HK/HP: If Hong Kong Movie Actors Starred In Harry Potter Films

November 22, 2010 at 9:44 pm 10 comments

A double-dose of geekdom here–went to see the latest Harry Potter (Deathly Hallows, part 1) on opening day and had my fangirl jones satisfied. Dan, Rupert, & Emma have grown up and learned to act, the special effects were par excellence, and the stellar supporting cast has grown to include the lucky Bill Nighy (who said “For a while, I thought I would be the only English actor of a certain age who wasn’t in a ‘Harry Potter’ film.”)

After wallowing in the 2.5 hour HP movie my consciousness was full of all things Potter. The other movie of note that I’d seen that week was Francis Ng’s new Chinese Western, Wind Blast, so both were vying for space in my backbrain. Then when my buddy and fellow Hong Kong movie otaku Erika, aka Huckle, suggested that Francis would make a great Sirius Black, the game was on. So herewith follows my dream cast for the hypothetical Hong Kong remake of Harry Potter.

NOTE: It was easy to pick the adult actors. The teens were a bit more difficult, since I’m not as tuned into the Hong Kong idol scene as I could be. Any suggestions for the younger cast members, as well as any others, are more than welcome in the comments section.

Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, half-blood extraordinaire

Severus Snape: Anthony Wong. The Half-Blood Prince personified, Anthony has both the swagger and the sneer required to play Severus.

Voldemort: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. Although Little Tony usually plays the good guy, he proved in Lust, Caution that he can do creepy and evil too.

Nick Cheung, half-man, half-beast

Remus Lupin: Nick Cheung. Moody, dark, and a little feral (see Election), Nick is totally believable as a werewolf.

Peter Pettigrew: Louis Koo. Probably a bit too square-jawed to play Wormtail, but he’s got the paranoid nervousness down pat. No one in Hong Kong sweats and twitches as well as Louis Koo.

Francis Ng with his hair up

Sirius Black: Francis Ng. Ah, the angst! The fancy frock coats! The insane gleam in his eye! Who else but Francis to play Sirius Black?

Albus Dumbledore: Lau Kar-Leung. The grandmaster of Hong Kong martial arts movies, he can also choreograph his own action scenes.

The glorious Simon Yam

Lucius Malfoy: Simon Yam. A slimy, smirky, ruthless & amoral bad guy? Paging Simon Yam!

Mad-Eye Moody: Lau Ching-Wan: LCW really deserves a bigger role but he’s got the chops to make this part his own. He was also plenty weird in Mad Detective and Himalaya Singh so we know he doesn’t shy away from the offbeat.

Carina Lau, red carpet queen

Narcisa Malfoy: Carina Lau. Because no one does haughty and high-class better than Carina.

Dolores Umbridge: Sandra Ng. The queen of Hong Kong comedy, she’d make a wackier Umbridge. However, she’s got some skilz so I have no doubt that she’d bring the sinister as well.

Eric Tsang & eyebrows

Horace Slughorn: Eric Tsang. He’s got the smarmy gladhanding dialed in.

Andy being Andy

Gilderoy Lockhart: Andy Lau. Handsome, flashy, ultrafamous, and a bit vacuous spells Andy to a T.

Rubeus Hagrid: Ng Man-Tat. Uncle Tat in elevator shoes and in a big furry beard? Hellz yeah!

Helena Law Lan in Troublesome Night 3,245

Minerva McGonagal: Helena Law Lan. The queen ofTroublesome Night, Law Lan has the supernatural down pat.

Vernon Dursley: Lam Suet. Blustery, blubbery, and a little bit malevolent is Lam Suet all over.

Petunia Dursley: Karen Mok. Maybe a bit too glam for Petunia, but she can certainly do the midcentury costumes.

Roy Cheung, wicked

Fenrir Greyback: Roy Cheung. Who’s more qualified than Roy Cheung to tear out people’s throats with his bare hands?

Rita Skeeter: Cecilia Cheung. Glamourous, self-centered & entitled, with a hint of sleaziness–Ceci anyone?

Zhou Xun in red

Nymphadora Tonks: Zhou Xun. The twinkly-eyed Xun is our token mainland star, if only because she’s the best actress of her generation. Plus she’s probably more than willing to do purple hair, as evidenced by her off-kilter turns in All About Women and Ming Ming.

Sybill Trelawny: Sammi Cheng. Especially since Sammi’s been having a bad hair day for about two years now.

