What Happened To Jamie Waylett (Crabbe From Harry Potter)?
Remember Crabbe (Jamie Waylett) from Harry Potter? We’re taking a look at what he’s been up to since his HP days…
Since the last Harry Potter came out, there’s been one question every single fan has always wanted to know…
Nope, we’re not talking about the reason why Harry survived… we’re wondering why Malfoy’s clueless companion Crabbe was replaced in the final film?
If you read the Harry Potter novels, you’ll most likely remember the pivotal moment when Malfoy, Crabbe and Goyle fought Harry, Ron and Hermione in the room of requirement as part of the Battle of Hogwarts.
Well, for all these years we’ve been wondering why Crabbe was unexpectedly replaced by the character of Zabini – and now we finally know…
How Did His Harry Potter Role Come About?
While studying at a Emmanuel Primary School in Camden, London, Jamie was photographed as part of a auditioning process for the Harry Potter film casting.
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He was initially considered for the role of the unpopular Dudley Dursley. However, producers decided he fit the role of the less-so-but-still-unpopular Vincent Crabbe more suitably (and we’d have to agree!).
His Character Was Axed From Harry Potter…
Eagled-eyed fans were left bemused after Crabbe’s character disappeared completely from the series, with 2009’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince being his last appearance.
Although Waylett’s character was removed from the cast, the storyline required a third Slytherin to ensure the final scene unfolded in the same dramatic manner.
Instead of trying to pull the wool over viewers’ eyes and replacing Crabbe with a lookalike – like producers did with Dumbledore after the passing of Richard Harris – his character was swapped with that of Zabini, played by Louis Cordice.
Shedding light to bemused viewers who hadn’t seen the news reports detailing the reasons behind Crabbe’s untimely exit, co-star Joshua Herdmen revealed that Waylett would not return for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1, or for the final film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
But What Happened?
It turns out that the actor who played Vincent Crabbe got himself into some trouble with the law – and it cost him his final scenes in the HP franchise.
In April 2009, he and a friend were pulled over by the police. After a quick search, the police found a knife and eight bags of cannabis in their car. Following further investigations, the force found that Waylett was growing cannabis plants at his mother’s house.
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As a result, Waylett was sentenced to 120 of community service. He was also – arguably more disappointedly – dropped from the Harry Potter films.
He Got In Trouble With The Law Again…
Then in 2011 – the year that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two came into cinemas – Jamie Waylett was arrested once again. This time it was for his participation in the 2011 London riots. Specifically speaking, he was accused of possessing a petrol bomb, while looting a chemist in Chalk Farm, London.
The year after, he was sentenced to two years in prison for his part in the riots.
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