Heartbreaking News: Cherished ‘Harry Potter’ Star Suffers Tragic Passing

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Fans of Harry Potter can raise their wands in Memorium of Samantha Davis, who has tragically passed away unexpectedly.

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The Harry Potter series, created by J.K. Rowling, while now controversial, has brought together millions of Potterheads who have come together over their love for the fandom.

The magic of the Harry Potter films extends beyond the screen, but sadly, some of the actors who brought those characters to life have passed away. Richard Harris, who portrayed the (first) wise Albus Dumbledore in the first two films, left a lasting impression. Alan Rickman’s complex performance as Severus Snape is unforgettable. John Hurt’s portrayal of the eccentric wandmaker Ollivander and Verne Troyer’s brief appearance as a goblin bank teller are also remembered.

It’s important to note that Embeth Davidtz, who played the endearing Sybil Trelawney, is still alive. Robert Knox, a young actor who tragically died after an attack, had a minor role as a Hogwarts student.

Several other actors who played smaller but memorable roles have also passed away, including Elizabeth Spriggs (the Fat Lady), Timothy Bateson (Kreacher), Jimmy Gardner (Ernie Prang), Alfred Burke (Armando Dippet), and Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy). Richard Griffiths, though not in the films themselves, played the warm Uncle Vernon Dursley in the stage production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Paul Ritter’s turn as the wizard historian Eldred Worple, Dumbledore (Micheal Gambon) and Robbie Coltrane’s iconic performance as the gentle giant Rubeus Hagrid round out the list of those we’ve lost from the Harry Potter film family.

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Now, another passing has been tragically reported.

Warwick Davis is mourning the loss of his fellow actor and wife, Samantha Davis.

According to a statement shared with the BBC, Samantha died on March 24 at 53. “Her passing has left a huge hole in our lives as a family,” Warwick, 54, told the outlet. “I miss her hugs.”

Davis has appeared in all eight films of the Harry Potter series, portraying three different roles. Initially cast as the elderly-looking Filius Flitwick, the Charms teacher, in the first two movies, his portrayal underwent a youthful transformation from ‘Prisoner of Azkaban’ onwards. This alteration was well-received, as it rendered the character less reminiscent of a goblin.

In addition to his role as Flitwick, Davis also portrayed one of the Gringotts bank-tellers in ‘Philosopher’s Stone.’ Later in the series, he returned to the role of a goblin, portraying the conniving Griphook in the final two installments of the ‘Deathly Hallows’ movies.

Samantha then joined him as a goblin in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

Samantha was also an integral member of another massive fandom, Lucasfilm, she played Nelwyn Villager in Willow and Willow television series, which is where she met Warwick.

The DisInsider also shared the news:

Samantha Davis has sadly passed away at 53.

Davis appeared in the ‘Willow’ movie and series, ‘Harry Potter,’ and was the co-founder of @LPUKOnline alongside her husband, Warwick.

Lucasfilm has taken to their website to share Warwick’s words on his wife’s passing:

“My wife and soul-mate, best friend. Devoted mother, My favourite human. My most trusted confidant and an ardent supporter of everything I did in my career, has passed.

The most open, warm person I have ever known. Her passing has left a huge hole in our lives as a family. I miss her hugs. She was a unique character, always seeing the sunny side of life she had a wicked sense of humour and always laughed at my bad jokes.

She instilled such confidence in me. With her by my side, I was sure I could achieve anything. It was like having a super-power. Without Sammy, there would have been no Tenable Quiz show, no “Willow” series. No “Idiot Abroad Series 3.” (It was her suggestion that Ricky Gervais send me off with Karl) — I think she wanted me out of the house for a few weeks!

Founder of ‘Little People UK’, a charity to help individuals with dwarfism and their families. She was passionate about helping people, without judgment. She had time for everyone and a genuine listening ear.

In recent years, Sammy’s mobility had become impaired but she was determined that it would not impact her quality of life and limit what she did and was able to achieve. In her absence, we hope she continues to inspire through the things she did and that her love, warmth and generosity will be her legacy. She always lived her best life. Although the pain of losing Sammy and being without her is unbearable, I feel so fortunate I was able to be close to her and experience her magic for 35 years.”

Two young adults standing in a dimly lit room, looking at an elderly character with exaggerated, elf-like features sitting in an armchair, creating a mysterious or eerie atmosphere.
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Lucasfilm also shared what her children, Annabelle & Harrison Davis, had to say about the loss of their mother, “Our Mum is the kindest, most inspirational and loving Mumma we could of wished for. No matter the time or place she was there to answer our silly questions, tell us what to do, and to listen when we needed. Mum is our best friend and we’re honoured to have received a love like hers. Her love and happiness has carried us through our whole lives, and will be what carries us forward now. Everything we do, we do for her.”

These past few years have been incredibly tough on the Davis family. In 2022, Warwick shared with PEOPLE the devastating experience of losing their firstborn son shortly after birth, a result of complications stemming from the dwarfism genes passed down from both parents.

“I think it brings you closer together,” he said at the time, crediting Samantha as being their source of strength. “But it’s an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone… Eventually, over time, you’re able to better understand why it happened and can come to terms with it a bit more. But you never get over it.”

In 1995, Warwick and Samantha established Willow Management, a talent agency specializing in representing individuals of short stature. Then, in 2012, they jointly launched Little People UK, a support and information hub for the dwarfism community.

While her passing was sudden, the specific reason for the loss of Samantha Davis has not been stated.

Inside the Magic wishes the Davis family our condolences during this tough time. 

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