- October 25, 2002 – Richard Harris, the actor who played Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films, dies of Hodgkin’s disease. His role as Dumbledore is replaced a few months later by Michael Gambon.
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CORRECTION: The role of Dumbledore was not recast with Michael Gambon. Dumbledore was only in the first 2 movies. In the later films, Michael Gambon played the roll of Angry Michael Gambon In A Wig.