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Harry Potter Star Announces His Retirement From Acting In The Theater — For One Of The Saddest Reasons Imaginable

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Aww, how sad!

Michael Gambon is probably best known to the wizarding world for his role as Albus Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films (except the first two, in which the character was portrayed by the late Richard Harris).

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But the multiple award-winning actor has been tearing up the boards in the theater for half a century in plays such as Betrayal, Endgame, and King Lear.

Unfortunately, it seems that Michael must now draw the curtain on his theater career.

The 74-year-old actor admitted his memory just isn't up to the task anymore:

"It's a horrible thing to admit, but I can't do it. It breaks my heart. It's when the script's in front of me and it takes forever to learn. It's frightening."

Michael tried to find ways, around it but to no avail. He opined:

"There was a girl in the wings, and I had a plug in my ear so she could read me the lines. And after about an hour, I thought, 'This can't work.' You can't be in theater, free on stage shouting and screaming and running around, with someone reading you your lines."

How awful.

We wish there were a pensieve in real life to help.

At least we'll still have Michael's delightfully deep, resounding voice on film and television.

He recently went from one J.K. Rowling world to the next, starring in the miniseries adaptation of The Casual Vacancy.

[Image via Warner Bros.]

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