Our favourite villain from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Klaus Mikaelson, had his first audition for the role of Tom Riddle, or Lord Voldermort in Harry Potter. Sounds amazing? Well, it is. Irrespective of the fact that Joseph Morgan revealed this years ago, not a lot of fans are aware about this.
Seriously, can you imagine how great it could’ve been if the role of Tom Riddle had ended up being in JoMo’s (Joseph Morgan’s nickname) hands? I personally would have loved it. Our own Klaus Mikaelson controlling the Basilisk, and doing spells. Joseph’s always had this thing for playing the bad guys though. Here’s what he said years ago about his role in Harry Potter:
“I was just in drama school and I just signed with my agent in the UK,” Joseph recalls. “I was 21, and I heard about them making the Chamber of Secrets, which was the second film. There was this part, Tom Riddle, and this woman called me, who was interested in being my agent. It came through on an anonymous number, and I thought it was one of my friends pretending like, ‘Hello, is Joseph there please? Yes, I have an audition for him.’”
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We can totally imagine Joseph as Lord Voldemort’s younger self. As we know from his time as Klaus, he knows how to play a compelling villain. Of course, this was before the actor had such experience playing a bad guy.
Joseph remembers the steps he took to prepare for the audition: “So I read the book, watched the first Harry Potter film, bought a Harry Potter poster and put it on my wall. I absorbed it all as much as I could. Then I went in and I got a call back but I didn’t end up getting it. It sort of set the standard for me. Like, I knew I should be doing film and television.”
Obviously, he did the right thing doing film and television. You can’t even imagine The Vampire Diaries or The Originals without Klaus Mikaelson.