Harry Potter extra says Michael Gambon 'spat in her face' in scene which was cut from the movie
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A Harry Potter extra has opened up about one of her 'career highlights' when Michael Gambon accidentally spat in her face.
Samantha Clinch - a former child star, Hogwarts Alumni, frequency raiser and story teller - has taken to TikTok to Alohomora some of the behind-the-scenes secrets from one of the most famous franchises in the world. Prepare to fully relate to the spit situation:
Clinch was initially cast as an extra, but later took on the role of Eloise Midgen in The Goblet of Fire (2005) and she was lucky enough to work alongside the acting legend that is Michael Gambon - who played the role of Hogwart's headmaster, Professor Albus Dumbledore.
Gambon sadly passed away at the age of 82, his family confirming his death earlier this week on Thursday (28 September).
"Beloved husband and father, Michael died peacefully in hospital with his wife Anne and son Fergus at his bedside, following a bout of pneumonia.
"Michael was 82. We ask that you respect our privacy at this painful time and thank you for your messages of support and love," the statement read.
The day before Gambon's passing, Clinch coincidentally shared one of her 'career highlights' which was when she filmed a scene with Gambon for The Goblet of Fire.
Clinch - who was an extra for the movie at the age of 13-years-old - claims Dumbledore 'spat in [her] face'.
Obviously it was accidental, Clinch noting Gambon was delivering a very intense line and stood very close to her in the scene. She explains: "Goblet of fire there's a moment where Dumbledore needs to announce that the dementors are coming and obviously this is absolutely terrifying, terrifying news for everyone involved.
"But [...] Dumbledore being Dumbledore, there's a lot, a lot at stake for him. [...] Anyway he comes over to the table that I'm at and puts his hand on my shoulder, looks at me directly in the face and said, 'The dementors are coming!'"
And given the velocity of not just Dumbledore's words but how Gambon was saying them, unfortunately a bit of spit ended up spraying in Clinch's face.
"Quite literally frothing at the mouth [...] there was spit everywhere [...] I might have got it in my eye. Dumbledore spat in my eyes," she says.
If you're wondering why that scene isn't in the film? Well, Clinch doesn't know why, but argues it would've made a 'great viewing'.
Look, it happens and Clinch resolves noting it's actually a 'career highlight' for her.
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