Terry Gilliam on nearly directing Harry Potter

As part of Terry Gilliam's amazing guest-editorship of this here website, we spoke to him about his incredible career for a very special new video strand called Career In 40 Minutes.

What you might not know is that part of Gilliam's career includes nearly directing the first Harry Potter movie, after JK Rowling named him as her pick for the position.

To hear all about the meeting Gilliam had for the job, click below - we've handily provided a chapter link to that section of the video.

Then, go back, and watch the thing from the start.

You'll hear Terry talk about all of his incredible films, as well as the Watchmen controversy, mentoring Quentin Tarantino, Heath Ledger's performance in The Dark Knight, and so much more.

But anyway, here's Terry on Potter. Enjoy!

The Zero Theorem, his great new film (opens in new tab) , is in cinemas Friday.

Sam Ashurst is a London-based film maker, journalist, and podcast host. He's the director of Frankenstein's Creature, A Little More Flesh + A Little More Flesh 2, and co-hosts the Arrow Podcast. His words have appeared on HuffPost, MSN, The Independent, Yahoo, Cosmopolitan, and many more, as well as of course for us here at GamesRadar+.