Kit Harington on the Harry Potter Character He’d Most Like to Play

Kit Harington, who became a household name thanks to HBO’s Game of Thrones — find out how he felt about Jon Snow’s controversial ending — would happily move on from the North to Hogwarts and the wizarding world of Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) and trade his sword for a wand. Continue reading to learn which character the 32-year-old actor would love to play in a prequel to the Harry Potter movies. 

Harington attended ACE Comic Con Midwest last weeked to promote his role as Dane Whitman, better known by his superhero name, Black Knight, in Marvel Studios’ upcoming movie, The Eternals. Part of Phase Four — a series of movies and TV shows centered around various superheroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) — the film is slated to premiere on Nov. 6, 2020, according to Marvel Studios’ website. 

Kit Harington at Ace Comic-Con Midwest 2019
Kit Harington at ACE Comic Con Midwest | Barry Brecheisen/WireImage

Although Harington attended the event and sat on a panel to promote The Eternals, he did talk about his involvement in other franchises and his love for them too, according to Mental Floss

Specifically, he talked about the Harry Potter movies and the character he’d love to play in a hypothetical prequel about the Marauders, a group of students in the Gryffindor house made up of James Potter (Harry’s father) Sirius Black (Gary Oldman), Remus Lupin (David Thewlis), and Peter Pettigrew (Timothy Spall). They all attended Hogwarts years before Harry, Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint), and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) and were often getting in arguments or fights with Severus Snape, a member of the Slytherin house. 

When asked which person from the Wizarding World he’d like to play, Harington didn’t hesitate before saying he’d love to be cast as Snape, who grew up to become a professor at Hogwarts. 

Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park
“Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme park at Universal Studios Hollywood | Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Played by the late Alan Rickman — who died of pancreatic cancer in early 2016 — the Potions Master at Hogwarts hated Harry, or so it seemed, until his past with the young wizard’s mother, Lily (Geraldine Somerville and Ellie Darcey-Alden) became clear in the final installment in the franchise, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part II in the moments leading up to the Snape’s death at the hand of Lord Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes). 

Why Kit Harington would love to play Severus Snape in ‘Harry Potter’ prequel

Harington, who married his Game of Thrones co-star, Rose Leslie, in 2018, then explained why exactly he’d want to play Snape. 

“Severus Snape is the most tragic, wonderful, brilliant [character] … He’s a character you hate, and then end up loving,” he told the audience before adding, “He’s just phenomenal.” 

But that doesn’t mean if a Harry Potter prequel were to happen, Harington would be cast in his favorite role. 

“I don’t think I’m right for him, so I’ll play Sirius. But, whoever gets to play Snape, that’s a great character,” he said. 

Maybe it’s for the best because the actor himself doesn’t identify as a Slytherin. 

“I am a Gryffindor. I’ve thought very deeply about it,” Harington said. He also added that his Game of Thrones character would be a Hufflepuff because of his loyalty.

Sadly, a Harry Potter prequel isn’t currently in the works. But we’d bet all of our chocolate frogs from Honeydukes we’re not the only Harry Potter fans who would love to learn more about previous generations of Hogwarts students. And after the success of 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a prequel about Albus Dumbledore’s (Jude Law) early years, we’d venture to say a storyline about Harry’s father’s years at the school of witchcraft and wizardry would do well at the box office.