Can you audition for Harry Potter without having a British accent?
JK Rowling specified that she wanted the casting to be authentic
to the UK which is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern
Ireland. You have to have one of these accents to get a role in the
Rowling has made an exception for those who live in Ireland (the
independent country) with many Irish actors getting roles in the
films. I don't know why she made that one exception for Irish
people to star in the movies. It's probably because there are many
respected Irish actors working in the UK.
Rowling also allowed for French or European actors to appear in
the films as she introduces French and Bulgarian characters in her