The magnificent Harry Potter movie franchise spanned over ten years, with the first movie coming out in 2001 and the last in 2011. The films included countless characters and cast members, many of which will always be remembered for their roles in the movies.
Sadly, though, the ten-year span was long enough to see some cast members pass away and other actors take on their roles. Other actors left this world after the filming finished, but they’ll always be remembered and loved among Potterheads and cinephiles in general. Without further ado, here’s a list of all the Harry Potter actors that died, in alphabetical order.
1. Alan Rickman (Severus Snape)
Alan Rickman’s portrayal of Severus Snape is widely regarded as the best-played role in the entire Harry Potter franchise. Rickman was outstanding throughout the franchise in all eight movies.
Sadly, the outstanding actor died in 2016 after battling pancreatic cancer. He never revealed his illness to the public, only his closest friends and family. Rickman was 69 when he passed away. Snape is his mas famous role, but he played outstanding roles in Die Hard, Sweeney Todd, Love Actually, and many other films.
2. Alfred Burke (Armando Dippet)
Alfred Burke had a minor role in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He appeared in a flashback as Armando Dippet, the headmaster of Hogwarts, while Albus Dumbledore was still a professor, and Tom Riddle was still a student.
It was Burke’s final role and the one he’s probably the best-known for. The actor died in 2011 when he was 92 years old.
3. Dave Legeno (Fenrir Greyback)
Dave Legeno’s death was tragic and way too early. In 2014, Legeno went hiking across the Death Valley and probably got lost. Other hikers found his body, as the actor perished from the consequences of insatiable heat and dehydration. Legeno was 50 at the time of his passing.
He played Fenrir Greyback, a werewolf in the last three movies of the Harry Potter franchise. Dave is also known for his roles in Batman Begins, Snow White and the Huntsman, etc.
4. David Ryall (Elphias Doge)
David Ryall was a replacement for Peter Cartwright as Elphias Doge. Doge first appeared in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix as a member of the Order and Dumbledore’s great friend. Ryall took over the role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One.
He died on Christmas Day in 2014 when he was 79 years old. Ryall had a long, illustrious career, but he’s best known for his role in Around the world in 80 days, City of Ember, Automata, etc.
5. Derek Deadman (Tom, The Leaky Cauldron Bartender)
Derek Deadman appeared only in the first Harry Potter movie, in a minor role as Tom, the landlord/bartender of the Leaky Cauldron. Despite having a minor role in the film, fans vividly remember it.
Deadman passed away in 2014 after complications stemming from his diabetes. The actor was 74 years old at the time. Other than the Sorcerer’s Stone, Deadman is known for his roles in the Time Bandits, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with Kevin Costner, etc.
6. Elizabeth Spriggs (The Fat Lady)
If you wanted to get into the Gryffindor Common Room, you had to go through the portrait of The Fat Lady, giving her the password: Caput Draconis. The portrait loved to sing in a very high-pitched manner, and the fantastic actress who played the role was Elizabeth Spriggs.
Spriggs sadly passed away in 2008, aged 78. Although the actress planed countless roles throughout her career, the Fat Lady was probably her best-known role in motion pictures. However, she’s better known to the theatrical audiences, as Spriggs acted in the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theater in England for years.
7. Eric Sykes (Frank Bryce)
Eric Sykes’ role in Harry Potter was minuscule but served a great purpose to show just how ruthless and dangerous Lord Voldemort will be later in the series. Sykes played Frank Bryce, the Riddle family gardener, appearing only for a few minutes in the Goblet of Fire before being killed by the Dark Lord.
The actor died in 2012, at age 89, after numerous roles in great movies such as The Others or Rotten to the Core all the way back in 1965.
8. Hazel Douglas (Bathilda Bagshot)
Hazel Douglas also had a minor role, appearing as Bathilda Bagshot in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. Bagshot was the author of the book called A History of Magic. Douglas landed the role well in her 80s, but that was probably the role everybody will remember the great actress by.
Douglas died in 2016 when she was 92 years old. Her career spanned over several decades, mostly in TV shows and series, appearing in Poirot and great movies like Asylum, Face, etc.
9. Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy)
Another sudden, tragic death of a Harry Potter cast member happened in April of 2021 when the family of Helen McCrory announced the actress passed away after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. McCrory was 52 when she died but already managed to leave a spectacular acting career behind her.
Helen played Narcissa Malfoy, Draco’s mother, and Lucius Malfoy’s wife in the last three movies of the franchise. We will also remember her role in the Netflix hit series Peaky Blinders, the animated masterpiece Loving vincent, movies Fearless, The Count of Monte Cristo, and many others.
10. Jimmy Gardner (Ernie Prang)
In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Jimmy Gardner’s role was very short and minor but incredibly amusing and likable. Jimmy played Ernie Prang, the driver of the double-decker Knight Bus with huge glasses, driving like a madman.
Known for his role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy in 1972, Finding Neverland with Johnny Depp in 2004 etc., Gardner passed away in 2010, aged 85.
11. John Hurt (Garrick Ollivander)
Garrick Ollivander appeared in the first Harry Potter film as the owner of Ollivander’s, the best wand shop in Diagon Alley. He sold Harry his first wand. The awesome delivery of the role was done by John Hurt, a renowned two-time Academy Award nominee.
Hurt was best-known for his role in The Elephant Man (Best Actor in a Lead Role Oscar nomination), Midnight Express (Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar nomination), Jackie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, An Englishman in New York, and many other incredible roles. John died in 2017 when he was 77.
