• Margolyes turned down Marvel role due to financial disagreement and disinterest in repeating witch theme from Harry Potter.
  • She requested a million pounds for the role but was offered half a million, ultimately declining due to location and pay.
  • The role in question may have been Marvel witch Lilia Calderu, which ended up going to Patti LuPone in Agatha: Coven of Chaos.



An outspoken Harry Potter actor revealed that she turned down a huge paycheck to join the MCU. The comments resurfaced when an interview from September 2023 went viral on, revealing the kind of money Marvel Studios was offering to the cast of Agatha, the upcoming WandaVision spin-off that will finally arrive in late 2024. The 2024 chapter of the Marvel timeline of movies and shows may be quiet, but it can’t be long before that project’s marketing campaign kicks off for real.

Miriam Margolyes – who recently courted controversy by suggesting that adult fans of Harry Potter should “grow up” – spoke to Australian news outlet while promoting her autobiography “Oh Miriam!” about her near miss with the upcoming Agatha TV show. In the book, she mentioned having turned down a Marvel role, explaining that the parties were unable to reach a financial agreement. She then followed up with more detail, revealing exactly why she rejected the opportunity:

“They contacted me and said, ‘we’re doing a story about witches’. I thought, ‘oh god, not witches again, because I’ve done that with Harry Potter… I don’t like America and I didn’t want to be in Georgia for four months. So I just said, ‘well, I want a million pounds ($1.2 million)’ and they said, ‘you can have half a million’, and I said, ‘no, I don’t want to do it’, so it just stopped. Really it’s a story about my own greed rather than anything else.”

It’s reasonable to suggest that Margolyes would have been up for the role of Marvel witch Lilia Calderu, which went to Patti LuPone. The two are just 8 years apart in age, and the rest of Agatha‘s cast fits a completely different profile.

Miriam Margolyes played Professor Pomona Sprout in
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
in 2002 and
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
in 2011


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Sadly, Miriam Margolyes Would Have Been Perfect For Agatha

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Despite her professed dislike for working in the US, Margolyes has acted in a number of high profile American movies, including Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, Yentl opposite Barbra Streisand, and Martin Scorsese’s Age Of Innocence, for which she won a BAFTA as Best Supporting Actress. She may now be more notable for what she willingly says in interviews – with very little self-censorship, as UK viewers have become very accustomed – but she is a very gifted actor with a decades-long stage and screen career. And she would have brought excellent and very different energy to the MCU.

Agatha’s Confirmed Cast


Actor’s Name

Agatha Harkness

Kathryn Hahn

Rio Vidal

Aubrey Plaza

Billy Kaplan

Joe Locke

Lilia Calderu

Patti LuPone

Jennifer Kale

Sasheer Zamata


Ali Ahn

Sharon Davis

Debra Jo Rupp

Billy’s boyfriend

Miles Gutierrez-Riley

Not only has she played witches before – both the wholesome Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter movies and also on stage in Wicked as Madame Morrible – but she is very good with comedic material, as well as darker storylines. Given the dynamic expected in Agatha after WandaVision introduced Kathryn Hahn’s titular villain and with the rest of the expanded cast in mind, she would have fit well. Sadly, it was clearly not meant to be, with Margolyes untempted by Marvel’s generous offer to meet her halfway to the outrageous demand she tried to put them off with. Still, her comments on adult fans needing to grow up might have proved something of a publicity nightmare to navigate as Agatha nears release.


Starring Kathryn Hahn as the titular Marvel witch, Agatha: Coven of Chaos reveals how Scarlet Witch’s enemy broke Wanda Maximoff’s binding spell at the end of WandaVision. Aubrey Plaza, Joe Locke, Emma Caulfield, and Ali Ahn join Hahn in the MCU Phase 5 spinoff series, released on Disney+.

Kathryn Hahn , Patti LuPone , Miles Gutierrez-Riley , Aubrey Plaza , Emma Caulfield , Debra Jo Rupp

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