Missing a hellraiser:

Richard Harris irreplaceable, says Potter producer:

“The producer of the Harry Potter movies on Saturday hailed hell-raising Hollywood legend Richard Harris as “irreplaceable”.

“He will be greatly missed,” David Heyman said of the flamboyant star who died of cancer on Friday at the age of 72.

Harris, twice married, twice bankrupt and a firm believer in living life to the full, was twice nominated for Oscars in a career that spanned 70 movies, including Camelot and Gladiator.

He won a whole new generation of young fans playing Professor Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter movies.” ABC

…and he really did seem to be having fun with the role, my son and I agreed after seeing the first of the films.

In other Potter news, the second film in the series opens next month. Director Chris Columbus lauds the lack of “starry nonsense” from cast members BBC

. Leading actor Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry, envies the wizard’s invisibility cloak his character uses in the film — it would be great for slipping free into roock concerts. Reuters