Ciarán Hinds as Aberforth Dumbledore

I was googling to find a picture of Ciarán Hinds as Aberforth Dumbledore. Found this:

Has a thing for goats. Hence the goatee? Har har.

THAT’S Ciarán Hinds?! But but but … it looks nothing like him? Hard to judge by just the one picture. Maybe it will be clearer in the actual film itself. But still, looking at that photo, it really looks like someone else?

THIS on the other hand:

Yup, that’s definitely him.

Oooh one of the Mr. Rochesters with a wand. I could swoon for less!

Either way, I can’t wait for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 to come out. While waiting, I really should be working on the review of Part 1, so I can gush over how brilliant it was. Yes. But first, sleep.

EDIT: Bright and early (and very cold) morning, and a good night’s sleep later, I’ve realised where the confusion lies. Aberforth Dumbledore, the character, is only shown in Part 1 as an eye glimpsed through the mirror Sirius Black gave Harry Potter. Harry thinks it’s Albus Dumbledore he sees. The character as such isn’t going to be featured until Part 2, where he plays a small but significant role as the innkeeper of the Hog’s Head in Hogsmeade.

However.

We’ve seen the Hog’s Head before. That’s where Dumbledore’s Army convened the first time, in Order of the Phoenix (HP5). Hence, we’ve also seen Aberforth Dumbledore before, even though at the time, we didn’t know it was him. And as he never had a part bigger than that of a barkeep in a seedy pub, there’s no need to have him played by a big name. In fact, looking at the cast list of HP5, there’s just a “Barman” played by Jim McManus – I believe that’s him. But as we in retrospect know that the barman of the Hog’s Head is actually Aberforth, all the fansites have the character Aberforth Dumblefore down with screenshots from HP5, and once the final film has been out, no doubt the pictures will be replaced with HP7:2 screenshots instead.

So the first picture is of course not Ciarán Hinds – it’s Jim McManus. Sorted! 🙂

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