Richard Harris passes away.

Sad news out of Hollywood today as MSNBC is reporting that Richard Harris has died.

Richard Harris, the renowned actor best known to millions of young Muggles as the wizened, kind-hearted Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore, has died at a London hospital, a family spokesman said Friday. Harris was ill with cancer. He had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and was undergoing chemotherapy.

THE 72-YEAR-OLD Irish actor was hospitalized in August after complaining of a severe chest infection. It was then that doctors discovered the Hodgkin’s, a cancer which attacks the bodys lymph nodes.

Harris’ condition was serious enough to warrant the filmmakers of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” to use a double to complete some of the actorҒs final scenes.

Definitely a loss that will be felt especially among fans of Harry Potter.

5 thoughts on “Richard Harris passes away.

  1. I heard about Richard Harris being dead from my mom. She’s a fan of Harry Potter as much as I am, we were both very sad. After Astrid Lindgren, he’s the second very much loved and strong person. I loved him. It’s really sad that they had to use a double for some scenes, that is.

  2. Well, from what I’ve read Richard Harris’s double, Harry Robinson, is more than capable of stepping in to fill the role. According to the folks over at the Sci-Fi Channel’s website:

    The British Sunday Mirror tabloid newspaper reported a rumor that Harry Robinson, who was Richard Harris’ double in the first two Harry Potter films, will most likely take over the role of Professor Dumbledore in the third film, The Prisoner of Azkaban, according to a report on the Zap2it Web site. “Producers have told Harry there’s a very strong chance of him getting the part,” an anonymous source told the Mirror. For his part, the 72-year-old Robinson told the tabloid that “it would be my tribute to someone I was very fond of.”

    Harris, who was also 72, died from complications of Hodgkin’s disease in London last weekend. Robinson not only looks like Harris, but can also impersonate his voice, the newspaper reported. Production on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is set to begin in the spring.

    If he looks close to him and can imitate his voice fairly well then it may actually not be a bad substitution. If nothing else it should be better than no more films at all or a poor substitution that stands out like a sore thumb.

  3. Yes a very sad ordeal. Richard Harris was the best dumbledore and he cannot be replaced. There is no one that is as good or better than he.

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