HBO Max, featured many surviving actors from the films on New Year’s Day.
Coltrane, Gary Oldman, Ralph Fiennes, and the main trio of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint all returned for this, but Wanamaker did not.
Ian Hart, who played Professor Quirrell in the first film and, like the My Family star, was only in the first, was a talking head.
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