Michael Gambon, the Actor Who Plays Dumbledore, Sees ‘No Point’ in Reading Rowling’s Books

From the LA Times:

Michael Gambon has played Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore for five years but he hasn’t been setting a good example for his students when it comes to finishing their homework: The beloved old wizard hasn’t cracked a single one of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels.

The choice not to read Rowling’s book series, he explains, is deliberate and he points out that costars Ralph Fiennes and Alan Rickman haven’t taken up the books either.

“You’d get upset about all the scenes it’s missing from the book, wouldn‘t you?” Gambon said via phone from New York, where he was promoting the opening this Wednesday of the sixth “Potter” film. “No point in reading the books because you’re playing with [screenwriter] Steve Kloves’ words.”

This might explain why his portrayal of Dumbledore has been abysmal. Dumbledore in the books had a quiet air of authority derived from respect of his peers and students. Gambon plays the part like a shrieking speed freak. RIP Richard Harris.