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Helena: Bad Witch in Potter to Good Fairy in Cinderella

Posted by Lilysowl On November - 19 - 2014

Helena Bonham CarterIn the realm of magical characters, Helena Bonham Carter has gone from portraying the evil Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films to portraying the Fairy Godmother in Disney’s new live action film of one of their beloved princesses, Cinderella.  The film’s director Kenneth Branagh was also known in the Harry Potter films as “Gilderoy Lockhart”.

According to an article posted by The Huffington Post on June 21, 2013 and updated later on June 16, 2014, it would have been expected for Ms. Bonham Carter to portray the wicked stepmother; but Disney had stated that the fairy godmother has more screen time than she did in the 1950 animated film.  That gave the versatile actress an opportunity to add her own brand of eccentricity to the character once the fairy godmother first appears as an old beggar.

Keep an eye out for that as well as her retro, light-colored hairstyle in this trailer. ;)

The stepmother actually will be portrayed by Cate Blanchett, known for her portrayal as “Galadriel” in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.  Cinderella will be portrayed by Lily James.  

According to the film’s official website, Cinderella is scheduled to be released in movie theaters on March 13, 2015.


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Emma & Helena With Hugh Jackman In Les Miserables?

Posted by Lilysowl On August - 27 - 2011

Emma Watson According to’s Broadway Buzz, Hugh Jackman has been confirmed to play the role of “Jean Valjean” in a film adaptation of the successful musical Les Miserables which was based on the novel by Victor Hugo.  And while Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange)  is supposedly in negotiations to play the role of “Madame Thenardier” along with Russell Crowe for the part of “Inspector Javert”, online rumors have been circulating that Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) may be considered for the part of “Cosette” or “Eponine”.

Click here to read the complete article.

We will definitely keep you posted once we receive any confirmation about the Harry Potter actresses’ involvement with such an exciting project!

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Harry Potter Stars: Q&A Session At UK Apple Store

Posted by Lilysowl On July - 4 - 2011

On July 5, Harry Potter stars Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy), Helen McCrory (Narcissa Malfoy), and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) are scheduled to appear at the Apple store in the UK on Regents Street in London for a Question and Answers session with fans who are looking forward to the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in movie theaters on July 15.  The event begins at 7:00pm.

It should be a nice little “Malfoy” reunion. :)   Watch out, “Neville!”  Lolol.

Click here for information on location and directions.

Source:  Harry Potter UK Facebook Page

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DH Part 2 New Character Banners & More Photos

Posted by Lilysowl On June - 8 - 2011

 Thanks to Harry Potter UK on Twitter, we have new character banners for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in our photo gallery.  These are new images of Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Bellatrix Lestrange, Severus Snape, Neville Longbottom, Draco Malfoy, and of course, Lord Voldemort; but this collection includes Minerva McGonagall, Griphook, and the Weasley twins (Fred and George).  Click here to see them.

And thanks to Warner Bros., we have more hi-res photos from Deathly Hallows Part 2.  Most of them appear to be images from the latest trailer.  Click here to see them.

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Spoiler: Julie and Helena On DH Part 2 Battle

Posted by Lilysowl On May - 26 - 2011

 We previously reported Empire magazine’s free Harry Potter The Ultimate Celebration with their latest issue which is now available at newsstands today.  On their site, Empire has posted quotes from Julie Walters (Molly Weasley) and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) about their characters’ participation in the Final Battle at Hogwarts.

Spoiler and Adult Language Warning:

Arguably one of the most anticipated scenes in the whole series, let alone the last movie, it will see Molly Weasley squaring off with Bellatrix LeStrange after the latter attacks the former’s daughter, Ginny.

In it, Mrs Weasley (Walters), says the line: “Not my daughter, you bitch!” And here’s what the two duelling witches had to say on the matter…

Julie Walters: “Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is Mrs. Weasley’s big moment. She’s right in the middle of the Battle Of Hogwarts. The battle is huge, painful and heroic for her. Before we’ve seen a very sweet mum, and this earthy sort of presence even though she’s a wizard. But you see another side to her. It’s a very physical role this time out. And she has one of the most famous lines in the books. Everyone wrote to me and said, ‘I HOPE they’re NOT going to take THAT out, are they?!’”

Daniel Radcliffe also had his own thoughts on the line:

“I’ve always been very against any swearing in these films and I don’t know why because I swear much more than I should in real life. But if the, “Not my daughter, you bitch!” line is in the book, then that’s fine. I mean, Bellatrix is about to kill her daughter, absolutely.”

