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Harry Potter star, Richard Griffiths, dead at age 65.

Beloved Harry Potter star, Richard Griffiths, has passed away at the age of 65. The acclaimed British actor died from complications after he had heart surgery in England.

He played Harry Potter’s uncle Vernon Dursley in the films.

Daniel Radcliffe talked to The BBC about Griffiths after his passing.

“Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career. In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursley’s, which was my first ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease,” Radcliffe, 23, recalled.

He added, “Seven years later, we embarked on Equus together. It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humor made it a joy. In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him.”

The actor also received acclaim for his role as Uncle Monty in the 1987 cult classic Withnail and I. During his illustrious theater career, Griffiths received a Tony Award and the Laurence Olivier Award for his performance in the play The History Boys; he reprised his role as Hector in the film version.

Sir Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, told The BBC Griffiths’ death would devastate an “army of friends.”

Richard Griffiths wasn’t only one of the most loved and recognizable British actors — he was also one of the very greatest. His performance in The History Boys was quite overwhelming: a masterpiece of wit, delicacy, mischief and desolation, often simultaneously,” Hytner said. “His anecdotes were legendary. They were, literally, endless. They would go on for hours, apparently without destination, constantly side-splitting.”

Griffiths is survived by his wife Heather Gibson. The two were married in 1980 after they met on the 1973 production of Lady Windermere’s Fan.

Condolences to his family and friends. I loved him in Harry Potter. He was a great actor and his memory will live on through his work.

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Posted Friday, March 29th, 2013 at 11:11am
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Daniel Radcliffe Reveals More About Drinking During ‘Harry Potter’ Movies

Daniel Radcliffe has shared in the past that he battled with a drinking problem while he was working on the ‘Harry Potter‘ films.  During the promotion of his new movie ‘Woman in Black‘,  Daniel tells Heat magazine that he didn’t drink AT work, but there were plenty of days that he was definitely still wasted when he got there:

“I went into work still drunk,” he tells the magazine. “I can point to many scenes where I’m just gone. Dead behind the eyes. I have a very addictive personality. It was a problem.”

Stressing that he didn’t drink at work, Radcliffe adds that, “People with problems like that are very adept at hiding it. It was bad. I drank a lot and it was … nightly.”

The actor has said that he no longer drinks. “You either have to change something,” he tells Heat, “or give into that shame.”

This makes me sad.  I’m so glad Daniel got help and stopped drinking, but I hope some of his younger fans don’t read that interview.  I’m sure they’ve got him up on a pedestal and who wants to watch Harry and wonder “hmm..wonder if THAT was one of the scenes he mentioned?”.   I bet Warner Brothers wishes he weren’t being so honest….


Posted Friday, February 3rd, 2012 at 1:13pm
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Harry Potter makes almost a half-billion dollars opening weekend, shattering all records!

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Harry Potter opened this weekend, and shattered every box office record in history! It was the biggest opening in US history ($168 million), with the help of an opening day total of $92 million and another $43 million in midnight shows.

According to, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 finished the weekend making $475.5 million worldwide.

After a single weekend, the final Potter movie made almost a half-billion dollars!

Working its final movie mojo, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 soared into the record books with the highest-grossing opening weekend ever. The series finale drew an estimated $168.55 million on around 11,000 screens at 4,375 locations, dethroning The Dark Knight’s $158.4 million.

What did you see this weekend? Were you one of the 3 people who didn’t see Harry Potter? (I didn’t either)

PS: If you’re looking for something a little lighter? I finally saw ‘Horrible Bosses’ and I have to admit, I absolutely LOVED IT. It was HILARIOUS!! I know I posted a couple weeks ago that it was getting bad reviews, but I saw it myself…and I really loved it. Laughed all the way through!


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Posted Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 8:08am
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Brand New ‘Harry Potter’ Trailer Shows Epic Finale!

We’re less than a month away from the final Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” — and the just-released trailer makes it look like the can’t-miss movie of the summer!


Posted Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 1:13pm
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