you think of other great film wizards, one of the first that probably comes to mind is that of Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings series. Gandalf was played by Sir Ian McKellen, who was actually offered Dumbledore’s role after Harris died. Yet he turned it down for two reasons. Firstly, he felt it was too similar to his other famous fantasy outing (and actors generally hate being typecast). Secondly, he refused to step into a role previously played by Harris because he’d called McKellen a “dreadful actor” not long before his death. Ouch!