And Helena Bonham-Carter herself, though not so preoccupied with that line, explained just how hazardous the whole fight was to shoot:

“You should warm up before wand-fighting; that’s what Julie Walters and I discovered when we were duelling each other. We were crippled after that scene. Duelling going backwards on a table is tricky without falling off. Which, of course, I did! I did say, ‘Can someone stand there and keep and eye out?’ But there were people standing all around and not one of them warned me.”

Click here to read the complete article and here to order the issue online. 

If anyone has scans from the Harry Potter The Ultimate Celebration that they would like to share, we would appreciate it.  We haven’t gotten our copies yet. :)

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Hallows Pt1 Gets Art Direction & VFX Oscar Nominations

Posted by Dijares On January - 25 - 2011

The final list of nominees for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been released and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 has received two nominations.

The first nomination is for Stuart Craig for Best Art Direction.  Other films in this category include Alice in Wonderland, Inception, The King’s Speech, and True Grit.

The second nomination is for Visual Effects.  The other film in this category include Alice in Wonderland, Hereafter, Inception, and Iron Man 2.

Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) has also received an Oscar nod in the Best Actress in a Supporting Role category for her role in The King’s Speech.

The awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 27, at 8/5 p.m. PST, and will air on ABC.

Congratulations to all!

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Helena Talks Bellatrix, Queens, and Motherhood

Posted by Dijares On November - 28 - 2010

Helena Bonham Carter, who portrays Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter films, had her turn with the LA Times’ Hero Complex.  In her interview, she talked about her role as the evil Bellatrix Lestrange,  portraying the Queen Mother in The King’s Speech, and being a mother.

She has another role as a queen.  Of course, her most famous role to date as a queen is as the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland. She had a bit to say on portraying the Queen Mother.

“She was quite strong and dynamic and born to be in public, and her husband was not born with that innate confidence needed to be a king,” Bonham Carter said. “He drew on her strength, and I tried to show that strength.”

She also enjoys the fact that her acting schedule allows her to spend more time with her children, something she finds very important. She and Tim  Burton, the father of her children, have signed onto a parenting class to learn more about being a parent.

“The parenting bit is much harder than the acting bit,” Bonham Carter said. “You just never know what to do. So me and Tim were sort of fed up with getting hurt. ‘What do we now?’ But the parenting class has been really useful. It’s a bit like Parenting Anonymous. There’s a group of parents just spewing out their latest trauma of the week. ’I’m Helena, and I’m a mother.’ But there are some basics that are so helpful. Every child knows what they want; it’s your job to tell them what they need. There’s a liberalism that we’ve sort of just plodded with; it’s not a good idea to ask them what do they want to do or begin sentence with ‘if’; you want to start it with ’when.’ A lot of times they don’t want the choices, they can be overwhelming. It’s not your job to know everything, it’s your job to get them to answer questions for themselves. You don’t need to be omniscient. Your job is to be a teacher and a trainer; you teach them and the training they get automatically.”

“You learn these skills and there are three main ones: Descriptive praise, preparing for success and reflective listening. Descriptive praise really works. It’s not evaluative — ‘you’re doing great, well done’ –  instead it’s praising, with real precision, the absence of negative behavior. I’ve got a real problem with whining, for instance, so when Billy isn’t whining I say, ‘You’re not whining, that’s really helpful.’ You give them positive attention and then they start to crave it. The key to this is you get out of the parenting habit of rewarding bad behavior with attention. When they are naughty, you actually turn away and they realize very quickly that to get your time and engagement they need to do something different. It absolutely works. Billy is lapping it up. And as a parent, you become happier because you’re observing all these good things about your child, if you’re being specific about what they’ve done — ‘You folded that so well and that’s really helpful.”

She also talked about her role as Bellatrix and Bellatrix’s fascination with Voldemort.

“There’s nothing like it, it’s been a nice tribe,” Bonham Carter said. “I love going back year after year. It’s refreshing. A lot of times in this business, it’s so transitory — it’s just 10 weeks here or there on a movie and then it’s over – but to see the same people over all that time, a decade, makes you feel really safe and secure. It was fantastically well-organized, the [assistant directors] are simply unbelievable, the best. The communication has always been seamless. It’s been a way for me to have work I can count on;  I knew I was going to be working but the [screen time for the] role was limited and that was perfect, anything more than part-time takes away such a chunk of time and space and focus. It has been perfect for me, and I will miss it.”