Maggie Cheung with blowout

Bellatrix LeStrange: Maggie Cheung. Because Maggie’s been rocking the frizzy hair look lately and because she can do sexy and dangerous in her sleep.

Harry Potter: Lam Yiu-Sing, who played the angsty teen in Heiward Mak’s High Noon. Better him than Jing Boran any day.

Smart girl Evelyn Choi

Hermione Granger: Evelyn Choi Wing Yan. Played Aarif Lee’s geeky girl love interest in Echoes of the Rainbow. Not a lot of competition for this part.

Ron Weasley: If only Chapman To were twenty years younger this would be his role. Still searching for the right teen actor to play Harry’s wingman. NOTE: see update below

Aarif Lee brings it

Cedric Diggory: Aarif Lee. Now in theaters playing a young Bruce Lee, he’s certainly pretty enough to play the part that launched Robert Pattinson’s career.

Nic Tse broods

Draco Malfoy: Nicholas Tse (ten years younger). Have to put Nic in a time machine for this one since he’s perfect for the part of the privileged, conflicted scion of a shady family.

UPDATE: has a link to an Asian Harry Potter lookalike who showed up on the Conan O’Brian show last week. Maybe this is an idea whose time has come–

Jing Boran does quirky, with Angelbaby

UPDATE 2: Okay, I take it back what I said about Jing Boran. After seeing Hot Summer Nights and Love In Space I realize that he would be perfect for the part of Ron Weasley. I humbly apologize for slandering the former M-Pop star.


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  • 1. ewaffle  |  November 23, 2010 at 1:06 am

    This is kind of strange, but even though I haven’t seen any of the Harry Potter movies, their inescapable place in popular culture and your very descriptive thumbnail sketches of the characters make me think that you are right in the way you match them up.

    Maybe we will catch a few of them on DVD now that I know who should be playing Sirius Black or Lucius Malfoy.

    • 2. valeriesoe  |  November 23, 2010 at 1:53 am

      Hi E,
      They’re a pretty agreeable timepass, although the first two are less good than the rest. The third one, directed by Alfonso Cuaron, is quite good for a primer if you’re not caught up on the iconography. The books are also pretty readable, even for adults. Happy watching!

  • 3. otaku  |  November 23, 2010 at 1:11 am

    Ahh, sweet casting. Can you imagine Simon Yam, Carina Lau, *and Nicholas Tse as the Malfoys? Pow! We’d be rooting for them almost more than Potter and friends. Which is why they’d be perfect!

    Also: Roy Cheung in Y&D 3 (that’s the photo, right?)was so buff, he practically had muscles on his spine. Which definitely makes him the perfect Greyback. time to get back in the gym, Roy!

    • 4. valeriesoe  |  November 23, 2010 at 1:54 am

      I just wanted an excuse to post a picture of Roy with his shirt off. He worked so hard to get to that state that I thought we should give him some props.

  • 5. dleedlee  |  November 23, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    I, also, haven’t seen any of the HP series but I think you’ve a second calling as casting director. One suggestion, Shawn Dou Xiao for Harry Potter
    What do you think? Yeah, the red haired kid is a tough one.

    • 6. valeriesoe  |  November 23, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      re: Shawn Dou Xiao. Oh, good suggestion! He’s even got his own glasses–


  • 7. AMWW Magazine  |  December 15, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    Hey Valerie, thanks so much for the comment on our new site. Care to do a blogroll exchange?

    Hmmm, now we just an all Asian cast of Twilight!

    • 8. valeriesoe  |  December 19, 2010 at 2:27 am

      Sure, an exchange would be great–sign me up!

      Alas, I haven’t seen Twilight yet so I can’t comment. But I’m going to see The Warrior’s Way tonight!

  • 9. AMWW Magazine  |  December 19, 2010 at 2:31 am


    Let me know what you think about it. Here’s our own movie review of The Warrior’s Way.

    • 10. valeriesoe  |  December 19, 2010 at 5:22 pm

      Quickie review of The Warrior’s Way: Jang Dong Gun is heroic and easy on the eyes but the movie itself doesn’t do him justice. Good art direction (I liked the dirt under everyone’s nails, including Kate Bosworth’s) and flashy CGI, but I feel like I’ve been inside the head of 13-year-old anime geek, and not in a good way. Props for Ti Lung as Yoda. B-


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