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Friday, 18 August, 2000, 17:42 GMT 18:42 UK
Potter fans await film verdict
Harry Potter
Who will fill the coveted role of Harry Potter?
Fans of the smash hit Harry Potter books will have to wait until Monday to find out who will star in a film adaptation.

Warner Bros, producers of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, will end weeks of speculation when it announces the cast list on its website.

The most eagerly anticipated decision is about the coveted central role of Harry Potter, wizard hero of the hugely successful children's books.

While Warner Bros refused to comment on rumours, a spokeswoman denied reports that the coveted title role would go to British 13-year-old, Gabriel Thomson.

Vanessa Davis told BBC News Online that Thomson's agent was "very upset" by the rumours because the young actor had not been offered the part at all.

The 13-year-old actor played Pip in BBC One's recent adaptation of Great Expectations and Pinocchio in last year's The New Adventures of Pinocchio.

British or American?

Gabriel Thomson
The rumour mill touted Gabriel Thomson as the on-screen Harry Potter
Potter creator JK Rowling was reportedly very keen for the role to go to a British boy despite suggestions that the American studio preferred an American child - perhaps Oscar-nominated Sixth Sense star Haley Joel Osment.

However the original casting call featured on the movie website indicates that producers always had a British child star in mind:

"We are looking for British children, between the ages of nine and 11 who look like Harry Potter, Ron Weasley or Hermione Granger," it reads, referring to the wizard and his school-mates.

Davis was unable to reveal any more about the long-awaited decision: "Warner Bros are not able to confirm or deny any speculation or rumours about the casting for the role.

"All I would say is that people should hold their fire and look at the website on Monday afternoon where the announcement will be officially made," she said.

Supporting cast

Aside from the identity of the famous trainee wizard, details the main supporting cast are also still shrouded in mystery.

Dame Maggie Smith has been touted as a possible deputy head of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, while former Cracker star Robbie Coltrane is said to have been cast as a friendly giant.

Rumours have also persisted that veteran character actor Richard Harris and Truly, Madly, Deeply star Alan Rickman have been lined up for major roles, though neither has yet been confirmed.

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