The Harry Potter actor who was replaced after growing cannabis at mom’s
If you were already familiar with the Harry Potter franchise when you saw the last movie, you may have noticed the complete lack of a character.
Do you remember Draco Malfoy’s pal Vincent Crabbe who, alongside Gregory Goyle, was part of the group of three Slytherin cronies who became Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s archenemies?
So do you remember seeing him in the last movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?
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Well no you wouldn’t because Crabbe wasn’t in the last movie.
His character has not been so subtly replaced by that of newbie to the block and Slytherin student Blaise Zabini, played by Louis Cordice.
Blaise had taken a less prominent role in The Half-Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows Part 1, although fans may remember his appearance on Slughorn’s “Slug Club” in the former.
All of this was because the actor who played Crabbe, Jamie Waylett, had, uh, landed himself in an off-screen disorder.
In 2009, a year before Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was released, the BBC reported that the actor had admitted growing cannabis plants at his mother’s house in northwest London.
The actor pleaded guilty to growing 10 cannabis plants in tents at Kilburn’s home.
He was sentenced to 120 hours of unpaid labor by Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
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A remorseful Waylett apologized to Harry Potter fans as he walked out of court, as well as to the producers, cast and crew of the films.
However, that same year, Cosmopolitan reports, Waylett was arrested and found guilty of the violent riot during the London Troubles.
During the riots, photos emerged of the actor “holding a gasoline bomb” and “sipping champagne from a stolen bottle”.
But it was his first sentence for growing cannabis that Waylett lost his lead role in the final Harry Potter film, in which the Slytherin trio – without Crabbe – had a prominent scene set in the Room of Requirement during the Battle of Hogwarts.
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