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Miriam Margolyes Says She Worries About Harry Potter Fans Because “They Should Be Over That by Now”

Harry Potter actress Miriam Margolyes has some thoughts about the people who are still superfans of the famous film franchise.

During an interview with New Zealand’s 1News network, Margolyes was asked how Harry Potter and Blackadder fans approach her differently when they see her in public. She explained that fans of the British sitcom that starred Rowan Atkinson usually ask her to say, “Wicked child.” But instead of answering the question about Harry Potter, she decided to share how she feels about the fandom.

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“I worry about Harry Potter fans because they should be over that by now,” Margolyes said. “It was 25 years ago, and it’s for children,” clarifying, “I think it’s for children.

The actress portrayed Professor Pomona Sprout in the film franchise. Her character taught herbology and was the head of the Hufflepuff House. While speaking with the host, Margolyes seemed confused about the fact that those who grew up with the books and movies are still so engrossed in the Wizarding World, despite being adults at this point.

“They get stuck in it,” she explained. “I do Cameos, and people say, ‘We’re having a Harry Potter-themed wedding, and I think, ‘Gosh, what’s their first night of fun going to be?’ I can’t even think about it. No.”

She did note, “Harry Potter is wonderful. I’m very grateful to it,” but doubled down on her original thought, which is that “it’s over.”

It could be argued that Harry Potter is, in fact, not over, considering Max is currently developing a seven-season series based on the books by controversial author J.K. Rowling, who has received criticism for her anti-trans comments over the years.

Margolyes previously made headlines in September 2023 for accusing her Little Shop of Horrors co-star Steve Martin of “horrid” behavior on set. In the film, there’s a scene in which Martin’s Orin Scrivello hits Margolyes’ dental nurse. In her memoir, she claimed he actually hit her repeatedly while they shot the scene.

Martin denied her accusations in a statement at the time and noted that he was surprised that she even wrote that because there was never any physical contact between them.

“My memory is that we had a good communication as professional actors,” the statement read. “But when it is implied that I harmed her or was in some way careless about doing the stunts, I have to object. I remember taking EXTREME caution regarding the fake punch — the same caution I would use with any similar scene.”

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