Bonham Carter given magic role
The Charlie And The Chocolate Factory actress will star in the fifth movie adaptation of J K Rowling's renowned tales of the young wizard, having been cast as Bellatrix Lestrange.
Forty-year-old Bonham Carter, who is known for playing off-the-wall characters, will play a Death Eater, one of the followers of Harry's arch enemy, the evil Lord Voldemort.
Her character Lestrange is also the cousin of Harry's uncle Sirius Black.
Bonham Carter will join a host of new and existing top movie names who will be appearing in the forthcoming Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix film, which is due to open next July.
The film's makers, Warner Brothers, have already confirmed that Vera Drake star Imelda Staunton will assume the role of Hogwart's new dark arts teacher Dolores Umbridge in the latest Potter movie.
Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith and Emma Thompson are among the leading actors and actresses that are returning to appear in their magical movie roles.
Hollywood newcomers Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) will also reprise their roles as the teen wizards and witch at the centre of J K Rowling's books.
Meanwhile, the author said yesterday that she was sad to be nearing the end of writing her seventh and final book in the Harry Potter series.
"I will go through a mourning period, then I will have to think of something else to write," Rowling told an audience at a charity book reading in New York.
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