"It Was 25 Years Ago, Grow Up!"

25 Years Later: Time to Move On and Mature!

Miriam Margolyes has reiterated her stance that adult fans of the Harry Potter series, created by J.K. Rowling, should progress beyond their admiration for the books and films.

Following the widespread attention her initial comments received, Margolyes was interviewed again. This time, she addressed the controversy her opinions had sparked.

Margolyes expressed, “I’m not upset by it. My point is, it’s meant for kids.” She shared these thoughts during an appearance on Australia’s ABC News Breakfast, emphasizing her belief that the Harry Potter series is primarily for a younger audience.

She added a humorous note, suggesting that adults should explore new interests. “If you’ve grown up, it’s time to leave it behind. There’s so much more out there.”

Despite her controversial views, Margolyes admitted that Harry Potter is “a fantastic series” and “a remarkable collection of movies.” She expressed pride in her involvement with the franchise.

“However, it’s been 25 years. It’s time to grow up,” she further commented.

Margolyes then encouraged fans to delve into the works of Dickens, highlighting her own role as Professor Pomona Sprout in the Harry Potter films, specifically in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” in 2002 and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2” in 2011.

Her initial comments sparked a wide-ranging discussion. Margolyes had expressed concern for adult Harry Potter fans, suggesting they should have moved on from the series.

“I’m concerned for Harry Potter fans. It’s been 25 years. The series is really for children,” she remarked during an interview with New Zealand’s 1News.

Margolyes noted that she often receives requests from Harry Potter fans on Cameo, especially for events like themed weddings, which she finds perplexing.

“People are really immersed in it. When they tell me they’re having a Harry Potter-themed wedding, I can’t help but wonder about their priorities,” she shared.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. is continuing to invest in the Harry Potter universe, with a new series adaptation set to premiere on Max in 2026.