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‘It’s about the Christmas tree up somebody’s bottom’: Stranger Things Star Jamie Campbell Bower Reveals He Ruined His Harry Potter Audition with a Dirty Joke

jamie campbell bower in harry potter auditions

Jamie Campbell Bower, the City Of Bones actor who recently rose to fame due to his role as Vecna in the latest season of Stranger Things recently opened up about how he lost a part in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. 

Bower came forward in an interview with the podcast; Happy Sad Confused by Josh Horowitz, and told his story of an unfortunate encounter with the casting directors of the movie, leading him to lose a spot in the franchise. Jamie Campbell Bower messed up the audition due to a joke which did not sit well with the casting directors of the movie.

Jamie Campbell Bower as Vecna
Jamie Campbell Bower as Vecna in Stranger Things

Although he later managed to grab the role of a younger version of Grindelwald in the 2010 movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One, he returned to the role in the 2018 spin-off franchise of The Fantastic Beasts.

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Jamie Campbell Bower Lost The Role

Jamie Campbell Bower, according to the Independent, revealed in an interview that while trying out for a role in the franchise, Campbell, who was then a teenager, thought of cracking an inappropriate joke as a way of rapport formation with the directors.

Primary trio of the harry potter films
The Primary Trio of the Harry Potter Films

He stated that he had only recently heard of a joke about a fairy and a Christmas tree.

He shared:

“I was a teenager and I had just heard this joke about a fairy, like, the reason why the fairy sits on top of the Christmas tree. And it’s a really, like, dirty joke, because it’s about the Christmas tree up somebody’s bottom.”

The Reaction Of The Directors

The actor said that he had learned why a fairy sits on top of a Christmas tree, focusing on the fact of how he found it amusing that there was a Christmas tree up someone’s bottom. As one would expect, the crowd in front of him was engulfed with a sense of awkwardness and confusion once presented with this joke.

Due to its inappropriate nature, Campbell lost his try of being part of a famous franchise early on.

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Bower as Vecna
Bower as Vecna

Jamie Campbell Bower’s Comeback In Movies And Television

Bower may have lost a role in the wizarding world of Hogwarts, but he still managed to try again and bring life to and back up Johnny Depp and Mads Mikkelson’s Grindelwald. Playing a younger version of the villain, he reviewed his past mistake as a teenager and took what he had first intended to find.

Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Herondale in City of Bones
Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace Herondale in City of Bones

Through all of that, Jamie Campbell Bower has appeared in numerous fictional portrayals, such as playing Jace Herondale in The City Of Bones and Vecna in Stranger Things.

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Source: Geo TV

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