The Harry Potter films (and Fantastic Beasts) were privileged to have such incredible performers take on the characters that author J.K. Rowling created. If you were to ask me, there isn’t a single miscast actor or actress in any of the films within her Wizarding World, and that includes Ralph Fiennes’ phenomenal portrayal as the Dark Lord Voldemort.
The Academy Award-nominated actor (Schindler’s List) recently accepted the Evening Standard Theatre award for Best Actor for his work in The Master Builder and Richard III. Obviously, many recognize Fiennes for his villainous roles, but it seems that he’s unwilling to portray these dark characters for a while:
You have to go to weird places in your head and — well you can never say never — but after an SS commandant, a serial killer in Red Dragon and Voldemort [in Harry Potter], I decided I didn’t want to be that definition of evil any more. If you play those parts, I feel you have to put your head in the place of that person. And it f**ks with your head.
…that is except for a certain dark wizard:
[If] Voldemort came round again, I would feel possessive… protective. I would like to not let that go.
If a future Wizarding World film, be it Fantastic Beasts or even a big screen adaptation of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child would be an opportunity to bring back the Dark Lord, expect Mr. Fiennes to reprise his iconic role. I’d be interested to see him return if the stories call him to do so, but I am content with Fiennes pursuing roles like his performances in The Grand Budapest Hotel and Hail, Caesar! just to name a few.
Meanwhile, you can venture back into Rowling’s Wizarding World with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, in theaters now. Also, Fiennes lent his voice talents as Alfred in the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie, which opens this February.