TIL that the actor who played 11 year-old Voldemort (a.k.a. Tom Riddle) in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is the nephew of Ralph Fiennes, the actor who played the grown-up Voldemort in the final 5 films.

TIL that the actor who played 11 year-old Voldemort (a.k.a. Tom Riddle) in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" is the nephew of Ralph Fiennes, the actor who played the grown-up Voldemort in the final 5 films.
TIL that the actor who played 11 year-old Voldemort (a.k.a. Tom Riddle) in "Harry Potter and the ...

And Bill Weasley was played by Domhnall Gleeson, son of Brendan Gleeson, who played Mad-Eye Moody.

The guys who play Fred and George were twins in real life.

I always wondered if they did this so that the characters would look facially similar.

David Yates, director of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, said Fiennes-Tiffin was cast as Tom Riddle due to his ability to find "the darker space" in his line readings. Yates said he did not get the role due to his relation to Ralph Fiennes, who was his maternal uncle, but admitted the family resemblance was "a clincher".


Even if someone were to doubt Yates and still want to cry nepotism, a look into the Fiennes' family tree yields strong evidence that the kid is more than just a little artistically-inclined:

Grandma Fiennes - successful novelist & painter

Grandpa Fiennes - successful photographer & illustrator

Uncle Ralph - highly decorated film and stage actor renowned for his modern adaptations of Shakespeare

Uncle Joe - very successful TV, film and stage actor most known for Shakespeare in Love (1998, numerous awards and nominations including BAFTA for best Male Lead), Enemy at the Gates (2001), American Horror Story (2012)

Mom (Martha) - award winning film writer & director

Uncle Magnus - highly success music producer, song writer and film composer who has produced #1 records and worked with acts such as Seal, Lenny Kravitz, Massive Attack, and Shakira.

Aunt Sophie - film director & producer

cousin Dominic Lash - successful double bassist and quartet leader

It's been a slow day at work...

I'm learning so much cool shit in this thread.

Not gonna lie, when I watched the first Harry Potter movie I thought they did it like the Parent Trap where they got one actor to play the twins.

The actor who played Tom Riddle Jr. is also the son of the actor who plays Stannis in Game of Thrones.

Artistically inclined + knows people = job

Who was Voldemort in the first one? Same guy who did Quirrell?



Or the brothers in the Social Network.

The 'twins' are just one Armie Hammer pulling the ol' parent trap routine.

Oddly enough, his name is spelled Hero but pronounced Harry.

It was actually slightly more advanced than Parent Trap. They originally were going to have two separate actors play the twins, sacrificing identicallness (identicality?) for simplicity, but instead had the second actor play one twin's body and then 3D mapped Armie Hammer's performance onto his head.

Love those special features.

He also played Space Nazi Bill Weasley.


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A sloth can hold its breath up to 40 minutes while in water!

He's credited as Ian Hart, who played Quirrell, but the credits also have Richard Bremmer as 'He Who Must Not Be Named'

Evil wizards have no friends, only subjects and enemies

- Stannis Riddle

And Ralph and Brandon played together as moral opposites in one of the funniest and deepest movies ever made.

actor who played Tom Riddle

actor who played 16 y.o. Tom Riddle in The Half-Blood Prince

Ralph Fiennes wasn't in the sixth film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

EDIT: Why the downvotes? The title is wrong. He WAS NOT in the final five films, like the title says. He was in the fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth films.

Probably for the voice of the "spirit"

Now I'm wondering how it never occurred to me that Domhnall is Brendan Gleeson's son. I was thinking, well, it's not like they look anything alike, but then I was looking at pictures and, aside from build, there is a pretty strong resemblance.

Interesting. I guess I shouldn't be surprised since his uncle's name is pronounced "Rafe."

Capable and connected

Dennis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy, is Ewen McGregor's uncle.

My favorite fact is that in this case Ralph is pronounced Wraif

I like how you added a silent letter to a phonetic spelling of his name

Without looking it up, I'm guessing it's In Bruges?

Do… Do we know that Hero Fiennes-Tiffin isn't really a Horcrux created by Ralph Fiennes?

Another relation is the world famous adventurer/explorer Ranulph Fiennes, who is so hard he chopped off his own fingers when they started to get frostbite. He was also considered for the original role of James Bond and was in the SAS too. Not a man to be messed with, but a fascinating one nevertheless.

There's surprisingly little smutty RPF (Real People Fiction) of the Harry Potter cast. The actual characters are just more popular.

On the other hand there's loads of RPF about Jensen/Jared (Supernatural), Tom Hiddleston (loads of women that like to write smut about him boning them), One Direction, LotR cast etc. Also a surprising amount of fics with sports people.

his uncle's name is pronounced "Rafe."

That's the traditional way to pronounce it. Same with 'sloth' in British English too which is traditionally pronounced as 'slow-th'.

