Ralph Fiennes Came Very Close to Turning down the Role of Voldemort

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Can you imagine any one but actor Ralph Fiennes as Voldemort for the Harry Potter movies?

Well you came close to having to, because Fiennes very nearly turned down the role.

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Fiennes is a really, really good actor. He received Oscar nominations for his performances in Schindler’s List and The English Patient, both critically acclaimed films with serious subject manner intended for adults.

Kids would not like The English Patient, probably.

Yet, Fiennes’ role as He Who Must Not Be Named made him a star with kids everywhere.

Fiennes recently told The Johnathon Ross Show, “The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books.”

The Harry Potter world was introduced to Fiennes’ Voldemort in the fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which came out in 2005. He went on to play the evil entity until the end of the series in 2011.

“Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me,” Fiennes said. It was his sister, mother of three little Potterheads that told him he was crazy for not taking the role.

Hard to believe he wanted to turn down the part, but for real – thank you, Fiennes’ sister! No one else could do Voldemort justice but your brother, Ralph. We appreciate you.