Harry Potter: Here's Why Ralph Fiennes Almost Passed on Voldemort Role

First appearing in the climax of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Ralph Fiennes made an instant impression on fans with his take on the dark wizard Voldemort. However, Fiennes has recently revealed that he almost passed on playing the iconic villain.

During an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show, Fiennes said, "The truth is I was actually ignorant about the film and the books... I was approached by the production. Mike Newell was directing the film they wanted me to be in... the first time Voldemort was going to appear physically."

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"Out of ignorance, I just sort of thought this isn't for me," he continued. "Quite stupidly I resisted, I was hesitant. I think the clincher was that my sister Martha, who has three children who were then probably about 12, 10 and 8, she said 'What do you mean? You've got to do it!' So then I rewound my thinking."

Following his debut, Fiennes played the role for the remainder of the series, with the defeat of his character serving as the climax of the story. Fiennes isn't the only person who went on to play a key role in the franchise that almost didn't . Director Alfonso Cuarón famously almost turned down directing Prisoner of Azkaban until his friend Guillermo Del Toro convinced him otherwise.

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(via Digital Spy)

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