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September 03, 2007



This somewhat belated coverage of the latest, much-maligned Harry Potter film resulted from a delay in tracking down the appropriate illustrative image. I believe it was worth the wait. It took a note from J.K. Rowling* to convince Helena Bonham Carter to take on the part of Bellatrix Lestrange for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. With three lines in the film she decided she needed to be "voluptuous-but-disheveled" thereby meeting the Flea-ideal.

"At first they thought, 'Oh, we'll just put her in a sack,''' Bonham Carter said. "But I said, 'There's no way I'm going to wear a sack. I've got to be a sexy witch.'''

"I wanted a sort of bodice thing to give me a shape,'' she said. "There is a bit of the warrior about her - Bellatrix means warrior. She's the right-hand Death Eater to Voldemort.

"I also wanted everything to be splitting at the seams and a bit of `Sunset Boulevard' disintegration to be going on, because she's been in prison for so long. She has a very posh, aristocratic carriage, because she's pureblooded, but at the same time she's completely divorced from reality.''

* Minor spoiler for Book 7 at both links.

This trailer for a better end to Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows is also somewhat belated.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 3, 2007 08:33 AM


I must admit to being partial to Room With a View Helena over Gothy Helena...though either will do in a pinch.

Posted by: Solomon [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 4, 2007 10:56 AM

My personal favourite is Fight Club Helena.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 4, 2007 11:03 AM