The Harry Potter cast lost another member this week as it was revealed beloved British actor Paul Ritter has died after a secret battle with a brain tumour.
Ritter was just 54 at the time of this death, and his passing has plunged the entertainment world into mourning.
He played wizard Eldred Worple in 2009 installment Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and his death marks another loss of a much-loved star of the film franchise.
Some of the biggest and best known stars of the wizard films are no longer with us so we now look back and remember the actors who enchanted us with their movie magic.
News of Paul Ritter’s death was confirmed on Tuesday and comes 12 years after he joined the ranks of Potter alumni.
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, he played Eldred Worple – a wizard writer who offered to pen Harry’s biography for him.
Ritter died at his home surrounded by loved ones after battling a brain tumour and his agent confirmed the sad news in a statement, which read: “It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night.
“He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side. He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumour.”
The actor’s agent added: “Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill. He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly.”
Legendary actor Richard Harris was cast in the role as Hogwarts’ beloved headteacher Albus Dumbledore.
However, his tenure in charge of the young wizards only lasted for the first two films as Harris was diagnosed with Hodgkins’ disease in August 2002.
He died just two months later aged 72. Harris was replaced in the movies by Michael Gambon, who played Dumbledore in the next six films.
Ironically Harris’ son Jared Harris starred in acclaimed drama series Chernobyl alongside the late Paul Rittter.
Another of Britain’s finest actors, John Hurt, turned up in the Harry Potter franchise playing wand-master Mr Ollivander who sold his wares to young wizards from his store in Diagon Alley.
He made his Harry Potter debut in the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, and returned for movie number three, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, although his scenes were cut from the final edit.
Hurt was seen again onscreen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2.
Just four years after his final appearance as Mr Ollivander, Hurt confirmed he’d been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and he died at home in January 2017, three days after his 77th birthday.
Die Hard legend and acclaimed actor Alan Rickman was cast as the seemingly villainous teacher Severus Snape for the first film and he appeared in every film until the end of the franchise in 2011.
Despite bumping off Dumbledore, Snape was later revealed as a hero and was carrying out the tragic headmaster’s orders and had been working to protect Harry all along.
However, Rickman was struck by tragedy just four years after he finished filming on the Potter franchise when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015.
He died the following year aged 69 just weeks before he was due to celebrate turning 70.
Beloved Bottom star Rik Mayall landed a huge Hollywood role when he was cast as cheeky poltergeist Peeves in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Despite seeming the perfect fit for the part, Mayall’s scenes ended up on the cutting room floor and he reportedly had no idea he’d been dropped until the film’s premiere.
The comedian died in 2014 aged 56 after suffering a heart attack while out jogging, and since his death fans have urged Harry Potter film bosses to finally release the unaired scenes featuring Mayall as Peeves.
Roger Lloyd Pack
Best known for playing the hapless Trigger in Only Fools and Horses, Roger Lloyd Pack joined the Potter franchise in a more serious role as Ministry of Magic official Barty Crouch Sr.
He made his debut in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in a character far removed from his onscreen comedy persona.
Barty Crouch Sr. was a ministry official who sent his own son to Azkaban for associating with Death Eaters, and was later placed under the control of Lord Voldemort using the Imperius Curse.
He is killed by his son following his escape from prison.
In real life, Lloyd Pack died of pancreatic cancer aged 69 in 2014 less than 10 years after his appearance in the Potter franchise.
Award-winning acting veteran Richard Griffiths was brought in to play Harry Potter’s uncaring uncle Vernon Dursley and he appeared in five of the blockbuster movies.
The majority of Griffiths scenes were played with Daniel Radcliffe as Harry, and the pair reunited outside of Potter for a run on stage in the play Equus which they performed together on Broadway and in London’s West End.
His last appearance in the movies was in 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and just two years later, Griffiths died after suffering complications from heart surgery.
Following his death in 2013, Radcliffe paid tribute to his onscreen uncle, saying: “Richard was by my side during two of the most important moments of my career.
“In August 2000, before official production had even begun on Potter, we filmed a shot outside the Dursley’s, which was my first ever shot as Harry.
“I was nervous and he made me feel at ease. Seven years later, we embarked on Equus together.
“It was my first time doing a play but, terrified as I was, his encouragement, tutelage and humour made it a joy. In fact, any room he walked into was made twice as funny and twice as clever just by his presence. I am proud to say I knew him.”
He was known to millions as Mini-Me in the Austin Powers film series, but Verne Troyer found a whole new audience of younger fans with his role as goblin Griphook in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Griphook was one of the grouchy goblins employed at Gringotts Bank and was seen taking Harry and Hagrid down to the vault.
Troyer’s life offscreen was marred by tragedy as he spent many years battling alcoholism. He died aged 49 in April 2018 and a coroner later ruled the star had taken his own life.