Top Ten Best Acting Performances from Harry Potter Movies

Something wonderful about the Harry Potter film adaptations is the consistent and surprisingly conflict-less cast. For an entire decade and a half, the series has kept a solid cast (save the unfortunate death of Richard Harris.). I decided to look back at some of the best acting performances in the Harry Potter films.

The Top Ten

1 Alan Rickman - Severus Snape Alan Rickman - Severus Snape Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (February 21st 1946 - Janurary 14th 2016) was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, most notably Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2016

Alan Rickman has always been of one of my favorite actors in the film industry.
By only rarely letting us in on what he feels, Rickman involves the audience in this mystery, prompting them to do just as much speculation as the main characters do. And even though the series on the page has ended, Rickman is certain to maintain that doubt to the very end. - TechnoTarantino

I love Harry potter Movies ( I've watched each part many times...from the time I was 4 or this day..over and over again )

...And I'd say - If Alan Rickman wasn't there...then the series would have really lost its charm to a great extent.
RIP..:( - Ananya

He really has the ability to demonstrate all of Severus Snape. Love the guy. R.I.P Alan Rickman

R.I.P Alan Rickman

2 Emma Watson - Hermione Granger Emma Watson - Hermione Granger Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is a British actress, model, and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School as a child and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.

She is just amazing!

In beauty and the beast, ema wasn't so amazing, but in Harry Potter, she was undescritible

3 Gary Oldman - Sirius Black Gary Oldman - Sirius Black Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, musician, and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style, Oldman is one of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film, and television. He has received a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award: more.

I think it's the fact that he was completely unrecognizable?
* applause* - Ananya

Come on it's Gary Oldman. He's always a fantastic actor that does well in most of the movies he appears in.

Gary Oldman as Sirius Black might just be the smartest piece of casting in all of Harry Potter cinema. Who better really to play both hero and villain in the same series? - TechnoTarantino

How can you have a complaint with Gary?

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4 Ralph Fiennes - Voldemort Ralph Fiennes - Voldemort Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (born 22 December 1962) is an English actor, director and producer. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. more.

'I can touch you noww...'

5 Richard Harris - Albus Dumbledore Richard Harris - Albus Dumbledore Richard Harris was a British television writer, most active from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s. He writes primarily for the crime and detective genres, having contributed episodes of series like The Avengers, The Saint, The Sweeney, Armchair Mystery Theatre, and Target.
6 Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter Daniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English actor who rose to prominence as the title character in the Harry Potter film series.

He made me think Hogwarts was real!
Radcliffe expressed his character so thoroughly and well, and his acting is still progressing to this day! I love how he just gets better and better! Awfully great!

Daniel was dixpraxic and so I'm I so he is the best actor in Harry Potter and Emma and Rupert as well xx

His performance has been more then perfect, but he as also grown considerably from where he started. Honestly, out of all the young stars, I look forward most to what Radcliffe will do next, as I do believe he has star power in the making. - TechnoTarantino

Best actor EVER

7 Helena Bonham Carter - Bellatrix Lestrange

Acting so good that I hated her, Haha! - Ananya

Helena Bonham Carter was a great at her part in playing Bellatrix she really brought the character that was in the book to a whole different level.

8 Maggie Smith - Minerva McGonagall Maggie Smith - Minerva McGonagall Dame Margaret Natalie "Maggie" Smith is an English actress. She has had an extensive, varied career on stage, film, and television, spanning over 66 years. Smith has appeared in over 50 films, and is one of Britain's most recognizable actresses.
9 Robbie Coltrane - Rubeus Hagrid Robbie Coltrane - Rubeus Hagrid

Rubeus Hagrid is a vital character in the Harry Potter series. Serving to explain the essentials of the wizard universe to both Harry and the audience, Hagrid is that nonchalant guide who knows everyone. As Harry, Hermione and Ron regularly visit Hagrid throughout the series, he becomes their first straightforward, honest role model. - TechnoTarantino

10 Imelda Staunton - Dolores Umbridge

The Contenders

11 Rupert Grint - Ron Weasley Rupert Grint - Ron Weasley Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint is an English actor who rose to prominence playing Ron Weasley, one of the three main characters in the Harry Potter film series.
12 Michael Gambon - Albus Dumbledore

Does the best spells by miles

13 Evanna Lynch - Luna Lovegood Evanna Lynch - Luna Lovegood Evanna Patricia Lynch is an Irish actress and model. She rose to prominence for her portrayal of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in four films and their tie-in video games.

Evanna was brilliant! She fit perfectly with the character! The dreamlike quality, oddities, etc.

14 Kenneth Branagh - Gilderoy Lockhart

I already voted Gary by the time I scrolled down here but HECK HE IS THE BEST

Best thing about Chamber of Secrets in my opinion. He is hilarious!

15 Tom Felton - Draco Malfoy
16 David Thewlis - Remus Lupin

Why does everyone forget his performance? :O

17 Emma Thompson - Sybill Trelawney
18 Bonnie Wright - Ginny Weasley
19 Bill Nighy - Rufus Scrimgeour
20 Matthew Lewis - Neville Longbotton Matthew Lewis - Neville Longbotton Matthew David Lewis is an English film, television and stage actor, best known for playing Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films, Jamie Bradley in The Syndicate and Corporal Gordon "Towerblock" House in the BBC Three comedy drama Bluestone 42.
21 Richard Griffiths - Vernon Dursley
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1. Alan Rickman - Severus Snape
2. Robbie Coltrane - Rubeus Hagrid
3. Daniel Radcliffe - Harry Potter
1. Alan Rickman - Severus Snape
2. Emma Watson - Hermione Granger
3. Richard Harris - Albus Dumbledore
1. Ralph Fiennes - Voldemort
2. Alan Rickman - Severus Snape
3. Gary Oldman - Sirius Black

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