RIP to a Great Muggle. “Lumos Maxima”
Rooting against Uncle Vernon Dursley in the “Harry Potter” movies was one thing, but few had anything but kind words to say about the actor who played him, Richard Griffiths, who died Thursday at age 65.
The celebrated film and theater star passed away at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire in the U.K. following complications from heart surgery.
Daniel Radcliffe, Griffiths’ costar in the “Harry Potter” films as well as on stage in “Equus,” told The Guardian newspaper he’s “proud to say I knew him.”
Griffiths and Daniel Radcliffe “In August 2000, before official production had even begun on ‘Potter,’ we filmed a shot outside the Dursleys’, which was my first ever shot as Harry. I was nervous and he made me feel at ease,” Radcliffe recalled. “Seven years later, we embarked on ‘Equus’ together. It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage, and humor made it a joy. In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence.”
In addition to his role in one of the most successful movie franchises of all time, Griffiths earned a Tony Award for his role in Broadway’s “The History Boys,” and went on to star in the film based on the play. He’s also well remembered for his turn as Uncle Monty in the 1987 cult movie “Withnail and I.”
"Richard Griffiths wasn’t only one of the most loved and recognizable British actors – he was also one of the very greatest," Sir Nicholas Hynter, director of "The History Boys," said.
Griffiths was born in North Yorkshire to two deaf parents. He dropped out of school at age 15 in order to pursue acting and later joined the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He his survived by his wife of more than 30 years, Heather Gibson, whom he met in 1973 while performing Oscar Wilde’s “Lady Windermere’s Fan.” They were wed in 1980.
"Richard gave acting a good name," the star’s agent, Simon Beresford, said in a statement. "He was a remarkable man and one of our greatest and best-loved actors. He will be greatly missed."
~Harry Potter: Tell us about a scar on your body~I HAVE ONE ON MY RIGHT ARM FROM HITTING IT THROUGH A GLASS DOOR WHEN I WAS YOUNGER
~Hermione Granger: What is your favorite book, how many times have you read it, and why do you love it?~HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS,I CAN’T SAY I HAVE LOST COUNT BUT I LOVE IT B/C IT HAS EVERYTHING IN IT THAT COULD HELP YOU GET THROUGH LIFE IN THE REAL WORLD AND MOST OF ALL IT HAS LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP
~Ron Weasley: Something you’re afraid of?~FISH
~Luna Lovegood: One thing that makes you different from everyone else.~I DON’T THINK IT MAKES ME DIFFERENT BUT I TRY NOT TO JUDGE ANYONE JUST LIKE YOU CAN’T JUDGE A BOOK BY IT’S COVER
~Fred Weasley: Can you do any magic tricks? What is the best one you can do? If you can’t do any, what’s the best one you’ve seen?~I CAN’T DO ANY MYSELF BUT WALKING IN MID AIR IS THE BEST I SEEN
~George Weasley: What is the best prank you’ve ever played on someone?~I DUNNO REALLY JUST SMALL ONE’S I HAVE DONE TO MY MUM
~Neville Longbottom: Tell us an embarrassing story.~ONE TIME WHEN I WAS REALLY SICK I WAS HOT AND I TOOK MY TOP OFF AND MY MUM LET ONE OF MY GUY FRIENDS COME UP TO MY ROOM TO SEE ME AND HE SAW ME ALRIGHT LOL
~Narcissa Malfoy: Do you have a good relationship with your family? Who are you closest to?~I GUESS I AM SUPER CLOSE TO MY MUM EVEN IF WE DON’T GET ALONG 100% OF THE TIME SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE FOR ME AND WE BEN THROUGH ALOT TOGETHER
~Voldemort: If you were to create a Horcrux(s), what would it be and why?~I THINK A REALLY BORING BAD BOOK,B/C YOU HAVE TO READ IT TO THE END TO GET TO MY HORCRUX YOU COULD NOT SKIP ONE WORD OR PAGE LOL
~Bellatrix Lestrange: Have you ever loved someone who could never love you back?
