ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
Editor/Senior staff writer | Movie Pilot's celebrity savant.
Karly Rayner

It's astonishing to think that Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone hit cinema screens back in 2001, a staggering fifteen years ago. One of the reasons the franchise holds a special place in the hearts of so many of us is the fact that we grew up alongside the characters, but sadly the passing of time meant we also lost some beloved actors along the way.

Below are 15 actors who are sadly no longer with us and a short round-up to remember their contributions to the Potter universe and the other awesome career milestones they passed during their lives.

15. John Hurt

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Mr Ollivander, the wand-maker

Date of Death: January 25, 2017

Cause of Death: John Hurt battled with pancreatic cancer in 2015, but the official cause of death has not yet been announced. He was 77 years old

Other Achievements: Hurt enjoyed a rich and varied career which spanned six decades and saw the actor winning much critical acclaim for his nuanced and sensitive portrayal of characters who were often outsiders.

Perhaps best known for his leading roles in The Elephant Man (1980) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984), Hurt is also known to younger generations through his performances in Hellboy, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and, of course, Harry Potter.

Hurt was a prolific actor and it is thanks to his dedication to the craft that we have no less than five post-humous performances to look forward to from the late great.

14. Hazel Douglas

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Bathilda Bagshot

Date of Death: September 8, 2016

Cause of Death: Unknown

Other Achievements: Although Douglas's best know role was her turn as the terrifying Bathilda Bagshot, she was a well-know figure on British television who is remembered for roles in shows such as Vicious and Getting On.

13. Terence Bayler

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: The Bloody Baron

Date of Death: August 2, 2016

Cause of Death: Unknown, he was 86-years-old

Other Achievements: Although Bayler was born in New Zealand, he spent most of his sixty-year-long acting career in the UK. The veteran actor often worked closely with the Monty Python team, playing Gregory in the Life of Brian. Bayler's most distinguished role was probably his part as Macduff in Roman Polanski's Macbeth (1971).

12. Alan Rickman

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Severus Snape

Date of Death: January 14, 2016

Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Other Achievements: Alan Rickman was a greatly respected actor who had been a shining star on both stage and screen for decades. He won a BAFTA for his role as the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. You might also remember him from Love Actually and Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny. Read more about the late great's illustrious career HERE.

11. Rik Mayal

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Rik Mayal filmed the role of Peeves, although the character never saw the light of day because the director wasn't pleased with the way the special effects looked. You can read more about it in Allanah's wonderful article HERE.

Date of Death: June 9, 2014

Cause of Death: Acute cardiac arrest, he was 56-years-old.

Other Achievements: Rik Mayal was a mainstay in a swathe of iconic British comedies including Bottom (which he co-wrote) and Blackadder. He is probably best remembered for his title role as Fred in Drop Dead Fred, and King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar.

10. Dave Legeno

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Fenrir Greyback

Date of Death: July 6, 2014

Cause of Death: Dave Legeno died due to complications caused by extreme heat while hiking in Death Valley. He was 50-years-old.

You can read his original Movie Pilot obituary HERE.

Other Achievements: Dave Legeno also had small roles in Snow White and the Huntsman and Batman Begins.

9. Peter Cartwright

Cartwright is pictured top right [Credit: Warner Bros.]
Cartwright is pictured top right [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Cartwright was one of the two actors to play Elphias Doge.

Date of Death: November 13, 2013

Cause of Death: Unknown, he was 78-years-old.

Other Achievements: The South African born actor has hundreds of TV, movie and theater credits, including a small role in Gandhi and a part in Dr. Who.

8. David Rydall

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Rydall was the second actor to play Elphias Doge.

Date of Death: December 25, 2014

Cause of Death: Unknown, he was 79-years-old. You can read his original Movie Pilot obituary HERE.

Other Achievements: David Rydall was an incredibly well-respected theater actor in his native Britain. He also had roles in movies such as The Elephant Man, Black Beauty, and Around the World in 80 Days.

7. Eric Sykes

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Frank Bryce, the Riddle family Gardener.

Date of Death: July 4, 2012

Cause of Death: Natural causes, he was 89-years-old.

Other Achievements: Eric Sykes rose to fame co-writing British radio comedies in the '50s. He has appeared in movies such as The Others and one of his bizarre claims to fame is being the voice to introduce the Teletubbies in the show's opening credits.

6. Roger Lloyd-Pack

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Barty Crouch, Sr.

Date of Death: January 15, 2014

Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer, he was 69-years-old.

Other Achievements: Roger Lloyd-Pack was much beloved in Britain for his role as Trigger in the cult sitcom Only Fools and Horses. He also appeared in the Doctor Who series as John Lumic and played Mendel in 2011's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

5. Jimmy Gardner

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Ernie Prang, the Knight Bus driver

Date of Death: May 3, 2010

Other Achievements: You've probably never heard of Gardner, but he had small roles in an awesome selection of movies including Doctor Who, The Adventures Of Young Indiana Jones, and Finding Neverland.

Jimmy Gardner was also a WWII war hero who served in the Royal Air Force as an air gunner with 30 missions under he belt. He survived two shipwrecks to boot.

4. Richard Griffiths

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Vernon Dursley

Date of Death: March 28, 2013

Cause of Death: Complications due to heart surgery. He was 65-years-old.

Other Achievements: Richard Griffiths had a distinguished career on the theater stage. His film credits include Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The History Boys and Sleepy Hollow.

3. Timothy Bateson

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[Credit: IMDB/Warner Bros.]

Role: The voice of Krecher

Date of Death: 16 September, 2009

Cause of Death: Bateson's family chose not to release the cause of his death.

Other Achievements: Bateman's long career saw him pop up in a staggering number of British TV, stage and radio productions. His most famous appearances are in Doctor Who, Dad's Army and Labyrinth. Voicing the house elf, Kreacher, was his last work.

2. Robert Knox

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Marcus Belby

Date of Death: May 24, 2008

Cause of Death: Knox was tragically stabbed to death outside a London bar while defending his younger brother in an altercation. He was just 18-years-old.

His attacker was found guilty and sentenced to life in jail for the senseless murder.

Other Achievements: Knox was only just breaking into the movie scene with his role in Harry Potter so he does not have many acting credits. The Rob Knox Foundation was created in his honor after his death to help fund training in the arts for young Londoners.

1. Richard Harris

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[Credit: Warner Bros.]

Role: Richard Harris played Professor Dumbledore before Michael Gambon took over.

Date of Death: October 25, 2002

Cause of Death: Hodgkin's lymphoma, he was 72-years-old

Other Achievements: Richard Harris has a dazzling portfolio spanning the mediums of music, stage, TV and cinema. Aside from Harry Potter, he is probably best known for playing Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator, and as gunslinger 'English Bob' in Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven.

Which dearly departed Harry Potter actor holds a special place in your heart?