Miriam Margolyes (Professor Sprout) thinks adult Harry Potter fans "should be over that by now”

Professor Sprout has put her days in the Harry Potter movies behind her, and she feels that adult fans should too.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Premiere - London
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It's been 14 years since the Harry Potter movies came to an end, but them and the books they are based on have had a huge impact on the entire world. Many of us grew up with the franchise, and it continues to be a big part of many of our lives through vacations to Scotland, themed parties, watch parties and gender reveals, just to name a few things.

It's safe to say that Harry Potter has had a monumental impact globally, and whether you are a child or an adult, it is a magical world that pulls you in, and has continued to since its inception.

Interestingly enough, Miriam Margolyes, who played Professor Sprout in the movies, had something to say about the adult Harry Potter fans out there. While talking to New Zealand network 1News, Margolyes made a comment about how adult fans "should be over that by now." I don't know about the rest of you, but I have always been and will always continue to be a major Potterhead. Respectfully, there is no being over that, Ms. Margolyes.

“I worry about Harry Potter fans because they should be over that by now,” Margolyes said. “It was 25 years ago, and it’s for children.”

She clarified, “I think it’s for children. “They get stuck in it. I do Cameos, and people say, ‘We’re having a Harry Potter-themed wedding, and I think, ‘Gosh, what’s their first night of fun going to be?’ I can’t even think about it. No.”

Margolyes' statement comes at an interesting time, considering Max is doubly down on the franchise with a Harry Potter TV series. As we've learned, the new hosw will be based on J.K. Rowling's books, with each season covering one book. They could do 20-episode seasons (please do) and adapt parts of the books that didn't get featured in the movies. I am most looking forward to that, and I hope that the flagship series will inspire other spin-off shows. (Ahem, about the four founders of Hogwarts or the Deathly Hallows!)

Peter Mullan
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Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings veteran Peter Mullan dismisses series

As long as we're talking about actors who openly question the value of the franchises in which they appear, let's bring up Scottish actor Peter Mullan, who played a Death Eater named Corban Yaxley in the final two films. “I did it so my kids could be on set. I didn’t give a shit about Harry Potter,” Mullan told Deadline. Apparently he wasn't quite sure how to hold his wand and was surprised there wasn't more instruction. “They just give you the wand. This piece of s**t. I was holding it as if I was in the gang and holding a knife.”

Mullan also appears in Amazon's series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power as Durin III, the ruler of the Dwarf stronghold of Khazad-dûm. “Those shows have all the money in the world, and then it comes down to: ‘Daddy, love me.’ ‘I will try, son.’ It all comes down to very simple things that people take ridiculously seriously," he said. “It’s not Chekhov or Shakespeare. They are a weird bunch, the Ring mob."

As of now, there is no premiere date for the Harry Potter series on Max, as it's still early days. The Rings of Power should return for a second season on Amazon Prime Video sometime this year, with Mullan in tow.

dark. Next. Doctor Who fans in the UK are not happy with the release plan for season 14. Showrunner Russell T Davies is apparently weighing in on this change through liking a series of social media posts expressing frustration about this plan.

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h/t The Hollywood Reporter