George RR Martin’s “Game of Thrones” and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter book series have both been turned into fantasy franchises that feature the best British acting talent. Not surprisingly, there have been performers that have appeared in both the TV version of “Game of Thrones” and the film adaptations of the Harry Potter novels.
Upwards of a dozen actors have credits in at least one episode of “Game of Thrones” and one of the eight “Harry Potter” pictures. Below, we break down the roles played by the six performers who have had meaningful roles in both.
In “Game of Thrones,” he played Lord Walder Frey, a despicable old man who organizes the Red Wedding with Roose Bolton and Tywin Lannister, ending the King in the North’s challenge to the Throne. Walder Frey is known for having many wives and even more children and grandchildren and is disliked even by his allies, the Lannisters. He meets his end in the season six finale, his throat being slit by Arya Stark.
In the Harry Potter franchise, he played Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch, who is a Squib in the wizarding community (a person born from magic who has no magical abilities). Filch is a constant source of trouble for Harry and co, with his companion, Mrs Norris the cat, causing more than one problem for the students.
In the “Harry Potter” film franchise, the Oscar-winning actor played Professor Horace Slughorn, who Dumbledore recruits in “The Half Blood Prince” to fill the Potions Master position at Hogwarts. Dumbledore and Harry later use Slughorn to learn vital information about Voldemort and his use of horcruxes.
Fairley was praised for her intense, strong performance as Ned Stark’s wife, Catelyn Stark – mother to Robb, Sansa, Ayra, Bran and Rickkon. She is a major character up until her tragic death in season three, when a Frey slits her throat at the Red Wedding.
Her role in Harry Potter is far less pivotal, just only one scene with no dialogue. She plays Mrs Granger, the mother of Hermione – with her singular scene being the heartbreaking one where Hermione wipes hers and Mr Granger’s memories and sends them to Australia to ensure their safety.
Glover played Grand Maester Pycelle in “Game of Thrones,” a conniving member of the Small Council who betrays Tyrion and is loyal to the rest of the Lannisters, even though they don’t like him all that much. Indeed, Cersei has Qyburn organize Pycelle’s death in the season six finale.
Glover gave voice to a gigantic, talking tarantula in “The Chamber of Secrets.” Aragog the acromantula gives Harry and Ron vital information about the basilisk before telling his kids and grandkids to eat the two boys. Lovely.
Hinds played the King Beyond the Wall, Mance Rayder, in “Game of Thrones.” The former man of the Night’s Watch deserted the Watch, fled Castle Black and joined the wildlings. Over the years, he united the wildlings and formed the largest wildling army ever seen. He meets his end early in season five, after refusing to bend the knee to Stannis Baratheon. Stannis burns him at the stake but Jon Snow puts an arrow through his heart in an act of mercy.
He only appeared in the final “Harry Potter” film, as Aberforth Dumbledore, brother of Albus. The old wizard helps Harry and friends during the Battle of Hogwarts, using a patronus to cast away hundreds of dementors. Hinds also appeared alongside Daniel Radcliffe in ‘The Woman in Black’ in 2012.
She played Osha in “Game of Thrones,” first appearing in season two as part of a band of wildlings attempting to kidnap Bran Stark. Osha is then captured by Robb and forced to work in the kitchens. She later becomes a friend to the Starks, however, and is protective of Bran and Rickkon. She meets her end in season six, however, at the hands of Ramsay Bolton.
In Harry Potter, Tena played the witch Nymphadora Tonks, first appearing in film number five, “The Order of the Phoenix.” Known for changing her appearance frequently, Tonks falls in love with Remus Lupin (David Thewlis). Both perish in the battle of Hogwarts in the final film in the franchise, “Deathly Hallows: Part Two.”