Actor Ralph Fiennes has revealed he initially planned to turn down playing Voldemort because he was not aware about the Harry Potter saga.
The 56-year-old actor said he was ”ignorant” about J K Rowling’s wizarding franchise when he was first offered the role of the Dark Lord in second movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005.
”The truth is I was actually ignorant about the films and the books. I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film that they wanted me to be in… the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically.
”Out of ignorance I just sort of thought, this isn’t for me… Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant. I think the clincher was that my sister Martha – who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10 and 8 – she said, ‘What do you mean? You’ve got to do it!’ So then I rewound my thinking,” Fiennes said during an appearance on the The Jonathan Ross Show.
Voldemort was the primary antagonist of the Harry Potter series and the mortal enemy of Harry Potter. He was the most powerful dark wizard the world had ever seen and his goal was to eventually rule over the wizarding community and the world.
Fiennes played the role for the last time in the final film of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which released in 2011.
(With PTI inputs)