10 British Actors (Who Weren't In Harry Potter) That Should Be In Fantastic Beasts

Contrary to popular belief, not every British actor got to be in a Harry Potter film.

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Sometimes, it can feel like every working British actor got a part in one of the Harry Potter movies. There's of course prominent players like Maggie Smith, Ralph Fiennes, and the late Alan Rickman, but a huge number of greats popped up in even the smallest parts.

On top of that there were the likes of Bill Nighy, David Tennant, Miranda Richardson, Miriam Margolyes, Peter Mullan, Dawn French. Those are just a handful of the actors who had small supporting roles in only one of the eight movies.

However, there are plenty of British actors who never got a chance to visit the Wizarding World, but now with the franchise returning with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there's a new opportunity to dive into that universe. Sure, opening up the world beyond the United Kingdom has finally allowed even more talent to join the franchise but, with the sequel set to return to the UK for at least part of its runtime, there's still ample opportunity to give roles in future instalments to the Brits that never got a chance before.

Additionally, plenty of citizens of the British Isles like Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo and Samantha Morton got to play Americans in Fantastic Beasts, so that only breaks down the casting limitations further.

So whether they simply missed the chance during the last franchise, or have only sprung to prominence in the years since Harry's story came to a close, these are the actors who deserve a shot at playing in world of witches and wizardry.


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