“Bellatrix has really good fun, and she’s been a bit of surprise to me, in fact,” Bohnam Carter said. “It wasn’t really there on the page. When I took it on, I found there wasn’t a huge amount to go by in the script, and I read the book and she wasn’t necessarily on the page there either, so I did ask [four-time "Potter" film director] David Yates if I could bring a bit of other things or are these the Bibles? And he said yes, certainly, and apparently J.K. Rowling was very pleased with it when she saw it, and the childish dimension and the fact that she’s totally savage, that was a bit of departure.”

”I just felt she had to make an impression because there wasn’t much time in which to do so. And she had to be terrifying. She needed to be somebody you didn’t know what to feel towards. One moment she’s horribly revolting but then also weirdly sexy, maybe, or just disturbing to the mind when you watch her. There’s a lot of decaying, too, with the bad teeth. She’s been in prison for so long. The mad hair. She’s someone who has seen better times but still carries herself with the memory of what she was. She’s almost like someone who’s had too many surgeries and thinks they’re beautiful but in fact has gone way wrong. There’s a lot of people like that now. For some reason, I can’t live with the joke that now you can either be old or you can be creepy. That’s the choice. Sad, isn’t it?”

“She is so obsessed with Voldemort. He’s not the most obvious obsession for a love affair, you might say, but he was beautiful in his youth and that’s what she wants and thinks about. He has yet to grow a nose. For some reason, I find the no-nose actually sexy. Everyone to their own. No, but, if you think about it some people get off on power. There are many, many powerful men who were not blessed with the most attractive envelopes.”

Read the entire article here.

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Photos/Videos: Harry Potter Stars & Their Awards

Posted by Lilysowl On June - 7 - 2010

Julie Walters

Although Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) did not win at the MTV awards last evening, other stars who appeared with them in the Harry Potter films did win and two of them won the BAFTA (British Academyof Film and Television Arts).  As we previously mentioned, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) won the MTV award for Best Villain.  Rob Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) won three MTV awards each for Best Male Performance, Best Global Superstar and Best Kiss (with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart) for his role as “Edward Cullen” in The Twilight Saga: New Moon.

We previously reported a few Harry Potter stars had been nominated for BAFTA awards which included Julie Walters (MollyWeasley), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart), Brendan Gleeson (Mad-Eye Moody), and John Hurt (Ollivander) At last evening’s ceremony, Walters won the Leading Actress  award for her role in Mo.   Branagh received the Leading Actor award for his role in Wallander.

Click here, here, and here to see photos of Walters, Carter, and Hurt at the event. 

Here are videos of Julie Walters accepting her BAFTA award (Spoiler Alert! She mentions a scene she has with Bonham-Carter in Deathly Hallows!) and Pattinson accepting his MTV award for Best Male Performance and Global Superstar.  Click here to view Felton accepting his MTV award.

Thanks to Snitchseeker

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Live Stream for MTV Movie Awards Here!

Posted by Dijares On June - 6 - 2010

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceMTV have posted a live stream for tonight’s MTV Movie Awards.  You can watch here to see all the stars walking on the red carpet!

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been nominated for Best Movie.

Tom Felton, who portrays Draco Malfoy and who will be at the awards, is nominated for Best Villain. He’s going up against fellow Potter actor Helena Bonham-Carter for her role as the Red Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland.

Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) has received a nomination for Best Female Performance. Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is nominated for Best Male Performance and Best Global Superstar!

The ceremony begins at 9pm EST.

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Don’t Forget To Vote Harry Potter At MTV

Posted by Lilysowl On April - 8 - 2010

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceWe previously reported that Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince received five nominations for the 2010 MTV Movie Awards:

Personally, I was surprised that Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Bonnie Wright (Ginny Weasley) were not nominated for Best Kiss nor wereRadcliffe and Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) nominated for Best Fight; so I took it upon myself to add them.  And now, I expect some support from fellow Harry Potter fans to click here and vote.  The deadline is tomorrow, Friday April 9.

Although it wasn’t for their work in the Harry Potter films, two stars from the series were also nominated for the Best Villian category.  They are Gary Oldman (Sirius Black) for his role as “Carnegie” in The Book of Eli and Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange) for her role as “the Red Queen” in Alice In Wonderland.  And of course, Robert Pattinson (Cedric Diggory) was also nominated for Best Global Superstar and Best Male Performance for his roles as “Edward Cullen” in The Twilight Saga: New Moon and “Tyler” in Remember Me.

We wish all the nominees luck!

 Winners will be announced live at the MTV Movie Awards ceremony on Sunday, June 6 on MTV at 9:00pm EST.

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