Michael Gambon, 1940-2023: RIP

Elizabeth Baird Hardy wrote up a short piece about the death of British actor Michael Gambon yesterday.

Michael Gambon, Cinema’s Dumbledore, Passes away at Age 82.

For readers of the Hogwarts adventures, characters in our heads rarely appear the same as they do in film adaptations, but most movie-goers probably think of Sir Michael Gambon the most of the three men who have played Professor Dumbledore on screen. He certainly played the headmaster more times than Richard Harris, who passed away after portraying Albus Dumbledore in the first two film adaptations. Gambon took up the role for the subsequent six films. Jude Law has appeared as a younger Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts films.

Gambon, who passed away today at the age of 82, had a long and celebrated dramatic career on both stage and screen, even before coming to the role that has made him familiar to most movie-goers. He also appeared in the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s novel The Casual Vacancy. His Potter co-stars,  Rowling, and other celebrities have paid tribute to his legacy and personality.

As new adaptations are on the horizon and theories abound about casting choices, doubtless many film fans will continue to recall Gambon as Dumbledore, just as his colleagues fondly recall his work and life.

What are your favorite Gambon-as-Dumbledore moments? Mine is the Time-Turner heist sequence in Prisoner of Azkaban.

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