John Hurt Talks Return as Ollivander in “Deathly Hallows”


May 15, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

The Times Online has published a short Q & A interview with actor John Hurt (Ollivander), in which the venerable performer relates his impressions of the many aspects of his life, both onscreen and off. In the article, John Hurt discusses the role of Ollivander in the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” film, as well as what it was like to return to the series after his extended gap between the first and last films. Quoteagae:

The franchise

It’s very strange really. I did the first one and thought that would be it. Nobody knew whether it was going to be successful. When I came back last December to do the last two, suddenly everybody’s grown up. Daniel’s 20. It’s very peculiar.

Potter fans

They’re crazy about Ollivander ” they love him! I’m not sure they will when they see the next one when he’s being tortured. I’ve never been pestered for an autograph. I get asked ” usually by parents because the children are a bit too shy to ask. But I’ve never been pestered; I have a very good class of fan.

Thanks to SS for the heads up!

48 Responses to John Hurt Talks Return as Ollivander in “Deathly Hallows”

Avatar ImageJKMcGonagall says: I'm glad he is back. I am not glad he is being tortured, but hopefully he will be rescued quickly. Of course he will. He really should have been in Goblet of Fire to check the wands. That would have been a cool scene.Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Awww."They’re crazy about Ollivander — they love him! I’m not sure they will when they see the next one when he’s being tortured. I’ve never been pestered for an autograph. I get asked — usually by parents because the children are a bit too shy to ask. But I’ve never been pestered; I have a very good class of fan." so true (the part about loving him).Hehehe =D ♥Avatar Imagemarie243cm says: I can't wait to see his performance in DH! :)Avatar Imagegingersnap188 says: I can't either! i'm sure he'll be amazing in DH!Avatar Imageluna.quibbler says: i love john hurt! he's so awesome! my dad once saw him walking up the high street! i was so annoyed he didn't get me is autograph!!Avatar ImageKourtis says: He is really great as Olivander, i think Well thank god he is back!Avatar ImageFilmGirl27 says: It must be so strange for him to talk to Dan again after 10 years, and him being 20. :)Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: He is a very good Ollivander and I can't wait to see him in DH!Avatar Imagehedwig potter says: Ollivander rocks. My friend named his cat after him.Avatar ImageBech7Raven says: Oh I love him =) I'm so happy he returned for DH, Ollivander's such a lovely character. Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: It's actually great that Ollivander is coming back for the Deathly Hallows. I love his eccentric personality and right now the movie needs a little weird.Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: oh coolAvatar ImageRoseann says: I do not know how they would have done some of the seens without him. So of course I am really happy is going to be in the DH movies.Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: he's right you know we do love himAvatar Imagecha_granger says: I know how that feel to see some people after 10 years. Of course they're all change a lot. But I'm glad to see he's back. Can't wait to see his performance at DH. :)Avatar Imagenealiezealbie says: ahhhh! I LOVEE ollivander! he was so extremely perfect in sorcerers stone. so perfect. dead on. he is one of only a handful of characters i can truly say were phenomenal. in a way, i dont want to see him in DH because he will be being tortured but in a way, i want to see him because of what harry learns from him and how perfect john hurt will be. i am just soo excited for this film!!!Avatar Imagematt_toeller420 says: Im glad he is back but it would have been cool if they bought him back in the 4th for the Weighing of the Wand. But at least he is back.Avatar ImageEeyore says: I'm so glad John Hurt will be back as Ollivander. Since it's been so long I was afraid they might get someone else, thinking that the fans wouldn't notice. But we all would have. John Hurt has the perfect look for Ollivander and the rather mysterious voice that makes him the best choice. Can't wait to see Deathly Hallows.Avatar Imagedreampotter says: I'm glad they brought him back. Who else could explain the relevance of the Elder Wand?Avatar Imagechanngalambeatrice says: He looks a lot older.Avatar ImageHarrypotterultrafan says: you know what: harry pottr is THE BEST film of ALL TIME and the casting for it is absoloutely spot on: everyone who plays everyone is perfect: well done casting director!!!! :DAvatar Imageblessi says: I miss you. Welcome Back :)Avatar ImageI Heart Harry Potter says: Aww! I love this guy!! :)Avatar ImageJoeWorthy says: Can't wait to see him again. Soooo glad they didn't decide to recast, but I guess it was Hurt's choice, so thank you so much!Avatar ImageEmmaline10248 says: Yes!!!!Avatar ImageAirallia says: Oh, I hope He won't change appearence, and ollivander got taken away from the goblet of fire....So ...I guess everyone loves ollivander he's a great wand makerAvatar ImageSashaSabrina says: Good to hear they're keeping to the plot! Didn't think we'd get to see him tortured really, since they've cut out so much in the past :) I can't wait to see the film!! Really hope it lives up to my expectations XD Avatar ImageAgrippa1 says: I'm so glad they're having him back for the scenes in Malfoy Manor and (presumably!) to explain Wandlore. It really looks like they're going to be true to the book's storyline this time!Avatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: Yeah it will be really glad to see him back after ss...he plays a vital role in dh...supercool! Hope he does justice again..Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I look forward to seeing him reprise his role as Ollivander in the Deathly Hallows!Avatar Imagebeallgood01 says: John Hurt is a great actor. I'm sure he will be fantastic in the last two movies.Avatar ImageCatherine says: i totally cant wait to see that movie!Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: nice. i think hes totally awesome as ollivanderAvatar Imageccking says: aw, I'm so excited to see him return! he's got an amazing part in DH! :)Avatar Imagehewy says: How wonderful that they were able to get him to reprise his role. Looks like he has been a very busy fellow. Ollivander was spot on in the first movie!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: He is a wonderful Ollivander I can't picture anyone else playing him. Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: Here's to classy fans! And he should have been in GOF to check the wands!! :)Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: i like him. its good that hes returned Avatar Imagepotter_man_34 says: I just simply can't wait to see Ollivander back. I was hoping he would be there for The Goblet of Fire, but, alas, he wasn't. John is such a fantastic actor, he makes that role sublime.Avatar ImageTheRealSlytherinHeir says: I'm sure his performance in DH 1 and 2 is going to be spectacular. It must have been strange to go back and work with all of the actors when the last time you saw them they were 11 and now they're all grown up!Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: Always liked John Hurt - perfecct for the partAvatar ImageLoonyMaddie3 says: Yay!!! I'm glad he's back! He made a wonderful Ollivander in the first movie! Congrats, John Hurt!Avatar Imagecenyt says: Everyone is right; He should have appeared in GOF for the wand inspections. I mean it is crucial that Harry should have heard Gregorovitch name "somewhere".Avatar Imagemolly43 says: John Hurt plays a great Ollivander and should have been in GOF to test the wands and give the clue about . I'm so glad they decided to bring him back and I hope it's not just for the torture scene but also his time at Bill and Fleur's home when HP questions him about what Voldemort said and did.Avatar Imagemolly43 says: Oop! should have said : John Hurt plays a great Ollivander and should have been in GOF to test the wands and give the clue about Gregorovich.Avatar ImagecOoLiO_bEans1494 says: I am glad that they have kept the same cast throughout the film and haven't tried to change any of the actors because the first film's cast was brilliant and I especially loved Ollivander. I can't wait to see his role in Deathly Hallows. Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: He was sooo good in his (brief) role in SS ... I know he will be amazing in DH. He is terrific!Avatar ImageJackMeggers says: I cant wait!!!

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