Miriam Margolyes claimed she will remember most of all for playing Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter series.
Margolyes has starred in a variety of roles over her 60-year career, winning a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress in 1994 for her role in Martin Scorsese The age of innocence. However, she is aware that her most famous twist is a very small one.
“It’s actually a very humbling thing,” Margolyes told the BBC Imagine Host Alan Yentob, “to realize that the part I’m going to be best known and remembered for is really a scene.”
She continued, “I’m just a tiny part of a franchise.”
Margolyes appeared in the second film of the saga as a herbalism teacher. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, who teaches a passed out Neville Longbottom and the rest of the class how to deal with screeching mandrakes. She reprized her role in the franchise’s finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 but had no speaking role.
Margolyes has played a number of other highly memorable roles, including the nurse in Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet.
Since appearing in the Potter films, Margolyes has defended the series’ controversial author JK Rowling, claiming that anger at the author’s views on trans people was “misplaced”.
Margolyes added that she would like to mediate between Rowling and Harry Potter star Emma Watson, who has been a vocal advocate for transgender rights and appears to have subtly attacked the author’s views at the 2022 BAFTAs.
Elsewhere in Imagine In an interview, Margolyes admitted hitting her paralyzed mother while caring for her after she suffered a stroke.
Imagine… Miriam Margolyes: To win is now available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/miriam-margolyes-harry-potter-professor-sprout-b2066517.html Miriam Margolyes says it’s ‘humbling’ to know she will be ‘most remembered’ for the Harry Potter scene