Grieving Harry Potter fans. British actor Leslie Philipps, best known for having been the voice of the Sorting Hat in the famous saga, died on Monday, November 7 at the age of 98, following a long illness, his wife Zara announced on Tuesday. at the Sun.
“I lost a wonderful husband and the public lost a truly great showman. He was quite simply a national treasure. People adored him. He was the center of attention wherever he went,” he said. she declared in the columns of the British tabloid. A tragic announcement was also confirmed by the actor’s agent with the BBC, who said he died peacefully in his sleep.
“Such an inimitable spirit and style”
Besides her role in Harry Potter, Leslie Philipps had also appeared in more than 200 films in her career, which began more than 80 years ago. In the United Kingdom, he was particularly known for having shot in four films of the Carry On franchise, a series of humorous films particularly popular with the British, between 1959 and 1992. In Harry Potter, he had embodied in three episodes of the saga the famous Sorting Hat, a magic hat whose role is to determine which house the young wizards will go to. The blockbuster movies Twitter account was quick to pay tribute to Leslie Philipps, “who had dubbed the Sorting Hat with such inimitable spirit and style.”
We are incredibly sad to hear of the passing of the wonderful Leslie Phillips who voiced the Sorting Hat with such inimitable wit and style in the Harry Potter films. pic.twitter.com/gcqsIT2T3j
— Harry Potter Film (@HarryPotterFilm) November 8, 2022
A few weeks ago, Harry Potter fans had already had to deal with tragic news. On October 14, actor Robbie Coltrane died at the age of 72. For almost 10 years, he had interpreted the role of Hagrid, the endearing half-giant who accompanies Harry Potter throughout his schooling. A few days later, the TMZ site revealed that the British comedian had died following a general failure of several organs. Robbie Coltrane suffered from sepsis, a respiratory tract infection and heart problems, among others. In addition, he had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which occurred due to his obesity. As a result, he only moved around in a wheelchair due to severe arthritis.
Leslie Phillips © Caroline Bonarde Ucci