Sir Ian McKellen Reveals Why He Turned down Dumbledore’s Role

Ian McKellen rejected the role of Professor Dumbledore in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies because Richard Harris didn’t respect him as an actor.
The 77-year-old star was offered the chance to replace Harris as the headmaster of the wizarding school Hogwarts following his death in 2002 – but Sir Ian declined the invitation because his would-be predecessor didn’t rate him as an actor, having previously described him as ”technically brilliant, but passionless”.
Harris starred in the first two ‘Harry Potter’ films and was replaced by Michael Gambon for the rest of the series.