Hugh Grant almost quit the rom-com genre to play a renowned professor in the Harry Potter series, but he had to decline the role.
Hugh Grant’s acting resume includes famous romantic comedies such as the 1999 film Notting Hill with Julia Roberts and his recurring role as Daniel Cleaver in the Bridget Jones franchise. Despite his image as a chick flick star, Grant was approached by producers for the role of Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter.
Before being obliged to surrender the part to Shakespearean theatrical icon Sir Kenneth Branagh, Grant was considered for the part. Grant was also recently in the news after a report concerning his participation with the Doctor Who franchise surfaced. Grant is just too brilliant at being the clever love interest in films, despite his recent appearance in HBO’s psychological thriller miniseries The Undoing.
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Gilderoy Lockhart made his Harry Potter début in the second film, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, which differed from the novel in various ways. He was born a half-blood wizard, unlike his two elder brothers, and was definitely mommy’s favourite because of his magical background. Lockhart was placed in the Ravenclaw House at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but he was close to being placed in the Slytherin House. Lockhart worked as a professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts after graduating. In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Severus Snape was ultimately appointed to this position, and a theory emerged as to why it took so long.
Lockhart managed to keep his reputation as a well-known wizarding celebrity while teaching at Hogwarts. He became famous for his published works and unmistakable charm, which enchanted many people, including Molly Weasley and Hermione Granger. Lockhart was Hermione’s schoolgirl crush, but his true identity was revealed afterwards. Lockhart has been using Memory Charms to steal the stories of several wizards for source material.
When Ron’s damaged wand caused a Memory Charm to backfire and obliterate Lockhart’s memory, he got himself into some difficulties. Lockhart spent his days at St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries in the Janus Thickey Ward, near Neville Longbottom’s parents. Lockhart’s final work, “Who Am I?” was released in 1993, although he never entirely recovered his memories.
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Grant was initially open to playing Gilderoy Lockhart. He had to drop out of the Harry Potter franchise due to a prior agreement to co-star Sandra Bullock in the 2002 picture Two Weeks Notice. It was, of course, another romantic comedy. Interestingly, Chris Columbus, the director of the Harry Potter films, disputed Grant’s involvement, contradicting Grant’s agent’s claims about why Grant had to leave the production.
Before his substitution, Grant even bleached his hair blonde in preparation for the role of Lockhart. Grant’s successor was supposed to be Alan Cumming from Spy Kids, but the part went to Branagh instead. When they asked Cumming to audition, he responded with a barrage of expletives.
Given Grant’s reputation for portraying indisputably lovely characters, he may have done an excellent job portraying Lockhart. Like Lockhart, his character Daniel from the Bridget Jones series was pompous. Many Harry Potter fans, on the other hand, believe Branagh was born to play Lockhart. However, Grant’s presence in the production would have been intriguing.