Harry Potter: Why Ralph Fiennes initially turned down Voldemort's role in Warner Bros' fantasy adventure franchise

Ralph Fiennes said he was 'ignorant' about JK Rowling's wizarding franchise when he was first offered Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005

Press Trust of India March 18, 2019 12:07:06 IST
Harry Potter: Why Ralph Fiennes initially turned down Voldemort's role in Warner Bros' fantasy adventure franchise

Actor Ralph Fiennes has revealed he initially planned to turn down playing Voldemort because he was not aware about the Harry Potter saga.

The 56-year-old actor said he was ''ignorant'' about JK Rowling's wizarding franchise when he was first offered the role of the Dark Lord in second movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005.

"The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books. I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in... the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically."

"Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn't for me... Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant. I think the clincher was that my sister Martha - who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10 and 8 - she said, 'What do you mean? You've got to do it!' So then I rewound my thinking," Fiennes said during an appearance on the The Jonathan Ross Show.

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