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Nov 9, 2021
According to MyLondon, there was a reason that Waylett, who played Vincent Crabbe, was absent during the last film of the phenomenally successful series, which is said to have raked in billion ...

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It wasn’t quite the “Deathly Gallows” for former Harry Potter actor Jamie Waylett, but he still reportedly got dropped from the hit movie franchise after growing weed at his mother’s house.

According to MyLondon, there was a reason that Waylett, who played Vincent Crabbe, was absent during the last film of the phenomenally successful series, which is said to have raked in billions of dollars over its eight-film run.

That’s because the actor had been nabbed for growing 10 cannabis plants in his mother’s London home.

The guy who played the bully got a bit of off-screen comeuppance after he was arrested with a friend. The case was heard just a day after the general release of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in the U.K., Reuters reported at the time.

Recreational cannabis was illegal in the U.K. back in 2009 when Waylett got popped, and it remains so today.

People with small amounts of cannabis are unlikely to be hit with anywhere near the maximum penalty. Indeed, if the police believe the bud is for personal use only, those caught with less than an ounce (28 grams) may be issued a warning or an on-the-spot fine, according to Politics.

That said, maximum penalties still loom and are possible.

Anyone possessing cannabis could face as long as five years in prison, an unlimited fine or both, the U.K. government reports. But supplying or producing the plant, which is what Waylett was charged with, ratchets up the potential prison time to a maximum of 14 years.

Waylett didn’t receive anywhere near that for his transgression. The Guardian reported in July of 2009 that the actor received a sentence of 120 hours of unpaid community work.

Then 20, Waylett reportedly admitted to having the cannabis grow, which the district judge described as being on a small, but sophisticated, scale.

The grow-op was discovered after Waylett and a friend took a picture of police on patrol while the two were in the friend’s car. The duo was then stopped, the vehicle was searched and eight small bags of weed and a knife were found.

Officers searched the mother’s home after seeing snaps of weed plants on Waylett’s phone and found the small farm under a tented structure in his bedroom. They also discovered a few more baggies of weed in the home of the friend, who later received six weeks of custody in a young offenders’ institution and was fined £500 ($845), according to The Guardian.

Waylett reportedly said following his hearing, “I extend my sincere apologies to the producers, cast and crew and all at Warners, and most especially to all Harry Potter fans.”

As for franchise star Daniel Radcliffe, he categorically denied smoking cannabis in 2009 but was reportedly seen visiting a cannabis cafe in Amsterdam five years later.

Leafly even posts a strain called Harry Potter, which is described as an “otherworldly hybrid strain that crosses Blissful Wizard with Fire Alien Kush.”

There is no indication whatsoever that Waylette brought or used cannabis while filming the movies. But Reddit argues that’s not always the case.

One poster reported that on the iconic 1969 film, Easy Rider, “they smoke real trees with Jack Nicholson during the campfire.”

Another commenter suggested that weed ambassador and Canadian treasure Seth Rogen likely smokes on set, albeit likely not the good stuff.

One poster argued, however, that Rogen has reportedly said movie production companies certainly wouldn’t appreciate him being stoned while on set working. But Rogen himself, as he readily admits to almost anyone who will listen, has said he’s often baked on air.

According to Mashable, when asked by Stephen Colbert, if he ever performed or acted high, Rogen responded: “For the last 20 years exclusively.”

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