The franchise catapulted Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint to stardom and over the years, they’ve opened up about their time on set.
But thanks to social media, we also get to hear what it was like for the films’ extras – and one former child star has gone viral with her anecdotes.
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Just a day before Gambon’s passing, Samantha Clinch took to TikTok and coincidentally opened up about the time she filmed a cut scene with the late actor.
The former child star was originally cast as an extra but was eventually given the role of Hogwarts student Elouise Midgen.
Clinch claimed that when filming the franchise’s fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Gambon ‘spat in her face’.
Obviously, the incident was accidental and happened to take place because Gambon was standing close to her while delivering an intense line.
“Goblet of Fire there’s a moment where Dumbledore needs to announce that the dementors are coming and obviously this is absolutely terrifying, terrifying news for everyone involved,” Clinch recalled.
“But… Dumbledore being Dumbledore, there’s a lot, a lot at stake for him… Anyway, he comes over to the table that I’m at and puts his hand on my shoulder, looks at me directly in the face and said, ‘The dementors are coming!'”
Clinch explained that at this moment, the unfortunate incident happened – but she added that she now looks back at it fondly.
@samanthaclinch Replying to @Whistling Walrus Geeat question, and good times from #gobletoffire 💦 Here’s the full uncut story. Need to start a campaign to get hold of these clips. Justice for #harrypotterextras #featuredextra #fyp #harrypotterbts #harrypottertiktok ##dumbledoor #eloisemidgen ♬ Harry Potter 157 Funk (REMIX) – NEGOLEO
She added: “Quite literally frothing at the mouth… there was spit everywhere. I might have got it in my eye. Dumbledore spat in my eyes.”
The former child star then joked that Dumbledore may have had ‘one too many butterbeers’, commenting: “Good times. A career highlight, I’d say.”
Just a day after Clinch opened up about her cut scene with Gambon, it was announced that the iconic actor had died aged 82.
A statement on behalf of his wife Anne Miller and son Fergus Gambon read: “We are devastated to announce the loss of Sir Michael Gambon.
“Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia.
“We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love.”