8 Epic Harry Potter Moments That Could've Been at Comic Con


This convention beholds exciting and one of a kind question and answer panels with celebrity casts, new trailer unveilings, and epic teasers to upcoming television shows and film series. Millions of fans gather from around the world for one of the most epic celebrations of geek and fandom: Comic Con International in San Diego.

In the past decade of Comic Con, there was a surprising massive void: the Harry Potter franchise. Perhaps it was Warner Bros attempt to keep the series as least blockbustery as possible but during the ten years where the series catapulted into a worldwide phenomenon, the films (nor books) made a dent at one of the biggest fan events of the year. (Fans hosted their own panel in 2010 and actor Tom Felton helped promote Deathly Hallows.) PotterTalk wondered what epic moments would've been taken place if Comic Con had a bit more magical....

First Cast Q&A Panel. On August 20th 2000, the world erupted with the official cast announcement for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Gathered together in a sweet brief interview, little wee ones Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint emerged as the chosen ones to play Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. With Sorcerer's Stone due to release that following November, Comic Con would've been served greatly with a dose of adorableness for the first cast Q&A.

Scared Potter? We wish we could have seen a platinum blond Draco Malfoy duel against snake-hearing Harry Potter in "a war of words". Fans are surprised with a panel between the Slytherins led by Tom Felton and the Gryffindors led by Daniel Radcliffe. Maybe Kenneth Brannagh and/or Alan Rickman served as question and answer mediator. Yes, we wish.

Dumbledore Recast. Unlike other moments on this list, this announcement at Comic Con would've been in connection to a truly terrible loss. Following the passing of Richard Harris who portrayed Dumbledore in Sorcerer's Stone and Chamber of Secrets, someone had to fill his shoes. First appearing in Prisoner of Azkaban the boisterous and grumpier version of Dumbledore came alive with veteran British actor Michael Gambon.

First Look at Voldemort. Four epic books followed with their adaptations, and the boy who lived is finally coming face to face with the Dark Lord in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. With Ralph Fiennes cast as He Who Shall Not Be Named a special treat would await fans with first look at Voldemort. And perhaps a sneak peak of the Gryffindor student battling against the legendary Slytherin.

Helena Bonham Carter joins cast. The cast for the fifth movie was already pretty strong. Some favorites were returning like David Thewlis as Remus Lupin. The deplorable character Dolores Umbridge was cast with the talented Imelda Staunton. And quite possibly one of the most exciting news in 2006 is made: Helena Bonham Carter is announced to replace Helen McCory as Bellatrix Lestrange. The Deatheater who is responsible for Neville's parents slip into insanity is finally revealed!

Farewell to a Headmaster. Devastation strikes with the inevitable loss of Dumbledore. In  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince we come to that all-too depressing death of one of the series greatest and most favorite characters. Perhaps a retrospective panel where we raise our wands in respect and silence to one of Hogwart's most notable headmasters is in order.

Second Installment to Deathly Hallows. Almost 800 pages long. The Tales of Beedle the Bard. The Battle of Hogwarts. The epic and magical epilogue. How would the final Harry Potter book be adapted to the big screen in just one film? It couldn't be. So a big announcement is made that there will be a second installment to the Deathly Hallows. *cue applause*

Cast gathers for final panel. Cast members, directors, and characters have come and gone for the past ten years. In a teary farewell the cast (not sans Daniel Radcliffe) - which some British actors joke collects every talented entertainer today - come together for one last farewell. Our favorites talk about their favorite moments, behind the scenes experiences, and a few teasers for the final Harry Potter film is joyously yet solemnly shared.

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