After more than a decade since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was released into the theatres worldwide, it is really hard to imagine different actors playing the roles of different characters in the movies.
Yet many of them were a near miss!
Warner Bros. Studios wanted the role of the gamekeeper to be played by a famous high-key American actor but was, once gain, met by straight rejection by JK Rowling and the role passed on to Robie Coltrane instead.
Acting against the suggestion of Chris Columbus, Alfonso did not consider Robson satisfying for the role of Harry's godfather and instead offered it to Gary Oldman with an instant paycheck who happily accepted the role.
Kate Winslet was the first choice for the role of The Grey lady, who has a very important purpose in the final movie of the series. Unfortunately, she did not even get to consider the offer as her agent rejected it on her behalf.
Even in the role of a ghost, Winslet would've slayed!
Before JK handpicked Alan Rickman for Snape, Tim Roth was offered the role though he decided to play General Thade In Planet Of The Apes. Destiny worked its magic, I suppose!
It feels no one but Jason Issac could have so neatly played Lucius since the second movie, although Grant was the original choice of the makers. He definitely didn't have that edgy-perfect-for-a-Malfoy look that Jason had!
Before getting selected for the cutest Marader and DADA teacher in the third movie, David auditioned for Quirrell and God, I'm happy he didn't fit!
None of the two of the 16-year-old Tom Riddles shown throughout the movie series, Jamie joined the Potter franchise as Young Gelert Grindelwald. He seems perfect to me for Riddle. His connection with the series lay further the film industry too as he was later formally engaged to Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley)
By many fans around the globe, Sie Ian McKellen was actually requested to play another role of a heroic old bearded man, a near miss it was! Hogwarts headmaster was going to be played by The Gandalf man though it ended up with Richard Harris and later Micheal Gambon.
This adorable little girl was rumored to have auditioned really well for Hermione's role but Emma, just as adorable, was given the part of the bushy-bossy girl of the trio. Rowling made her get the part after 8 auditions as she had developed a liking for Emma.