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Harry Potter's world of wizardry and witchcraft is filled with endless characters, creatures and cameos. So much so that you'd be totally forgiven for missing these 5 famous faces from the muggleverse popping up in the unlikeliest of places...

1. Harry Potter and the Fool's Gold

Who? Ian Brown

Movie? Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban

The former Stone Roses frontman, Ian Brown, can be seen in the third film enjoying a hot beverage and reading Stephen Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time.' Although he is simply credited as "Man in Leaky Cauldron Reading Book," he feels he added some romance to the role:

"I was a movie star for a day. I had my own trailer, was taken around in a golf cart - I loved it! The director is a friend of my girl and he said, 'I've got a part if you want it.' I asked my sons, and they were like, 'Do it!' I did it for my sons. My brief was to be a romantic, bohemian wizard. I was into that."

2. The cast of Harry Potter is filled with Common People

Who? Jarvis Cocker, Phil Selway & Jonny Greenwood

Movie? Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire

Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Phil Segway were joined by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood to form supergroup The Wryd Sisters to rock Hogwarts at the Yule Ball, but according to the Pulp frontman, the artists were 'criminally underused.'

"Exactly. We were so criminally underused, it was incredible. I'm not sure, but I think it was because of this silly Canadian folk group who were trying to sue Warner Brothers at the same time because they had the same name. Well they certainly didn't get the last laugh because they got lumbered with court costs. The judge threw the case out of court, but that was after the film had come out. I mean, the film was too long, so I think we got cut a bit because of that as well. We weren't allowed to be called The Weird Sisters in it because this court case was pending. They did want to make a lot more of it, at one point they were even talking about doing a whole Weird Sisters album and really making out that the group existed and all this kind of stuff. Yeah, I was quite into the idea of it, but once this court thing happened it all backpedaled. We were criminally underused, although you can see a full performance of one of the songs if you buy the DVD."

3. Some of these cameos are a bit Sketchy...

Who? Jim Tavaré

Movie? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

British Jim Tavaré is best known for his work on BAFTA winning The Sketch Show, that is until he appeared in Harry Potter as Tom the innkeeper of the Leaky Cauldron.

Apparently Jim wished to be cast in a romantic lead, but he likened his role to playing a "wizened toothless walnut."

4. Harry Potter and the Five Nations

Who? Martin Bayfield

Movie? Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The GIANT 2.08 meter tall Martin Bayfield appeared in the second Harry Potter movie to play a young Hagrid. Bayfield is an English rugby union player who has played for the Northampton Saints, Bedford Blues and England, gaining 31 England and 3 Lions caps.

However, if you don't know who he is, you're not the only one. Talking about the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets premiere, the rugby star said:

"I went there with my youngest daughter and it's quite funny. We were on the red carpet and nobody had a clue who I am."

5. This shrunken head provided a good dose of Comic Relief

Who? Lenny Henry

Movie? Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Sir Lenworth George Henry appeared in Harry Potter No. 3 voicing the Shrunken Head which you can see in the windscreen of the triple-decker Knight Bus. Lenny is most famous for co-founding the charity Comic Relief.

(Source: The Free Library)


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