Amy Ryan
July 11, 2007 AT 05:20 AM EDT

PopWatch reader Lisa Wood writes:

I was watching An Awfully Big Adventure on IFC, and I realized how much I enjoy Alun Armstrong, who plays Uncle Vernon (how strangely fitting when you keep reading) in the film. It made me wonder “Why hasn’t he been cast in Harry Potter yet?” He would make a great Death Eater.  It seems like they pick the best of the best British actors for those films. Then I thought, “Who else has been overlooked by Harry Potter?” And I thought of Alun’s costar in Bleak House, Charles Dance. Anyhow I thought this was a job for PopWatch, and not myself. So maybe when Harry Potter’s new movie comes out it could be a discussion point on your blog. I would like to hear your ideas. Love you guys!

Thanks, Lisa! That’s a terrific idea, since there are lots of British thespians who, inexplicably, have yet to appear in a Potter picture. Some I’d like to see hanging around at Hogwarts include Samantha Morton,Richard E. Grant,Clive Owen,Daniel Craig,Helen Mirren, andEileen Atkins. I’d have included Vera Drake‘s Imelda Staunton, too, but she’s made it into the new Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, as Dolores Umbridge (pictured, left, with Potter vets Emma Thompson and Maggie Smith).

Who else would you like to see acting in the Potter saga? (Sorry, Yanks, it’s Brits only.) And what roles should they play? Hurry with your suggestions, since you’ve only got two movies left.

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