7. Julian Glover
Don’t be surprised if you have watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets multiple times and still haven’t caught a glimpse of Glover in it, regardless of him being in it. The reason is that he only voiced the character of Aragog, a giant spider in a restricted forest.
When it comes to his role in Game of Thrones however, the same cannot be said. He appears sporadically during the first 6 seasons as Pycelle or the Grand Maester. His character is known for serving under a number of kings and his allegiance to different Houses. It’s quite interesting to see his character grow during the course of the show.
6. Natalia Tena
Finally! Someone who has had the chance to play a prominent role in both the franchises. Speaking about Harry Potter first, she portrayed the character of Nymphadora Tonks, who loses her cool when referred to as Nymphadora. She appeared in the final 4 Harry Potter films.
She appeared frequently during the first three seasons of Game of Thrones as Osha, who was tasked to protect Rickon Stark. After missing seasons 4 and 5, she returned in the 6th one where she finally met her demise at the hands of Ramsay Bolton. Osha was a wildling spearwife and her allegiance lied with House Stark.
5. Ralph Ineson
If you are looking for a wizard that is equally as ruthless as intimidating, look no further as Ralph Ineson’s portrayal of Amycus Carrow in multiple Harry Potter films is exactly that. Carrow was a death eater, in case the above description didn’t make it clear already.
In Game of Thrones, he appeared as Dagmer Cleftjaw, an ironborn raider and reaver, in the second season. Before meeting his demise at the hands of Ramsay Bolton, Cleftjaw had betrayed Theon Greyjoy after planning an attack on Winterfell with him.
4. David Bradley
Throughout the Harry Potter film series, the caretaker of Hogwarts Argus Filch (portrayed by Bradley himself) can be seen roaming around the school in search of rule-breakers. The creepy side of his character involves him thinking of medieval approaches to punish the students.
His creepy (and violent) side is turned up by several notches in Game of Thrones where he portrayed the ruthless head of House Frey, Walder Frey. Despite appearing in a limited number of episodes, his cruel portrayal got him nominated for Best TV Villain at the 2013 IGN Awards. He can also be held responsible for the “Red Wedding”.
3. Ciaran Hinds
Before he played Steppenwolf in the live-action adaptation of Justice League, Hinds appeared in both Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and Game of Thrones. In Harry Potter, he replaced Jim McManus to take over the role of Aberforth Dumbledore, brother of Albus Dumbledore.
In Game of Thrones, Hinds portrayed Mance Rayder and was one of Night’s Watch’s biggest opponents, in addition to helming the title of King-Beyond-the-Wall. He also used to serve Night’s Watch before becoming their nemesis. The alliance also led to Jon Snow showing mercy on him before he was about to be burnt alive. Snow instead ended his miseries quickly with an arrow shot.
2. Jim Broadbent
It’s not common for a Hogwarts Professor to come out of retirement and teach potions to the aspiring witches and wizards. However, Professor Horrace Slughorn (portrayed by Broadbent ) did that. Slughorn appeared in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as well as the final installment of the series (Deathly Hallows – Part 2).
In Game of Thrones, the English actor played Ebrose, the open-minded archmaester of the Citadel. He writes the history of Westeros in a book titled… take a guess real quick… yes, that’s right, “A Song of Ice and Fire”. The book is completed after the Battle of King’s Landing. Thus, it can be said that despite of appearing in a handful amount of episodes, Broadbent’s character was a memorable one.
1. Ian Whyte
What better choice to end the list on a high note than to have the 7-foot-1 Ian Whyte top it? If you don’t recall seeing him in Harry Potter, it’s because he only appeared as a body double for Madame Olympe Maxime, due to which his face isn’t shown and he isn’t credited either. The film in question is the Goblet of Fire.
In Game of Thrones however, his Giant physique helps him in more than one ways… literally. He plays not one, not two but six different characters across the series. He portrayed:
- A White Walker
- Dongo the Doomed
- Wun Wun
- (5 and 6) Three Different Giant Whites
Honorable Mention: Edward Tudor-Pole
He appeared as Mr. Borgin in the Chamber of Secrets in a deleted scene. In Game of Thrones, he popped up as a blustering preacher in one of season 2’s episodes. However, his contributions to both the franchises, despite being minimal, should be highlighted.
So, how did you like our list of actors who appeared in both Game of Thrones and Harry Potter? Have you spotted any other actors that have appeared in both Harry Potter and Game of Thrones series? Sound off in the comments section.