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Helena Bonham Carter on Role as Bellatrix Lestrange

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Posted by: sue
July 06, 2009, 04:52 PM

Helena Bonham Carter has given a frank and funny new interview to the Daily Record where she discusses her role, and her costume she sports in the role of  Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series. Currently winning rave reviews for her turn as the demented Death Eater in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Helena reflects back to her orginial hesitation over the part in Order of the Phoenix, but was heartened after a conversation with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling:

When she first read the script for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, she was disappointed to see she only had a few scenes with Daniel Radcliffe and Ralph Fiennes, who plays Voldemort. But Harry Potter's author stepped in to reassure her that the role would get better, and bigger."When I showed some reluctance in playing a tiny part, J.K. Rowling said Bellatrix's role was going to be significant in the last film," she said. "But significant could mean a lot of things. That could just mean a significant plot point. It doesn't necessarily equal a big part."


Ms Bonham Carter then goes on to give some very fun and candid new remarks on the look she sports in the Harry Potter films, as well as conversation with her co-star Emma Watson for Deathly Hallows. Quotage:

"Returning to the role of the gothic witch meant fitting Helena with a skyhigh hairstyle and a set of false teeth."You have to keep them in so you get used to them," she said. "But you forget they're in and if you then eat something, they break. That's very expensive."To complete the look of the only female Death Eater in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Helena sports a gothic corset and a pair of impressive boobs.

"I have chicken fillets," she explained.

So when she finally got a chance to choose her cleavage, her first instinct was to go for chicken fillets that were turkey-sized.She said: "I thought it was my chance to have the boobs I've always wanted. But my assistant said, 'You look like a porn star.' And that was not the image I was going for."

For Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Helena also helped Emma Watson by inviting the actress to her house to talk through a scene where Bellatrix becomes Hermione after taking a magic potion.Helena wanted to know everything about Hermione in order to get the transformation right, but she also reassured Emma that being a young actress didn't mean she had to worry about her image all the time."I'm top of Heat's Worst Dressed list," she told Emma. "Who cares?"

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55 Comments

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478 Points

She is great as Bellatrix…they couldn’t have gotten anyone else who would play the part as she has. Getting together with Emma Watson to learn Hermione’s character was an excellent idea for both actresses. These movies are going to be awesome! Can’t wait for them!

Posted by beewell on July 06, 2009, 10:23 PM report to moderator
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Rhrsoulmates – I was very confused by that too. Bellatrix does not become Hermoine anywhere in the books. In DH Hermoine uses a hair from her sweater in order to transform into Bellatrix. Unless WB is taking creative license again and messing with our books, Bellatrix never becomes Hermoine in the books. :(

Anyhoo….I do love, love Helena in the role. I am so glad she is returning to finish the movies no matter how small her part is. :) yay!

Posted by Madame Minerva on July 06, 2009, 10:24 PM report to moderator
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I have always loved Helena in everything I have seen her in. I was so happy she was playing Bella. Reading her comments about the movies is so funny. Another reason I love her, she has a great sence of humor!!

Posted by PetraN on July 06, 2009, 10:26 PM report to moderator
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337 Points

She made a great choice taking the Bellatrix roll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

Posted by Mugglejeff on July 06, 2009, 10:31 PM report to moderator
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3703 Points

Helena is so cool. She’s perfect as Bellatrix. Perfect.

Posted by Christine on July 06, 2009, 10:54 PM report to moderator
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186 Points

She plays her role incredibly. I have a feeling she’ll play a larger part in HBP and hopefully in DH as well.

Posted by Liderc on July 06, 2009, 11:04 PM report to moderator
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288 Points

Helena has to play Hermione who is transformed into the image of Bellatrix. To me that means Helena has to look like Bellatrix, but act as if she were Hermione, until they get to Gringotts where she has to act like Hermione acting like Bellatrix. LOL, sounds like fun, doesn’t it?

Posted by Fereverto on July 06, 2009, 11:33 PM report to moderator
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24135 Points

Helena is such a perfect choice for Bellatrix. Glad Jo was able to convince her to take the part! :)

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on July 06, 2009, 11:37 PM report to moderator
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7239 Points

Ms Bonham-Carter is a wonderful actress! I am pleased to hear that she took so much time, with Emma, and learing their similarities, for the “switching”…it’s important to know the “person” you’re becoming…especially someone like ‘Hermione’ turning into someone like ‘Bellatrix’ When you transform, with Polyjuice Potion…I know the physical happens, but the mental and vocal doesn’t! You don’t want the fake ‘Bellatrix’ sounding and acting like ‘Hermione’!
Good going! Can’t wait!

Posted by Confederate Lady [CL, Rawwrrrr] on July 06, 2009, 11:55 PM report to moderator
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586 Points

She is an amazing choice for Bellatrix! I loved her in Order of the Phoenix and can’t wait to see her reprise the role! And yea, it’s great her and Emma got together to talk about the characters :)

Posted by HermioneRon4ever on July 07, 2009, 12:28 AM report to moderator
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2573 Points

Cool chic

Posted by ErinM {Roar} on July 07, 2009, 12:35 AM report to moderator
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7475 Points

A dash strange in the personal life…but she’s the best bellatrix!!

One of the scentences in the article had the worst spelling errors ever!

Posted by Luce-Lupin !~ROAR~! on July 07, 2009, 01:04 AM report to moderator
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130 Points

Helena is so adorable, her sense of humour is so brilliant, as is her acting! Bellatrix fits like a glove… :]

Posted by Clabwag. on July 07, 2009, 01:04 AM report to moderator
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111 Points

she is the best person for the part and she is the best actress i have eva seen . sooo good

Posted by blue raven [WBM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!] on July 07, 2009, 01:06 AM report to moderator
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256 Points

Helena Bonham Carter is such an amazing actress, Tim Burton is lucky to have a girlfriend like her

Posted by WolfyWizard on July 07, 2009, 01:12 AM report to moderator
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