J.K. Rowling Mourns the Death of Brazilian Voice of Harry Potter at Age 27

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling expressed her condolences for Caio Cesar, who was the voice of Harry Potter in the Portuguese translations of the film. David M. Benett/Getty Images

Losing one of their own. J.K. Rowling expressed her deep sadness via Twitter on Thursday, Oct. 1, at the news that Caio César, the Brazilian voice-over actor for Harry Potter, had died one day earlier while on the job as a police officer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“Desperately sad to hear that Caio César, Brazilian voice of Harry Potter, has died at the age of 27,” the celebrated author tweeted. “My thoughts are with his family.”

César, who supplied the voice for protagonist Harry in the Portuguese translations of the films, was working as an officer in the German Complex area when he was shot in the neck, police told local news outlets. He was taken to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery, but did not survive.

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Charles Emmanuel, the actor who gave voice to Ron Weasley in the Portuguese version of the Harry Potter series, also expressed his disbelief on Twitter, and shared a touching post on Facebook, written in their shared language.

“Everyone has heard the voice of Caio César at some point,” the tribute roughly translates. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with him several times, because we are the same ‘generation’ of voice actors …He was a runt, skinny, and needed a stool … only he grew up, was pumped, [and] went to become a policeman and turned into a father. [He] became a man.”

César previously lent his voice to such children’s films as Avatar: The Last Airbender, X-Men: Evolution, How to Train Your Dragon, and Dora the Explorer.

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