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'Harry Potter' stars pay tribute to Sir Michael Gambon following his death at the age of 82

The 'Harry Potter' franchise's beloved Professor Dumbledore is no longer with us in this realm but devoted fans know that his legacy will always remain alive.

'Harry Potter' stars pay tribute to Sir Michael Gambon following his death at the age of 82
Cover Image Source: Michael Gambon attends The London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Old Vic Theatre on November 13, 2016, in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)

The wizarding world and the "Harry Potter" fandom were left shattered when they experienced the death of their beloved Professor Albus Dumbledore in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." But the fandom's grief increased sevenfold when Sir Michael Gambon, who brought the majestic wizard's character to life in the film franchise, passed away at the age of 82 on September 28, 2023. According to the Daily Mail, Gambon took his last breath in a hospital following a battle with pneumonia.



 

He has had an illustrious career in the British theatrical industry as well as in Hollywood for an astounding 60 years. Gambon became a known face and figure to the younger generation when he starred in six out of eight "Harry Potter" films over the years. J.K Rowling, the author of the "Harry Potter" books, expressed her sadness over Gambon's demise in a tweet that reads: "I've just heard the awful news about Michael Gambon. The first time I ever laid eyes on him was in King Lear, in 1982, and if you'd told me then that brilliant actor would appear in anything I'd written, I'd have thought you were insane."

Image Source: Sir Michael Gambon arrives at Westminster Abbey for a memorial service for theatre great Sir Peter Hall OBE on September 11, 2018 in London, England. Sir Peter Hall was the former director of the National Theatre and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He died on September 11, 2017 aged 86. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Image Source: Sir Michael Gambon arrives at Westminster Abbey for a memorial service for theatre great Sir Peter Hall OBE on September 11, 2018 in London, England. Sir Peter Hall was the former director of the National Theatre and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company. He died on September 11, 2017, aged 86. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

"With the loss of Michael Gambon the world just became considerably less fun," Daniel Radcliffe, who played the titular Harry Potter, told Variety in a statement. "Michael Gambon was one of the most brilliant, effortless actors I’ve ever had the privilege of working with, but despite his immense talent, the thing I will remember most about him is how much fun he had doing his job. He was silly, irreverent and hilarious. He loved his job, but never seemed defined by it." 



 



 

Meanwhile, Emma Watson—who played Hermoine Granger in the film franchise—shared an Instagram story thanking Gambon. "Kind kind kind Michael Gambon. You never took it too seriously but somehow delivered the most serious moments with the most gravitas. Thank you for showing us what it looks like to wear greatness lightly. We will miss you," she wrote.

Another of Gambon's "Harry Potter" co-stars, Fiona Shaw, said the late legend has shown during his long and varied life that he "could do anything" as an actor. Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" films, shared an Instagram post writing an emotional caption alongside Gambon's picture as Dumbledore. "So sad to hear about Michael. He brought so much warmth and mischief to every day on set. He captivated me as a kid and became a personal role model of mine for finding the fun and eccentricities in life. Sending all my love to his family," the caption read.


 
 
 
 
 
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Stars like Julia Roberts, Jason Issacs, Helen Mirren, Katherine Jenkins and the Irish President Michael D. Higgins were among many other notable personalities to extend their condolences on the passing of Gambon. The actor who hailed from Dublin, Ireland, was also famed for playing several Shakespearean roles on stage and he even auditioned to play James Bond at one point in his career, per an obituary released by BBC.

Image Source: Actors Michael Gambon, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Alan Rickman attend the
Image Source: Actors Michael Gambon, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Alan Rickman attend the "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre on July 9, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

Gambon's first venture into the world of stage plays was when he got offered a small job at the Gate Theatre in Dublin, eventually scoring a lead role in a George Bernard Shaw play in London. He toured through Europe with a production of "Othello" and then moved on to the National Theatre in London. His career flourished over the years, earning him four BAFTA awards. Gambon announced in 2015 that he would be retiring from his stage career because he was finding it increasingly difficult to memorize his lines and even with a prompter and an earpiece on, he had difficulties concentrating on his acting.



 



 

He got international stardom after taking over the role of Hogwarts' headmaster from the late actor Richard Harris who initially played the character. After Harris' death, "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" producer Chris Columbus and director Alfonso Cuarón started the search for a new actor, per Business Insider. In a 2009 interview with TODAY, Gambon revealed that he hadn't even auditioned for the iconic role.

"They rang me up and said, 'Will you do it?' Like any other job, I said, 'Sure.' Then you find yourself in the middle of this thing," he said at the time. Gambon received knighthood in 1998 but he was known to be a private person who often avoided interviews and escaped from the limelight. His last film role was in a 2019 film titled "Cordelia" where he played a character named Moses. We will forever remember him as a beacon of light in the "Harry Potter" films and his contribution to cinema.



 

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