Dame Maggie Smith battling cancer

The Telegraph reported today that Dame Maggie Smith (Prof. McGonagall) is fighting a private battle with breast cancer. “She is dealing with it in her typically brave and understated way,” says a friend of hers. “She has had a tumour removed and subsequently completed a course of chemotherapy. This was precautionary and the prognosis looks good. The last thing she wants to do is to make a fuss about it.”

The article continues, stating that “the 73-year-old Oscar winner insisted on going ahead with filming her role as Minerva McGonagall in the latest installment of the Harry Potter series last month even as she was undergoing radiation therapy.”

Our hearts go out to Maggie and her family. We wish her a speedy recovery.