For more than 20 years, fans have been in love with the journey of Harry Potter and his time spent at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Sorcerer’s Stone in the US) was first published 1997, and just 4 years later, the first movie in one of the most successful franchises of all time was released. The films starred Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, and Maggie Smith as Professor Minerva McGonagall.
One of the most important aspects of attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is getting sorted into one of the four houses — Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, or Slytherin. Students are sorted into their houses by the Sorting Hat — a magical hat that can see what kind of person each student is and sort them appropriately.
The Sorting Hat was voiced by legendary British actor Leslie Phillips, and we are now learning that Phillips has passed away at the age of 98. Phillips had more than 170 acting credits to his name and voiced the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.
According to reports, Phillips passed away in his sleep after battling a long illness. It has not been shared what that illness was.
The official Harry Potter Films Twitter account shared condolences on his passing.
We are incredibly sad to hear of the passing of the wonderful Leslie Phillips who voiced the Sorting Hat with such inimitable wit and style in the Harry Potter films.
We are incredibly sad to hear of the passing of the wonderful Leslie Phillips who voiced the Sorting Hat with such inimitable wit and style in the Harry Potter films. pic.twitter.com/gcqsIT2T3j
— Harry Potter Film (@HarryPotterFilm) November 8, 2022
Phillips is not the only actor from the Harry Potter films to pass away recently. Robbie Coltrane — who played Hogwarts groundskeeper Rubeus Hagrid — passed away less than one month ago from multiple organ failure. The actor also suffered from sepsis, a respiratory tract infection, a blockage in his heart, and Type 2 diabetes.