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HOGWARTS' NEW HEAD; First picture of Gambon as Potter's Prof Dumbledore.

Byline: RUKI SAYID

THIS is the first glimpse of the new Professor Dumbledore played by Michael Gambon.

Singing Detective star Gambon, 62, stepped in to star as the Hogwarts headmaster in the latest Harry Potter movie after the death of Richard Harris.

Wise wizard Prof Dumbledore doesn't seem to have changed much, although the costume jewellery and tasselled skullcap make him look like a New Age hippy in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Dame Maggie Smith, who stars again as Prof McGonagal, said: "He has the same hair and make-up because Dumbledore is Dumbledore and if you don't portray him the way the kids think he should be portrayed, they get really cross."

Dracula star and veteran movie baddie Gary Oldman also makes his debut as Sirius Black who escapes from Azkaban prison.

The third Harry Potter movie is being released next year.

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SCARE: Oldman, right, with Hermione, Harry and Ron; WIZARD ROLE: Michael Gambon replaces the late Richard Harris, right, as Dumbledore in third Harry Potter film The Prisoner of Azkaban
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 6, 2003
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