There are still a few stories Potterheads are waiting to hear more about. While we might never see the story behind the four Hogwarts founders or the origins of the Triwizard Tournament, some storylines feel as if they could be pretty easily fleshed out.
Although we have seen flashbacks of James Potter, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Peter Pettigrew throughout the course of the movies, there' still so much we could learn about them after they left Hogwarts. For instance, being able to have a movie version of the four Marauders at Hogwarts, following them as they form the original Order of the Phoenix at the start of of the first Wizarding War!
Granted, these actors are a bit older than they may have been in the books, but I'd say they look closer to Hogwarts 7th years than they did in the movies. After all, James and Lily were both 21 when they passed away, but the movies made them look much older! That's one of those weird things that has always bugged me just a little.
So, here is my fan casting of who I would like to see play the young Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, Prongs, and friends during their time at Hogwarts and onwards:
Gregg Sulkin or Aaron Taylor-Johnson as James Potter
That's just my personal choice, but based on Internet searching, the fan favorite seems to be Aaron Taylor-Johnson. So, for the sake of all fairness and avoiding commenters saying otherwise, I'll include both as options to play James!
Gregg Sulkin certainly looks the part, but we know from plenty of other films that Aaron Taylor-Johnson has some serious acting chops. I'm totally torn! You guys will have to let me know what you think in the comments section.
Douglas Booth as Sirius Black
Give me an actor who can play someone serious yet mischievous, with a pensive gaze and a strong jawline and I'm sold. For those reasons, and because he's a great actor, I chose Douglas Booth to play James' best friend Sirius. You might have seen him in movies like Noah or Jupiter Ascending, but we'll soon see this 23-year-old actor show off his talents next in the upcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
Andrew Garfield as Remus Lupin
Who could possibly be better to play the soft-spoken, thoughtful voice of reason that is Remus Lupin better than Andrew Garfield? While I'm sure he's far too busy with other projects to sign onto something of this magnitude, could you just imagine this happening? He might be a bit older than the rest of my castings, but the 32-year-old actor still looks just young enough to pull off the post-Hogwarts age.
Robbie Kay as Peter Pettigrew
Okay, let's just be clear, Robbie Kay is much, much better looking than any form we've ever seen of Petter Pettigrew. Although Kay is normally far too good-looking to play someone as detestable as Wormtail, with some serious makeup and a body suit, I think he could pull it off! After seeing him play the villainous Peter Pan in Once Upon a Time, I'm convinced he would have no problem making audiences hate him.
Keir Gilchrist as Severus Snape
Keir Gilchrist is one of those extremely talented up-and-coming actors who I think we're going to start seeing everywhere. From his work in It Follows and It's Kind of a Funny Story, Gilchrist would be great at playing the emotionally and morally torn young Severus Snape.
Kaya Scodelario as Lily Evans
Like some of my other dream castings on this list, Kaya Scodelario might be a little busy with the Maze Runner movies to add another literary franchise to her docket. But if her previous work has proved anything, it's that she can play a strong female lead. Personally, I think she'd be great playing Lily Evans as she becomes a wife and mother in the midst of a war.
While the story of the Marauders might never become a movie, at least we'll have Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to delve into soon and whet our Harry Potter appetites.
As always, these castings are just my opinion, and are in no way real. But what's the harm in a little hypothetical Harry Potter fun? Please feel free to share with me your own casting and storyline ideas below!