'Harry Potter' actress Miriam Margoyles says adult fans should be 'over' franchise by now: 'It was 25 years ago and it’s for children'

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By Asiya Ali

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Miriam Margolyes has shared some scathing words for the adult fans of the Harry Potter franchise.

The 82-year-old veteran actress starred in the popular fantasy film series (2001-2011), which was based on the eponymous novels by British author J. K. Rowling.

Margolyes played Professor Pomona Sprout, a Herbology teacher who taught students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - a fictional boarding school of magic.

Her standout moment in the beloved movies was during 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when she taught then second-years Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) how to handle Mandrakes, a screeching magical plant.

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Miriam Margolyes at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Credit: Rune Hellestad - Corbis / Getty

The BAFTA-winning actress reprised her role in the franchise's final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - which premiered in 2011 - but had no speaking part.

Despite insisting she was "very grateful" to have been a part of the popular film series, Margolyes admitted she felt its fans should be "over" it by now as it was "for children".

"I worry about Harry Potter fans because they should be over that by now," she said during an interview with New Zealand's 1News. "It was 25 years ago, and it's for children. I think it's for children."

Watch her interview below: 

Margolyes explained that people who grew up with series and continue to be obsessed with them well into adulthood confuse her. She pointed to some of the requests she has received from fans on Cameo - which is personalized videos created by entertainers - and remarked: "They get stuck in it."

"I do Cameos, and people say, 'Oh, we’re having a 'Harry Potter-themed wedding',’' and I think, 'Gosh, what’s their first night of fun going to be?' I can’t even think about it. No," she quipped.

Although she acknowledged that the franchise is "wonderful," Margolyes reiterated that "it’s over."

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Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint starred in the beloved franchise from 2001-2011. Credit: Evan Agostini / Getty

This is not the first time the Call The Midwife actress has spoken out about Harry Potter being "over" as she shared a similar sentiment with Vogue UK in July 2023.

Speaking to the publication, she admitted that her feature in the two movies introduced her to an entirely new generation of young people but it "doesn’t mean as much to me as it does to them".

"For me, 'Harry Potter' wasn’t important," she savagely revealed. "I was very glad I got the part and I enjoyed being in it and meeting all the people, but it’s not Charles Dickens."

But despite what Margolyes thinks, the franchise seems far from over as Warner Bros. and Max are developing a seven-season series based on the books. The series will feature an all-new cast and is eyeing a 2026 release.

"We spent some real time with J.K. and her team," Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said, per Variety. "Both sides are just thrilled to be reigniting this franchise. Our conversations were great, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead. We can’t wait to share a decade of new stories with fans around the world on Max."

Featured image credit: Fairfax Media / Getty

'Harry Potter' actress Miriam Margoyles says adult fans should be 'over' franchise by now: 'It was 25 years ago and it’s for children'

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By Asiya Ali

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Miriam Margolyes has shared some scathing words for the adult fans of the Harry Potter franchise.

The 82-year-old veteran actress starred in the popular fantasy film series (2001-2011), which was based on the eponymous novels by British author J. K. Rowling.

Margolyes played Professor Pomona Sprout, a Herbology teacher who taught students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - a fictional boarding school of magic.

Her standout moment in the beloved movies was during 2002's Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when she taught then second-years Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson) how to handle Mandrakes, a screeching magical plant.

Miriam Margolyes
Miriam Margolyes at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Credit: Rune Hellestad - Corbis / Getty

The BAFTA-winning actress reprised her role in the franchise's final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - which premiered in 2011 - but had no speaking part.

Despite insisting she was "very grateful" to have been a part of the popular film series, Margolyes admitted she felt its fans should be "over" it by now as it was "for children".

"I worry about Harry Potter fans because they should be over that by now," she said during an interview with New Zealand's 1News. "It was 25 years ago, and it's for children. I think it's for children."

Watch her interview below: 

Margolyes explained that people who grew up with series and continue to be obsessed with them well into adulthood confuse her. She pointed to some of the requests she has received from fans on Cameo - which is personalized videos created by entertainers - and remarked: "They get stuck in it."

"I do Cameos, and people say, 'Oh, we’re having a 'Harry Potter-themed wedding',’' and I think, 'Gosh, what’s their first night of fun going to be?' I can’t even think about it. No," she quipped.

Although she acknowledged that the franchise is "wonderful," Margolyes reiterated that "it’s over."

Harry Potter
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint starred in the beloved franchise from 2001-2011. Credit: Evan Agostini / Getty

This is not the first time the Call The Midwife actress has spoken out about Harry Potter being "over" as she shared a similar sentiment with Vogue UK in July 2023.

Speaking to the publication, she admitted that her feature in the two movies introduced her to an entirely new generation of young people but it "doesn’t mean as much to me as it does to them".

"For me, 'Harry Potter' wasn’t important," she savagely revealed. "I was very glad I got the part and I enjoyed being in it and meeting all the people, but it’s not Charles Dickens."

But despite what Margolyes thinks, the franchise seems far from over as Warner Bros. and Max are developing a seven-season series based on the books. The series will feature an all-new cast and is eyeing a 2026 release.

"We spent some real time with J.K. and her team," Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav said, per Variety. "Both sides are just thrilled to be reigniting this franchise. Our conversations were great, and we couldn’t be more excited about what’s ahead. We can’t wait to share a decade of new stories with fans around the world on Max."

Featured image credit: Fairfax Media / Getty