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During the years of 2007-2011, Maggie Smith continued to film the final Harry Potter movies, all while battling breast cancer. During the filming of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood prince, she had shingles and was forced to wear a wig in order to continue filming. Maggie Smith/ Professor McGonagal= True Griffindor. Absolutely inspiring.
“Well she got me the job at Potter, practically, so for anyone who doesn’t know that story, I basically owe everything to Maggie Smith because I worked with her on David Copperfield and then she came on to Potter as McGonagall and said to the director, ‘You need to audition this boy.’ So I kind of owe her everything, so to Maggie I just say my fairy godmother.” —Daniel Radcliffe (on the first thing that comes to mind about Maggie) “Daniel was so lovely to work with. I’m so glad I insisted they see him for the part.” —Maggie Smith (on being part of the Harry Potter films)
Maggie Smith shot the last three HP movies while undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. She said she wouldn't allow it to beat her, and she was going to see the project through because it was one of her favorites in her career of acting. What an inspiration to us all