'Harry Potter' Actor David Ryall Dies at the Age of 79 But You Can Honor Him on ABC Family

Another Harry Potter actor has passed away. On Christmas day David Ryall died at the age of 79. His name might not be immediately familiar to HP fans, but he played Elphias Doge, close friend of Dumbledore and all around important member of the series. He was a background character, but always there along with the other members of the Order of the Phoenix to help the cause against Voldemort.

But Ryall was much more than just a character in a Harry Potter film. His daughter Charlie Ryall, also an actor, took to Twitter to remind us all of that after her father's passing.

Please take a moment to remember his huge five-decade-spanning career outside of the more well-known TV and film. Not just Harry Potter. Not that I don't love Harry Potter. I do, I do. But there's so much more.

David Ryall had been an actor since 1967, starring in many British television shows like The Village, Outnumbered, The Borrowers, and Casualty. He also appeared in a number of movies and theater performances and is remembered by the film community as a wonderful actor. Sherlock creator Mark Gatiss paid tribute to Ryall on Twitter after learning the news with a sweet message.

ABC Family was already playing a Harry Potter marathon this weekend, so now fans can tune in to watch Ryall in his most notable role. His big scene takes place at Bill and Fleur's wedding in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 when he tells Harry about how wonderful of a person Dumbledore was. Catch Ryall in all his Elphias Doge glory Sunday evening to pay tribute to the longtime actor.

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