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Here's why Ian McKellen didn't play Dumbledore in 'Harry Potter.' It's not that they didn't ask.

Here's why Ian McKellen didn't play Dumbledore in 'Harry Potter.' It's not that they didn't ask.

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Sir Ian McKellen, the iconic actor behind the bearded wizard Gandalf in Lord of the Rings, could have achieved sorcerer Bingo by playing Dumbledore in the third through eighth Harry Potter movies.

If he did, he would have avoided a ton of confusion from casual fans—many of whom just assume he did play Dumbledore. Alas, he did not. The role was originally played by Richard Harris, and by Michael Gambon when Harris passed away in 2002.

The original Dumbledore, played by Richard Harris.
The original Dumbledore, played by Richard Harris.
The second Dumbledore, who looks exactly the same, but I assure you was played by Michael Gambon.
The second Dumbledore, who looks exactly the same, but I assure you was played by Michael Gambon.
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