The Wizarding World mourns the loss of its headmaster

September 28, 2023, 12:27 PM · Harry Potter fans today are mourning the loss of another actor from the popular film series.

Michael Gambon, who played Albus Dumbledore in six Harry Potter movies starting with “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” has passed away at age 82. Gambon, who also was known for his extensive theatrical work, replaced Richard Harris as the Hogwarts headmaster after that actor’s death in 2002.

Gambon appears as Dumbledore in the preshow and final scenes of the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey attraction in Orlando, Hollywood, Beijing, and Osaka in Japan. He also attended the opening of the original The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure in 2010. Here is our video of his press conference appearance with some of his co-stars from the films.

If fan tradition holds, expect a wands-up moment of remembrance and appreciation tonight in front of Hogwarts Castle in Orlando and Hollywood.

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September 28, 2023 at 6:00 PM

What a legend. A great Michael Gambon deep cut that is somewhat theme park adjacent is his role as the Storyteller on the Jim Henson’s Storyteller: Greek Myths series.
Coincidentally he took over the role from Ollivander himself, John Hurt, on the original Storyteller series about English and European fables.

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