One Harry Potter Scene Gary Oldman Is Still Not Over After All These Years
The renowned actor holds a special affection for a memorable Harry Potter scene.
J. K. Rowling's popular book series about a teenage wizard has won over the hearts of millions, and the wildly popular film adaptations have only further solidified its allure, attracting even more audiences among both kids and adults.
As a result, numerous famous actors joined the franchise, including the iconic Oscar-winning British actor Gary Oldman.
His portrayal of Sirius Black was so convincing that it seemed like Rowling had written the character for him.
Oldman has become an ardent Harry Potter fan despite appearing in only three instalments of the franchise. During the HBO Max special Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts, he revealed his favourite moment in the movies was a scene featuring Daniel Radcliffe and David Thewlis. Interestingly, it's a scene Gary Oldman does not appear in himself.
Oldman expressed his admiration for a scene in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, where Professor Remus Lupin teaches his students to combat a boggart. These vicious creatures transform into whatever their victim fears most, posing a significant psychological threat.
However, Lupin demonstrates that boggarts can be defeated through laughter—a concept that resonated deeply with Oldman.
The actor explained that the idea of conquering one's darkest thoughts and fears through lightheartedness struck a chord with him.
While this notion may help young viewers face their fears, some fans expressed concern about the way Lupin taught his lessons. They argued that staging such an experiment without psychological support could have had serious consequences for the participants.
Fortunately, everything went off without a hitch, and Oldman can keep expressing his affection for the scene in public and laugh at any threat of cancellation or public shaming.