Ralph's baby-brother's name is Joseph Fiennes. Mark is their dad.

That's all interesting, but I'm more interested about why you know all of this haha.

Because I like to read smutty fanfics! I mostly keep away from the RPF, but I still see them around a lot.

As I'm getting older the amount of smut I read decreases though. I'm even skipping those parts in some fanfics that have enjoyable plots but boring sex scenes. Plus some writers should really take a sex ed class.

Best of all the movies imo.



Stannis is related to Voldermort?

Mind blown.

Had to look it up myself. Stannis' son plays the older Tom Riddle. Not related to Fiennes

Thank you for choosing SlothFacts

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Probably should have removed his nose to really sell it.

Also he's the main character in Fear the Walking Dead

I'm suicidal, me mate tries to kill me, me gun gets knicked, and I'm STILL IN FOOKIN BRUGES!

so In Bruges stars Percival Graves, Mad-Eye Moody, Voldemort, and Fleur Delacour.


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Although a vague question, Joe Fiennes is in fact playing Michael Jackson in a movie about him, Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando.

The title says "the actor who played the grown-up Voldemort in the final 5 films". He didn't play Voldemort in the final five films. He played him in the final two films, and the fourth and fifth film.

This makes the scene where they make out that much more impressive.

His actor brother Brian Gleeson plays the young version of their father Brendan Gleeson's character in Assassin's Creed.

It's up there, but for me Goblet of Fire is the most "fun" for lack of a better word, while Azkaban is my favorite. That's the first time you get to see how truly powerful Harry is. And Gary Oldman did an incredible job of portraying a guy who lost his mind after being wrongfully imprisoned and tortured for over a decade. He really looked and acted crazy. Its a stark contrast from Order of the Phoenix where he seems rather calm and collected.

Thank you.... I was like, wait what?!

They didn't use historical footage from Voldemorts reign?

How it actually is vs how you write it on your CV

Totally agree! Something about the dark atmosphere and tone set the mood perfectly for this part of the story.

The way it was filmed and edited I really like too. I rarely take immediate notice of that stuff, but I know the slipcover for the book (in USA anyway) had that really green background to it, and I swear I remember a lot of the movie with a greenish hue to it.

I also liked how Harry started to really develop his friendship with Dumbledore and Dumbledore took on that sly and secretive and funny tone that I liked.

Idk just everything about it I guess haha.

Actually they met at the audition


Well holy shit, TIL. That's pretty cool.

When I first saw this movie, I was floored. Heroe's acting was amazing!! He portrayed Tom Riddle exactly how I pictured him. Very determined, persuasive, and charming. Either he had the best portrayal of Tom Riddle, or I'm wearing blinders because I love Voldemort as a character... Both are very possible.....

One of his other sons, Brian Gleeson, looks more like him I think. In the Assassin's Creed movie they play the same character 30 years apart.

Plus some writers should really take a sex ed class.


It's definitely sound, but I'd say it still requires a fair bit of mental fortitude.

very relevant 🙄

He has a nose, buddy. what are you talking about

I just figured people wouldn't mispronounce it if it was spelled like wraith.

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Sloths actually make for excellent swimmers! While in water they can slow their heart rate down to one third its average pace! They can also move about three times faster in water with their version of the doggy paddle.

Does Arthur Weasley know about the affair?!

Ah shit, you right. From wiki

Ralph (pronounced ralf /rælf/; or, more traditionally, rayf /reɪf/[1])

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A sloth's laziness is actually a great method of survival. The slow movement and camouflage helps it evade detection from natural predators.

Maybe the flash backs? Were there flashbacks in the first one? Guess I need to go watch again.

Bruges is purgatory, Ray is being judged for his crime of killing the boy.

Ken is an angel and wants to redeem him Harry is a devil and wants to sentence him.

At the end of the movie the actors milling about resembles the painting Ray saw of purgatory. This is how you know his time is almost up.

It really isn't the deepest movie on earth but it is deep for a comedy which it surely can be classified as.

On the other hand there's loads of RPF about Jensen/Jared (Supernatural),

There's so much of this it's been mentioned in the show itself.

ah right, thanks for the catch.

1) I am retarded.

2) Thanks.

Half Blood Prince?

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Sloths only have one baby at a time.

Okay this is what I came here for. The kid they used when Dumbledore meets him, and the teenager they use to learn about Horcrux from Slughorn look remarkably similar. I guess that's just good Hollywood makeup.

Yeah, I guess the way it's pronounced ("rafe fines") doesn't sound different from "ray fines." So much sub-TILing in this TIL.


Possible real life Weasley wincest is possible

I met them one time at a Comic Con when I was little and they called me cute. My mother and I, both AVID Harry Potter fans, freaked out after they answered my question. Very sweet guys from what I could tell, very passionate about their work and happy that they could make other people happy.