12. Paul Ritter (Eldred Worple)
Paul Ritter was an incredible actor who had years of memorable roles before him but sadly passed away too early after losing a battle to a brain tumor. Ritter died aged 54 in 2021.
He played the role of a wizard named Eldred Worple in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but he’s also known for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, The Limehouse Golem, and a big role as Martin Goodman in the Friday Night Dinner TV series.
13. Peter Cartwright (Elphias Doge)
The first Elphias Doge in the Harry Potter franchise was Peter Cartwright. He appeared in the Order of the Phoenix as a member of the Order and Albus Dumbledore’s dear friend. However, he was replaced by David Ryall for the Deathly Hallows Part One, as Cartwright couldn’t continue his acting career due to illness and old age.
The amazing actor died in 2013 when he was 78 after a long career, best known for his roles in 1982’s Gandhi, Wimbledon, etc.
14. Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon Dursley)
Richard Griffiths was such an amazing character that you loved to hate throughout the Harry Potter franchise. He played Harry’s uncle, Vernon Dursley, the mean, grumpy guy who hated that he had to take care of his nephew.
Unfortunately, the beloved actor died in 2013, aged 65, after complications happening after heart surgery. Although Uncle Vernon is probably his best-known role, Griffiths was an astounding actor, receiving a BAFTA nomination for his role in The History Boys while also acting in Sleepy Hollow and countless plays as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
15. Richard Harris (Albus Dumbledore)
Richard Harris was the first Albus Dumbledore, the guy with the warm, raspy voice that we watched in the franchise’s first two movies. Harris was amazing, but unfortunately, he passed away shortly after filming the Chamber of Secrets in 2002 due to Hodgkin’s disease. The actor was 72 at the time of his demise. Michael Gambon took over as Dumbledore afterward.
Harris had a wonderful career spanning over five decades. Apart from being the first Dumbledore, fans know him for playing Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator, King Arthur in 1967’s Camelot, Unforgiven in 1992, etc.
16. Robert Hardy (Cornelius Fudge)
Robert Hardy was a renowned actor known for his role as Cornelius Fudge, the Minister of Magic in the Harry Potter franchise. He was a warm, soft-spoken individual whose career lasted for over 70 years, spanning theater stages, TV shows, and films.
He played Winston Churchill magnificently six times in his career, had a significant role in Sense & Sensibility, etc. Hardy passed away peacefully in his home in 2017, surrounded by his loved ones.
17. Robert Knox (Marcus Belby)
Many actors from the Harry Potter franchise passed away tragically, but none as violently as the young, talented Robert Knox. He played the role of Marcus Belby in the Half-Blood Prince and was set to return for the rest of the franchise until his tragic death in 2008 when Knox was only 18 years old.
Knox tried stopping a fight in a bar between his brother and another individual, who stabbed Robert and four other people with a kitchen knife in a blinding fit of rage. Unfortunately, Robert’s artery was damaged, and he died in a hospital not long after the attack.
He also played the role of Josh in After You’ve Gone and would almost certainly have a great career if his life weren’t cut short with the tragic event.
18. Roger Lloyd Pack (Barty Crouch Senior)
Roger Lloyd Pack appeared only in the Goblet of Fire as one of the employees in the Ministry of Magic and Albus Dumbledore’s friends. His son, Barty Jr. (played by the famous David Tennant), was a Death Eater pretending to be Professor Moody before getting caught. It was a major subplot in the film, and both of the actors were amazing in their respective roles.
Barty Crouch Senior never appeared in the franchise again. Sadly, Roger Lloyd pack died in 2014, aged 69, after suffering from pancreatic cancer, just like his colleague Alan Rickman. Pack will be remembered for his role in the classic series Only Fools and Horses, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Dr. Who, where he and Tennant acted together again.
19. Sam Beazley (Professor Everard)
Sam Beazley didn’t act all that much throughout his life but had several memorable roles. One of those roles was Professor Everard in the Order of the Phoenix. It was a minor but notable role, just like Beazley’s roles in Johnny English, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, etc.
Sam lived a long, happy life and died in his sleep at home in 2017 when he was 101 years old.
20. Terence Bayler (The Bloody Baron)
Terence Bayler was better known in New Zealand than Hollywood, but still, he had numerous great roles throughout his illustrious career. He played the Bloody Baron in the Sorcerer’s Stone – one of the ghosts roaming the Hogwarts school. His role was minor but funny, quirky, and incredibly amusing.
Bayler died at age 86 in 2016, and we’ll remember him as one of New Zealand’s greatest actors, known for his roles in the 1979’s Life of Brian, 1981’s Time Bandits, countless successful TV series, etc.
21. Timothy Bateson (Kreacher)
Timothy Bateson voiced Kreacher, the elf serving the Black family at their home, the same place where the Order of the Phoenix had its headquarters. Bateson passed away in 2009 when he was 83, and Simon McBurney replaced him as the voice of Kreacher in the deathly Hallows.
Bateson is known for roles in The Italian Job, 1998’s Merlin, the Midsomer Murders series, etc.
22. Verne Troyer (Griphook)
Verne Troyer was a beloved actor that portrayed Griphook, one of the goblins at Gringott’s, the wizard bank, in the first Harry Potter movie. Although Troyer played Griphook, Warwick Davis gave the character his voice and replaced Verne completely later in the franchise.
Unfortunately, Troyer died in 2018 when he was 49 due to alcohol poisoning. His death was later ruled as a suicide. Verne was a very inspiring individual, always looking to help and put a smile on our faces, best known for his roles in The Love Guru, and playing Mini-Me in two Austin Powers movies.