'Harry Potter': Helena Bonham Carter joins the castions

103054__carter_lHelena Bonham Carter, like all British thesps, is fulfilling her patriotic duty and making the long march to Hogwarts. In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, she will play Sirius Black’s goth cousin, the evil Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange. (Don’t you sometimes get the feeling J.K. Rowling’s just, I dunno, making these names up?)

Also, in case you haven’t heard, Stephen King and John Irving have been cast in Harry Potter and the Dumb Debate, the prequel to Harry Potter and the Let Me Die! It’s a Schiavo-like tale of two mega-authors renowned for cruelly killing off beloved characters for dramatic effect, ganging up on a third mega-author who clearly wants to do the same. Will the Boy Who Lived be downgraded to the Boy Who Made It Through Puberty, Just? And when will Gore Vidal weigh in?

In the meantime, check out Carter next week (Aug. 11) as a dour bridesmaid who hooks up with Aaron Eckhart in Conversations With Other Women.

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  • Sara

    “Don’t you sometimes get the feeling J.K. Rowling’s just, I dunno, making these names up?”
    The genre of fiction could learn so much from Rowling.

  • the sponge

    Of all the pictures of HBC to choose from…
    I hope Rowling follows her heart and does what she wants with Harry– she has clearly earned the right. Who is Stephen King to try and tell her what would be the right thing to do?


  • EP Sato

    Scott, you are my main man, but I have to ask how you can do up an article on Helena Bonham Carter without mentioning her brilliant performance in Fightclub. After that flick, I try to see her in everything she’s in.

  • Donna

    “Harry Potter and the Dumb Debate” – LOVE IT!!
    Personally, I’m gonna worry about who Rowling kills off when I read the book.

  • Lora

    “Also, in case you haven’t heard, Stephen King and John Irving have been cast in Harry Potter and the Dumb Debate….” I did hear…from my boyfriend!!!!! I am surprised it took you all so long to mention it.

  • newbie

    HBC is exactly who ran through my mind as Bellatrix. Helena just gets darker and stranger by the day.

  • j211sleepy19

    ‘Harry Potter': Helena Bonham Carter joins the castions


  • Alexa

    Well, I’m a bit curious considering there was a casting announcement for Bellatrix months ago with another actress attached (was she fired? Did Bonham Carter stage a coup?… cause all the other cast announcements from the same press release are all true, so it wasn’t just a rumor)…
    But, really, what I’m wondering is: so PopWatch will announce this bit of brilliant casting, but you don’t mention that Harry Potter himself, precocious, 17-year-old Daniel Radcliffe, will be stripping off his clothes and doing some very un-Harry Potterish things with a horse come February in the revival of Paul Schaffer’s Equus? Come on PopWatch, this begs discussion! Of all the plays to choose, he chooses the one that involves nudity, animal cruelty and masturbating on a horse… brilliant (and blogworthy)! Plus, he’ll be co-starring with HP actor Richard Griffiths (Uncle Vernon) as the boy’s pyschologist. Who knows, if it’s successful, there may be a film remake(and Griffith’s recently filmed The History Boys, another film adaptation of a play he was in).

  • chickenlittlel

    I always saw bellatrix as the morticia adams type. I was hoping they got someone tall and beautiful but with dark hair and a evil nature. Like Rose Mcgowen of Charmed and Jawbreaker fame. But then again they dont cast american actors lol. But yeah I cant wait for hte movie.

  • Felicity

    Alexa, I believe the original actress got pregnant and had to drop out of the filming.

  • Catty Canuck

    I think she’s got the dark, regal quality – but needs to lose the baby roundness to her face and shoot up about 12 inches to be Bellatrix . . . So, Rowling changed names to protect the innocent?

  • Anna

    Yes the original actress got pregnant. I’m not too thrilled about HBC in this role. One, she doesn’t look a bit like what I imagined Bellatrix to look like except for the dark hair. And two, the books haven’t been translated to the screen as well we’ve seen throughout this series has turned into hasn’t helped. I was looking forward to seeing a lesser known actress playing a major role in this movie.

  • cranky

    HBC looks like death sitting on a cracker in this photo. Get some sun, girl! Take a vitamin!

  • Dave

    Haha, I loved the comment about Brits fulfilling their patriotic duty by appearing in Harry Potter. I think they’ve done an outstanding job casting those films, and Helena Bonham Carter will surely continue that tradition as Bellatrix Lestrange (awesome name!). I LOVE HARRY POTTER!

  • EP Sato

    The nekkid Harry Potter did come up in Popwatch a few weeks ago…or maybe ew.com did. Either way i do recall a comments section to the article and everything.
    Or are those brownies the intern brought in this morning messing up my short term memory?

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