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John Hurt, who played Ollivander in ‘Harry Potter’, dies at 77

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John Hurt, who played Ollivander in ‘Harry Potter’, dies at 77


John Hurt in 2015.

Image: Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Award-winning British actor and knight John Hurt died at 77 Friday, roughly a year and half after announcing he had pancreatic cancer, Mashable has confirmed. 

The actor of stage and screen had hundreds of credits dating back into the 1960s, but he was most known for his roles in Alien, 1984, Doctor Who and The Elephant Man. For a younger generation, he was known for playing the wandmaker Garrick Ollivander who appeared in three of the Harry Potter films.

In 2015 he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. That same year he was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his contributions to film.

Following his death, Harry Potter fans honored the fallen wandmaker who told Harry, “The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter.”

Wands up.



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