The sad news of John Hurt’s death aged 77 has been felt by admirers of the legendary British actor around the world, and that includes in Orlando, Florida, where Harry Potter fans are taking part in the annual two-day celebration of JK Rowling’s wizarding world at the Universal Studios theme park.
Hurt is fondly remembered by Potter fans for his pitch perfect performance as Garrick Ollivander, the expert wand maker who helped Harry Potter find his first wand and told him “The wand chooses the wizard, Mr Potter. It’s not always clear why. But I think it is clear that we can expect great things from you.”
So it was only fitting that today they raised their wands in a solemn tribute outside Ollivander’s wand shop, to appreciate an actor who was as skilled in his chosen profession as the character that he played…