5 Actors Who Could Best Play Professor McGonagall When ‘Harry Potter’ Is Finally Rebooted

by Jeremy Spirogis
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While rumors surrounding a Harry Potter reboot — through a tv present or a film — floor sometimes, all such theories are consistently debunked. Yet, there’ll absolutely come a day when Harry Potter, his associates, his formidable foes, and his protecting professors return to the display screen. 

Considering J.Ok. Rowling stays ever-invested in all Harry Potter-related content material — making modifications through Pottermore — in addition to producing a Broadway play and writing a screenplay for Fantastic Beasts, she could in the future cave to followers’ and Warner Bros.’ needs. Not to say, the cash sure to return from such a reboot could be limitless. 

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Yet, if Harry Potter ever returned, recasting could be fairly the problem, as sure characters maintain a spot in our hearts that can not be undone or rewritten. As for a type of characters, who greatest might play the protecting and fierce, compassionate but stern, soft-hearted but courageous Professor McGonagall? Below, discover 5 actors who might convincingly climb into the character.

1. Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson already appeared within the Harry Potter franchise as Professor Sybill Trelawney; but, the function was on the small aspect and a return to the franchise as McGonagall could be unlikely to trigger a stir or take away viewers from the magical world. 

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Emma Thompson naturally carries the air of composure and regality wanted to tackle the function, but she can also be fairly goofy by nature. She might deliver an additional dose of light-heartedness to the function with out detracting from the character’s extra severe nature. With Nanny McPhee in her portfolio, it’s straightforward to think about the actress working throughout from kids — preserving them in line, but grooming them for excellence in tandem. 

2. Viola Davis 

Viola Davis is a one-time Oscar winner and three-time nominee with an simple penchant and proclivity for drama and depth. From Fences and How to Get Away With Murder to Doubt and Widows, Davis is a grasp of the forget-to-breathe-scene; she attracts you in and holds your gaze. 

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Davis might seamlessly step into McGonagall’s deep-seated somberness and sobriety, bringing that aspect of the character to the forefront, but with a well-placed smirk and a pinch of bravery, McGonagall’s protecting and motherly nature would floor too. 

3. Jessica Lange 

Take Jessica Lange’s interpretation of Fiona Goode in American Horror Story, but detract the murderous and mischievous lack of morality – retaining simply the arrogance and energy — and increase, you’ve bought a personality who resembles McGonagall in disposition and fortitude.

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Jessica Lange appears intimidating, which might work in her favor because the professor who calls for consideration earlier than, throughout, and after turning right into a cat. She could also be on the proper aspect of historical past, and he or she could also be compassionate, however don’t cross her. 

4. Angelina Jolie 

Angelina Jolie could also be a bit younger to play McGonagall, however she has the look mandatory, and he or she has dabbled within the mystical. Let us not neglect that Jolie performs Maleficent, and allow us to not neglect that she has an look, a gate, and an angle that calls for consideration. 

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Jolie would deliver McGonagall’s fierce aspect to the floor; what makes McGonagall a Gryffindor might come to gentle greatest beneath Jolie. Jolie might, as she is a bit youthful than could be anticipated, supply a efficiency that pays homage to the unique however barely reinvents the character to lean additional into traits that had been beforehand secondary traits. 

5. Meryl Streep 

Did you suppose for a second this checklist wouldn’t include Meryl Streep? She’s excellent for this half (and each half). Meryl Streep is the proper age and the proper actress to play the girl who ultimately turns into headmaster. 

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If Meryl Streep is chosen, the TV present or film might (arguably) lean additional into the friendship between Dumbledore and McGonagall, establishing her future as the girl in cost. She would stand earlier than Harry when Snape attacked, with a quivering but positive hand, simply as Maggie Smith did.

Streep would embody all that’s McGonagall, and through an openness to vulnerability — but an assuredness that doesn’t permit worry to trump conviction — she would pay homage to the unique illustration, but little question add the basic Streep mark of identification.

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