Role Reversal: What If the “Potter” Cast Were Gender Swapped?

Amidst the recent surfacing of a few artists’ depictions of superheroes and other popular characters as the opposite gender than what they are usually represented as, I began to think about what our beloved Harry Potter cast might look like if the genders were swapped. Who would be a female Dumbledore? What sort of teenage girl would Harry be? With these questions in mind, I brought the idea to MuggleNet’s own Creative Team, and we all put our heads together to bring you this list of actors who could have played the roles of our gender-swapped Potter cast. Some are ridiculous, conjuring up entertaining images, while others could very well be candidates if ever the roles were switched around. After reading our list, sound off in the comments with your own ideas. First I’ll list my picks:


Draco Malfoy – Jena Malone

Jena Malone

Fred or George Weasley – Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Harry Potter – Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Sybill Trelawney – Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp

Jasmine Lee – Creative Team Intern

Cho Chang – Godfrey Gao

Godfrey Gao

Dolores Umbridge – Tom Hollander

Tom Hollander

Rita Skeeter – Sean Maguire

Sean Maguire

Neville Longbottom – Lucy Punch

Lucy Punch

Ginny Weasley – Josh Hutcherson

Josh Hutcherson

Aaron Schwartz – Creative Team Intern

Minerva McGonagall – Bill Murray

Bill Murray


Claire Furner – Senior UK Marketing Manager

Katie Bell – Asa Butterfield

Asa Butterfield


Rachael Dechert – Creative Team Intern

Young Sirius Black – Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart


Kat Miller – Creative and Marketing Director

Gilderoy Lockhart – Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus


Cassie Kidd – Creative Team Intern

Harry Potter – Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick

Ron Weasley – Emma Stone

Emma Stone

Hermione Granger – Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort

Luna Lovegood – Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Christopher Mintz-Plasse

Albus Dumbledore – Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep

Severus Snape – Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham-Carter

Amy Hogan

I was 9 years old when I discovered the magic that is “Harry Potter.” I am a proud Hufflepuff and exceedingly good at eating, reading, being sarcastic, and over-thinking small tasks. Since I spent too much time worrying about the correct way to write this bio, this is all I was able to come up with before the deadline.