Harry Potter seems to grow larger in size and sheer popularity by the year, with 2022's "Return to Hogwarts" HBO reunion once again reigniting much of the general public's love affair with the Wizarding World.
But with such an ever-changing and expanding universe, it's only natural for a few unanticipated changes in direction to ensue along the way, be that in the story being told or which actors are actually involved in bringing the various magical and muggle characters to life on the big screen or even on stage.
That latter point in particular has left a noticeable imprint on the franchise as a whole, with stars who were originally tasked with breathing life into one of Rowling's personalities sometimes being given their marching orders for a wide variety of reasons as Harry Potter's world has unfolded before our very eyes.
Be it due to not being the right fit for a part once the decision was made to grow the role substantially for an upcoming sequel, or simply because their name being attached to a project attracts too much controversy, each of these now-former Potter performers were all given the heave-ho in the end.
10. Sharon Sandhu And Sitara Shah - The Patil Sisters
Though the pair's first real moment to shine undoubtedly came during The Goblet of Fire's Yule Ball, with the Patil sisters, Parvati and Padma, accompanying Harry and Ron to the glamorous event in that Triwizard tournament-boasting flick, that wasn't actually the first we'd seen of the dynamic duo in the Potter-verse.
One film earlier, the sisters were actually played by two completely different thespians, though, as Sharon Sandhu and Sitara Shah occupied the roles of Padma and Parvati, respectively. However, in the case of the former, Sharon was only credited as Girl #2 in The Prisoner of Azkaban, while Sitara could at least be seen going toe-to-toe with a boggart in a Defence Against the Dark Arts class. So that's something.
By the time of the follow-up, both women were recast, with Afshan Azad taking over as Padma and Shefali Chowdhury stepping in as Parvati. For whatever reason, director Mike Newell and Warner Bros. clearly felt they needed to change-up the Patils if they were to have a more prominent role in the series going forward and both Azad and Chowdhury would stay on as the Patil duo for the remainder of the Harry Potter cinematic story.