November 27, 2022

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Actor Voiced Sorting Hat in Harry Potter

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Leslie Phillips, one of Britain’s most popular actors of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s who brought a new generation to life by voicing the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter film series, has died at the age of 98.

According to the BBC, he passed away in his sleep on November 7 after a long illness. “I’ve lost a wonderful husband and the public has lost a really great showman,” said his wife Zara. “He was quite simply a national treasure. people loved him. Everywhere he went he was bullied.”

Phillips was born in Tottenham, England on April 20, 1924 and has appeared in over 200 films, TV series and radio shows including four of the popular Carry On films: Carry On Nurse (1959), Carry On Teacher (1959), Carry On Constable (1960) and, three decades later, Carry On Columbus (1992). A lecherous upper-class jester, he developed his popular catchphrases “ding dong” and “he-llo” that strangers on the street would call out to him for the rest of his life. Between 1959 and 1977 he starred as Sub-Lieutenant Phillips on the popular radio show The Navy Lark and also appeared in several films in the Doctor in the House series.

In 2001, Phillips lent his voice to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as the Sorting Hat, a magical headgear that peered into the minds of Hogwarts students and decided whether they were braver, more loyal, more clever, or more ambitious. He reprized the role in 2002’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and again in 2011’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Although Phillips is best known for his comic timing, he did land some dramatic roles, most notably starring opposite Peter O’Toole in 2006’s Venus, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA.

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