You may have read that Richard Griffiths, the actor who played Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter movies, has died. Very sad, as he was only 65. It’s kind of a weird feeling to mourn someone whom you loved to hate, since we haven’t seen him in much other than the Harry Potter movies (though he apparently was good onstage, too, as he’s won numerous awards). But it’s really something for an actor to make a book character come alive in such a manner that he elicits such strong emotions, good or bad. J.K. Rowling must have been pleased to have had Richard Griffiths join the team in bringing her books to the screen.