I DON’T THINK I BEEN IN LOVE FOR THAT LONG ENOUGH TO HAVE THAT HAPPEN~TO ME YET
~Ginny Weasley: Have you ever been in love with an unexpected person?~YES I HAVE
~Hedwig: If you went to Hogwarts, what kind of pet would you bring? (ex: cat, owl, rat, frog)~CAT
~Draco Malfoy: Is it better to be feared or to be loved?~I THINK IT IS BETTER TO ALWAYS BE LOVED
~Rubeus Hagrid: What is your favorite mystical creature?~I LOVE UNICORNS B/C THEY ARE SO PRUE
~Dolores Umbridge: Make a list of rules that your family (or whoever you choose) would have to follow if you made the rules.~
NO DRINKING MY SODA’S AT ANYTIME
I GET TO CHOSE WHAT WE WATCH ON THE TELLY
YOU HAVE TO DO ALL THE CLEANING IN THE HOUSE
WHEN I RING MY LITTLE BELL YOU COME RUNNING
AND THE WHOLE HOUSE WOULD BE WALL TO WALL HARRY POTTER STUFF
~Lucius Malfoy: What is your most prized possession?~MY DOG HERMIONE
~Molly Weasley: What is the proudest moment of your life?~THE DAY I STOOD UP FOR MYSELF AND WALKED ABOUT FROM A RELATIONSHIP I KNEW WAS BAD FOR ME
~Dobby: Who are you most loyal to?~MY FRIENDS
~Sirius Black: Have you ever been accused of doing something you didn’t do?~ONCE OR TWICE BUT NOTHING REALLY BIG OR BAD
~Argus Filch: What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?~I HAVE NEVER REALLY HAD A BAD JOB
~Dudley Dursley: How many presents do you usually receive on your birthday?~I DUNNO 5 OR SO
~Peter Pettigrew: Are you a leader or a follower?~DEPENDS ON SOMETHINGS I AM A LEADER AND OTHERS I CHOSE TO FOLLOW
~Cedric Diggory: Have you ever had a near death experience?~ONCE WHEN I WAS IN A BAD CAR CRASH
~Albus Dumbledore: What is the greatest obstacle you have ever overcome in your life?~THE DEATH OF MY FATHER
~Minerva McGonagall: What is your favorite spell?~ALOHOMORA
~Severus Snape: Are you a trustworthy person?~I THINK I AM YES
~Remus Lupin: If you transform into any one animal or creature, which one would it be?~A LITTLE CHIHUAHUA
~Uncle Vernon: What is your favorite day of the week?~THURSDAYS RIGHT NOW SO I CAN WATCH THE VAMPIRE DIARIES AND GLEE
~Mad Eye Moody: Who is the bravest person you know?~MY DAD WAS
~Arthur Weasley: What do you think is the best “muggle” invention?~THE INTERNET!
~Professor Sprout: What is your favourite class that is offered at Hogwarts?~CHARMS I LOVE SPELLS
~Nymphadora Tonks: If you could change one thing about your appearance what would it be?~MY NOSE
~Moaning Mertile: What is something that always makes you cry?~WHEN SNAPE DIES :(
~James Potter: Would you risk your life to save someone you truly love?~I WOULD LIKE TO THINK I WOULD YES
~Lily Potter: What color eyes do you have?~HAZEL/GREEN
~Professor Trelawney: Have you ever dreamt something was going to happen and then it happened?~ALL THE TIME!!
~Mr. Ollivander: What would your wand look like?~POTTERMORE SAID MY WAND IS A 12 1/4 Hazel Wood, with a Unicorn Core
~Lavender Brown: Who is the last person who texted and have you ever had a crush on them?~NINA WAS AND NO I HAVE NOT HAD A CRUSH ON HER LOL
~Cho Chang: If you were on the Quidditch team, what position would you play?~KEEPER
~Aunt Petunia: What is your favorite flower?~PINK HYACINTH