Miriam Margolyes, who played Professor Sprout in “Harry Potter,” has said that she isn’t a fan of the movie franchise, or the books that they were based on.
Margolyes sent a personalized video message to a fan, wishing him a happy 30th birthday, on Cameo, where she introduced herself as “Professor Sprout from ‘Harry Potter.'”
“I understand that you and Chris are huge ‘Harry Potter’ fans. Well, here’s the thing. I’m not. I mean, I’m not against it. I’m just not interested,” Margolyes said. “I’ve never seen a film, I’ve never seen the books, I’ve never read them. I just pocket the money when it comes in, and I’m very grateful for it.”
She continued: “I think that JK Rowling is a terrific writer, and I’m sure that Harry Potter’s world is a good world. But it’s not my world. I have to step very gingerly over the gap between you and me, and hope that you’ll understand that despite the fact that I’m headmistress of Hufflepuff and you’re in Gryffindor, I don’t really want to talk about ‘Harry Potter.'”
Margolyes concluded the message by saying: “I just want to wish you a wonderful birthday. Have a great f— that night. All my best. Bye-bye.”
Although Professor Sprout appears in all seven books, Margolyes only appeared in two of the eight movies: “The Chamber of Secrets” and “The Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”
Margolyes follows fellow Potter alumni David Tennant in speaking about their experience on the film, although Tennant was kinder to the franchise as a whole, saying it was “a pleasure” to be part of the series.
Tennant briefly appeared as Barty Crouch Jr. in “The Goblet of Fire,” and during a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session, told fans about his time on the set.
“I think I did 10 days or so over a year, so I always felt a bit like a visitor. But it was great to be part of something so extraordinary,” Tennant said.
Meanwhile, Professor McGonagall actor Maggie Smith told The Guardian in December 2019 that “Harry Potter” wasn’t “satisfying.” The veteran Oscar winner said: “I am deeply grateful for the work in Potter and indeed Downton [Abbey], but it wasn’t what you’d call satisfying. I didn’t really feel I was acting in those things.”
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