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Harry Potter‘s Jim Broadbent has been cast in the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones, making him the latest actor to swap Hogwarts for Westeros.

Already on the list is Natalia Tena (who plays Tonks, as well as Osha in the hit fantasy show), David Bradley (Filch and Walder Frey), and Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore and Mance Rayder), but Jim, who played potions master Professor Horace Slughorn, is surely the most high-profile.

The veteran actor’s credits range from movies like Time Bandits, Brazil, and Bridget Jones’s Diary, to his Golden Globe-winning role in Longford, a 2006 TV drama about a real-life politician campaigning for the release of a notorious murderer, and his turn as literary critic John Bayley in 2001 film Iris, which won him an Oscar, and his recent role as a kindly priest in Oscar-nominated Brooklyn.

So who does he play? Well, details are sketchy, but his role will be “significant”, according to Entertainment Weekly. That’s good news, although fans of the show know all too well that a significant role is no protection from a sudden and gory death. Nor are there any clues in the books, as the TV series has long since outstripped George R. R. Martin as he struggles to write the final two in the series.

Apart from that, the production team are keeping schtum. Filming began in August and will continue in Iceland, Northern Ireland, and Spain through February next year, with the next seven-part season due to air on HBO in the summer.

…Except it’ll be winter. Oh, you know what we mean.

So will he be Stark, Lannister, or another House of Westeros? Give us your best guess below.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.