Jonathan sent us a report

Sep 28, 2001

Posted by: John Admin


Jonathan sent us a report from the teletext service on Channel 4 stating that Hugh Grant is out of Harry Potter 2 (Sep 28, 2001).

“Hugh Grant has been forced to drop out of Harry Potter 2 because of a busy schedule. He was due to have played Professor Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter The Chamber of Secrets. A source at Warner Bros told Teletext: “To have Hugh on board we had to bring the production forward 3 months which we cannot do. So sadly he’s forced out“.

The loss of Hugh Grant as Professor Lockhart is a blow to Harry Potter 2 given his box office draw. It’s known that he had undergone extensive hair and make-up tests, and had dyed his hair blond, rather than wear a wig which he described as “absurd”. The Professor claims to be an expert on wizardry and is a major character in the JK Rowling story. Warner Bros declined to comment”.

We have always said that Hugh Grant as Lockhart is just a (good) rumor, even as many established online and print papers and magazines announced his part as confirmed – we sticked to the rumor version! If we confirm a part we either got a personal confirmation from the actor or a person close to him (agent, spokesperson, movie crew) – or Warner Bros. officially has confirmed it.

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.