1.) HARRY POTTER, and everyone in it, is terribly, terribly British.
2.) There are a bunch of child characters.
3.) There are a lot of freaks. Like a midget charm professor. And twin teen-age red-heads. And Ogres and giants (and half-giants) and freaky evil snake-men without noses.
4.) There aren't that many really glamorous characters. Hollywood was basically run off of star power, but HARRY POTTER isn't exactly an MGM rom-com musical, now is it?
However, I have managed against all the odd to compile a list of recastings. Some of these I'm quite proud of - picking goody-goody Freddie Bartholomew as Malfoy was genius. Others...? Well, let's just say I'm not too attached to the idea of Mickey and Judy as Ronny Howard's side-kick pals. So please, feel free to criticize and rearrange to your heart's content. I welcome your input!
HARRY POTTER - RONNY HOWARDRonnie Howard would work because he's got that very healthy honesty, a strong work ethic, courage, and humility to be "The Boy Who Lived." We also got to see him grow up on screen, so we can sort of imagine what he would be like as Harry ages from a little 11-year-old Muggle to a full-grown wizard.
RON WEASLEY - MICKEY ROONEYRooney would be a great side-kick for Harry because he's got Ron's goofiness and, I won't say stupidity... but he's not exactly as quick as the other two, is he? And it would be pretty easy to picture him as a red-head.
HERMIONE GRANGER- JUDY GARLANDJudy and Mickey just belong together. I think with a little stretch of the imagination, you can cast Judy as a sort of awkward brainy nerdy type. Who can sing...? Why not? She's definitely a bit of a goody-goody and I can totally see her sucking up to McGonagall and trying to type a double course load.
GINNY WEASLEY - VIRGINIA WEIDLER
Well, her name is already Ginny, and I think this precocious child star from THE WOMEN (1939) and THE PHILADELPHIA STORY (1940) would do well as the youngest Weasley and leader of Dumbledore's army.
DRACO MALFOY - FREDDIE BARTHOLOMEWLITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY), let's be honest - he's a little snot (CAPTAINS COURAGEOUS).
ALBUS DUMBLEDORE - REGINALD OWENOwen has the right mix of humor and wisdom to fit into this role. And he's British, so it works.
PROFESSOR MCGONAGALL - KATHARINE HEPBURN
SNAPE - CHRISTOPHER LEEDracula) totally works for the creepy potions master. Snape is described in the books as a having a large hooked nose and long greasy hair, kind of like, I don't know, Sauroman from LORD OF THE RINGS?
GILDEROY LOCKHART - LAURENCE OLIVIER
MADEYE MOODEY - JOHN WAYNE
REMUS LUPIN - GARY COOPERBALL OF FIRE and he's also a pretty cool dude. He also plays an honest dude and Lupin is really helpful and cautious.
SERIUS BLACK - HUMPHREY BOGART
MRS. WEASLEY - MARJORIE MAINMa Kettle, Main had plenty of children under her feet, and she was great at keeping them all in line with her sharp tongue and common sense. But she also had a big heart and was hospitable and friendly.
AUNT PETUNIA - MARGARET HAMILTONWicked Witch of the West, but she would be perfect as Harry's horsey Aunt Petunia - skinny with big teeth. Very mean.
UNCLE VERNON - W.C. FIELDSW.C. Fields is the best of the rotund bumbling idiots, but he's not exactly mean. Of course, he's not nice either.
LILY POTTER - JULIE ANDREWSJulie Andrews was like being hit over the head with a Valentine's Day card. Who better to play Harry's devoted mother who sacrificed herself to save her son?
JAMES POTTER - CARY GRANTGrant as one of the mischievous creators of the Marauder's Map who as always getting up Snape's overlarge nose when they were students, or as Harry Potter's dad who gave up his life to protect his son.
CHO CHANG - ELIZABETH TAYLOR
MADAME POMFREY - UNA O'CONNORErrol Flynn movies - ROBIN HOOD and DON JUAN. She's usually the nurse or lady in waiting for the lead female character, so I thought she would work well as the fussy nurse in the Hogwarts infirmary.
RITA SKEETER - ROSALIND RUSSELL
Hildy Johnson, HIS GIRL FRIDAY. 'Nuff said.
VOLDEMORT - BORIS KARLOFF
There are obviously a whole lot of people I've left out, so I'll need some help completing this list. Please comment below on any changes/additions you'd like to make, and I'll amend my list. I beg all Potter fans forgiveness for the sloppiness of this recasting. I did try my best. Please don't eat me!