Harry Potter’s Jessie Cave hits back at former co-star Miriam Margolyes’ ‘terrible’ comments

When Harry Potter star Miriam Margolyes emphatically told adult fans of the children’s series to “grow up” earlier this month, she didn’t just divide the franchise’s fanbase.

She also divided her former castmates.

Now, actress Jessie Cave – who played Lavender Brown in the final three movies of the seven-film series – has hit back at her 82-year-old former co-star’s “terrible” comments.

Watch the video above.

Miriam Margolyes

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“I think it’s terrible,” Cave, 36, told the audience at a Harry Potter convention in Paris over the weekend.

Her former castmates Rupert Grint, who played Ronald Weasley, and Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom, were also present.

”I really don’t like that she said that,” Cave continued.

“It’s such an amazing thing that Harry Potter has done.

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“It’s created a fan base that has aged and is still bonded through it and it’s passed on to younger generations and that’s what is so amazing.

“She probably just doesn’t understand that or get that. Just let her be. I think this situation is very unusual.”

On stage next to Cave was Devon Murray, who played Seamus Finnigan in the series.

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Jessie Cave and Devon Murray

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He can be seen in footage shared to TikTok nodding along to Cave’s comments, which were met with applause.

Cave isn’t the only Harry Potter star who has reacted to Margolyes’ recent comments.

“If your balls have dropped, then it’s time to forget about it. You know, go on to other things.”

Speaking with Bustle, Helena Bonham Carter – who played Bellatrix Lestrange in the series – said she didn’t agree with what Margolyes said.

“I love that woman, and she’s somebody who has a big inner child,” Bonham Carter told the outlet.

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Harry Potter, Miriam Margolyes, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

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“I think however old we are, we’ve got to keep that child alive,” she concluded.

The controversy started in early March, when Margolyes spoke with TVNZ’s 1News about her role in the billions-dollar franchise, which started with the now controversial author J. K. Rowling‘s 1997 book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

“I worry about Harry Potter fans because they should be over that by now,” Margolyes, who is known for her candor in the press, said.

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“You know, it was 25 years ago and it’s for children. I think it’s for children.

“But they get stuck in it. I do cameos and people say, ‘I’m having a Harry Potter-themed wedding,’ and I think, gosh, what’s their first night of fun going to be? I can’t even think about it.

Margolyes concluded: “Harry Potter is wonderful, I’m very grateful to it. It’s over. That’s what I think.”

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Jessie Cave starred as Lavender Brown in Harry Potter, one of Ron Weasley's girlfriends

Margolyes then doubled down on her comments days later in an interview with ABC‘s News Breakfast, saying of the backlash: “I’m not unhappy about it. I just think that it’s for children.”

“And if your balls have dropped, then it’s time to forget about it. You know, go on to other things,” she continued.

This doesn’t mean, however, that Margolyes doesn’t appreciate the series – she did say that it’s a “wonderful set of films” and that she’s proud to have been a part of it.

But, she concluded: “But it was 25 years ago. Grow up!”

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