Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Jun 30, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Several weeks ago, as first heard exclusively on PotterCast, this editor brought the news that actor Bill Nighy had been cast in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. We are delighted to say that Bill Nighy, who will be taking on the part of Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour for the film, has made new comments about his upcoming appearance in the final installment in the Harry Potter series. Mr. Nighy said: “I don’t think I’m allowed to say it but I’m going to be in the next Harry Potter film,”
he tells us. “I won’t say which character, but he’s a goodie. I just
got the gig.” If you don’t mind us saying, it’s about time, Bill. The
rangy actor has been dropping hints for aeons, once complaining that he
was “the only British actor who hasn’t been in Harry Potter“. But has he read the books? “Not yet, but I will!” he says. “It’s rather like being in a Shakespeare that way, you know?” Mm.

Bill Nighy is a well regarded actor from the UK, known for his appearances in the Pirates of the Caribbean series, State of Play directed by David Yates, The Constant Gardener, the upcoming Wild Target with Rupert Grint, and a beloved comedic turn in Love, Actually.





69 Responses to Bill Nighy as Rufus Scrimgeour for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Avatar Imagesessionka says: They forgot "Underworld". That was the first time I saw him. He's very impressive and very versatile,Avatar ImageMuggle Mommy says: Wasn't he Davey Jones from POC?Avatar ImageRhiannon7 says: This is brilliant! I was so hoping they would cast him as Scrimgeuor. He will be fabulous. I just saw an ad on TV. I am getting so excited. SQUEEEE!Avatar ImageSwansurf2099 says: Yes he was Davy Jones! OMG, this is super awesome :D Except that I agree with you, Jaymie Brooks, the movie's the final installment(s) They've got to make them epic , like, I dunno, The Lord of the Rings?Avatar ImageJuine says: omg YES (why weren't you in the HBP?) YAY!Avatar ImageJoost says: or Liam NeesonAvatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: I like him as scrimgeour - now if they could only squeeze in Clive Owen and Simon Pegg. Avatar Imagemollywobble says: Joost, I was thinking the same thing. As cool as it is that they're trying to fit in everyone and everything from the book, they did just spend the last 10 years leading up to this moment. We will be happy to see all of these characters return, but will it make sense for the non-book fans? We'll see. Regardless, I'm glad Nighy's joined the cast. Nice call Sue. Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Oh my gosh, YAY!Avatar ImageSnapesSilverDoe says: perfect casting!Avatar Imagesallene says: I'm so excited about this!Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: I like him as scrimgeour - now if they could only squeeze in Clive Owen and Simon Pegg. Avatar Imagecghambright says: Yes he's PERFECT!! I love him! He's brilliant in pretty much everything he does and I can't wait to see him in the Will of Albus Dumbledore scene with the trio!!! :DAvatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: I like him as scrimgeour - now if they could only squeeze in Clive Owen and Simon Pegg. Avatar Imageabandonedboyjon says: I like him as scrimgeour - now if they could only squeeze in Clive Owen and Simon Pegg. Avatar Imageugurbocegi says: That's wonderful! I love him so much! :-) I believe that he will be great as Scrimgeour. :-)Avatar Imageugurbocegi says: That's wonderful! I love him so much! :-) I believe that he will be great as Scrimgeour. :-)Avatar Imageugurbocegi says: Sorry about doubling the message. When you click "submit comment" I takes you a page where it says sorry page cannot be found or something like that.Avatar Imagebudb says: About time its official! Now, what about Stanislav Ianevski returning as Krum? Or have Yates/Kloves figured out another way of getting the Gregorovich clue planted? And William Melling? I've gotten rather fond of NigelAvatar ImageJaymie Brooks says: I have faith in these movies. The fact that Bill, Fleur, Scrimmy, Xeno, Dobby, Grindelwald, Aberforth, Bathilda, Griphook, Ollivander, etc. are in this movie means that they're going all-out to make these last two films the best. Just imagine what Steve would have done to all of these characters if he was still in his GoF mindset, and with only one movie to fit it all into? I shudder to think of it! The Battle of Hogwarts would have to be an hour minimum, which would leave an hour and a half to cover the Seven Potters, Wedding, Ministry, Camping, Godric's Hollow, Silver Doe, Xenophilius, Malfoy Manor, Shell Cottage, Gringotts, and the Room of Requirement. Most of those scenes should at least be a half-hour long, so I have no idea how they could have done it. Having an extra two to three hours is the ideal thing.Avatar Imagelupinwandcaster says: Not exactly how I pictured, but he will do.Avatar Imagebengtson_98 says: .. He will be great.. if he can pull of Davy Jones in Pirates he can definatly pull of Rufus ScimgeourAvatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: At least they are trying to fit every character in that should be in. They should still get Krum back even though hes not that relavent to the plot of this one.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: He'll be good in that role...Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: i really liked him in pirates of the Caribbean i think he will do a good job as scrimgeour. Avatar ImageBonnie Radcliffe says: YAAAAY!! I LOVE him!! ^^ He's great, and he was the only one missing from the HP franchise, he he he. I hadn't pictured Rufus like him, but anyway, I love that he's going to take part in HP!! ^^Avatar ImageDylanAqua says: He was Also in Underworld, G-Force and many other amazing films!Avatar ImageDylanAqua says: He was also in Underworld, G-Force and many other amazing films!Avatar ImagePotterFan-Man says: Cool. Great to see an experienced actor play ScrimgeourAvatar Imagesachem says: Great casting, yet again. Very few available actors would have been good choices for the Scrimgeour part, and Bill is one of them. For a while there I almost thought they would avoid this character completely and, miraculously, get away with it.Avatar Imagepotterrock says: :O:O:O:O yeahyeahyeahh.......he's perfect for this character :) goooo bill nighy :) Avatar ImageJoost says: Bill Nighy is great, but is the character necessary. It would have made more sense, dramatically, to see Fudge killed.Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: Sounds great! :) I just started to read HBP for the first time (will do my utmost to finish it by the time the movie is out!) and I can totally picture Bill Nighy as Scrimgeour. Now, if only they could cast *Patrick* *Stewart* as some named character in the DH films, they would indeed have most fo the British acting royalty in the HP franchise! :-D Asking them to cast Sir Ian McKellen or Sir Christopher Lee would definitely be too much... Besides, I think both of them Sirs have quite enough epic fantasy/scifi roles, what with LOTR, The X-Men Trilogy, Dracula and the countless other films they have done.Avatar ImageDolemite says: He's awesome.Avatar ImageLilleby says: Christopher Lee should be Grindelwald as adult or something(:Avatar ImageJoost says: Or Liam Neeson.Avatar Imageourempire says: That's simply the best news of the day! Loved him in Love, Actually, and Pirates and many more films, I have digged up ever since I first saw him! He is WONDERFUL!Avatar Imagehermione97 says: He was playing Davy Jones in Pirates of Carribean! He would be really good as Scrimgeour.Avatar ImageWickedLoz says: Love, Actually is one of my all time favourite movies - and I usually hate romantic comedies! Christmas is all around me, come on and let it snooooooooow!! Fantastic news! Avatar ImageDespina says: He was hilarious in Love Actually! The HP films truly have some of the best British actors... If they could only fit in Hugh Grant or James McAvoy!!!!Avatar Imagephantomles says: He is a good actorAvatar ImageFlourished Blot says: I must've missed news that he was going to be in it, but I must say I could not be more thrilled. I have ALWAYS pictured him as making an excellent Scrimgeour, and would've been happy to see him get any part in the films, so this is just fantastic. Makes up for poor Xeno casting. Avatar ImageSamm2011 says: he seems kinda skinny.. idk i kinda pictured him as a tall, board shouldered, musky kind a guy if that makes any sense. i just dont see him playing the part. I'm also gonna guess that there is nothing about him in HBP?!?! Avatar ImageMatea says: He looks perfect! but wait...no Scrimgeour in HBP!?Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: I can't envision him as Scrimgeour ... but I'm sure it will work out well. Avatar Imagecghambright says: Yes he's PERFECT!! I love him! He's brilliant in pretty much everything he does and I can't wait to see him in the Will of Albus Dumbledore scene with the trio!!! :DAvatar Imagecghambright says: @Matea: No they cut the Other Minister scene and I'm guessing the other scenes in which Scrimgeour appears. Avatar Imagesavingharry says: As others have said, I think this casting is PERFECT! Doesn't he look like an old lion?! I'm so excited.Avatar ImageRemus Lonno says: FINALLY able to post, been dying to since I read this yesterday! This is a dream come true, a couple of months ago I remembered Bill Nighy wanting in on the Potter movies. I had just finished HBP and was wondering which role he could do, when I realized he'd be perfect as Scrimgeour. Sorry Neeson and Connolly lovers... I love those two dearly, but this role requires a proper Englishman. WB makeup effects just better make him look properly leonine, that's all!!! "I kept my legs together, Spike!" ;) Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: cool!Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: Sounds like a great pick... Avatar Imagekbicprez says: YES! YES! YES!Avatar Imagemaxpower says: Brilliant casting if its true! He stole every scene he was in in Love Actually. Great actor. I agree about finding a place for Simon Pegg as well.Avatar ImageHydrus says: Cool! Now if they would cast Hugh Grant as something, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley... my wish list goes on and on.Avatar ImageBookworm_Weasley says: It would have been great if they'd hired him for HBP....but Scrimgeour isn't in DH that long....he gets killed during the wedding! Still.....I'm so happy about this, I love Bill Nighy!Avatar ImageIt must be bunnies says: Cool, he will be really good but did anyone else picture Billy Connolly as Scrimgeour?Avatar ImageHarryRichardsPotter says: yes yes yes! this is brilliant news! hes my favorite! Avatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: I remember him from Love Actually... he was great!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: wow, glad that's not a rumor anymore! :)Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Cool.Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: he was so good as Davey Jones. he will play a reeally good scrimgeour!!!Avatar Imagevanillakirsty says: He looks just like how I pictured Scrimgeour!Avatar ImageKC Nox says: I love Bill Nighy!!! So excited hes going to be scrimgeour!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: he isn't anything like i pictured.oh well :-)Avatar ImageRumbleroar says: Excluding the fact that he was in G-Force, I think he would make an amazing addition to the HP cast. Perfect for Rufus Scrimgeour as well. Just how I picture him.Avatar ImageRumbleroar says: Excluding the fact that he was in G-Force, I think he would make an amazing addition to the HP cast. Perfect for Rufus Scrimgeour as well. Just how I picture him.Avatar ImageRumbleroar says: Excluding the fact that he was in G-Force, I think he would make an amazing addition to the HP cast. Perfect for Rufus Scrimgeour as well. Just how I picture him.Avatar ImageRumbleroar says: Excluding the fact that he was in G-Force, I think he would make an amazing addition to the HP cast. Perfect for Rufus Scrimgeour as well. Just how I picture him.Avatar Imageexpelliarmus9 says: i think he'll play the part well

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