Eddie Redmayne auditioned to play Voldemort

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Eddie Redmayne could have made his Potterverse debut a lot sooner than now.

The Oscar winning actor is set to play Newt Scamander in the forthcoming Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts, however he has revealed that he in fact auditioned for the role of young Voldemort 15 years ago for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

“I actually auditioned to play Tom Riddle while I was at university. I properly failed and didn’t get a callback.” Redmayne told Empire.

“Over the years, I always hoped I might be cast as a member of the Weasley family – I’m colour blind, but I’ve always been told there’s a tinge of red to my hair – but unfortunately not.

“A lot of my friends, like Domhnall Gleeson and Rob Pattinson, got their Harry Potter moment, but I never got mine.” he added.

“I auditioned to play Tom Riddle, I properly failed. I always hoped I might be cast as a member of the Weasley family.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set 70 years before the events of Harry Potter, and hits theaters on November 18.

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