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Sir Michael Gambon is dead. The British actor died at the age of 82. He gained international fame through the role of Albus Dumbledore in the »Harry Potter« franchise, as a powerful wizard and caring headmaster. This photo shows him at a premiere in 2011.

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Gambon as Dumbledore alongside the main character of the films, Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe. Parts of the cast commemorate Gambon publicly, including Radcliffe.


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In a statement, Radcliffe said Gambon was one of the most brilliant and lighthearted actors he had worked with, according to the BBC. "Despite his great talent, what I remember most is how much he enjoyed his job," Radcliffe said.

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Together with Emma Watson (center as Hermione Granger) and Rubert Grint (right as Ron Weasley), Radcliffe formed a trio in the fight against dark magic in the seven films. Watson and Grint also spoke publicly about Gambon's death.

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Watson wrote on her Instagram story, "You never took it too seriously, but somehow managed to fill the most serious moments with all the gravitas."

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For Grint, Gambon was a "personal role model". Gambon "brought so much warmth and mischief to every day of shooting," Grint wrote on Instagram.

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As Fred Weasley, James Phelphs (left) and twin brother Oliver (played George Weasley) played a cheeky and joking pair of twins – with a wink, tolerated by headmaster Dumbledore.

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James Phelps described Gambon as a legend in front of and off the camera at X. In a small memory, Phelps drew the picture of an actor who cared for his young colleagues and gave them tips.

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As Death Eater Lucius Malfoy (left), Jason Isaacs played an opponent of Dumbledor, here with role son and Harry Potter permanent enemy Draco Malfoy.

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As a fellow actor, Isaacs has nothing but respect for Gambon. In the British series "The Singing Detective," he learned from Gambon "what acting can be – complex, vulnerable, and absolutely human," Isaacs wrote at X. The biggest thrill about the Potter films was that he knew my name and shared his outrageous, dirty sense of humour with me."

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As the unsympathetic Aunt Petunia (right), Fiona Shaw managed to turn an entire generation of "Harry Potter" fans against her role. Petunia lobbied against Harry being allowed to go to Hogwarts under Headmaster Dumbledore.

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Shaw told the BBC that Gambon had "varied his career in remarkable ways". Gambon "never judged what he did, he just played." He was a "con artist," one with text. There was no one like him. He could do anything."

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With her books, JK Rowling, who has been criticized for years for her remarks about trans people, created the "Harry Potter" universe – and also the character through which Gambon gained international fame. At X, she paid tribute to a "wonderful man" and an "outstanding actor".

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